Post Abortion Survivor Syndrome

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Letters to the Editor

News release:  Post Abortion Survivor Syndrome: Signs and Symptoms,  Ney PG, Sheils C, Gajowy M. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, 2010; 25: 107-129  

 Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of people suffering the effects of being alive when a sibling was aborted is vitally important to physicians and politicians.  The resulting syndrome is so deeply damaging and difficult to treat it can help explain many psychiatric and medical illnesses.  PASS affects such a large numbers of people, it helps explain voting and economic trends.

First uncovered clinically in 1979 and described in the early eighties,(A Consideration of Abortion Survivors, Ney PG. J Child Psychiatry and Human Development 1983; 13: 168-179 and Abortion Survivors,  Ney PG, Peeters MA. 1996 Pioneer Publishing Victoria BC.) data has now been carefully collected and statistically analyzed. The most prominent symptom of PASS is existential guilt, “I feel I don’t deserve to be alive” Other symptoms include pervasive anxiety, fear of the future, sense of impending doom, self injury, obsessive thinking, poor self identity, low self esteem, self destructive behavior, fear of becoming psychotic and dissociation. 

PASS helps explain low rates of child bearing and raising.  PASS people are afraid of having children.  PASS helps explain economic recession. PASS people are pessimistic about the future. PASS helps explain the younger generation’s fascination with the occult. It helps us understand mad bombers who are extremely angry at adults and politicians who have allowed the massive slaughter of their siblings. It helps explain suicide bombers who have no joy in living but want a “noble” meaning to their death. It helps explain the large number of depressed people who have unresolved grief of an aborted sibling.  It may help explain the growing interest in euthanasia.  PASS people are poorly bonded to their parents.

Approximately: 50% of younger North Americans, 60% of Russians, 90% of younger Chinese are abortion survivors.  As those who are alive because they were wanted, PASS people tend to feel they have no intrinsic value and therefore, nor do others.  They conclude that everyone who doesn’t contribute is expendable.

We have data to show that most people know or accurately suspect what happened to their parent’s pregnancies. We have found that one of the most important factors that determine a woman’s choice to have an abortion, is that her mother had an abortion.

There appears of be a paradoxical response when, for reasons over which they have no control, a person’s life is spared when those who are near and dear to them are killed.  The survivor syndrome, first detected among holocaust survivors, is now known to be common in combat survivors.  What makes PASS more difficult is the fact that it is a person’s parents who wanted them but killed their unwanted siblings.  Wantedness has determined who lives and who dies. This makes Margaret Sanger’s motto “The first right of every child is to be wanted” such a travesty. The first and only inalienable rights are to be, to become and to be welcomed into a family.  Wanted children are almost all PASS with life long struggles about existing.


Philip G. Ney MD FRCP(C)