A support group for people who have had abortions.
The Emerge curriculum
Participants meet once a week for 6 weeks and each meeting lasts two hours. It begins and ends with the same group of people. This allows the participants to develop relationships so they can receive and provide support to one another.
What is Emerge?
Emerge is a secular (non-religious) discussion and support group for anyone who has had an abortion. Emerge was created to fill the gap in after-abortion care - providing non-judgmental, emotional support for anyone.
Abortion has existed since ancient times and has been/is practiced by people who can get pregnant on every continent of the world.
Many women have abortions, women of all races, religions, sexual orientations, ages, education and income levels. Reasons for abortions vary among all women ranging from age of the mother at pregnancy to sexual abuse. Everyone's experience is unique.
Emerge is open and welcoming to all people who have had an abortion, regardless of: race, religion, age, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, or political or philosophical perspective.
Abortion is the most commonly performed gynecological surgery in the US. Nearly one in four American women will have an abortion by the age of 45.
What is the philosophy of Emerge?
Emerge aims to provide confidential, safe, private, and non-judgmental support for people who have had an abortion.
Emerge provides a place for people who have had an abortion to talk about abortion without judgment or stigma. Emerge participants cover topics such as guilt, stigma, isolation, grieving, and forgiveness. All of the sessions are adapted to each individual groups’ specific needs.
Abortion is a medical procedure, but religious and cultural beliefs and political issues make it more complex. Women and people who have abortions may be fearful of reactions from their family, friends, or colleagues. People who seek counseling after an abortion need more than groups that call abortion a mistake or talk about redemption. Every choice is complex when health and family planning are involved.