Advice and Counsel for Women Who Have Had An Abortion
Please know that God loves you. He died for all our sins ... even the sin of abortion. His death on the Cross was a willing expression of His love for us and His desire to pay the debt of all of our sins.
When we sin... willingly sin... and then come to the realization that we are sorry, we can ask God for His Forgiveness and He will freely give it to us. When the sin of abortion is involved... the lost of innocent life.... God's Forgiveness sometimes does not seem like enough. Because it does not bring back the child lost.
One way we can help ourselves to forgive ourselves is to accept God's loving gift of His sacrifice on the Cross and then to make a new and a positive relationship with the memory of the little one aborted. We can let the child know of our love and our concern and our hope to see them in Heaven. For surely we will see them. And we can dedicate some acts of kindness and charity in loving memory of the child we lost through abortion. Tell the child that we are doing this and that we look forward to sharing many long conversations in Heaven about these things.
One of the things you may want to do is read some of the valuable literature available now for those who have lost a child through abortion. These books include:
Forgiven and Set Free: A Post-Abortion Bible Study for Women - by Linda Cochrane, Kathy Jones
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Motherhood Interrupted: Stories of Healing and Hope after Abortion -by Jane Brennan
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
You're Not Alone - by: Jennifer O'Neill (Healing through God's Grace after Abortion)
Her Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion - by Sydna Masse
Publisher: Cook, David C.
I'll Hold You In Heaven: (Recover/Revision) - by Jack W. Hayford
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
Healing after Abortion: God's Mercy Is for You- by David Powlison
Publisher: New Growth Press
Praying does change things. Pray for God's healing graces to come and they will. Learn to accept His love and realize that by continuing to not fully accept His Forgiveness in some small way you are hurting Him. He did die for all of our sins and we should be grateful ... not say "Oh, I know but...."
Just think if you forgave someone something they did and all they did was keep bringing it up again and again. Wouldn't you think that person was stuck in an emotional rut and wouldn't you wish they would change. Well, maybe... just maybe... Jesus feels that way too. Holy Scriptures say:"The Lord's compassion's never fail. They are new every morning." Lam. 3:28
Accept God's Grace and know that you are loved.Your Sister in Christ Jesus ,
Founder, Several Sources Shelters
Each of the following groups provide individual post abortion counseling and information.
For Women and For Men:
* Project Rachel
Contact your local Catholic Church and ask for the Diocesan Respect Life Office. Each Diocese has individual priests trained to counsel women and men of all faiths who have experienced an abortion and our in need of individual counseling.
* American Victims of Abortion
419 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
* Women Exploited by Abortion
151 River Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97404
This organization has International, National, State and Local members who will minister to women thoughout the world. Members have gone through the abortion experience and have found healing in Jesus Christ and are willing to counsel those in need of their help.
* Open Arms
P.O. Box 7188
Federal Way, WA 98003
* Fathers for Life
Father's Rights Legal Services Association
3623 Douglas Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 277-8789 or (515) 233-2750 (evenings and weekends)
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is Good!
For His mercy endures forever."