Glamour Magazine Stories Point to Need for More Post-Abortion Help for Women

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 11, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Glamour Magazine Stories Point to Need for More Post-Abortion Help for Women

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 11
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Glamour magazine, in its March issue, explores the real life stories of women who have had an abortion. The stories provide a glimpse of the pain women face after an abortion and the head of a pregnancy group that helps women in such situations says more light needs to be shined on those experiences.

Care Net president Melinda Delahoyde thanked magazine for giving voice to women whose abortion was a traumatic experience, but she said more must be done.

Delahoyde told she is calling on Glamour to do more to point their readers to the healing found through a post-abortion recovery group. Otherwise, women who need help following an abortion won’t find any.

Delahoyde points out that just one of the women featured in the magazine found they help they needed following an abortion and the magazine didn’t list any of the many good post-abortion resources that are available.

“All too often, magazines like Glamour will shy away from publishing women’s raw abortion stories,” Delahoyde told “By allowing some women to share about the ‘emotional hell’ they have gone through, this issue treats the abortion experience more honestly."

Yet Delahoyde gently chided Glamour for providing women with a biased list of post-abortion help by including only pro-abortion sources.

Glamour "does a poor job of presenting a balanced viewpoint about where to find healing. The only resources Glamour refers readers to are those offered by abortion advocates," Delahoyde said.

While most people think of Care Net as an organization helping women on the front-end of an abortion decision, most of the centers across the country affiliated with it offer post-abortion recovery groups.

In 2007, more than 10,700 women and men participated in post-abortion programs at Care Net’s 1,100 affiliated pregnancy centers.

Real healing happens in these groups when individuals are free to acknowledge and grieve the loss of their unborn child and receive the forgiveness of Jesus Christ, the group says.

Many of these recovery groups lead participants through a Bible study called “Forgiven and Set Free” written by Linda Cochrane, a nurse who is also the executive director of Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center.

“For twenty-five years Care Net centers have quietly and compassionately helped tens of thousands of women and men find healing after abortion,” said Cochrane.

“Hopefully more women and men will search for and find true peace after their abortion experience because of Glamour’s acknowledgement of this ‘serious health decision," she told

Delahoyde encouraged those who have experienced post-abortion healing through the “Forgiven and Set Free” bible study or another similar program to share their story with others on Glamour’s web site.

To find a local recovery group near you or to learn more, call 1-800-395-HELP or visit and click on “After Abortion."

TAKE ACTION: Ask Glamour to include other post-abortion resources for women other than por-abortion ones. Contact the magazine at

Related web sites:
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