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What’s airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Abortion is Not Safe,” Part 3

by | Aug 16, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

Thursday’s broadcast is the third in a series demonstrating that abortion, while legal (to borrow from the formulation of pro-abortion former President Bill Clinton), it is most certainly not safe. National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias shifts from physical complications to the emotional and psychological aftermath of abortion.

“We have heard countless stories of women reporting negative after-effects from abortion citing horrible nightmares about the procedure and the unborn child killed in the process,” Mrs. Tobias says. “Women very often re-live and re-experience the abortion with terrible psychological pain.  Very often they are left feeling worthless and victimized by an industry that purports to ‘help’ them.”

Researchers on the after-effects of abortion have identified a pattern of psychological problems known as Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS). Women suffering post-abortion syndrome may experience drug and alcohol abuse, personal relationship disorders, sexual dysfunction, repeated abortions, communications difficulties, damaged self-esteem, and even attempt suicide. PAS appears to be a type of pattern of denial which may last for five to ten years before emotional difficulties surface.

It is not new to learn that many women regret their abortions. Mrs. Tobias notes how as far back as 1989 a Los Angeles Times survey found that 56% of women who had abortions felt guilty about it, and 26% “mostly regretted the abortion.”  Those numbers most likely haven’t dropped in the past two decades.  In fact, common sense and a large number of studies indicate those numbers are much higher today. Clinicians’ current goal should be to conduct extensive national research studies to obtain data on the psychological after-effects of abortion.

(And chemical abortions—RU486—pose a new and possibly more devastating psychological threat. “Unlike surgical abortions, in which women rarely see the cut up body parts, women having chemical abortions often do see the complete tiny bodies of their unborn children and are even able to distinguish the child’s developing hands, eyes, and so forth,” Mrs. Tobias says. “So traumatic is this for some women that both patients and researchers involved in these studies have recommended that women unprepared for the experience of seeing their aborted children not take the drugs.  Long-term psychological implications of this experience have not been studied.”)

As the truth about PAS grows in scholarly and clinical circles, we can hope that women will receive a more sensitive appreciation of the suffering that they endure. Fortunately, a growing network of peer support groups of women who have had abortions offers assistance to women who are experiencing emotional difficulties. Women or family members seeking information about this particular outreach can contact American Victims of Abortion which is an outreach of National Right to Life. 

“Women are finding that the ‘choice’ of abortion is a bad choice, “Mrs. Tobias concludes. “The pain, grief and guilt of abortion never go away and women need to be told about the consequences of abortion before they go through with one.”

At you’ll find a series of resource links that examine the physical and psychological risks of abortion.  They’re designed to help you more fully understand the after-effects and aid you if you’re ever in a position to help a post-abortive woman start on the road to healing.

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