Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One former abortion staffer's burnout

From The Abortioneers:

I have toyed around my mind with all sorts of thoughts on what to write. I'm not in the direct line of action these days and truly I'm in need of this hiatus. There were and still are so many other things stirring in my soul that I need this time to work through. While working as an abortioneer for the last 4 years, I had an ovary removed due to a 13 cm cyst, I came out as lesbian, I was raped by a woman, I experienced large scale disaster and temporarily lost my home, and my sanity, I was also robbed at gunpoint and jumped exactly one year later.

Not long before I left my job in abortionland a wonderful supervisor noticed the burnt out nature of many of the employees. We all love helping women get the information and care we need, but its also exhausting as we often share. This boss lady brought us information about Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue. Many of us joked about these very seemingly silly concepts. As I have had a moment to breath a bit a fresh air, I began to think more about the things I learned in abortionland, experiences gained as well as the difficulties. Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder(STSD) is about experiencing symptoms much like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of working with someone else who has experienced trauma.

Read the whole thing. It's an eye-opener.

Although I'm sure that dealing with the tough-luck stories of all the women seeking abortions is draining, I wonder how much the existential question of what they're doing weighs on them. They know they're killing. One of the abortioneers said it herself: Abortion is a form of violence. Some abortionists like Warren Hern have reported lots of nightmares about dying fetuses.

And they try to abortion out to be a healthcare option like any other...