Julie of Silent Rain Drops has written the second in her series on post-abortion traumatic stress. The second entry is called PTSD, abortion, and chronic pain.
One of the points that Julie makes is:
Guilt and regret are absolutely unnecessary in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder.This is true. One might think that women who are traumatized by their abortions are those women who have come to believe that in the abortion, an innocent child was destroyed. These are women who consciously regret abortion. But what about all the women who don't believe that, at least on any conscious level? Why is it that so many pro-choice women--who do not regard the fetus as morally significant--end up feeling significantly distressed after an abortion? Why do behaviors that are symptomatic of PTSD start to develop?
These are the questions Julie is trying to answer, by looking at what is known about more primitive brain responses, the autonomic nervous system, physical symptoms, and PTSD.