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By age 45, 1 out of every 2.5 women in the United States has had at least one abortion!*

Who are these women? They are single women, married women and divorced women. They are teens, young adults, and older women too. They are your friends, your sisters, your cousins, your aunts, your mothers, your neighbors, your co-workers, your schoolmates, they are the women you see every day when you go out into the world. These women come from all different ages, ethnicities, socio-economic levels, countries and religions. There are so many different circumstances that can bring a woman to this site. Chances are there are many women here that understand what got you here. So with all these women undergoing this common medical procedure, why isn’t there more support for women after an abortion, to discuss their experience? Why so few support groups to talk about your physical and emotional issues afterwards? The fear of political or religious backlash, and the fear of negative reactions from friends or family keeps most women from discussing anything they feel after their abortion. This makes an incredibly hard physical and emotional experience even worse, because the woman has no outlet for support. This website tries to fill that need, and provides a neutral, non-political, non-religion based, non-judgmental place for women to communicate with each other after an abortion.

How you feel after an abortion should not be a ‘political’ or ‘religious’ issue – if you have a need for support, want to talk, or have emotional or physical problems, they should be treated just like the issues with any other medical procedure.

What is this website about? This site is for women who have had an abortion, and want a place to talk about their abortion, and find peer support in a neutral, non-judgemental place. The site was created in June 1998, and now has thousands of women who post on our after abortion support message boards. sharing support, knowledge, experiences and help for each other. Our message boards have hundreds of thousands of posts, thousands of members, and discuss every aspect of post abortion support, recovery, and life after an abortion. You cango sign up for an account and get immediate support and conversation with other women who have experienced the same thing you have. Go to the message boards

How many women are talking right now on the message boards? Hundreds! How many stories can you go read right now, that have information and answers to questions you might have about post-abortion recovery? Literally, millions! As of 2/23/2015, the message boards have over 2,779,557 posts and 38,687 members! Because we have members from around the world in many different time zones, there is always someone on-line either posting or chatting, and they’d be happy to talk with you! Even if you don’t want to talk, there are almost 2.5 million posts you can read through, to find comfort and support. You are not alone and your feelings are shared by thousands of women around the globe. Our boards cover every aspect of life after an abortion, and we have a lot of different topics to explore. Click Here to go join the message boards and find information and instant friends who truly understand!

More about this site: This website contains information, help and resources for women dealing with Post Abortion Stress Syndrome, also referred to as “PASS”. We provide neutral, non-judgmental, non-religion based, non-politically affiliated online support, information, help and healing. This site was created by “jilly”, a woman who has recovered from her own struggles with PASS after 5 abortions. We provide help through “peer support” discussion, volunteer helpers, message board communication and online information. “Peer Support” means that there are no professional counselors or doctors here, just other women who have been through these experiences and understand them. Regardless of whether your abortion was 3 weeks ago, 3 years ago, or 30 years ago, you can find other women who understand, and lots of support.

  • How to feel better after an abortion – PASS Recovery Steps – This book is for women who had an abortion 3 months or more ago, and are not feeling better, and are having persistent problems with getting back to normal.
  • You can also buy a print version of the PASS Recovery Steps below, from Cafe’ Press. Individual Recovery Steps Workbook

    We have a special section on our message board system for women working on the Individual Recovery Steps. If you want help, have questions or need input or support on a particular step, please post at the Individual Recovery Steps Message Board.

    Is This A Pro-Choice Or Pro-Life Site?

    This site is neither, it is “Politically Neutral”, and is devoted to healing and recovery for women who’ve had abortions. This site does not endorse any political view about abortion, or endorse any specific religious view about abortion. It is strictly a neutral place of healing, information and support for women, their families and friends after an abortion. We treat this as a medical issue for women, not a political or religious one. Therefore at our message boards and chats there is no discussion allowed on prolife vs prochoice issues, judgement or questioning of women’s reasons, or discussions about the “morality” of abortion. If you choose to participate in our interactive groups, please respect our site policy on these issues. Our site is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and is not financed or supported by any political or religious groups. It is supported solely by the members at the message boards, and profits from the sale of products.

