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What is Post-Abortion Syndrome?

Some women experience strong negative emotions after abortion. Sometimes this occurs within days and sometimes it happens after many years. This psychological response is known as Post-Abortion Syndrome, also called Post-Abortion Stress (PAS). Several factors that increase the risk of Post-Abortion Stress include age, the abortion circumstances, the stage of pregnancy at which the abortion occurs, and religious beliefs.

Post Abortion Stress Symptoms (PAS):

  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anniversary grief
  • Flashbacks of abortion
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Relationship problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Psychological reactions

Spiritual Considerations

People have different understandings of God. Whatever your beliefs may be, there is a spiritual side to abortion to consider. Having an abortion may affect more than just your body and your mind—it may have an impact on your relationship with God. What is God's desire for you in this situation? How does God see your unborn child? These are important questions to consider.

Post-Abortion Syndrome Help

If you have already had an abortion and need support, there are resources that can help you.

Hope After Abortion—Facts, stories, and help for women who are experiencing the guilt and emptiness that come after an abortion.

Rachel's Vineyard—A weekend retreat for women who have post-abortion grief, to connect with others and heal.