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After Abortion Support

You are not alone.

After-Abortion Support

You are not alone.

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We have Virtual and On-Site Groups. All Services Provided At No Cost.

For more information or to register for an upcoming after abortion-support group, email healing@heartbeats.org or call 740.327.0601. We will get back to you during our regular business hours. 

Many women and men report regret and pain after an abortion and express a need for help. There can be many different negative emotions and even physical symptoms that are often experienced after-abortion, (whether it’s immediately, weeks, months or years later). This is a safe, confidential, non-judgmental, and caring environment led by women and men who have been where you are.

We will share practical tools to help continue to help you begin in your journey of healing. In this group you will be encouraged, empowered, and equipped to learn how to keep moving forward toward health and restoration.

“Abortion touches a person’s life on many levels. It impacts one’s views of oneself in medical, political, religious, philosophical, social, and familial ways. This is why it is exceptionally difficult for people to understand, process, and reconcile this experience with who they are and who they want to be.” 

Dr. Theresa Burk

Is Life The Same?

Millions of women believe that abortion is the answer to their unplanned pregnancy. They are often advised that if they have the termination procedure, they will never have to think about the pregnancy again and will be able to continue their lives as normal. However, if you have personally been involved in an abortion experience, you likely know this to be false. Ironically, as you attempted to dispose of your “crisis” or “problem” you likely gained an entirely new host of problems after your abortion.

After an abortion, women often experience a range of negative emotions and sometimes physical symptoms, and many struggle to navigate through them effectively.

  • 64% of women having abortions said they felt pressured to abort
  • 84% said they were not fully informed
  • 52% felt rushed 
  • 54% were uncertain beforehand 
  • 67% received no counseling beforehand
  • 79% were not informed about alternatives

You Are Not Alone

For more information or to register for our upcoming groups email healing@heartbeats.org or call 740.327.0601. We will get back to you during our regular business hours. If you need immediate help call 1.800.712.4357, a 24/7-365 helpline.

Many Women Have Reported The Following Symptoms After Abortion:

Common Emotions 

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Despair
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Loneliness
  • Guilt
  • Shame

Common Symptoms 

  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Self-destructive activities (alcohol/drug abuse, eating disorders) 
  • Difficulty in maintaining or developing relationships 
  • Difficulty sleeping, insomnia, and/or nightmares 
  • Emotional deadening, feeling less in touch with or a need to stuff emotions 
  • Triggered by pregnant women, babies, children, and baby showers 
  • Increase in anger or rage 
  • Fear of future relationships and pregnancy
  • Difficulties with intimacy and trust 

(Taken from The Post Abortion Review [Fall 1994], published by the Elliott Institute, Springfield, Il)

More information on the effects of abortion

Support Groups For Men and Women

What will we talk about in the support group?

  • Acknowledge where you are now
  • Suppression and denial
  • Feelings of anxiety, fear and depression
  • Anger and unforgiveness
  • Destructive behaviors
  • Loss and grief

For more information or to register for our upcoming groups email healing@heartbeats.org or call 740.327.0601. We will get back with you during regular business hours. If you need immediate help call 1.800.712.4357.

You Can Heal And Have Joy Again

 If abortion has left you feeling broken, we can help you discover peace and healing through our post-abortion support.  You will be able to freely discuss your abortion experience in a non-judgmental, confidential, and safe atmosphere. Call us to schedule an appointment.

You Can Heal And Have Joy Again

If abortion has left you feeling broken, we can help you discover peace and healing through our post-abortion support. You will be able to freely discuss your abortion experience in a non-judgmental, confidential, and safe atmosphere. Call us to schedule an appointment.

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