Many women who choose abortion struggle with emotional, physical or spiritual distress after that choice. Most of these women are suffering in silence. Most of those with an abortion in their past don’t understand that much of the difficulty they experience in their lives can be traced to the decision and the circumstances that led them to make that one decision. And it’s not just the women who are affected. The men who would have been fathers are equally, yet differently affected.
What is Post-Abortion Stress?
Post-Abortion Stress is an adverse emotional reaction to abortion. It is often a delayed reaction and can surface at any time in a person’s life… and when it does, it can be confusing, painful and overwhelming.
Symptoms and Common Reactions:
- Anger, bitterness, resentment
- Avoidance behaviors/addictions
- Guilt / regret
- Depression/suicidal impulses
- Relationship struggles
- Inability to bond with children
- Loneliness/emotional numbness
- Low self-esteem
- Sense of loss
- Sleeplessness, nightmares
- Uncontrollable rage
- Sexual dysfunction
- Unforgiveness toward self and others
- Avoidance of conversations that deal with abortion
How Do I Find Healing?
First Coast Women’s Services is offering several new women’s post-abortion healing studies. One is beginning Sunday, September 8 in the Beaches area. The second class will begin in the Orange Park area September 10 in the evening, and the third class will also begin September 10, in the evening in the Mandarin area.
The study is a 10-11 week commitment. Safe. Confidential. Non-judgmental. MUST contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904-549-6113 by September 3 for more information and to register.
Abortion Healing Assistance is a 12 – week Bible study (Forgiven and Set Free) that provides a confidential, non-judgmental, safe place for women who seek healing from the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion and enable them to:
- Work through denial
- Share fears and pain
- Deal with guilt
- Clear up misconceptions about God
- Grieve the loss of their child
- Come to acceptance
- Experience emotional and spiritual recovery
For more information please call (904) 549-6113 or email AHA@fcwsprc.org.
From someone who attended the 12 week Forgiven and Set Free Bible study:
“For fifteen years I denied that I had terminated my child’s life. It wasn’t until I fell into a ‘dark hole’ of depression and anxiety that I cried out to God. Through the Forgiven & Set Free Bible study God poured out His grace and mercy upon me and healed my broken heart. Experiencing God’s unconditional love through this Bible study changed my life.”