It’s actually easy to increase public awareness about abortion’s dangers because polls show that over 90% of people already believe that abortion causes moderate to severe emotional harm.
Most people who believe abortion should be legal also believe it is an ugly experience.
Yet, they tolerate abortion because they believe it can somehow improve women’s lives.
They have heard this repeated over and over for years; but, they are also concerned about how abortion can hurt women.
This means that the vast majority of the public is open to a deeper understanding of how harmful abortion really is.
That is why it is so important to increase public awareness of both post-abortion trauma and post-abortion healing opportunities.
Even the Supreme Court is Reading our Evidence
Our studies are even impacting Supreme Court rulings, as happened in Gonzales v. Carhart, the Court’s last major ruling on abortion.
Now our studies are before the Supreme Court again. They are being prominently cited in briefs defending the 2014 Texas law, known as HB2.
In fact, in oral arguments last month, the Solicitor General of Texas told Justice Ginsburg to specifically look at the briefs citing our studies because they demonstrate “that abortion complications are under-reported.”
Abortion is not safer than childbirth, a lie that Ginsburg has uncritically swallowed.
We must continue to provide lawyers, judges and lobbyists with the medical research that exposes the lies and exaggerations of abortionists.
Do you have a loved one who has struggled with a past abortion?
Every week, thousands of women and men come to our web sites to learn more about how to find help after an abortion. Many email us personally. Every one gets a personal response.
Here are comments from women we have helped, who have written to us:
“I’m so excited about your publication. I’ve gone through an abortion myself, just two years ago. This is a much needed area of research.”
“It may be too late for me, but I know with all my heart you will reach many, many women. This is so necessary and lifesaving.”
“Once in a while I read something that really makes me feel great, and this just happened to me. Keep up the great work!”
“I just had to write to thank you so much for doing this advertising campaign. I truly wish this had been around when I had my abortions many years ago. I am just sitting here crying, thinking . . . if only . . . . if only.”
A Simple Truth
Most women and men who have had abortions are confused and uncertain about whom they can trust with their deepest and most personal pain. Who will listen and understand them?
If they try to share their feelings with friends who are pro-choice, often their feelings of guilt and grief are dismissed with a “You did the best you could,” or “It wasn’t a real baby yet,” or “You can have another baby someday.”
All these answers are meant to be helpful.
Unfortunately, they actually convey the message: “You shouldn’t feel that way. There’s no real need for grief.”
What people really need is someone who will acknowledge the validity of their loss and grief. But it must be in a way that doesn’t double their self-condemnation, but instead points them toward the hope of finding peace and healing.
Our websites come up first on Google searches for terms like “abortion relationships,” “abortion recovery” and “abortion healing.”
When women and men can’t find friends to help them, they are finding us.
We are able to help them find the post-abortion healing programs near them.
We are there. For your loved ones. Your relatives. Your friends. For everyone struggling with a past abortion.
With millions of hits on our web pages every year, our web sites and social media are making a difference.
We were there for Jane when she sent this plea:
“I don’t want to be forced into an abortion…
I’m really scared and I don’t know what to do.”
And for Kirsty:
“I had a termination 3 months ago. Initially I felt relief. Now I find myself struggling to come to terms with it and grieving over the loss of my child.”
We are helping countless grieving parents find healing… and we are saving lives:
“I had a friend considering abortion so I sent her to your web site. It changed her mind. Thanks so much!”
“My baby now is 5 months and 4 days. Please continue praying for us. I’m so thankful for having all of you. Your support and prayers give me hope and strength. Thank you very much.”
[David C. Reardon, Ph.D. Director, 5 May 2016, Elliot Institute, http://afterabortion.org/]