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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J015v27n03_06

Abortion and Mental Health

What Therapists Need to Know

DOI:
10.1300/J015v27n03_06
Lisa Rubina & Nancy Felipe Russob 

pages 69-90


Publishing models and article dates explained
Version of record first published: 25 Sep 2008
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Abstract

Unwanted pregnancy and abortion are common life events, and therapists are likely to work with clients who experience them. Legal abortion currently entails little physical or mental health risk; most women currently cope effectively with these life events without need of clinical intervention. But current abortion politics include efforts to make abortion a more threatening, stressful, and stigmatized experience and to create a “postabortion syndrome.” Using a stress and coping framework, we examine how antiabortion activists spread myths and misinformation aimed at women's appraisal processes, and discuss approaches therapists can use to enhance women's strategies for coping with abortion. We also discuss specific issues and useful techniques for counseling about abortion concerns, including cultural sensitivity and strategies for promoting positive sexual health.




What do you think poses more of a risk, the abortion itself or the stigma that many on the pro-life side of the house put on it and the woman?  

by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM
Replies (11-20):
blues_pagan
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Wow do you think that women are really that stupid when they go in for an abortion?  I have to really disagree there.  

I can see that you are pro-life but your definition of when life begins and what the embryo, zygote, blastocyst, or "baby" is differs for everyone.  

I also think that you could have been a bit more tactful here.  There are some women here who have had abortions and THIS type of response is what tends to be more detrimental.

Quoting Kelseyciarah:

 Yeah, until you fast forward 30 years after the abortion, when the women FINALLY understands what she did.

I could see how it does not cause trauma mentally, because I'd bet over half the women getting abortions don't know what they are doing, its usually vaguely explained to them during the first visit and they think its nothing more than a period.

And I can ALSO see how the new legislation can make it MORE traumatic, a woman goes in selfishly and then has to see face to face what she is killing. Its a lot easier not to have a face to the life you are ending.

For my sister that holds true, she went in, got the cervidil, had the vaginal ultrasound and then CHANGED HER MIND after seeing her sweet little gummy bear, but it was TOO LATE at that point. Very heartbroken that she has to live with that, and that the child had to perish.


GoddessNDaRuff
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM

the stigma honestly. How many women say the "found religion" and THEN regretted their abortion and started having issues?

I will say some might have serious mental issues after an abortion when A. they viewed it as "murder" in the first place but CHOSE to go through with it anyways and B. they didn't really want the abortion in the first place but went through with it to avoid stigma of the pregnancy, found a defect with the fetus, felt coerced into the abortion.

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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I think that as a mental health professional, I have t be prepared for clients with emotional reactions to abortions, deliveries that didn't go as planned, PPD, etc.  My understanding is that abortion doesn't have any more emotional/psychological risks than pregnancy.  I think that there is a lot of stigma.  I've done clinic defense & I would hate to be one of the abortion survivors having to get in & out of the clinic, dealing with Operation Rescue.  It would have been very emotional if I had had to deal with the equivalent while going to my IUIs, pre-natal exams, or L&D.

Hate Is NOT a Family Value.

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Why did she have the ultrasound after starting the ripening? 

 

Quoting Kelseyciarah:

 Yeah, until you fast forward 30 years after the abortion, when the women FINALLY understands what she did.

I could see how it does not cause trauma mentally, because I'd bet over half the women getting abortions don't know what they are doing, its usually vaguely explained to them during the first visit and they think its nothing more than a period.

And I can ALSO see how the new legislation can make it MORE traumatic, a woman goes in selfishly and then has to see face to face what she is killing. Its a lot easier not to have a face to the life you are ending.

For my sister that holds true, she went in, got the cervidil, had the vaginal ultrasound and then CHANGED HER MIND after seeing her sweet little gummy bear, but it was TOO LATE at that point. Very heartbroken that she has to live with that, and that the child had to perish.

 

 

Hate Is NOT a Family Value.

stacefaceninja
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

*runs back out of post*...you are way too smart for me. 

Quoting rfurlongg:

This looks like an abstract from a study. Where is the methodology and conclusion?


Kelseyciarah
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

 I do not know, I think thats just how that particular clinic did things.

It was cervidil, ultrasound, then the actual abortion. Seems odd to me, as they should have started with the ultrasound.

Quoting Bookwormy:

Why did she have the ultrasound after starting the ripening? 

 

Quoting Kelseyciarah:

 Yeah, until you fast forward 30 years after the abortion, when the women FINALLY understands what she did.

I could see how it does not cause trauma mentally, because I'd bet over half the women getting abortions don't know what they are doing, its usually vaguely explained to them during the first visit and they think its nothing more than a period.

And I can ALSO see how the new legislation can make it MORE traumatic, a woman goes in selfishly and then has to see face to face what she is killing. Its a lot easier not to have a face to the life you are ending.

For my sister that holds true, she went in, got the cervidil, had the vaginal ultrasound and then CHANGED HER MIND after seeing her sweet little gummy bear, but it was TOO LATE at that point. Very heartbroken that she has to live with that, and that the child had to perish.

 

 

 

Kelseyciarah
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

 Yes, as a matter of fact, there are probably MANY women who go to get abortions and are ill-informed.

Just like there are many women who go to get regular birth control and either don't aske questions or are just plain not educated on what they put into their bodies.

(To clarify, I am NOT against birth controls, just giving an example on how the "consumer" often times goes in BLIND).

