First the title, sheesh.
Next the deck (likely not written by author):
The anti-abortion movement has newly latched onto Post-Abortion Syndrome, a controversial diagnosis that it claims mimics PTSD.No. Not 'newly latched onto'.
The tactic is more than 30 years old as the article itself acknowledges a few paragraphs down.
Next, your de rigeur pseudonymous, but like totally believable victim of the piece, "Yana", who is 23 years old but who believed her "semi-boyfriend" when he told her she couldn't get pregnant if he pulled out.
Takeaway from that: Yana is more than a little credulous.
There's an 'angry-looking nurse", stainless steel and Yana's "legs are pushed back".
Right. Abortion is performed by angry, heartless people. (The hospital is identified, by the way, as Mt Sinai, one of the best hospitals in Toronto.)
Afterward, Yana is grieving. OK. There are as many reactions to abortion as there are women who have them. (In the US, it's estimated that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion during her life. In Canada, probably fewer but still, that's a lot of women.)
Then we are introduced to PAS and its
Then she states that "abortion rights advocates, wary and dismissive of PAS, are also largely indifferent to any need for counselling."
After several more meandering paragraphs, we get this:
Post-abortion counselling is an available option at other abortion clinics across Canada. [Joyce] Arthur knows of at least two in Vancouver. Very few attend. Other parts of the country? Arthur polls a pro-abortion right listserv, of which she’s a member. The messages roll in from abortion clinics. Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Yellowknife all have services.
So, there are counselling services available.
Melnyk goes to Everywoman's Health Centre in Vancouver, "an abortion clinic that provides free, non-judgmental counselling services" and talks to Erin Mullan, a counsellor with more than 20 years of experience.
And misquotes her. Melynk's quote:
For the small number of women [Mullan] refers out to other counsellors who offer long-term support, abortion is not the main cause of negative feelings, but rather, “it opens a door of pain.”
What Erin actually said [private communication, quoted here with permission]:
I said "the abortion experience can be a doorway that other pain walks through." It's something I say often in counselling so I know.
Somewhere in there, the evil feminists are rolled out (emphasis mine);
That same month, on a warm afternoon in Toronto Miriam McDonald, an editor at the Marxist newspaper Spartacist Canada, struts up and down a hallway at the Ontario Institute of Secondary Education at an International Women’s day rally. “Abortion is just a medical procedure like getting a wart off, except it’s all politicized,” she says. “A woman’s capacity to control her fertility opens the doors to full equality. That’s why it’s … stigmatized.” Another woman standing next to her in a baseball cap, handing out newspapers, says post-abortive women need counselling, not to overcome negative feelings related to abortion, but rather, to cope with society’s stigma and culture of shame. Three young people in lime green shirts with the words “reproductive freedom fighters” scurry back and forth.Strutting, scurrying. IN BASEBALL CAPS AND LIME GREEN SHIRTS! EEEEEK!
More glurge, then another pseudonymous "victim", who is not sorry about her decision to abort, but "feels guilty for not feeling guiltier".
Now we get biographical. Turns out Melnyk had an abortion too and felt "shame" and "damned".
Then, back to Yana again who is painting a ceramic (cup?) for "a friend's new baby". Yana is "working on not feeling guilty".
The piece is a very strange amalgam of correct information, misinformation and irrelevant information. It rambles and wanders and badly needed a competent editor.
It is weighted heavily towards the fictional PAS side, while acknowledging that PAS exists only in the tiny minds of fetus fetishists.
Nowhere is there any evidence that the "pro-choice movement won't let women grieve after abortion".
In short, it is tabloid crap of the most scurrilous sort. Don't waste your time on it.
THIS Magazine used to be a good progressive publication. Shame on you.
For the record, pro-choice people do not accept that PAS is anything but a made-up scare tactic. Pro-choice people do accept that there is a wide range of reactions among people who have abortions. And ALL of them are valid.