017: A Look at Abortion through a Mormon Lens – Part 2

img-hodson-235x300Natasha 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.

Other Resources:


The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recover after an Abortion

If you’re looking for further help, Kristin has offered to take direct email messages at: anemailfromkristin@gmail.com

Many thanks to The Lower Lights for the beautiful bumper music and to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for audio production of this podcast.

1 comment for “017: A Look at Abortion through a Mormon Lens – Part 2

  1. Barb Juhasz
    March 30, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Thank you so much for this. I am LDS and a social work student. I have to do a project on crisis intervention for abortion. I have found many wonderful sites, but nothing LDS until this one. I chose this topic because I found out several years ago that my daughter had an abortion. I see her struggle daily with her choice. I see her struggling with post abortion PTSD. She was pushed into that choice by her then boyfriend. And I want to find ways to her her. I am passionate about helping other members become aware of perspectives like this in the church. We are told abortion is wrong. But how can we help those who have had an abortion who are LDS. Please let me know what I can do. Thank you again for addressing this topic!

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