Abortion programme a NZ first

Sunlive co.nz 8 July 2014
Tauranga will be the first place in New Zealand to trial a recovery programme for women struggling with the after-effects of abortion. Women of Living in Colour’ was developed by New Zealander Jenny McDermid, who now lives and operates the programme in Canada.

Women of all ages can register their interest in the eight week course, designed to heal emotional fallout that can surface months, years or decades after a termination.

Tauranga women Barbara Hill and Janice Tetley-Jones are part of a small team of women bringing the internationally-renowned programme to the Bay of Plenty later this month.

Janice, who directs Tauranga’s Pregnancy Choice centre, believes the need for a support service is paramount and hopes the course will be made available nationally.

She says while some women feel a sense of relief after abortion, others suffer long-term and severe impacts and can affect their ability to function normally.

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