Without a doubt abortion can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person can have. Both before and after abortion, feelings of fear, anxiety, guilt, panic and pressure are common–not only for the woman who experiences the abortion, but also for the father of the unborn child, the grandparents, brothers and sisters, close friends, even medical personnel involved with the abortion. People from a broad variety of religious affiliations (or with none) may experience some or all of these feelings. For Catholics, the pain of abortion is intensified by a sense of alienation from God and Church, but God wants to mend the relationships and heal the heartache.
If you have had this experience, our ministry volunteers want you to know that we understand and care. We want to provide a loving and welcoming community reaching out to you in compassion and concern. Above all, we want to help you through the healing process.
In a safe and positive relationship those who have been involved in an abortion can explore the grief, guilt and sadness that they may be carrying. Through this process they may work toward reconciliation with self, child, family, Church, and God.
“Rachel mourns for her children; she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shall have its rewards. There is hope for your future.” – Jeremiah 31:15-17
Often sleep and eating difficulties arise. Social withdrawal is common, which can be due to feelings of guilt and shame. Nightmares, hallucinations and/or depression can occur years after the incident of an abortion. The quality of family relationships can be seriously affected.