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In every abortion there is a death experience. The nature of abortion; confidential, private, secret, does not allow us to grieve our losses. Often we feel abortion is not “right” yet we do it anyway. We are concerned about what others might think if they knew. Because of this we have complicated the grief process, feel guilt and are afraid of feeling shame. One or a combination of these may cause us to experience one, some, or all of the following:

        Anxiety

        Regret/guilt

        Sadness

        Feelings of loss

        Drug & alcohol abuse

        Repeat abortions

        Nightmares

 

 

 

 

 

        Sexual dysfunction

        Self-destructive behavior

        Suicidal impulses

        Anger/rage

        Severe emotional pain

        Blunting of emotional effect

        Desire for secrecy about abortion

        Inability to sustain an intimate relationship

        Hatred toward anyone connected with the abortion

If you identify with any of these, you may want to seek counseling for a negative abortion response.

How can a woman find closure and healing?

Post-abortion counseling is a caring and supportive aid to women in accepting reality, processing grief, and receiving forgiveness for sin. All psychological trauma has a residual effect, but the effect can be minimized if the trauma is recognized as reality, processed and resolved. James Dobson, a noted Christian psychologist states: “The first step to mental health is the acceptance of reality.”

Crisis Pregnancy Hotline offers a program called My Abortion Guilt, Grief, and Shame is Ending Soon. This program includes:

        The Pre-Pregnant Woman

        The Pregnancy

        The Abortion Decision

        The Abortion

        Accommodation and Negative Response

        Hurts

        Anger

        Forgiveness and Reconciliation

        Establishing a Relationship with the Baby

        Going on with God and Life

Contact us for more information.

The Elliot Institute is a non-profit organization that publishes research and educational materials and works as an advocate for women and men seeking post-abortion healing. Below are links to articles from their publication "Hope and Healing":

Are You Suffering From Post Abortion Stress?

Finding The Right Help. . .Is Just A Phone Call Away

After An Abortion: Steps Toward Healing

Here are more places to go for help:

Pregnancy Care of Cincinnati
513-521-3117
Ask for Amy Kidd, P.A.C.E. Coordinator
The P.A.C.E. (Post-Abortion Counseling and Education) program offers opportunities for women to grieve over their lost children. It encourages a woman to forgive herself as God has forgiven her. Sessions are 10-12 weeks, with small groups of women meeting weekly. All services are free and confidential.

Women Exploited by Abortion (WEBA)
Carla McElheney
4900 Glenway Ave - 2nd floor
Cincinnati, OH 45238
513-921-9322 M-F 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Offers one on one post-abortion counseling

Healing Hidden Hurts
Post Abortion Counseling
Debbie Miller
P.O. Box 532992
Indianapolis, IN 46253
317-297-7578

National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing

Project Rachel

The Elliot Institute

Rachel's Vineyard Retreats

Silent No More

Victims of Choice

 

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