Women and men often need help after abortion. We have on-going
virtual and in person abortion support groups.
If you need immediate help for abortion recovery and support call the 24 hour National Helpline at 1-800-712-4357.
64% of women having abortions said they felt pressured to abort
84% said they were not fully informed
52% felt rushed and 54% uncertain beforehand
67% received no counseling beforehand
79% were not informed about alternatives
Statistics also show that 1 of 4 American women will have had an abortion by the age of 45. It’s a silent secret that is affecting not only the hearts of the women who have had an abortion, but also the hearts of the boyfriends, spouses, friends and families involved, directly or indirectly.
Citations 1.VM Rue et. al.,“Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16 (2004).
Is Life the Same?
Millions of women are led to believe that abortion is the quick and easy answer to their unplanned pregnancy. They are told that if they have the abortion procedure, they will never have to think about the crisis pregnancy again and will be able to continue their lives as though nothing has ever happened. 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.
There are many different negative emotions and even physical symptoms that are often experienced after the abortion (whether it is immediately, weeks, months or years later) and often women do not know how to process through them.
Many women have reported the following symptoms after an abortion:
92% experience an emotional deadening, either feeling less in touch with their emotions or feeling a “need to stifle their emotions.”
86% have an increased tendency toward anger or rage (48% reported they became more violent when angered).
86% fear others learning of the abortion, and have a greater sense of fear in general.
82% feel intense feelings of loneliness or isolation.
75% say they are less self-confident
73% indicate some sexual dysfunction (increased pain during intercourse, promiscuity, frigidity, or loss of pleasure).
63% experience denial, the average period of denial that they reported was 5.25 years.
58% have insomnia or nightmares.
57% have difficulty in maintaining or developing relationships.
56% experience suicidal feelings.
53% increase or begin using drugs and/or alcohol to deaden the pain.
39% reported eating disorders that began after the abortion.
28% attempted suicide.
(Taken from The Post Abortion Review [Fall 1994], published by the Elliott Institute, Springfield, Il)
Post Abortion Support Groups for Men & Women
“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 Burke
To have another person understand and validate the pain of abortion is important and helps you move towards health and healing. Many men and women report regret and pain after abortion and need help. Allow us to help with your journey towards healing. We offer confidential groups that directly confront regret, anger, unforgiveness, and grief.
Women’s group starting soon, contact Melissa at email@example.com or call 740-349-7558 x204.
Men’s group forming now, contact Craig at healing@heartbeats.
All services are free of charge and confidential.
Melissa, Director of Post Abortive Ministries