Quoting blues_pagan:

Wow do you think that women are really that stupid when they go in for an abortion?  I have to really disagree there.  

I can see that you are pro-life but your definition of when life begins and what the embryo, zygote, blastocyst, or "baby" is differs for everyone.  

I also think that you could have been a bit more tactful here.  There are some women here who have had abortions and THIS type of response is what tends to be more detrimental.

Quoting Kelseyciarah:

 Yeah, until you fast forward 30 years after the abortion, when the women FINALLY understands what she did.

I could see how it does not cause trauma mentally, because I'd bet over half the women getting abortions don't know what they are doing, its usually vaguely explained to them during the first visit and they think its nothing more than a period.

And I can ALSO see how the new legislation can make it MORE traumatic, a woman goes in selfishly and then has to see face to face what she is killing. Its a lot easier not to have a face to the life you are ending.

For my sister that holds true, she went in, got the cervidil, had the vaginal ultrasound and then CHANGED HER MIND after seeing her sweet little gummy bear, but it was TOO LATE at that point. Very heartbroken that she has to live with that, and that the child had to perish.


 

blues_pagan
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM

I have to disagree with you on this.  I don't think MANY women go into a clinic to have an abortion without knowing what they are doing.  

BC is different, it is a medication and at times women don't understand how medication works.  

Quoting Kelseyciarah:

 Yes, as a matter of fact, there are probably MANY women who go to get abortions and are ill-informed.

Just like there are many women who go to get regular birth control and either don't aske questions or are just plain not educated on what they put into their bodies.

(To clarify, I am NOT against birth controls, just giving an example on how the "consumer" often times goes in BLIND).

Quoting blues_pagan:

Wow do you think that women are really that stupid when they go in for an abortion?  I have to really disagree there.  

I can see that you are pro-life but your definition of when life begins and what the embryo, zygote, blastocyst, or "baby" is differs for everyone.  

I also think that you could have been a bit more tactful here.  There are some women here who have had abortions and THIS type of response is what tends to be more detrimental.

Quoting Kelseyciarah:

 Yeah, until you fast forward 30 years after the abortion, when the women FINALLY understands what she did.

I could see how it does not cause trauma mentally, because I'd bet over half the women getting abortions don't know what they are doing, its usually vaguely explained to them during the first visit and they think its nothing more than a period.

And I can ALSO see how the new legislation can make it MORE traumatic, a woman goes in selfishly and then has to see face to face what she is killing. Its a lot easier not to have a face to the life you are ending.

For my sister that holds true, she went in, got the cervidil, had the vaginal ultrasound and then CHANGED HER MIND after seeing her sweet little gummy bear, but it was TOO LATE at that point. Very heartbroken that she has to live with that, and that the child had to perish.


 


turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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 Those sort of responses make me throw up a little.  I dont know how many people join the pro life train wagon...but who  is actually turned on the doorsteps of the clinic in favour of joining them?  Or from listening to rants such as this?  Its kind of mind boggling :-(

Quoting blues_pagan:

Wow do you think that women are really that stupid when they go in for an abortion?  I have to really disagree there.  

I can see that you are pro-life but your definition of when life begins and what the embryo, zygote, blastocyst, or "baby" is differs for everyone.  

I also think that you could have been a bit more tactful here.  There are some women here who have had abortions and THIS type of response is what tends to be more detrimental.

Quoting Kelseyciarah:

 Yeah, until you fast forward 30 years after the abortion, when the women FINALLY understands what she did.

I could see how it does not cause trauma mentally, because I'd bet over half the women getting abortions don't know what they are doing, its usually vaguely explained to them during the first visit and they think its nothing more than a period.

And I can ALSO see how the new legislation can make it MORE traumatic, a woman goes in selfishly and then has to see face to face what she is killing. Its a lot easier not to have a face to the life you are ending.

For my sister that holds true, she went in, got the cervidil, had the vaginal ultrasound and then CHANGED HER MIND after seeing her sweet little gummy bear, but it was TOO LATE at that point. Very heartbroken that she has to live with that, and that the child had to perish.


 

blues_pagan
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM

I think that it proved the point of the abstract I posted.

Quoting turtle68:

 Those sort of responses make me throw up a little.  I dont know how many people join the pro life train wagon...but who  is actually turned on the doorsteps of the clinic in favour of joining them?  Or from listening to rants such as this?  Its kind of mind boggling :-(

Quoting blues_pagan:

Wow do you think that women are really that stupid when they go in for an abortion?  I have to really disagree there.  

I can see that you are pro-life but your definition of when life begins and what the embryo, zygote, blastocyst, or "baby" is differs for everyone.  

I also think that you could have been a bit more tactful here.  There are some women here who have had abortions and THIS type of response is what tends to be more detrimental.

Quoting Kelseyciarah:

 Yeah, until you fast forward 30 years after the abortion, when the women FINALLY understands what she did.

I could see how it does not cause trauma mentally, because I'd bet over half the women getting abortions don't know what they are doing, its usually vaguely explained to them during the first visit and they think its nothing more than a period.

And I can ALSO see how the new legislation can make it MORE traumatic, a woman goes in selfishly and then has to see face to face what she is killing. Its a lot easier not to have a face to the life you are ending.

For my sister that holds true, she went in, got the cervidil, had the vaginal ultrasound and then CHANGED HER MIND after seeing her sweet little gummy bear, but it was TOO LATE at that point. Very heartbroken that she has to live with that, and that the child had to perish.


 


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