Thursday, May 16, 2013
Secular options for abortion healing
There is, believe it or not, a pro-abortion post-abortion healing program. It's called Exhale, and it comes with the abortion lobby's seal of approval. They even refer women to Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation! That creates a pretty serious conflict of interest if you ask me. How can you help someone come to terms with the guilt of killing a human being if you believe that they haven't actually done so? How can you help someone grieve the loss of a child if you believe that it was just a "potential" life?
So there's a pretty big void that needs to be filled: post-abortion healing that recognizes the nature of abortion, but is not confined to a particular religion. Happily, women are beginning to fill this void themselves, through the power of the internet.
PASS With Love is a one-on-one and group counseling service developed by an Arizona woman who was once pro-choice and had two abortions. Her approach is secular and she specifically reached out to Secular Pro-Life to offer herself as a resource.
AfterAbortion.com is not a formal counseling system, but a collection of message boards where post-abortive women can support one another through their pain.
Albany Rose (who is active in Secular Pro-Life) found that it helped her to reclaim her medical records from the abortion facility. She has posted a YouTube video about her experience.
Individual women sometimes adopt secular elements of Christian post-abortion healing programs, including rituals such as naming the unborn child, and dedicating a pair of baby shoes or other memorial to the child. Some also benefit from one-on-one therapy with a psychologist--but of course, you have to carefully choose a psychologist you trust.
Finally, remember: if you are in a place where you want to harm yourself or end your life, dial 911 or call 1-800-SUICIDE immediately! Healing takes time, and most post-abortion programs take the long view. That's all well and good, but it's not appropriate in an emergency situation.