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Post-abortion trauma

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The post-abortion trauma describes a psycho-emotional syndrome resulting from prenatal killing, so called "abortion".

Origin of the term

The term post-abortion syndrome was first used in 1981 by Vincent Rue[wp] in a statement before the Congress of the United States[wp].[1][2] Rue is a life rights activist[wp] who was working for the pro-life organization[wp] Ramah-International at the time. In 1992, together with the psychologist Anne Speckhard[wp], he conceptualized "post-abortion syndrome" as a variant of Post-traumatic stress disorder[wp] (PTSD) that develops as a result of prenatal killing.[3][4] Speckhard had previously developed a description of the syndrome in her dissertation. For this purpose, she interviewed 30 women who were recruited because they considered an abortion one to 25 years ago to be "extremely stressful". The sample was atypical in its composition: 46% of the interviewed women had had abortions in the second trimester[wp], 4% in the third trimester[wp] and some of the women had had illegal abortions.[3]

According to Rue and Speckhard, the symptoms resemble those of war veterans. The affected women experience depression[wp], feelings of guilt[wp], mourning[wp], shame[wp] und anger. Furthermore, flashbacks[wp], denial[wp], and drug abuse[wp] occur, according to Rue and Speckhard.[3][4]


Due to the fact that feminism has enforced the "right" to the prenatal killing of human life in the social, political and scientific fields, a post-abortion syndrome is not desirable for ideological reasons and is consequently rejected accordingly.

For example WikiPrawda:

Quote: «The term post-abortion syndrome is used primarily in the political debate on abortion in the United States[wp]. Life rights activists[wp] and supporters of the religious right[wp] use the term to ascribe a number of negative reactions to abortions.[5][6][7][8][9] In the 1980s, anti-abortion activists[wp] in the United States increasingly claimed the existence of the PAS.»[10]

Originally, the term was developed in relation to women after an abortion. The effects of abortion on men were deliberately overlooked.[11] Only rarely is post-abortion trauma in men addressed and the sources are sparse.



  1. Vincent Rue: Abortion and Family Relations. Testimony before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senate, 97th Congress, Washington, DC (1981).
  2. Irin Carmon: Who is Vincent Rue?, in: MSNBC on June 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 B. Major u. a.: Abortion and mental health: Evaluating the evidence[webarchive] (PDF; 194 kB, archiviert am 4. Oktober 2013) In: American Psychologist, 64 (9), 2009, p. 863-890. doi:10.1037/a0017497. PMID 19968372.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A. C. Speckhard, V. M. Rue: Postabortion Syndrome: An Emerging Public Health Concern., in: Journal of Social Issues. 48 (3), 1992, p. 95-119. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.1992.tb00899.x.
  5. E. M. Dadlez, W. L. Andrews: Post-Abortion Syndrome: Creating an Affliction, in: Bioethics, 24 (9), 2009, p. 445-452. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01739.x. PMID 19594725.
  6. Emily Bazelon[wp]: Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?, in: The New York Times on January 21, 2007
  7. A. J. Trumpy: Woman vs. Fetus: Frame Transformation and Intramovement Dynamics in the Pro-Life Movement., in: Sociological Spectrum. 34 (2), 2014, p. 163-184. doi:10.1080/02732173.2014.878624.
  8. Michael Kranish: Science in support of a cause: the new research., in: The Boston Globe on July 31, 2005
  9. Diana DeGette, Daniel Paisner: Sex, Science, and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reason. Lyons Press, Guilford (Conn.) 2008, ISBN 1-59921-431-8, i.e. p. 207.
  10. Post-Abortion-Syndrom[wp] (Revision from May 19, 2020)
  11. Catherine T. Coyle: Post-Abortion Trauma in Men Still Overlooked
    Post-Abortion Trauma in Men Still Overlooked, Silent Voices on March 14, 2017
  12. Catherine Coyle and Vincent Rue: New Study: The Meaning of Abortion in Men's Lives, Men and Abortion on November 1, 2010
  13. Book Review

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