The complex feelings of many women who've had abortions
July 1, 2009 11:55 AM Subscribe
"Every day I talk to people who have always been against abortion, . . . who are having an abortion. Or I talk to people who are pro-choice, [yet are] freaked out by [having an abortion]." Many women you know [have had an abortion]. Odds are, they never said a word about it to you. "We need to discuss the complex feelings of women who've had abortions." While many women experience only relief after an abortion, others may grieve for the lost pregnancy."Why flatten the decisions around abortion to just abortion?"
posted by cybercoitus interruptus (184 comments total)
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But by talking about women's emotions around abortion
, aren't you actually feeding that ["abortion hurts [most] women"] strategy [of] the right?
American Psychiatric Association (APA): We must distinguish illnesses from feelings.
Spiritual and Emotional Health:
[A woman] needs to know there are friends, family, and/or clergy who do not judge her
, who will listen to her feelings without interpreting them, and who will give her encouragement to plan her future.
I know I/we made the right choice in having an abortion, [but] is there something that I or we can do to acknowledge that this would have been a child?
Nonjudgmental Resources in the US:
Pregnancy Options Workbook
: The people who put together this book support you no matter what you choose. We have tried to give you a realistic picture of all the choices you can make--abortion, adoption, and being a parent. You will find exercises to help you make the best decision for you [including spiritual and religious concerns about abortion, and post-abortion healing rituals].
Before and after an abortion
: Offers unbiased and medically-accurate information to our callers, and our Talk Line Advocates remain politically neutral when speaking with callers.
After an abortion
Read, write, or send messages from your heart to another heart about your abortion experience
: We believe that after an abortion, whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, you deserve to have your own unique experience seen and heard, and to get what you need for your long-term emotional well-being. This is the"pro-voice" message.