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A subway advertising campaign in New York City reaching out to men and women who suffer from abortions or experienced the pain of an abortion through a loved one is yielding results.

The woman behind the campaign said thousands have responded with their own post-abortion grief and agony.

The campaign relies on the tag line “abortion changes you” and the ads have been seen by hundreds of thousands of New York subway riders during the past month.

To date, more than 1,400 New Yorkers have responded by visiting the Abortion Changes You web site.

In one ad, an Asian female shares: “I thought life would be the way it was before,” while a tattooed male on another ad says: “I often wonder if there was something I could have done to help her.”

Michaelene Fredenburg, author of Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One’s Abortion Experience, and the creator of the ads, shared some of the responses with

One woman wrote: “I would like to thank you for listening to my story. I thought and at times felt like I was the only one who was going through this.”

Another wrote, “I’m 24, confused and alone… I felt like I was the only one suffering until I found this web site on the train.”

Another woman carried her secret for two years and didn’t seek help. She experienced depression and difficulty in school until she told friends about her abortion.

Family members shared experiences as well and one ad respondent shared the loss of two siblings because of abortion: “It hurt me deeply to know that I had a brother and/or sister who was taken from me… My mother spent many years grieving and healing.”

Fredenburg told in response to the stories, “I am glad that the ads have resonated with New Yorkers.

“Knowing that you are not alone and being able to talk about your experience is so important. Reaching out after my abortion was a turning point for me,” she added.

New Yorkers also participated in other areas of the site and men and women are able to select from a range of emotions and indicate their feelings about the abortion.

The top feelings submitted in the last month were “ashamed”, “angry”, “alone”, and “changed.”

[11Nov08,; Ertelt, New York City, NY]