abortion recovery image 1Women and men often need help after abortion. We have on-going virtual and in person abortion recovery groups.

 

·    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 nearly half of all 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% of those surveyed 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 of 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% suffer from 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% report eating disorders that began after the abortion.

28% attempt suicide.

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

Post Abortion Support Groups for Men & Women

You are not alone in your pain and there is help and healing available for you. Many men and women report regret and need help after abortion. Allow us to help with your journey towards healing. We offer confidential, no charge, groups that will directly confront your regret, anger, unforgiveness, and grief.

Women’s group starting soon, contact Melissa at healing@heartbeats.org or call 740-349-7558 x204

Contact Craig at repairinghisstory@heartbeats.org  or call 740-258-7571 for the men’s group.

 

All services are free of charge and completely confidential.