    What Is “Post Abortion Stress Syndrome?”

    Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) is the name for a condition that can affect women after an abortion. Just like any other condition, PASS does not affect every woman who has an abortion. Some women who have abortions feel peaceful about their decision beforehand, have a pain-free and physically easy experience, feel relieved afterwards, and then live the rest of their lives with no problems or regrets. Other women may have a different experience, and may have a more difficult time with the physical procedure itself, and the emotional and physical recovery process. Those who are affected can find themselves having problems with a common set of physical or emotional issues. After an abortion it’s possible that a woman will have some normal feelings of grief, guilt, sadness, crying and loss. If the feelings become severe, interfere with her daily activities, persist for a long period of time, or lead to other more serious problems, she may be suffering from PASS. Click Here for a list of detailed symptoms of PASS, lists of common problems, and more specific information.

    Doesn’t having PASS problems mean I am “prolife”, or “regret my decision”?”

    NO! PASS is a collection of physical and/or emotional issues that are common to women after an abortion. It is not expereinced only by women who are prolife, or who regret their abortion. There are plenty of prochoice women who have experienced PASS. There are also plenty of women who feel their abortion was the right choice, and don’t regret it, yet still have problems with PASS. PASS is a medical condition, and has nothing to do with politics or religion.

    What about you and the people who run this site?

    My view on abortion is neutral. The volunteers who help run this site and the message boards and chats have many different views – but the important thing is that everyone who helps out here has a strict devotion to neutrality, and our support and help is totally neutral. Click here to donate money directly to hosting costs for
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    History of Speech Voice Recognition and Transcription Software


    Speech and vocie recognition refers to the ability of machines to respond to spoken commands. Speech and voice recognition enables hands-free control of various electronic devices a particular boon to many disabled persons and the automatic creation of print-ready dictation. Among the earliest applications for speech voice recognition were automated telephone systems and medical dictation software (for transcription).

    The technology of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Transcription has progressed greatly over the past few years. Ever since research of this technology began in 1936, the largest barriers to the speed and accuracy of speech voice recognition were computer speed and power (or the lack thereof). With the average CPU now above a Pentium III and RAM levels at 500 MB and up, accuracy levels have reached 95% and better with transcription speeds at over 160 words per minute.

    As mentioned above, the study of automatic speech recognition and transcription began in the 1936 with AT T s Bell Labs. At that time, most research was funded and performed by Universities and the U.S. Government (primarily by the Military and DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Project Agency ). It was not until the early 1980 s when the technology reached the commercial market.

    Like most emerging technologies, there were several competing research camps , each working independently to develop speech recognition. Please view the Speech Recognition Timeline to get a full view of its development.

    The first company to launch a commercial product was Covox in 1982. Covox brought digital sound (via The Voice Master, Sound Master and The Speech Thing) to the Commodore 64, Atari 400/800, and finally to the IBM PC in the mid 80s. Along with (or bundled with) this introduction of sound to computers came an early form of speech recognition.

    Another company that was founded in 1982 and whose eventual product has become the overwhelming leader in the speech recognition market was Dragon Systems. Nuance, Inc. now owns and manufactures this product, Dragon Naturally Speaking.


    Dragon Systems was founded in 1982 by James and Janet Baker to commercialize speech recognition technology. As graduate students at Rockefeller University in 1970, they became interested in speech recognition while observing waveforms of speech on an oscilloscope. At the time, systems were in place for recognizing a few hundred words of discrete speech, provided the system was trained on the speaker and the speaker paused between words. There were not yet techniques that could sort through naturally spoken sentences. James Baker saw the waveforms–and the problem of natural speech recognition–as an interesting pattern-recognition problem.

