Abortion and Post Abortion Counseling
Abortion and Post Abortion Counseling Resources
The majority opinion of Doe v. Bolton stated, “The medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age—relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health." However, the abortion can cause short and long term health issues and psychological issues as well. These problems are called Post Abortion Syndrome or PDS.
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... (RTL Michigan)
In our area there are several organizations that can provide post adoption counseling for mothers, fathers, families and friends.