Support for Men and Women After Abortion

By The Ruth Institute Published on May 9, 2023

The latest guest on the Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Show is therapist Lisa Rowe, co-author of Unraveled Roots: Exposing the Hidden Causes of Damaging Behaviors, and CEO of Support After Abortion. She and Morse discuss the taboo topic of women and men who are traumatized by their abortion experience.

“The cultural narrative has kept this a quiet issue, a silent, very shameful issue,” Rowe says. “What we’re hoping to do at Support After Abortion is break that.  If we don’t begin to have this conversation with more compassion, people are going to stay silent. They’re going to stay suffering.”

The After Abortion Helpline is one of Support After Abortion’s major services. They often get calls from women who have had chemical abortions, alone, in pain, and who then see their aborted child firsthand.

“We have women call and say, ‘I put my baby in a shoe box. I don’t know what to do. It’s in my closet. I’m mortified to even open it.’ It’s created a whole other spectrum of trauma that women are not ready for.”

There are also the men, 57% of whom feel they were given no say in the decision to abort their child, and 70% who say they would benefit from talking to somebody and are looking for help.

Women and men dealing with post-abortive pain and trauma can learn more by watching this video with the Ruth Institute Locals community, on Rumble, or YouTube.

Advice From a Survivor: Fake It Till You Make It

 Clergy abuse survivor, Faith Hakesley, shares some Mid-week Motivation.

“I’m fine.”

How often do we say those two little words? How often do we actually mean them?

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I can recall many situations in which people have asked, “How are you?” and the response in my head has been much different than what I have said out loud. Over the years, I’ve gotten really good at responding with, “I’m doing okay,” or “I’m taking things one day at a time.”

I’m sure many of you can relate. We answer courteously in a way that is socially appropriate, smile, and move on. Meanwhile, we’re screaming, “I am not fine!” on the inside.

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Suggesting Only Women Be in Women’s Sports Called ‘Traumatizing’

When the House of Representatives passed the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) said that even debating keeping men out of women’s sports was “traumatizing.”

“And I thought I’d heard it all,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of the Ruth Institute. “So-called trans athletes are destroying women’s sports, and their supporters say that even talking about it is ‘traumatizing’? That’s an absurd argument used to avoid an honest debate.”

Morse charged: “A male cyclist competing as a woman just won a high-profile road race in New Mexico with a top prize of $35,000. A man’s anatomy doesn’t change when he calls himself a woman. He still has a larger lung capacity and more muscle mass to body weight than the women he competes against. Ideology doesn’t trump reality.”

The inability to compete on a level playing field with male athletes was part of the reason a 35-time winner of the national cyclocross circuit retired recently.

Hannah Arensman explained that despite years of intense training from an early age, she couldn’t compete with a male athlete whose body gave him an unfair advantage over her “no matter how hard I train.”

Morse responded, “But Rep. Takano says a woman athlete talking about a career ruined by politics is ‘traumatizing’ for men who demand to compete as women.”

“After decades of saying we must do more to promote women’s sports, the same people are determined to destroy women’s sports in the name of a spurious equality,” Morse said. “But efforts at intimidation won’t silence the critics of this insanity.”

Get more from the Ruth Institute’s Transgender Resource Center.


The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. The Ruth Institute’s Founder and President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village. Subscribe to our newsletter and YouTube channel to get all our latest news.

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