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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


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Version of record first published: 25 Sep 2008
Article Views: 162

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
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glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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I think the anti choice types inflict more issues than any procedure.

canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:51 PM
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I'd have to say the stigma carries more of a risk for women having mental health issues after an abortion. No matter what get outcome is in terms of her mental health, it's only going to be worse when she's not supported and is, in fact, attacked, shamed, and belittled.
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glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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wow that was narrowminded as hell.

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 10:54 PM

I agree :-)

  I mean I read her post and my eyes widened and then my mind went straight to....who the hell wants to be associated with a vehement pro life woman...so passionate that they would be willing to stand all over women to be heard....blechy.

Quoting blues_pagan:

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.


 


 

stringtheory
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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Huh. I don't feel the least bit regretful or guilty... must be my cold-stone heartlessness...which my dd thrives off of everyday. I know more women who have had abortions than haven't (at least half of them are "pro-life") and only ONE has any guilt associated with it. Because she has a crappy family.

blues_pagan
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Here is some more research

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

• In repeated studies since the early 1980s, leading experts have concluded that abortion does not pose a hazard to women’s mental health.[13]

• The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.[7]

parentalrights1
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM

The stigma definitely would be more of a problem.

But the morally superior pro lifers think any scummy low life methods are justified to save the pwecious widdle baybees.

lancet98
by Silver Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Neither.   Studies have shown that women who get abortions are in better shape mentally and physically than those who go ahead with the pregnancy.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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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.

20 years a marriage and two healthy children later I still will say that the abortion I had was one of the best decisions I made in my adult life.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:22 AM
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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).

 

there's always room for ignorance in a situation. In this thread your scenario is by far the most ignorant.

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