Thousands of Women Seek Post-Abortion Care Despite Ms. Magazine Article

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 5, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 5
, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Despite a Ms. magazine article celebrating abortions, a leading organization that provides support to women both before and after an abortion says many more people come to it for post-abortion help and care than signed the magazine’s petition.

Ms. is expected to have a feature story on women who have abortions in its fall edition — timed to coincide with the hotly contested Congressional elections.

The magazine will feature the names of over 1,000 women who had abortions and says another 5,000 total have written to sign their petition saying they are glad they had an abortion.

But many more women regret their decision and come to Care Net with the physical, emotional and spiritual scars resulting from the abortion.

Kristin Hansen, vice president of communications at Care Net, says the article is more evidence of the need for post-abortion care. In 2005 alone, 6,800 women and 200 men participated in post-abortion support groups at the organizations 1,000 affiliated centers.

"Ms. Magazine’s article is evidence that women who have had abortions are looking for ways to find healing and move on with their lives," Hansen said in a statement obtained. "While speaking publicly about an abortion may offer temporary relief for some, thousands of women visit our centers each year seeking more extensive care."

Hansen says has shown that having the opportunity to work through past abortions in a safe setting is important.

She points to a 2004 study published in Research on Social Work Practice found that women who participated in faith-based post-abortion groups experienced reduced levels of shame and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

"Through post-abortion support groups offered at pregnancy centers, women have found healing by acknowledging and grieving the loss of their unborn child. Many also find freedom in receiving forgiveness through a relationship with Jesus Christ," Hansen said.

Hansen also says the web site of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, cites a Science magazine story indicating up to 10 percent of women who have abortions experience "depressive symptoms of a lingering nature."

If that figure is correct, there are at least 100,000 women per year who are suffering from this effect and possibly 3 million since abortion was legalized, Hansen explained.

To find a local post-abortion support group or to learn more, call 800-395-HELP or visit and click on "After Abortion."