Therapist and pro-life speaker encounters post-abortive woman at church

By Sarah Terzo

Karen B. Stevenson is a therapist who speaks in churches about the aftereffects of abortion. She describes one woman who came up to her after her talk:

“Shay cornered me in the vestibule of her church after I spoke during the service about the impact of abortion on women. She whispered to me, stating that she had had an abortion 10 years before. She complained of having nightmares about her abortion experience, especially around the anniversary date of her abortion. She told me that no matter how hard she tried, she still felt a heaviness in her spirit and a lack of desire to move forward in her life. Shay asked me for my card, and she called me soon after to set up an appointment with me. Like the many women who have shared their stories with me, she carried the pain of her abortion, silently and alone for years. In addition to her chronic depression, she stated that she also developed panic attacks after her abortion, which were triggered by gynecologic exams and hearing the sound of vacuum cleaners.”

Karen B, Stevenson, MD, M.Div. Heart Cries & Healing: The Black Church, the Black Woman, and Healing the Hidden Pain of Abortion (Meadville, Pennsylvania: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc., 2017) p. 31.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.