Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) describes the emotional and psychological consequences of abortion. Teenagers are especially vulnerable to PAS because of their critical life stage. Our society often ignores the painful consequences of abortion, but buried anxiety, fear, shame, guilt and grief resurface magnified by time. The article March for Life decries President Barack Obama’s classification of abortion as an opportunity for women to “achieve their dreams.”
Guilt is quite common when women recognize that they have violated their moral code committing an abortion, and the burden of guilt is relentless because of the mother’s protective instinct of her pre-born child. The woman will often express her guilt and shame through anger at herself and to others involved in the abortion decision. She may also be angry and abuse her actual and future children.
An unpleasant emotional and physical state of apprehension, anxiety, may torment post-abortive women. The woman’s violation of their moral code may generate much anxiety, which involves tension, physical responses, such as headache and upset stomachs, worry about the future and insomnia.
Abortions performed to save relationships generally fail, particularly between single people, and the failure contributes to a sense of loss and depression. It is a sad, guilty and hopeless mood that may cause immobilization and loss of interest in life. Women who had an abortion are nine times more likely to attempt suicide than other women because of feeling of rejection, low self-esteem, guilt and depression. Other psychological problems may include eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and nightmares.