Therapist fails to help woman’s post-abortion mourning

A therapist told a woman suffering from abortion regret that her abortion was the right decision, but this failed to resolve the woman’s grief.

The post-abortion woman said:

 “I saw for a short time a therapist who tried to tell me to get on with it and that it was the best decision that was possible for that timeframe in my life but I realized that this therapist did not know a thing about grief and mourning. The therapist did not acknowledge that aborted children are important and therefore worth mourning over. This is the mistake being made. If someone doesn’t believe that my aborted baby was a “baby” or “important” that simply says that they are not prepared to acknowledge my grief and pain and that means that they can cause more hurt than healing. Thank God that by “accident” I heard about Anne and her manner of counseling abortive women and since going to her I have started on my way back home again and it feels so good.”

Anne R Lastman Redeeming Grief: Abortion and Its Pain (Balwyn, Vic: Australia: Gracewing, 2013) 246

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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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