Experiencing Abortion by Eve Kushner
A Weaving of Women's Words (Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies)

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If you’ve had an abortion and are feeling isolated and vulnerable, Experiencing Abortion will remind you that you are not alone and that you must feel your emotions in order to accept your choice and heal. Each woman responds to abortion in her own way, yet, as this sensitive, insightful book shows, there are many similarities among women’s post-abortion emotions. Sharing in the firsthand, personal experiences of other women who speak for themselves in this book will help you come to terms with anguish, stress, grief, anger, or any other overwhelming emotions you might be feeling. Don’t go on ignoring or blocking out your feelings. Learn to incorporate your experience into your sense of self in a healthy way.

By reading Experiencing Abortion, you will learn about the multiple feelings and reactions abortion can trigger, the process of accepting an abortion, and the struggle to control fertility without treating your body as an enemy. Offering you a safe, honest, and supportive environment in which to explore your feelings about your abortion, this book discusses many important topics, including:
the way moods can overtake you after abortion
how avoiding your experience can defer acceptance, which in turn leads to denial and guilt
how pregnancy, abortion, and subsequent bleeding can affect your perception of your body
the struggle to enjoy sex after your abortion
your heightened awareness of gender after an abortion
how your intimate relationships may change after an abortion
the psychological reasons you may sometimes forgo birth control
accepting yourself after a second abortion

Experiencing Abortion will help women who have had an abortion understand that it is a complex physical and emotional experience that doesn’t necessarily end after a week or a month or a year. It will also help professionals in abortion facilities and therapists who offer pre- and post-abortion counseling understand how abortion affects each individual differently and how they might help women work through their feelings both before and after abortion. Partners, friends, and families will find this book helpful and informative as they try to help their loved one get through this sometimes difficult, even traumatic, experience.

About Eve Kushner

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Published May 13, 2013 by Routledge. 362 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In another segment, a 22-year-old recounts how quickly an accidental pregnancy during her third year of college altered her born-again Christian, pro-life views, and that she never confided in her fellow Christians about the procedure.

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xix), the book will be an interesting read for women not only inside the United States but also in other countries, including those where abortion was, or still is, the major means of contraception.

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Although she speaks directly to women and, hopefully, their partners too, this book is of immense value to educators and clergy, as well as health clinicians and policymakers.

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Kushner writes what women think and feel about their decision to have an abortion, and how women have made sense of their experiences.

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Eve Kushner compassionately and insightfully orchestrates a rich chorus of women's voices in a groundbreaking experiential study of abortion.

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