You Are Not Alone...
Abortion is a common experience: At current rates, about one in three American women will have had an abortion by the time she reaches age 45. Moreover, a broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions. Fifty-eight percent of women having abortions are in their 20s; 61% have one or more children; 85% are unmarried; 69% are economically disadvantaged; and 73% report a religious affiliation. No racial or ethnic group makes up a majority: 36% of women obtaining abortions are white non-Hispanic, 30% are black non-Hispanic, 25% are Hispanic and 9% are of other racial backgrounds. (Guttmacher Institute)
The Facts Are...
The Consequences of Roe v. Wade
Total abortions since 1973
From the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund, January 2015, based on numbers reported by the Guttmacher Institute 1973-2011, with projections of 1,058,490 for 2012-14. The Guttmacher Institute estimates a possible 3% under reporting rate, which is factored into the overall total.
There is a condition that encompasses feelings that women (and men) often have after experiencing abortion. It may be referred to as "post-abortion syndrome", "post-abortion stress syndrome", or "post-abortion stress".
In the book A Solitary Sorrow: Finding Healing & Wholeness after Abortion, by Teri Reisser, M.S., M.F.T. and Paul Reisser, M.D., post-abortion syndrome (PAS) is described as the ongoing inability to:
- Process the painful thoughts and emotions -- especially guilt, anger, and grief -- that arise from one or more crisis pregnancies and subsequent abortions.
- Identify (and grieve) the loss that has been experienced.
- Come to peace with God, oneself, and others involved in the pregnancy and abortion decision.
Symptoms of Post-Abortion Syndrome
- Repression and Denial
- Psychological "numbing"
- Depression and thoughts of suicide
- Re-experiencing the abortion
- Preoccupation with becoming pregnant again
- Anxiety over fertility and childbearing issues
- Survivor guilt
- Development of eating disorders
- Alcohol and/or substance abuse
- Brief reactive psychosis
- Anniversary syndrome
(Help for the Post-Abortal Woman by Teri Reisser, M.S., M.F.T.)
At Pregnancy Resources of Delaware County (PRDC), we are here to help you find the resources you need to begin the healing process.
Networking: You are invited to come to an informal monthly meeting with other post-abortive women. Someone is designated in advance to share her testimony. You may talk about your own experience or simply listen. Call 740-417-9358 for dates and times.
Healing Workshop: We offer an 8-10 week healing workshop called Living in Color: the Goal of Post-Abortion Recovery. Trained facilitators lead this life-changing program, which you may experience in either a group setting or on a one-to-one basis. It is a safe, confidential meeting that is open to all ages. Call 740-302-3816 for dates and times.
What women had to say about their Living in Color experiences:
"I found the group to be a safe place, free of political debates and judgment. I was able to listen to the stories of others and talk when I felt ready. I discovered areas of my life that I never realized were affected by my abortion decision and was finally able to put my past to rest." -- Lisa K.
"I was able to change direction toward peace and freedom after leaving behind the regret, anger, sadness and bitterness."-- Susie S.
"I found happiness again." -- Robin J.
"I never realized how fallout from the abortions had permeated every area of my life. Now I recognize that many of my negative behaviors were in reaction to the trauma of my abortions." -- Helen T.
"I learned that God still loves me." -- Megan D.