Counselors often not sensitive to women’s grief after abortions

By Sarah Terzo

In the article “Induced abortion: An ethical conundrum for counselors” the writers discuss how many counselors do not acknowledge how painful abortion can be for their patients. they cite two studies:

“….[One study] discovered that counselors sometimes are not sensitive to grief issues surrounding abortion and encourage clients “to move on.” The development of grief that is socially negated (i.e., denied or suppressed by oneself and others) can complicate issues for counselors as well as clients. Grief, when not recognized, accepted, and resolved, can result in masked maladaptive behaviors, such as lack of appropriate affect and damaged interpersonal relationships.”

Millner, Vaughn S; Hanks, Robert, “Induced abortion: An ethical conundrum for counselors.” Journal of Counseling and Development January 1, 2002.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes.