Here are a few very important references and resources to help contribute to a sane and civil discussion of the larger impact & aftermath of abortion on women’s lifelong health, wholeness and well-being.
The issue of abortion has become so politically polarizing that some people will not touch it with a 10-foot pole. In fact, those who adopt the narrative, and staunchly proclaim, that abortion is without risks or complications count on it. Many of them prefer to silence the masses by confusing the issue by spreading seeds of doubt through outright denial of the truth, or anything that threatens their narrative, ideology or agenda.
It is my challenge that we do better for women, children and future generations, by openly and honestly discussing this very important life changing decision far too many women are forced into making in so many cases. Only to be left alone in the wake of the aftermath of which they are uninformed and completely unprepared.
Let’s open up the dialogue. Let’s bridge the gap. Let’s seek wisdom and truth with a heart to bring healing and hope for a brighter day where abortion is UNTHINKABLE.
In addition to the resources already mentioned in the main S.M.A.R.T. Women’s Healthcare message, Complications – Abortion’s Impact on Women and HUSH Documentary – A Liberating Conversation about Abortion & Women’s Health. You can order them here. Please do, and share!
Here is the link to Complications – including the e-version which has been updated in late 2017.
The most current published book:
Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion – edited by Rachel M. MacNair – Published in 2016 – “The topic of abortion remains a hotly debated and contentious issue. Too often, partisan politics fuels the debate but prevents a full discussion of facts, particularly those facts on which both sides agree.”
“What might the field of peace psychology offer to this debate? Is there empirical evidence from psychology that will add more light than heat? Can the common conflict-transformation method apply by considering the interests people have in common, not merely hardened positions, so that creative solutions may be found? Can we at least have a full and accurate understanding of what the various perspectives are so as to facilitate a more constructive dialogue?”
Part 1: The Psychology of Violence Against Women
Part 2: Post-Abortion Aftermath
Part 3: Other Contentious Topics
Part 4: The Constructive Program
The Cost of “Choice” – Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion – edited by Erika Bachiochi – This should be a must read in all upper education studies of sociology and women’s studies.
The twelve essays in The Cost of Choice, all by women active in the public square, argue that legal abortion has in fact harmed women – socially, medically, psychologically and culturally.
Law professor Elizabeth Schiltz describes the unsettling reactions she face for “choosing” to give birth to a child with Down Syndrome. Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, co-founder of Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, offers evidence supporting a link between induced abortion and increased risk of breast cancer. Psychiatrist Joanne Angelo tells how abortion has affected women she has treated.
With essays by imminent women such as Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law School, and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Eleonore Raoul Professor of the Humanities at Emory University, The Cost of Choice shows another side of feminism and captures the complexity of a divisive social issue.
“The essays in The Cost of Choice describe with impact and accuracy the hazards – physical and mental – of abortion. The mother of a child, born or unborn, has an obligation to feed and shelter her child, society an obligation to help her, if need be, and the law an obligation to protect that child against unwillful injury or death. Such obligations are lost, however, on the feminist creed that abortion is a woman’s emancipation. This book clearly dispels the belief that abortion is just another harmless minor surgical procedure.” – Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Maria Shriver’s mother)
And thirdly, Forbidden Grief – The Unspoken Pain of Abortion – by Dr. Theresa Burke. While the political battle rages, little has been done to address the emotional needs of those who struggle with feelings of grief & loss. Instead, social taboos stifle discussion of abortion-related feelings and the aftermath. Women are left feeling isolated, and their recovery is inhibited.
Forbidden Grief is a compelling, haunting review of Dr. Theresa Burke’s experience in counseling hundreds of women for abortion-related emotional problems. Dr. Burke exposes the obstacles in the way of after-abortion healing, reviews the full range and depth of post-abortion adjustment problems, and illustrates how we can create a more understanding and healing society where women will no longer be required to hide their pain and hidden grief.
It is my hope and wholehearted request that YOU will be and advocate for women, children and future generations and become educated and fully aware of the greater issues surrounding this very important issue.
Peace to you!
S.M.A.R.T. Women’s Healthcare – Science Matters in Abortion Related Trauma