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             Post-Abortion Healing

Healing from the impact of abortion on moms, dads, siblings, grandparents..everyone....

http://postabortionhelp.org/pah/

 ” I thought I was crazy. I seemed to be the only one who was having trouble with my abortion. Now I know I am not alone. It is such a relief to know that others are experiencing the same things I am going through, the grief, shame, and guilt. I always thought I was the only one feeling those things. I have hope for the first time.” Kathy

Lumina - a ray of light in abortion's darkness

About Lumina

Living with the pain of abortion can be overwhelming.  Feelings of anxiety, panic, grief, guilt and shame can often seem insurmountable, but there is a way out of the pain. You do not have to suffer alone!  Countless women and men have reached healing through Lumina’s services, which include group programs, retreats, referrals to professional therapists, post-abortion ministries, and clergy members trained in post abortion stress. A network of women and men who have walked through the pain of abortion are also ready to accompany you through the darkness, into the joy of a renewed life.

We know that no matter what your beliefs you can experience many conflicting emotions, if you, or someone close to you has had an abortion.

We also recognize the resistance of society to acknowledge these feelings, the result of which is suppressed emotions with nowhere to turn and a feeling of being crazy and different from others. There is Hope!

Call 1-877-586-4621 or email us at lumina@postabortionhelp.org

       Lumina video - Hope and Healing

 

"Through the years, I have seen many patients who have underlying depression and bitterness due to a previous abortion. Many times these  patients feel they were forced into their abortion by parents, husbands, or boyfriends. This will often permanently fracture a relationship." 

 C. Paul Perry, M.D., Gynecology/Obstetrics

 

 

Abortion Changes You

Michaelene FredenburgLady

When I became pregnant at 18, I had an abortion.

I was completely unprepared for the emotional fallout. I thought the abortion would erase the pregnancy. I thought I could move on with my life. I was wrong.

I experienced periods of intense anger followed by periods of profound sadness. When my feelings became too difficult to deal with, I reached out for help from a trained counselor.

With counseling and the help of supportive friends, I was able to enter into a healthy grieving process.

In addition to grieving the loss of my child, I slowly became aware of how my choice to abort had impacted my family. I was surprised and saddened that my parents, my sister, and even my living children struggled to deal with the loss of a family member through abortion.

Over the years I’ve heard many heartrending stories about abortion. Although each story is unique, a common thread moves through them all—abortion changes you. Yet there is no forum to help abortion participants—and the people who are closest to them—explore this tragic truth. Although abortion has touched many of us, we rarely share our personal experiences regarding it.

This is what led me to write a book that shares some of the stories I’ve heard. There was also a need for a safe space for people to tell their stories, explore the ways abortion has impacted them, and find resources. We created AbortionChangesYou.com to fill this need.

It is my hope that this Web site will assist you as you seek to make sense of your abortion or the abortion of someone close to you.

http://www.abortionchangesyou.com/home

Consequences of Abortion

Abortion’s Psycho-Social Effects

http://www.nrlc.org/Factsheets/FSPsychConseqRefs.pdf

 

Abortion’s Physical Effects

http://www.nrlc.org/Factsheets/FShurtswomenrRefs.pdf

 

 "People do not understand that there are thousands of women who suffer serious physical complications from abortion every year in this country." Bernard Nathanson, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology

 

 

 

Landmark Study Provides More Evidence Abortion is a Mental Health Risk for Many, Confirms AUL’s Call for Informed Consent Laws
By Americans United for Life
Thursday, September 8th, 2011

“The finding that 81 percent of women experienced a higher risk of mental health issues following an abortion should be enough for all sides of the life debate to agree that informed consent laws are needed in every state,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (09-08-11) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called a landmark study on the mental health effects of abortion “more evidence that American women must be given all the facts about abortion’s impact when they consider the procedure. Informed consent laws are desperately needed in every state to protect women from the very real, very negative results of abortion.”

Heading into the Labor Day holiday weekend, the British Journal of Psychiatry (BJP), a journal published by Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists released Coleman’s study entitled “Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009,” that critically reviewed the results of 22 previous studies on abortion and mental health published between 1995-2009.  These 22 studies included data on 877,181 women from six countries, 163,831 of whom had experienced an abortion.

The results revealed moderate to high increased risk of mental health problems after abortion.  Women with a history of abortion had an 81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems.  More specifically, the study found that women with a history of abortion had an increased risk of anxiety (34% higher), depression (37% higher), alcohol (110% higher), marijuana use (220% higher), and suicidal behavior (155% higher).

The new study is the work of Priscilla K. Coleman, a research psychologist and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, and the author of numerous other peer-reviewed medical studies on the mental health impact of abortion.

“The results are troubling, and the findings support the testimony of many women about the terrible toll that abortion takes on the lives of the women who are given too little information about the procedure,” said Dr. Yoest. “This study also challenges the August 2008 Report of the American Psychological Association, which dismissed studies finding mental health problems after abortion. Women are paying too great a price to follow that flawed assessment.”

Informed consent is key. Dr. Coleman told the (London) Daily Telegraph, “There are in fact some real risks associated with abortion that should be shared with women as they are counseled prior to an abortion.”

To read the study, click here.

Citation:
Priscilla, K. Coleman, , Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009, vol. 199 British Journal of Psychiatry p. 180 (2011)