How to Emotionally Heal Following an Abortion

How to Emotionally Heal Following an Abortion

Healing emotionally following an abortion can be a difficult and sensitive time.
Sadly, we at Birth Choice see many cases of women who feel grief, regret and pain after choosing an abortion and we want to come alongside those women. This, of course, is not easy to do. So, whoever you are that is reading this article, know that you are deeply loved and you are not alone.

According to the Guttmacher Institute in their 2016 release: nearly half of pregnancies among American women in 2011 were unintended, and about four in ten of these were terminated by abortion, but many never talk about it. We are here to support those who are hurting and in need. We truly do believe that women can heal from this experience and we want to join in that journey of healing. Thank you for engaging in this conversation with us…we think it will benefit many.

A really good question to ask is, “Why would anyone need to heal from having an abortion?”. Our answer to that question is that research shows many women experience guilt and self-destructive behaviors such as eating disorders, shame, relationship problems, clinical depression and even suicidal thoughts after having an abortion. Some women report problems related to their abortion months or even years later. This is why this experience is so important to discuss. It can permeate every area of a person’s life whether physical, emotional or spiritual. Abortion can be devastating and hard to navigate alone. We no longer want to avoid or deny the damage that an abortion can have on individuals who have made that decision. Regardless of the finality of an abortion, there is hope and a path to peace. One place to start is with www.abortionchangesyou.com. This website provides tools and information for men and women who are on the path to healing.

Because there are so many people struggling after having an abortion, we offer a safe and approachable environment to work through those struggles. Birth Choice provides peer counseling and resources to help with recovery —>https://bit.ly/2UzYaLm. The path to peace is not easy but it is absolutely yours for the taking. We are here for you to discuss the pain in a safe and supportive environment where you can talk about your experience with someone who has walked in your shoes. We will help you identify and release anger for those who contributed to your decision, your circumstances and yourself. We allow you the opportunity to grieve the loss of your child. We hope that you will accept, receive and offer forgiveness. We want you to know that we love you no matter your choices.

So, you may have experienced an abortion years ago and never told anyone, or experienced one recently. You may be in pain because someone in your life chose an abortion and you wouldn’t have made that decision. You may need a listening ear and a safe place to discuss your hurts. Whatever your experience or whatever your need, Birth Choice wants to provide you that space. We provide confidentiality, privacy and solutions to help you work through and identify your feelings and emotions. There truly is hope no matter your circumstance and we would feel privileged to walk with you in that hope!

Call for an appointment or join a group session at 760-744-1313. A future of freedom and happiness awaits you!

Birth Choice Mobile Clinic and Care Center
277 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd Ste R. San Marcos, CA 92078
760-744-1313

References:

Coleman, P.K.(2011). Abortion and mental health: Quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, 180-86. Doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.110.077230.

Thorp, J.M., Hartmann, K.E., Shadigian, E. Long-term physical and psychological health consequences of induced abortion: Review of the evidence. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2003;58(1):67-79.

Fergusson, D.M., et al. Abortion in young women and subsequent mental health. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2006;47(1):16-24.

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