You Say 'Regret' and I say 'Relief': A Need to Break the Polemic about Abortion

Contraception (Impact Factor: 2.34). 09/2008; 78(2):87-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.contraception.2008.04.116
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    • "Although there is no evidence that first-trimester abortion is linked to mental health conditions [13], women may experience a range of emotions and feelings after a termination [14]. Previous research conducted in Ontario has found that a proportion of women desire nonjudgmental postabortion support following their termination but have difficulty finding and accessing these services [15] [16]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) account for the majority of advertised post-abortion support providers in Ontario, Canada's largest and most populous province. Although the deceptive tactics used by CPCs to dissuade women from seeking abortion care are well documented, their provision of post-abortion support has not been previously explored. Our study aimed to fill this gap. In 2014-2015, we conducted a mystery client study with 17 post-abortion support providing organizations in Ontario. We used a pre-determined character profile and set of prompts to seek phone-based services. Each interaction began with "I'm looking to talk to someone about my abortion." The interactions developed organically and mimicked the experience of a woman seeking post-abortion support. We audio recorded and transcribed all interactions and used both inductive and deductive analytic techniques in our evaluation. We spoke with three secular and three religiously affiliated talklines, one sexual health center, and ten CPCs offering phone-based support. Although all counselors effectively used active listening techniques such as supportive utterances and attentive silences, the interactions with lay counselors from religious talklines and CPCs contained shaming and stigmatizing language and medically inaccurate information. These interactions appear to be premised on the counselors' belief that abortion is traumatic and always requires a grieving process, regardless of the client's expressed feelings and needs. The expanded provision of post-abortion support by CPCs in Ontario represents a new method for these organizations to pathologize abortion. Our findings suggest their services are judgmental and shaming, thereby contributing to abortion stigma. Post-abortion support services appear to be a new frontier by which CPCs are able to stigmatize and pathologize abortion. Increasing awareness of and access to existing non-judgmental, non-directive post-abortion services appears warranted. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
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