Abortion Conversation Projects and those connected with ACP have produced guides and resources about abortion care.
A note to our supporters: We at ACP are currently working on updating our materials to be more reflective of the full spectrum of people who have abortions. We want to include the experiences and unique needs of underrepresented communities including LGBT, non-binary, trans, low-income, and people of color. While we are in the process of editing these documents, we will leave up the originals for those who find them beneficial. We thank you for your patience.
If you are interested in helping create these new tools, we welcome the support and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Coping After an Abortion
"Many women wonder how they will feel emotionally after an abortion. Some women are already having a difficult time deciding what to do or are experiencing intense feelings about abortion. Others have had previous problems coping with stress and are not sure how they will deal with an abortion. A lot of women have heard stories about other women who had problems afterward and wonder if that will happen to them. Here is some information."
You Are a Good Woman For some women abortion is a clear, certain decision. For others it can be really hard. For most women it is somewhere in between. One in three American women will have an abortion during her life. Each day, good women and men make that choice.
Especially for Men If your partner is having--or considering--an abortion, it's probably affecting you too. Your concerns and hers may not be exactly the same– how you feel is important too. Even if you are trying to be "strong" for her, you are probably having some feelings about the situation.
Will it Hurt? Addresses patients' fear's about pain in the abortion process.
A Guide to Emotional and Spiritual Resolution After an Abortion
Excerpt: "We often say that a decision to end a pregnancy is complex. What do we mean by “complex?” We mean that there are many factors to consider, that there are many feelings, and that it affects other people. Lots to think about! Our intention with this guide is to help you find your way back into your life. When we heal, we do come back into the world a little different. We bring with us some new insights about our life, our situation and our decisions."
Pregnant? Need Help? Pregnancy Options Workbook
From introduction: "If this workbook is in your hands, you are probably pregnant and not sure what to do. You’re in the right place. Read on. The people who put together this book support you no matter what you choose. We have tried to give you a realistic picture of all the choices you can make--abortion, adoption, and being a parent. You will find exercises to help you make the best decision for you."
A list of additional resources for those considering abortion.
Abortion Care Network A network of high-quality independent abortion providers and allies in the reproductive rights and reproductive justice movement. Includes a directory of clinics for those considering abortion.
National Abortion Federation The NAF website offers maps that allow you to highlight clinics in your area while the NAF Hotline referral line 1-877-257-0012 provides referrals to member clinics in the U.S. and Canada (no funding assistance on this line.)
Planned Parenthood Look for clinics that list ‘abortion services’ among their services.
National Network of Abortion Funds The Network can help people who need financial assistance to obtain an abortion by connecting you to abortion funds in your area, and providing information about using Medicaid or insurance.
National Abortion Federation Unbiased information about abortion and financial assistance. Call toll-free 1-800-772-9100 (this is a different number than the one for abortion provider referrals).
ALL OPTIONS A talkline that promotes unconditional and judgment-free support for people in all their decisions, feelings and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion, both pre and post your decision.
Exhale A post-abortion talkline that provides emotional support, resources and information.
Faith Aloud An organization of people of diverse religious faiths who support reproductive justice. Faith Aloud offers online resources and free telephone counseling with supportive religious clergy.
Imagine Counseling A pro-choices counseling service that understands that for some women there are very difficult emotional issues that arise around the issue and experience of abortion.
Men and Abortion Factual, spiritual and emotional information and support for men.
Peace After Abortion If you are having distress after an abortion, you can begin the healing process by exploring these pages.
Before and After Abortion Audio Workbook This pro-choices counseling session is for women who want to work through their thoughts and feelings before making a choice about a pregnancy.
Connect and Breathe Connect & Breathe is an after-abortion, unbiased talkline, creating safe spaces to talk about abortion experiences, providing support and encouragement of self-care.
The Sea Change Stigma Toolkit supports individuals and groups working to address reproductive stigma and create a culture that works for everyone. This site offers information, tools, research, and practices for anyone who wants to eliminate reproductive stigma-- although many of the tools can help you combat other types of stigma as well.