Abortion Healing

There is Hope and Healing After Abortion

If abortion is part of your story and you are suffering from an internal ache and sadness that you can’t name, you’ve come to the right place. If you don’t feel like anyone will understand the conflict you feel between relief and regret over having chosen abortion, we understand because we’ve been there too. Let us care, support and walk with you on your healing journey.

After Abortion Care

Our after abortion care and services connect women and men impacted by abortion with individual ministries, pregnancy centers, and churches that provide healing resources.

Many people are aware of the physical effects an abortion can cause, but few people are told about the emotional effects that can occur. By engaging in post-abortion care, both women and men can get support and understanding for their healing and find a path to recovery.

After Abortion Support

Many people don’t realize that an abortion may create strong feelings of both physical and psychological distress. Every person reacts to and recovers from this stress in different ways, and some may need help and guidance along the path to healing. This is why we offer resources to help you through this process.

Forgiven and Set Free : A Bible Study for Women Seeking Healing after Abortion

Reclaiming Fatherhood: A Bible Study for Men Seeking Healing after Abortion

HEALING FROM POST ABORTION DISTRESS

Post Abortion distress can affect both men and women and include an array of negative emotional and mental outcomes. Abortion can leave you feeling vulnerable, alone, and helpless. You are not alone, we are here for you.
Maybe you had an abortion last week, maybe you had one 20 years ago. Either way, your pain and questions are real, and you are worthy of healing. The descriptions below are not exhaustive. Click the links for further details.

WOMEN

Immediately following an abortion, women may experience a sense of relief, For some, the relief is short-lived and gives way to negative emotions that can linger unresolved. In line with the best available evidence, induced abortion is associated with a significantly increased risk of the following for women:2

  • Anxiety and clinical depression: you might have overwhelming feelings of sadness or anger or guilt when you think about your abortion; you may have sought the help of a therapist and/or meds to treat your symptoms.
  • Substance abuse: you might use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate and numb your feelings surrounding your abortion experience.
  • Symptoms similar to post traumatic stress disorder: you may have disturbing memories and/or dreams, intrusive thoughts, and avoid pregnant women or other things that remind you of your abortion.
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors: you may even consider suicide as a final solution to escape the pain.

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MEN

Like women, men may experience an initial sense of relief following an abortion, but that relief may eventually be replaced by a feeling of powerlessness. For men, post-abortion distress may look like a loss of identity, where you feel you can no longer lead; you may dodge authority or try hard to impress those in power; you may avoid commitment and you may also use alcohol or drugs to numb your feelings surrounding your abortion experience.

Based on the available research, we know men with an abortion in their past may experience:3

  • Repressed emotions and numbness.
  • Failed relationships: anywhere from one-fourth to 75% of relationships fail because of an abortion decision.
  • Sexual difficulties.
  • Symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Moral pain from making a choice outside their worldview of right and wrong.
  • Grief, guilt, anxiety, helplessness, and anger which could lead to substance use and/or depression.

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AFTER ABORTION HEALING RESOURCES

Contact us to get more information about healing. Whether you would like resources to heal from the comfort of your home or you would like to join an abortion recovery group in your area, we can help get you the information you need and support you along the way.

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The mission of Care Net’s Abortion Recovery and Care (ARC) program is to lead the way in abortion recovery through resources and programs that connect, equip, and support those seeking healing for themselves and/or providing for others.

Healing from the pain of abortion is a journey. Whether you had an abortion last week, or 40 years ago, we're here to help.

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