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Forbidden Grief

The Unspoken Pain of Abortion


“Abortion is a reflection that society has failed women.
Burke and Reardon clearly document this offense against women.’”
Serrin Foster, president, Feminists for Life of America



For more than 30 years, our nation has argued about abortion. In that time, more than 30 million women have had one or more abortions. New research indicates that unwanted abortions are common and that coercion in one form or another is a significant problem in America and elsewhere. This is an injustice to both the unborn and women.


While the political battle rages, little has been done to address the emotional needs of those who struggle with the aftermath of an experience that is deeply traumatic and often coerced and unwanted. Instead, social taboos stifle discussion of women's experiences before, during or after abortion, including pregnancy-related abuses and injustices, abortion-related malpractice, negligence and trauma, or post-abortion harm and heartbreak. Women are often left feeling isolated, and their recovery is inhibited.

Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion is a compelling, haunting review of Dr. Theresa Burke’s experience in counseling hundreds of women who have experienced abortion. Dr. Burke exposes the obstacles in the way of post-abortion healing, reviews the full range and depth of post-abortion issues, and illustrates how we can create a more understanding, just and healing society where women will no longer be required to hide their pain.


"This eye-opening book offers the general public a clear picture of the everyday realities of the post-abortion experience. Most importantly, it gives women permission to face and resolve their feelings." —Georgette Forney, co-founder, Silent No More Awareness Campaign


“Insightful. . . Those of us who have faced this ‘forbidden grief’ can be thankful for Burke and Reardon’s beautifully written book. It lights the way for women and men who seek understanding, healing, and peace.” —Susan Stanford-Rue, Ph.D., author of Will I Cry Tomorrow?  


“An exceptional book . . . It is essential reading for social workers and other mental health professionals.” —Tim Brandyberry, MSSW


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