If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, you may need help healing from your abortion.
*Guilt, shame, or denial. A sense of feeling alienated from God. Cannot forgive oneself or others involved in the abortion, self punishment self-mutilation, or trying to undo what was done. Repeated sacramental confessions with no sense of peace.
*Relationship problems, abusive relationships, sexual dysfunction, sexual promiscuity. 80-90% of relationships breakdown after an abortion; those that survive often deteriorate or struggle.
*Fear, despair, anxiety. "I did something bad, so God will punish me. Something bad is going to happen to me."
*Anger, rage, hostility towards self and others. Self-mutilation or other self-destructive behavior.
*Depression, emotional numbing, sense of hopelessness. Women who have had abortions can be at greater risk for suicide or attempting suicide. Feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, emptiness, and low self-esteem are common after an abortion.
*Alcohol or drug abuse, sexual addictions, or work-addiction: keeping busy so as not to feel the pain.
*Grief, regret, isolation. A woman wants to grieve the loss of her child, but often there is a lack of acceptance from family, friends, and society. You may feel isolated and alone, with no one to turn to for support.
*Difficulty parenting. Inability to bond with your other children, neglect or abuse of your children. Being smothering or over-protective of other children for fear of something bad happening to them.
*Sleeping disorders, eating disorders. Physical problems, such as abdominable pain for which there is no cause. Feeling confused.
Women may struggle with these difficulties for years without attributing them to a past abortion. If you are struggling, you are not alone--there is help for you. God wants to give you peace.
At A Haven for Healing we are passionate about helping women recover from the nagging sorrow, guilt, and hurt from their abortions. We believe in the endless mercy of a God who loves His children and wants the best for us no matter how we fail Him.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning!
Great is His faithfulness!
Lamentations 3: 22-23