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Monday, February 13, 2006

Stephanie Salter has a column in the Terre Haute (Indiana) Tribune-Star about Exhale, the pro-choice post-abortion hotline headquartered in San Francisco that went national in June 2005.

Exhale is funded by a variety of foundations and organizations who have a political agenda in favor of abortion rights. Exhale's director, Aspen Baker,
is one of the Top 30 Under 30 Activists for Choice.

In her story about Exhale, Stephanie Salter relentlessly disses faith-based post-abortion support:

Most people find out about Exhale through family planning centers and abortion services. Some hear of it from a minister or therapist. A growing number discover it when they search the Internet for something besides a lecture, prayer circle or guilt trip.

The women were not looking for someone who would turn their decision into an opportunity for religious evangelization, conversion or condemnation.

Women who have an abortion are expected to line up on one side of the war or the other. If they dare talk publicly about their decision, they usually must choose one of two labels: the sorry, repentant sinner, now working for the overthrow of Roe vs. Wade, or the unambiguous champion of a relatively simple medical procedure who views acknowledgment of emotional complexities as a threat to abortion rights.
Clearly, all this is written from the perspective of someone who doesn't understand what a faith-based approach to recovering from the "emotional complexities" of abortion might look like. Stephanie: you're a reporter! Just ask!

Nor did Stephanie do enough internet research to find the message boards at After Abortion, where women support each other through the "emotional complexities" of abortion's aftermath in an environment that is always politically and religiously neutral. The message boards at After Abortion existed long before Exhale, have helped vastly more women, and are able to maintain genuine neutrality, since they don't take money from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

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