This book contains a foreword by Ann Thompson, Professor of Midwifery, University of Manchester. This illuminating book describes young people's thoughts and feelings before and after an abortion, and includes their experiences in the long term. It increases understanding and stimulates discussion of abortion issues without bias, and incorporates political, religious, social, physical and mental considerations in its wide-ranging approach. The personal narratives from both women and men make the issues particularly powerful. "Memories After Abortion" offers thought provoking ideas for all health and social care professionals involved in pregnancy issues. Undergraduate and postgraduate health and social care students, counsellors, therapists, teachers and youth/religious leaders will also find it invaluable. 'Consideration of abortion causes a lot of distress, anxiety and debate within society. This book should be read by women and men so that they can debate and understand each others' views and experiences in their relationships. It should also be read by nurses, midwives, doctors, health-service administrators and those providing social care.' - Ann M Thomson, in the Foreword.
Table of Contents
What in fact is a human being? The abortion situation in Sweden. Young women and abortion, their freedom and their responsibility - their own narratives. Young men and unplanned pregnancy - risk behaviour and reactions - their own narratives. Young people's attitudes to abortion in Sweden and Italy. Women's memories after abortion - summarised from therapy work, pastoral counselling and/or confessions. Different conditions of life. Epilogue - a final reflection from an ethical perspective. Personal reflections by the main author.