Abortion's Aftermath

Abortion’s regime has opened the door to exploitation of women on a scale never before seen. No ‘benefit’ before or since has caused such widespread destruction to women – and their families.

Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome, or PASS, is a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

It is thought that as many as 40% of American women have had an abortion.  Many post abortive women suffer unknowingly with PASS.

Some symptoms may closely follow the abortion procedure while others may occur much later.  Some symptoms will be easier to recognize than others.

While most agree that abortion ends the life of a preborn child, there is less agreement on just what effects abortion has on the mother.  A few widely observed effects are:

  • Short and/or long term physical problems, including:  excessive bleeding, cervical lacerations (possibly resulting in preterm labor), and an increased risk of breast cancer and other cancers.
  • Short and/or long term psychological and spiritual effects, including:  guilt, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.  Some will turn to drugs and alcohol or other destructive behaviors.
  • An increased incidence (up to six times) of suicide.


Ironically, while abortion is promoted as “freedom of choice”, many women end up choosing abortion because they feel they have NO freedom and NO choice.  (Research shows up to 65 percent of abortions are coerced or include physical force.)

Any traumatic event can result in PTSD and abortion is no exception, resulting in PASS.  Even those who argue that PASS does not exist will acknowledge that having an abortion may cause feelings of sadness, grief, or regret.

At this time, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association does not recognize PASS. In fact, life advocates are accused of creating PASS to further their political agendas.

Abortion advocates will promote the procedure as a benefit to women.  After 40 years of abortion on demand, however, there is more and more evidence to the contrary.

Abortion is rarely discussed, even though it is the most common medical procedure in America. The sense of loneliness, guilt and self-hatred is further perpetuated by the silence and/or perceived stigma.

The November 2012 election generated disturbing media coverage entitled the “war on women.”   Indeed.  Abortion’s regime has opened the door to exploitation of women on a scale never before seen.  No ‘benefit’ before or since Roe v Wade has ever caused such widespread destruction to women – and their families.

Mother Teresa said: “The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate of human relationships.”

There is forgiveness and healing for women who seek it.

If you or someone you know suffers from Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome, please call the National Helpline for Abortion Recovery at (866)-482-5433.  You can find more information concerning the after-effects of abortion at www.afterabortion.org.

Suzanne L. Ward
Georgia Right to Life
Public Relations/Education

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Jeffrey Allen February 05, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Really...you're really gonna play the ignorance card on that one? Really? Man, don't even talk to me...
Grant February 05, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Wow... the butthurt is strong here.. Perhaps you might share an ACTUAL quote if indeed you are accusing me of saying something ? Just a thought on the off chance that you intended to offer some credible discussion
Kathy February 06, 2013 at 12:38 AM
If shutting her down is the same as insisting she use actual facts rather than make things up then YES, I do wish to shut her down. Absolutely!! Surely she can make a point about post abortion women needing counseling without having to resort to the use of false information and distortion of the truth. And if you actually read what I wrote you would see I addressed the subject matter of this piece, "Do I agree that women are depressed after having an abortion? Absolutely. Do I think counseling should be made available to the woman who is struggling with her decision after the procedure? Yes, why this is even debated seems strange to me." As for how DO we prevent such? How about we start with the attitudes of the self-righteous and devout pro-lifers who LOVE to call these women monsters and stigmatize them in order to feel superior all the while doing their level best to push abstinence only education as well as pushing to have companies try to get out of paying for birth control because of their religious beliefs? That would be something to start with. And if you're going to quote me Jeff, quote me. You don't get to make stuff up anymore than she does.
Michelle Couch February 06, 2013 at 02:51 AM
As always, this is an issue that brings out strong emotions and usually influences antagonistic debates. I must agree that the blog piece should absolutely represent accurate factual information - especially when outlining statistics. The non-factual stats which can be misleading is even more of an issue, in my opinion, because the author of the article is not a woman, physician or counselor expressing a view point; the author clearly identifies her title (PR/Education) with a specific organization (Georgia Right to Life). If you are going to write an editorial of this nature in the capacity of a PR professional, not to mention the "education" aspect of the author's title, then it darn well needs to be 100%!!!
Amy February 06, 2013 at 03:57 AM
Pretty scarey huh Tammy? While I was posting to this topic, I started to wonder. Am I an undercover conservative? I usually don't say I'm right about any topic, but I think we're right on this one. People can post facts, reference websites, and all the statistics they can find. My position stands: I believe a life is a life, and we don't have a right to take anyone's life.


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