National abortion rallies ignore pain of women, critics say
October 30, 2013 7:31 PM
“This campaign reinforces the political beliefs about the goodness of abortion without giving women a chance to be honest about how they feel about their abortion or their lost child,” said Tina Whittington, executive vice president for Students for Life of America.
The problem with “encouraging women to fit into this mold that says ‘I am okay with my abortion and I feel no regrets,’” she told CNA on Oct. 30, is that “it takes away their rights to feel regret, loss or sadness.”
“This is part of the reason why it takes women so long to seek help” for counseling after an abortion, Whittington continued. Rather than dealing with the pain they experience, women feel pressured to “stand behind a message point.”
Ultimately, she said, the campaign tells women, “We don’t care about your complicated emotional or psychological health, all we care about is getting this political agenda moved forward.”