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Facts and Feelings-A Handbook for Women and the People Who Care About Them

Nada L. Stotland, M.D., M.P.H.

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Where do you turn when you are wrestling with a painful decision? You turn to your spouse, trusted friends and relatives, to professionals, to religious advisers. But sometimes you want accurate information and suggestions all in one place, in a form you can use on your own.

The decision to have an abortion is not an easy one, and it is not the right decision for every pregnant woman, even in difficult circumstances. Every situation is different. Women considering abortion range in age from nine to fifty-five years. They are rich and poor; married and unmarried; white, black, brown, yellow, and red; members of every religious group and ethnic origin; heterosexual and homosexual. Some have no one to talk to and others have too many people talking to them. Some are in danger from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Abortion: Facts and Feelings is for women who are considering whether to have an abortion, women who have had an abortion and want to do more thinking about it, and relatives, mates, lovers, friends, and health professionals who want to help the women they care for make the best possible choices for themselves. Partners in relationships, families, and friends, and, of course, pregnant women themselves, deserve to have accurate information about this common, but controversial, procedure—information they can use to make both personal and policy decisions.

This book contains that information. It discusses

  • The practice of abortion in other times and places, and practical information about how it is practiced now
  • How to find out about abortion laws where you live, and laws in other places where you might go if necessary
  • The attitudes of major North American religious groups about abortion, and how to obtain more specific information about the approaches of your religion to your situation
  • The medical and psychological outcomes of abortion
  • Alternatives to abortion—delivering the baby and either caring for it yourself or allowing someone else to provide the parenting
  • The needs and concerns of women in special circumstances, and of women's loved ones

Most important, it will help you think through and carry out your own decision, whatever it is.


  • Why this book?

    For Women.

    Problem pregnancy: approaching a decision. Why do we feel the way we do about abortion?. Facts and figures about abortion, birth, and adoption. State and national abortion laws and regulations. Abortion procedures. Religion, ethics, and values. Making the decision. Making the arrangements. After an abortion.

    And the People Who Care About Them.

    Men and abortion. Parents, other relatives, and friends. For the professional counselor. Resource directory. References.

About the Authors

Nada L. Stotland, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Stotland has published many articles and several books on women's health, has lectured widely in the United States and other countries, and has appeared on Larry King Live and Oprah. She currently serves as President of the Women's Caucus of the American Psychiatric Association and President-Elect of the Association of Women Psychiatrists.

Every primary care physician; high school, college, and pastoral care counselor; and psychiatrist who works with women and families should have at least 2 copies of this book—1 for themselves and 1 to lend to the person who seeks their guidance as they struggle through the decision of abortion. Stotland's book is very readable and refreshing in it clarity and lack of condescension to lay readers who want credible responses and information about abortion they can mull over without feeling judged.—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Abortion: Facts and Feelings is an up-to-date, practical guide for the woman who is making a decision about how to handle a problem pregnancy. . . . [T]his is a simply written, well-organized, and factually correct resource book. . . . Abortion: Facts and Feelings is equally useful for health care professionals, both those who do abortion counseling and those who give general medical or psychological care to women.—News For Women In Psychiatry

This is one of the few books on the market that helps a woman in her decision about abortion in a factual manner without neglecting the powerful and often conflicting emotions often accompanying such a decision. This book would also do well in a library reference section or a clinician's reference library of books perhaps loaned to the appropriate client.—Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

This book is written by a distinguished psychiatrist and author, with empathy for all women. It is thorough, explaining all ethical, legal, religious, and medical viewpoints. . . . The book is directed to any woman for whom abortion is a consideration, as well as to men as fathers, to a woman's parents, and to professional counselors. The scope is important, because data tell us that almost 50% of all women in America will have at least one abortion during their lifetimes. . . . The book is thoroughly referenced from standard scientific sources. . . . on a topic where information is often deliberately withheld or misstated, this book is a landmark.—Warren H. Pearse, M.D., Editor, Women's Health Issues, Edgewater, Maryland

Here's a valuable ABC guide to making the personal decision of abortion or to helping someone else who is deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy.—Sarah Weddington

Highly recommended for any library. The resource directory would be useful in a reference section although it would also be useful to circulate.—E-Streams

[A] comprehensive resource directory of organizations that provide information about the following: general information, financial assistance, informative reading, legal help, racial and ethical help, adoption choices, domestic violence, and mental health . . . This volume will prepare the reader, whether it is the woman making her choice, the father, the family, friends or the professional counselor, to take the thoughtful approach to unplanned pregnancies.—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 10/1/2000

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