Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS)
PAS is defined as the stress reaction experienced after having an abortion. PAS is a sub-category of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of PAS may include any of the following: guilt, anxiety, numbness, depression, flashbacks, and suicidal thoughts.
Additional Side Effects
A study of American women who had experienced one or more abortions indicated the following reactions were found to be associated with abortion:
- Feelings of sadness or loss: 55.8%
- Fears concerning future pregnancies: 36.9%
- Nightmares: 30%
- Withdrawal from family and friends: 30%
- Help needed to deal with the loss: 29%
- Increase in alcohol or drug use: 26.7%
- Difficulty controlling anger: 24%
- Difficulty sleeping: 23%
- Relationship ended with partner: 19.8%
Several studies have shown abortion increases a woman’s risk of having a premature delivery in future births. These studies have also shown a link between induced abortion and an increased risk for breast cancer.