Our History

INSPIRATION AND EARLY RESEARCH

Janine Marrone, our Founder and Board President, was deeply moved in 2016 by a speaker’s story about her emotional struggles after her abortion experience. Curious to know if this person’s experience was unique, Janine sponsored research to explore this question and to determine if others in similar situations were having their needs met. When the research showed a large number of people had unmet needs, Janine began collaborating with leaders in southwest Florida to formulate a strategic plan to better serve those hurting after abortion.

INITIAL EFFORTS AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

The first employee was Karin Barbito, our current Special Projects Manager. She had experienced firsthand the beauty and transformation from healing after her own abortion. She spent the next few years identifying available programs for women and men and leading local after-abortion healing groups with a team of volunteers. The research and these experiences revealed several needs, including offering diverse options to meet hurting people’s support preferences, growing awareness of the availability of after-abortion support, uniting and training abortion healing providers, and creating curricula and resources for unmet needs.

GROWTH AND ESTABLISHMENT

By 2020, Support After Abortion was established as a leader in abortion healing with a national presence and global impact and launched as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Since then, we have reached millions of people in their healing journey and trained tens of thousands of leaders. We have collaborated with abortion healing providers, released pivotal research, published two breakthrough healing resources for both women and men – Unraveled Roots and Keys to Hope and Healing, created a national abortion-healing provider directory, and developed a coaching program for facilitators.

LEADING A GLOBAL CHANGE

We are a catalyst leading a global change in thinking and best practices for after-abortion support focused on inspiring compassion, promoting collaboration, and building capacity for abortion healing programming and resources.