What is Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS)?
Post-Abortion Syndrome or PAS is a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of PAS may occur immediately following the abortion, but may also develop years later or come to the surface around the anniversary of the abortion, the expected due date of the baby, and major holidays and celebrations. Abortion can be a very traumatic experience for both women and men, and other family and friends involved. Even though our society tells us that abortion is legal for women, it has harmful after-effects on the lives it has touched.
The following list includes the most common symptoms and disorders have been attributed to PAS: sadness, depression, thoughts of suicide, low self-esteem, anxiety, trouble bonding with other children, uncontrollable crying, drug/alcohol abuse, eating disorders, trouble sleeping, self-punishing behaviors, abusive relationships, promiscuity, survival guilt, reliving the abortion experience.
Post-abortion help hotlines
If you are experiencing symptoms of PAS, it may be beneficial for you to seek help from someone experienced in dealing with PAS:
1-866-469-7326 - The Abortion Recovery Network has a nationwide toll-free hotline for post-abortive counseling and can direct people to centers near them for help.
1-800-57-WOMAN - Right to Life of Michigan has a 24-hour toll-free hotline that is operated by OptionLine to find people local agencies in Michigan that offer post-abortive counseling, pregnancy help and adoption referrals.
1-877-586-4621 - Lumina is a post-abortion referral network that offers retreats, counseling and other services.
Featuring the book Changed
Changed, by Michaelene Fredenburg is a collection of short stories told by people who have experienced abortion directly or indirectly. The book encourages readers to start taking steps toward the healing process, provides lists of resources and support services, and includes a journal portion in the back to help individuals personally grieve with the loss of a child/family member.
For more information about Changed, click here to visit their web site.
MORE BOOKS ON PAS:
Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion by Theresa Burke. Written by a counselor who has devoted more than 18 years to helping women come to terms with their past abortions.
Forgiven and Set Free: A Post-Abortion Bible Study for Women by Linda Cochrane. This bible study encourages women to come to terms with their abortion and find healing and forgiveness.
Healing a Father's Heart: A Post-Abortion Bible Study for Men by Linda Cochrane. This bible study encourages men to come to terms with their abortion and find healing and forgiveness.
Her Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace after Abortion by Sydna Masse. The author is a post-abortive woman who found healing through Christian faith and wants to share her message of hope to other suffering women.
Men and Abortion: A Path to Healing by C.T. Coyle. This book is for men involved in the abortion process.
Redeeming a Father's Heart by Burke, Welmhoff & Stockwell. This book is a collection of real stories from men who have experienced abortion.
Right to Life of Michigan has pamphlets, books, videos and other resources to help with the healing process after abortion. For more information about resources available at our Educational Resource Centers, click here.
More than 150 prolife agencies and organizations in Michigan offer post-abortion counseling, pregnancy help or adoption services. To find a local agency near you that can help, click here.
These web sites/organizations offer a wide variety of resources to those who have been touched by abortion. While they should not substitute for seeing a counselor, they may help post-abortive women and men.
Abortion Recovery CARE
The Elliot Institute
Silent No More Awareness
Especially for men:
Fatherhood Forever Foundation
Life Issues Institute
Rachel's Vineyard offers weekend retreats for those suffering from an abortion experience to enter into a non-judgmental safe place to think and explore their feelings about abortion. Rachel's Vineyard believes that it is important for them to grieve the loss of their unborn child before they can take the steps toward healing and forgiveness. For more information, click the links below:
Rachel's Vineyard (for Men)