Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Kristin Hodson regarding her experience as a member of the church who chose to have an abortion in her teens. This is not meant to be a pro-choice or pro-life discussion. The purpose of this podcast is to share a personal story in the hopes of reaching other members of our church who have been affected by abortion in one way or another, and offer a supportive and safe space to explore this topic. Both Kristin and Natasha are concerned that many who make this choice, either for reasons sanctioned by the church or not, end up not feeling comfortable within the church community – with many going inactive. There is no formal support group within the church which they are aware of, and therefore are concerned that the overall silence which surrounds abortion has harmful taboo implications.
Making this podcast is a huge personal step for Kristin. Mormon Mental Health wants to respect the courage it takes to to be willing to put herself out in front of public scrutiny in this way. Therefore, MMH will be very careful in screening incoming comments. We welcome opposing points of view – however, they need to be written respectfully in order to be published.
Kristin Hodson is a psychotherapist as well as founder and executive director of The Healing Group and co-author of the newly published book Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality. She has been on the radio, television and contributes regularly to various media outlets.
If you’re looking for further help, Kristin has offered to take direct email messages at: firstname.lastname@example.org