    Rockefeller had neither experts in speech understanding nor suitable computing power, and so the Bakers moved to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a prime contractor for DARPA s Speech Understanding Research program. There they began to work on natural speech recognition capabilities. Their approach differed from that of other speech researchers, most of whom were attempting to recognize spoken language by providing contextual information, such as the speaker s identity, what the speaker knew, and what the speaker might be trying to say, in addition to rules of English. The Bakers approach was based purely on statistical relationships, such as the probability that any two or three words would appear one after another in spoken English. They created a phonetic dictionary with the sounds of different word groups and then set to work on an algorithm to decipher a string of spoken words based on phonetic sound matches and the probability that someone would speak the words in that order. Their approach soon began outperforming competing systems.

    After receiving their doctorates from CMU in 1975, the Bakers joined IBM s T.J. Watson Research Center, one of the only organizations at the time working on large-vocabulary, continuous speech recognition. The Bakers developed a program that could recognize speech from a 1,000-word vocabulary, but it could not do so in real time. Running on an IBM System 370 computer, it took roughly an hour to decode a single spoken sentence. Nevertheless, the Bakers grew impatient with what they saw as IBM s reluctance to develop simpler systems that could be more rapidly put to commercial use. They left in 1979 to join Verbex Voice Systems, a subsidiary of Exxon Enterprises that had built a system for collecting data over the telephone using spoken digits. Less than 3 years later, however, Exxon exited the speech recognition business.

    With few alternatives, the Bakers decided to start their own company, Dragon Systems. The company survived its early years through a mix of custom projects, government research contracts, and new products that relied on the more mature discrete speech recognition technology. In 1984, they provided Apricot Computer, a British company, with the first speech recognition capability for a personal computer (PC). It allowed users to open files and run programs using spoken commands. But Apricot folded shortly thereafter. In 1986, Dragon Systems was awarded the first of a series of contracts from DARPA to advance large-vocabulary, speaker-independent continuous speech recognition, and by 1988, Dragon conducted the first public demonstration of a PC-based discrete speech recognition system, boasting an 8,000-word vocabulary.

    In 1990, Dragon demonstrated a 5,000-word continuous speech system for PCs and introduced DragonDictate 30K, the first large-vocabulary, speech-to-text system for general-purpose dictation. It allowed control of a PC using voice commands only and found acceptance among the disabled. The system had limited appeal in the broader marketplace because it required users to pause between words. Other federal contracts enabled Dragon to improve its technology. In 1991, Dragon received a contract from DARPA for work on machine-assisted translation systems, and in 1993, Dragon received a federal Technology Reinvestment Project award to develop, in collaboration with Analog Devices Corporation, continuous speech voice recognition systems for desktop and hand-held personal digital assistants (PDAs). Dragon demonstrated PDA speech recognition in the Apple Newton MessagePad 2000 in 1997.

    Late in 1993, the Bakers realized that improvements in desktop computers would soon allow continuous voice recognition. They quickly began setting up a new development team to build such a product. To finance the needed expansion of its engineering, marketing, and sales staff, Dragon brokered a deal whereby Seagate Technologies bought 25 percent of Dragon s stock. By July 1997, Dragon had launched Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a continuous speech voice recognition program for general-purpose use with a vocabulary of 23,000 words. The package won rave reviews and numerous awards. IBM quickly followed suit, offering its own continuous speech recognition program, ViaVoice, in August after a crash development program. By the end of the year, the two companies combined had sold more than 75,000 copies of their software. Other companies, such as Microsoft Corporation and Lucent Technologies, are expected to introduce products in the near future, and analysts expected a $4 billion worldwide market by 2001.

    In 2000, Lernout Hauspie acquired Dragon Systems. In 2001, Scansoft, Inc. acquired all rights to Lernout Hauspie s speech recognition products including Dragon Naturally Speaking. In 2003, Scansoft, Inc. acquired Speechworks, and the company chaged their name to Nuance in 2005.

    Nuance, Inc. is presently the world leader in the technology of Speech Recognition in the commercial market.

    The primary source for this history is Garfinkel (1998).

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    Lost wages: If your accident has caused you to miss time from work, you are entitled to some type of compensation through your injury claim. You should document all time you took off and keep all doctor’s notes that justify your time off.

    Pain and Suffering: This is a term used in the legal industry that refers to emotional and physical stress, as well as the actual physical pain, caused by a car accident. Injury victims are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.

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