Grieving and healing from an abortion is a process. It is normal to feel and do things that aren’t normal for you.
The emotions I experienced after my abortion included shame, anger, depression, self-condemnation, and hopelessness. My behavior changed too.
I started using alcohol to numb my feelings and became more sexually active, looking for love and comfort in all the wrong places. I lost interest in the things I once enjoyed. At the time, I didn’t realize these behaviors were connected to my abortion.
After struggling for way too long, I met someone who suggested I go through healing for my abortion. I really didn’t think I needed to at first, but decided to join a group anyway. It was scary. I met with the leader and completed an intake in which I could share freely about my abortion and everything that led up to it. We talked about how it may be painful to go back to some of those hard memories. But the benefits were freedom from shame, condemnation, and unforgiveness. There is no easy way to heal, but as I worked through the stages of my grief and pain, I experienced a closure that was life changing. Having others in the group who understood my suffering was life changing too!
Video stories from those who have had abortions and the hope and healing they have found.
Difficulty bonding with your current pregnancy after having a prior abortion
Difficulty with relationships after having an abortion
Feeling relief after having an abortion
Carolyn’s Abortion Experience
Karin’s Abortion Experience
Tom’s Abortion Experience