"A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. There is hope for your future, says the Lord, and your children shall come back to their country." (Jer. 31:15,17)

Project Rachel offers free, confidential, non-judgmental help and support to any woman seeking Post-Abortion healing.

What is Post-Abortion Syndrome?

The first clinical evidence of Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) was presented in testimony before the US Congress in 1981, although many other mental-health experts had previously identified significant emotional harm following abortion.

Some Post-Abortion Symptoms…..do they feel or sound familiar to you?

Re-experiencing trauma:
nightmares/recurrent dreams
flashback episodes
anniversary reactions (on the date of the abortion /due date)
extreme distress at exposure to events that resemble some aspect of the abortion (i.e. a pelvic examination, sexual intercourse, childbirth, the sound of a vacuum cleaner)

avoiding thoughts or feelings about the abortion
avoiding situations/activities that cause thoughts of the abortion (i.e. medical exams, sexual intercourse, exposure to infants, conversations about abortion or childbirth)
inability to recall aspects of the abortion – memory blocks
emotional numbing -- estrangement from others, inability to have loving feelings toward children, mate, parents, friends.

Increased arousal:
sleep disorders
irritability or outbursts of anger
difficulty concentrating
exaggerated startle response

Associate symptoms:
depression, frequent crying, anxiety
guilt/inability to forgive self
self-destructive behavior, including drug/alcohol abuse, eating disorders, suicidal urges.

(Post-abortion syndrome: symptoms taken from The Mourning After, by Terry Selby, Baker Book House: Grand Rapids 1990, p.127-130)
Psychological Effects of Induced Abortion
Anxiety and Panic Guilt
Depression Sense of Loss
Child abuse Eating disorders
Promiscuity Frustrations
Seizures/tremors Nightmares
Unfulfillment Mourning
Regret & Remorse Anger/Rage
Withdrawal Lower self-esteem
Preoccupation with death Hostility
Self-destructive behavior Despair, Helplessness
Anniversary reactions (on date of abortion) Preoccupation with would-be due date or birth month
Intense interest in babies Loss of interest in sex
Thwarted maternal instincts Hatred for anyone connected with abortion
Hatred with pro-life movement Desire to end relationship with partner
Inability to forgive oneself Feelings of dehumanization
Bouts of uncontrolled crying Feelings of being exploited
A Surprising Revelation

A Project Rachel woman from the 2006 Support Group said she had been in treatment for these symptoms for 3 years but not once were they related to her abortion

Let us pray for counselors who will have the wisdom and courage to understand the broken spiritual relationships that abortion brings about in the lives of women and men. Let us pray that they will have the compassion to offer life-enhancing choices to those in need of post-abortion healing by encouraging them to experience the love and forgivness that God and their baby offer them.

Physical Effects of Induced Abortion
Sterility Miscarriage
Stillbirth Ectopic pregnancies
Menstrual disturbances Bleeding
Infections Shock
Coma Perforated uterus
Peritonitis Passing blood clots
Fever/Cold sweats Intense pain
Loss of other organs Insomnia
Loss of appetite Exhaustion
Constant swallowing Nervousness
Decreased work capacity Gastro-intestinal disturbances
Vomiting Frigidity

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