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Post Abortion Stress Syndrome

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:44pm
I know, this is a strange topic for a single mother by choice blog. Here's the thing, I have a spot on "My Favorites" list where I save sites I read about in magazines or hear about on TV. Every now and again I remember that I have this huge list that needs to be attended to, and go through them, that's how I stumbled upon this site Exhale: an after-abortion counseling talkline.

I started reading what the mission of this group was and was intrigued. First, I have never heard of Post Abortion Stress Syndrome. More importantly it never occurred to me that women don't normally get any form of counseling after an abortion, and doesn't it stand to reason that they should?

Did you know that "at least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45 and, at current rates, about one-third will have had an abortion" ( Guttmacher ). So it stands to reason that no matter which side of the pro-choice/pro-life debate you stand on you probably know someone who has had one.

I haven't called, so I can't guarantee how effective it is, but whether you know a teenager who had an abortion, or an older friend who had one in her youth that's convinced she can't have a child now because of it, I thought this might be a good site to pass on.
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