Connect and Breathe : Someone to Listen on the East Coast

19 Jan

One in three women will have an abortion by the time she is 45. This is a basic fact of life, whether anti-choice activists like it or not. It has also been shown that the statistics change very minimally whether abortion is illegal or not, about one in three women will have an abortion either way. One in three will walk into a clinic, sometimes past protesters, to get an abortion. Most women don’t want to have an abortion, but it’s a necessity to them for whatever reason.

Our reproductive health care community has made it fairly easy for a women to get the treatment she needs, but there is a flaw in the system; there is only minimal support for women after abortions. Many clinics do require follow up appointments with counseling sessions within the days or weeks after an abortion, but what about months or even years later? This is where not for profit organizations like Exhale and Connect & Breathe come in. They are both non-judgmental after abortion talk lines. These talk lines are places where women are able to freely discuss, with trained operators, their experiences with abortion. Exhale has been in existence for awhile providing helpful care and support over the phone to women on the West Coast, while Connect & Breathe is fairly new.

Connect & Breathe was created to fill the gap for a talk line, similar to Exhale, but on the East Coast. Their vision at Connect & Breath is to create “a world where women are listened to and trusted, where the stigma of abortion is lifted, and women serve as their own moral agents regarding their reproductive health.” Their phone lines officially become operational on January 20th, at 5pm EST. From then on there will be trained operators on the phones, waiting to help, every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm-9pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

If you are having any emotional difficulties after you have had an abortion, whether it be one that you had yesterday or years ago, I encourage you to seek out support from Exhale if you are on the West Coast, or Connect & Breathe on the East. These are both fabulous organizations, waiting to help women everywhere.

5 Responses to “Connect and Breathe : Someone to Listen on the East Coast”

  1. placenta sandwich January 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    This is fantastic news. We’ll start letting our contacts know! Thanks for the tip-off :)

  2. Parker January 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this information with us! I wanted to make sure everyone also knows about Backline, a nonprofit organization that offers a toll-free, confidential and nonjudgmental Talk Line to women and their loved ones anywhere in the United States and Canada. We provide post-abortion support as well as pre-abortion support, pregnancy options counseling, and support before or after decisions about adoption and parenting as well. Our number is 1-888-493-0092.

    Also a point of clarification, although Exhale is based in California, my understanding is that they also serve the entire United States and perhaps other countries as well.

  3. gl. January 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    don’t forget about backine!

    http://yourbackline.org/

  4. Max Kamin-Cross January 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Hey Parker,
    Thanks for that info!
    You’re totally right that Exhale is based out of California (as Connect & Breathe is based out of New York) and that they service anyone. Both organizations will help any women, no matter their location. The issue with that though is the time difference between the East and West can make it hard for women to contact Exhale. Connect & Breathe gives women on the East Coast a way for them to receive support, in a timely matter that works for them.
    -Max

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