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The Good Surprises of My Two Abortions: The Story Behind 2+ Abortions @AboboBravado

January 19, 2019

This is a picture of me in the moment I realized my friend Martha had orchestrated a surprise birthday party when I turned 36. The feeling of electric delight from the shock was uncontainable. I still marvel that everyone involved had been able to keep the party a secret.

But here’s the thing. I had my own secret, and it wasn’t delightful. Soon enough, my constant companion named Shame would lean in and whisper into my ear: “You had two abortions. If they knew, they wouldn’t have come to the party. They wouldn’t even want to be near you.”

Continued: http://www.abortionconversationproject.org/blog/2019/1/19/the-good-surprises-of-my-two-abortions-the-story-behind-2-abortionsabobobravado

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Internalized shame and stigma-related isolation predict worse health for women who get an abortion

Internalized shame and stigma-related isolation predict worse health for women who get an abortion

By Eric W. Dolan
March 11, 2018

New research from Ireland has found that the stigmatization of abortion is linked to psychological distress and negative health outcomes for women who terminate their pregnancy. The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, found that internalized shame about abortion and deliberate isolation from others were associated with impaired mental and physical well-being.

“I started off interested in stigmatized identities, and their impact on psychological and physical well-being. I had done some earlier research on the stigma and unemployment, so I knew that most stigma research focuses on psychological well-being only,” said Aisling T. O’Donnell of the University of Limerick, the study’s corresponding author.

Continued: http://www.psypost.org/2018/03/internalized-shame-stigma-related-isolation-predict-worse-health-women-get-abortion-50858

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