Report from an Exploratory Meeting on Post Abortion Emotional Health
Sponsored by The Abortion Conversation Project and Exhale
On November 2-3, 2003 in San Francisco, California, the Abortion Conversation Project and Exhale co-sponsored an exploratory meeting on post-abortion emotional health. The purpose of the meeting was to gain greater knowledge and awareness about women's emotional health after abortion through a moderated discussion that included the participation of over one dozen individuals. Participants were researchers, abortion providers, clergy, therapists, grass-roots organizers, post-abortion service providers and women who have had abortions. An additional goal of the meeting was to share ideas about the application of research findings about emotional health after abortion to pre- and post-abortion service provision and brainstorm strategies to implement those approaches broadly. This groundbreaking meeting, which we believe is the first of its kind, is only a beginning.