Syndrome always refers to a whole group of typical symptoms which can be specifically assigned to a certain trauma or injury. By listing the possible consequences of an abortion (PAS) here, we are not suggesting that that all women suffer all these symptoms after an abortion. However, this is about significant observations that specialists have made in numerous women who have had an abortion.
Post-abortion syndrome (PAS) as such is still absent from the official psychiatric diagnosis codices. Even AIDS or Creutzfeld-Jakob disease were once diseases that existed before they were fully recognised by science. It is problematic when science contributes to building taboos. Women should be able to express their grief and experience it without having the feeling that this contradicts political expediency.
Today the professionals involved and society at large react increasingly more sensitively to the needs of women and their partners after miscarriages. Time and opportunities are provided to mourn these children. Recently even dignified burials have been made possible. Why then should women not be allowed to mourn their aborted children as well? Why should they bend to social pressure and not simply be allowed to talk about it?
The intervention in the female body’s natural processes that happens in an abortion can in no way be minimised. Depending on the woman’s personal situation, substantial purely organic consequences and psychosomatic as well as psychological phenomena can occur.
(not counted as part of actual PAS however)
1. Early complications of an abortion
2. Later complications after an abortion
Problems with later pregnancies, for example a higher risk of miscarriages and premature births; increased perinatal mortality (during and after the birth); increased risk of tubal or abdominal pregnancies
(This is not an exhaustive list.)