through the choice of a loved one.
My story is not one of personal regret for an abortion choice but rather of not knowing Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) existed.
In 1986 our phone rang in the wee hours of the morning; and as is generally the case, it was not good news. My 19 year old sister-in-law was calling to tell me she was going to Utah so she could get an abortion. She swore me to secrecy, begging that all I told anyone was that she had gone to live with her father. I promised; and I kept that promise until 2015, five years after she committed suicide through an alcohol and prescription drug overdose.
During the years between the abortion and her death my sister exhibited so many symptoms: alcohol and drug abuse, depression, extreme mood swings, insomnia, bouncing from one bad relationship to another, and eating disorders.
I wonder… had I known about PAS would I have recognized the signs?
If I had… would she still be alive today?
Does my sister’s story mirror yours?
Does it remind you of someone you love?
Maybe my story prompts you to want to help women struggling with the after-effects of an abortion choice or to provide women facing an unplanned pregnancy with the support needed to choose life.
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