There are many common symptoms of post-abortion distress. It may be years before any of these surface or they may begin to appear immediately and no one experiences all of them. While there are some symptoms and behavior changes unique to women or to men-there are many symptoms they share.
Who chooses to abort?
We’re often led to believe that the mother freely chooses abortion. But research shows that two thirds of women are coerced or forced by others. [Elliot Institute, www.afterabortion.org] Parents may coerce a daughter; a husband or boyfriend-may just abandon her, passively shrug off his responsibilities or in rage threaten to harm her and the child. School counselors or authorities, employers, physicians, pastors may exert pressure on her. Her own ideas about rejection from the church or others may contribute to her decision to abort.
“There’s a grief we rarely hear spoken aloud.
It’s around us all in our everyday lives. Many people we meet-at a grocery store or a mall, a restaurant or in church-more than one in four American women…have had an abortion. As many men carry the same unnamed grief.”
– Set Free the Film
“To see and hear the pain of guilt and shame will break your heart.”
– Linda Cochrane