2. Also, why do people think that most women who have abortions are horribly emotionally screwed up by it?
1. They like to judge people. And hey, they would "never have an abortion" even though theoretically they support choice. Not that they've had to actually consider what 9 months of pregnancy would do to their bodies and their mental state. Nor do they think about the impact of raising a child on their lives.
2. It's part of judging the women. By positing this emotional impact, they can then feel superior to them. I have had an abortion, and it has had no significant impact on my life. I know more women who had depression issues after giving birth than after an abortion. And yet, no one counsels women that they should avoid having kids because it causes depression in a significant number of cases. The meme that women are devastated after having had an abortion is quite well accepted. It irritates the hell out of me.