Post-Abortion Syndrome

Is abortion the quick and easy procedure that its advocates claim it to be? Hardly. Over the past few decades, studies on women who have had abortions show that these mothers often experience aftereffects that can last for decades. Charita, recently featured on the eye-211610_640reality TV show Extreme Weight Loss, is just one example of a post-abortive woman struggling with her decision years later. In this clip, Charita opens up to her parents about her abortion, describing the guilt and regret that has racked her for ten years.  She attributes her struggle with weight gain, in part, to that abortion. Charita's pain is similar to that of millions of post-abortive women. Her symptoms, as well as many others, are collectively called Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS). These symptoms fall into two main categories, physical and psychological. Physical Symptoms of PAS Some of the risks of abortion are obvious. Like any invasive surgery, abortion can cause severe pain, hemorrhage, and  increased risk of infection (these risks are especially high in light of the many abortion facilities that have failed health department inspections). The chance of cervical injury or uterine perforation during an abortion is also high, and one that could have long-term consequences. Abortions, especially repeat abortions, endanger the long-term health of a woman's reproductive system. Abortion comes with the increased risk of infertility, sterility, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and premature births. Many women are devastated to discover that when they are ready to have children, they have a hard time conceiving or carrying a baby to term. Psychological Symptoms of PAS Besides the physical risks associated with abortion, mothers also frequently experience psychological distress. Women who choose chemical abortions, for example, are often unprepared to go into labor and expel the perfectly-formed bodies of their tiny babies. Many women report having nightmares about their abortion or their baby, and have a hard time seeing other children of similar ages to their own lost one. Mothers who go on to have more children sometimes struggle to bond with them, partially because they feel guilty about their abortion and unworthy of or inadequate for the role of parent. These feelings of low self-esteem and guilt increase the risk of drug and alcohol abuse. Sadly, death of the mother is another risk of abortion. Physical complications from the procedure have taken many lives, and the psychological stress increases suicidal tendencies astronomically. If you or a loved one has had an abortion, there is help available. These organizations, as well as most pregnancy resource centers, offer confidential post-abortion healing and help:  Abortion Changes You                         Abortion Recovery International     After Abortion                                           Deeper Still                                                 Project Rachel                                            Rachel’s Vineyard                                     Silent No More Awareness                   Surrendering the Secret