Abortion can be a traumatic experience in a person’s life. The loss of pregnancy through an abortion may be far in your past, but the memories remain. You, the father, or other family members may feel emotions are out of control. You may feel as if you cannot take another step forward. Please know that you are NOT alone. In many cases, the pain of loss may initially be buried, and may surface in relationship difficulties, depression or physical, psychological or spiritual problems.
We are here to offer support to anyone who might have questions about a past abortion. If you are hurting or are wondering about your feelings due to an abortion please call us to talk with someone. We acknowledge that this pain may not be recognized by other people, friends, or society. But we know your emotions are real and we are here to help.
What is PAS
PAS is also known as Post Abortion Syndrome and is the name given to describe wide, adverse emotional reactions which are attributed to feelings from abortion.
If you are a woman and have experienced abortion you may encounter the following:
Guilt, Grief, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Difficulty bonding with partner or children, Eating disorders, and Dreams/Nightmares
An abortion also significantly increases the risk of:
Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Suicidal thoughts and behavior, and Drug and alcohol abuse
Men and Abortion
The guilt and burden of men who have fathered aborted children can be unbearable at times. For many, blocking the natural process of this trauma blocks their recovery and does not allow them to heal emotionally or spiritually. Even if the abortion was in a previous relationship, the pain and stress of the abortion can be divisive later in marriage and carry lasting effects long into adulthood. Men are hurting and many need help.
Symptoms of stress from abortion include: Instability in relationships with women, difficulty in bonding with children, sleep disorders, addictive and or abusive behaviors, isolation and insensitivity, lack of confidence and anxiety, depression, sense of loss, and sexual difficulties
It is possible for men to get beyond the lingering difficulties from a past abortion and to experience peace and fullness of Christ. By opening their hearts and mind, anyone can rebuild their value structure, ease the pain of anxiety, receive God’s forgiveness, and live with confidence and happiness.