Breaking the silence - information, hope and healing after abortion


Looking for help after an abortion or termination or pregnancy loss?

In a health, counselling or pastoral role with people who may have had an abortion?

Want to know more about the possible effects of an abortion or termination?

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Abortion is a particular and complex type of pregnancy loss, an unnatural and generally unacknowledged life-death event. When a woman has an abortion the new life being created inside her physically, to whom she is attached at some level emotionally, psychologically and spiritually has been taken from her.

Some women are distressed soon after their abortions. Others appear unaffected. Often grief may be suppressed and the trauma may sink into the unconscious and not surface for months or years later.

Many women feel isolated and alone with their pain and anguish. It can help to talk it through with someone uninvolved, who has special skills in caring and listening, and a knowledge of abortion-specific effects and issues.

Fathers grieve too, and family and friends can also be affected and may need help to work through issues.

Over 17,000 abortions happen in NZ each year. Around one in five pregnancies are terminated, and about one third have had one or more prior abortions. We are facing potentially a huge, but as yet largely hidden, problem. Most people will at some time either have a personal experience of abortion or know someone who has.

Health professionals, counsellors and pastors need to know what signs and symptoms of abortion loss and trauma may be, and take care to respond appropriately and sensitively.

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We hope you find the site helpful.



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