Corrine Barraclough: Piecing together the pain of loss for men after abortion
Daily Telegraph 3 June 2017
Family First Comment: “..young men whose partners aborted were twice as likely to use substances and suffer depression compared with men who had not had that experience.”
THERE are some times in life when you don’t join the dots until you have a conversation that’s like switching on a series of light bulbs.
This week, I had one of those. I put down the phone absolutely stunned.
We know male suicide rates are soaring.
Did you know male suicides and abortion-related mental illness are interrelated? Neither did I. It’s poorly understood by professionals too.
“Most suicide counsellors aren’t trained to identify abortion trauma,” Julie Cook, national director of Abortion Grief Australia (AGA) tells me.
“In fact, the vast majority aren’t even aware that it can be an issue for men. Most women have no concept that abortion can hurt men.
“Irrespective of the role the male played in the abortion, women often feel abandoned and, on an emotional level, blame the male for the abortion outcome.”
Research suggests that men can experience grief and emotional distress in relation to abortion. That makes sense, they’re human beings too.
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