Researcher: pain of abortion is enhanced by secrecy

An writer who interviewed various postabortion women said:

“Almost always, women who experience abortion choose secrecy expressed as silence, choose not to speak about it except with a small, select group of intimate family members or friends. Many never tell even the father of the aborted fetus. In addition to the stress of deciding whether to have an abortion, their angst is compounded by emotional isolation and the burden of secrecy which contributes to alienation.”

Helen Susan Edelman, “Safe to Talk: Abortion Narratives as a Rite of Return,” Journal of American Culture 19, no. 4 (1996)

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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