The Healing Choice

Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After an Abortion

The Healing Choice

Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After an Abortion

“This is not a book about judgement, politics or religion.
It is not a book about right or wrong.”

Candace De Puy, Ph.D., LCSW and Dana Dovitch, Ph.D., MFCC

“Abortion is not a frivolous choice. No woman sets out to create, then terminate, a possible life; but, over the centuries, millions of women have had abortions, and millions more will continue to terminate unwanted pregnancies regardless of social, religious or legislative opinion.”

“This book is for any woman who feels psychological pain from her past abortion, any person who has strong feelings about abortion, any person who sees abortion as killing a child, and anybody who feels it is not. It is a book that lends insight and offers helpful ways to achieve post abortion healing.”

“If an abortion has wounded you, choose the path to healing
and read this book.  You can become strong in the broken places.”

– Bernie S. Siegal, M.D., author of Love, Medicine and Miracles –

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“More than anything, whatever our judgements or opinions may be, we need compassion, and this book’s chief virture is its compassion.”

Thomas More
Author of “Care of the Soul”

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Interview with Dr. Candace de Puy, Ph.D.

Dr. De Puy, co-author with Dr. Dana Dovitch of “The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After An Abortion,” discusses the reasons for writing the book, how it is not about politics or religion, and how it helps women and men achieve peace and acceptance of a past abortion regardless of political or religious beliefs.

Chapter Excerpts


Healing: Privacy and Abortion

Separation, Solitude and Isolation

Many politically pro-life women have had abortions, while many pro-choice women have not. Many orthodox, reform and nonreligious women have had abortions. Many have not. Neither your political stance nor spiritual beliefs can reveal your personal history—only the telling of the event can. And, as our culture is adamantly divided on the subject of abortion, despite its legality, most women choose to protect themselves with forms of privacy, solitude and isolation, before, during and after their termination.

Pregnancy separates and sets a woman apart from other people in her life. While it may impact those closest to her, it remains a profoundly personal experience. lt cannot be precisely understood by any other woman nor fully appreciated by any man. When a pregnancy is welcomed, it can be acknowledged, shared and celebrated publicly; in this way pregnancy becomes a positive experience.