Self-help books about Abortion

Here are some of the therapeutic books that I have read along the way… written by sympathetic women (none of whom take an anti-abortion stance).

Gardiner, J. (1986). A difficult decision: a compassionate book about abortion. Freedom, California: The Crossing Press.

Kushner, E. (1997).  Experiencing abortion – A weaving of women’s words.  NY/London: Harrington Park Press.

Northrup, C. (2009). Women’s bodies, women’s wisdom – a complete guide to women’s health and wellbeing.  London: Piatkus.

Seftel, L. (2006).  Grief unseen: healing pregnancy loss through the arts.  Jennifer Kingsley Publishers: UK.

Torre-Bueno, A. (1997). Peace after abortion. Pimpernel Press: San Diego, California.

Research about Abortion

Cannold, Leslie. (1998). The abortion myth: feminism, morality, and the hard choices women make. Weslayan University Press of New England: Hanover, NH.

Gilligan, Carol. (1982, 1993). In a different voice: psychological theory and women’s development. Harvard University Press: Cambridge.

Other References (included on the website)

Re: Definitional Ceremonies

Myerhoff, B. (1982). Life history among the elderly: performance, visibility, and re-membering.  A crack in the mirror: reflexive perspectives in Anthropology (pp. 99-117). Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press.

Media about Abortion

The Choice – Women and men talk about their personal experience of abortion. (52 min, SBS-TV)

Blog Posts about Abortion

This post by Valerie Tarico discusses abortion as a sacred value

Written by the same author above (Valerie Tarico) this post discusses her personal decision to have an abortion and what that meant for her and her family

Post Abortion Counselling

Relationships Australia

For information about Australia-wide counselling services please refer to the Relationships Australia website.

Unplanned Pregnancy Counselling – Relationships Australia (Western Australia)

Phone 1300 364 277 to be put through to the office closest to you (cost of a local call)
Branches: Albany, Bunbury, Fremantle, Gosnells, Joondalup, Mandurah, Merredin, Midland, South Hedland, Rockingham, West Leederville

Relationships Australia WA provides help with issues surrounding an unplanned pregnancy, including termination. They offer up to three free counselling sessions for women, couples or others affected by unplanned pregnancy. Confidential and non-judgmental support is provided by qualified, experienced counsellors. Day and evening sessions, telephone counselling, and immediate appointments are available. Please mention unplanned pregnancy or termination for priority handling of your call. Clients can book an appointment by phoning 1300 364 277.


Family Planning The Roe Street Centre for Human Relationships (Family Planning Western Australia)

NB: Family Planning has services available throughout Australia. Please check your local listings.

70 Roe Street Northbridge WA 6003
 Ph 9228 3693

The Roe St Centre staff are highly qualified and experienced in individual and couple therapy. Male and female counsellors are available.

Sessions on unplanned pregnancy and post termination issues are subsidised by the Department of Health WA and people can access up to four free sessions for a client administration fee of $15.00 (this fee does not apply if you have paid the annual clinic administration fee).

Telephone counselling is available for rural, remote or outer metropolitan areas (same fee structure as above). Clients can book an appointment by phoning 9228 3693.