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Resources: Hope & Healing After Abortion


Hope & Healing After Abortion

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7 Ways to Choose Healing by Stephen Arterburn
Healing is a choice God desires for each of us. It’s a process. It’s a journey. But you don’t have to do it alone.

Cradle My Heart: Finding God’s Love After Abortion by Kim Ketola
Explore the hurt in your heart and the healing that God offers—a path toward emotional and spiritual restoration.

Forgiven and Set Free: A Post-Abortion Bible Study for Women by Linda Cochrane
Cochrane developed this study from her experience of being freed from the bondage of guilt and grief that followed her abortion.

Healing a Father’s Heart: A Post-Abortion Bible Study for Men by Linda Cochrane and Kathy Jones 
Men will find comfort and encouragement as they seek freedom from painful emotions that can impact their relationships with others—and with God.

I’ll Hold You in Heaven by Jack Hayford 
“Healing and Hope for the Parent Who Has Lost a Child Through Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Abortion or Early Infant Death”

A Solitary Sorrow by Teri and Paul Reisser 
“Finding Healing and Wholeness After Abortion”

Surrendering the Secret: Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion 
This Bible study helps women experience healing within a safe community as they learn to release their shame and pain, and find freedom and joy in Christ.

Tilly by Frank E. Peretti (fiction)
Peretti explores the realities of unfulfilled emotions stemming from an aborted life, as well as the trauma and denial that abortion introduces into family relationships.

Embracing God’s Gift of Life (Laura Hughes) 
Hughes shares about the compassion, love, and support she received as a pregnant teen. She also talks about her daughter having an abortion after an unplanned teen pregnancy—and about the forgiveness available to all men and women through Christ.

Embracing God’s Grace for a Past Abortion (Al and Lisa Robertson)
As a high school student, Lisa Robertson terminated an unexpected pregnancy through a routine abortion. The fallout was immediate, ending the relationship with her boyfriend and shaking up her family. Even years later, as a married mom, Lisa lived in fear and guilt—thinking her past choices had caught up with her and affected her own child’s health. The Robertsons share Lisa’s story to help women move past the shame often connected with abortion into a healing, loving relationship with Christ.

Finding Healing and Hope After an Abortion (Patricia Layton)
Layton was a single mom about to marry when she discovered she was pregnant. She chose an abortion, which wreaked pain and havoc on her marriage, her family, and herself. Seven years later, when she became a Christian, she discovered that God cared about her past abortion and wanted to heal her life. Her ministry to post-abortive women helps them take hold emotional, physical, and psychological healing.

Hope for Women Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy (Amy Ford, Joanna Brown) 
Ford and Brown were active participants in their Christian faith, but both found themselves pregnant and unmarried as teens. They share about dealing with the consequences of these pregnancies, and they offer hope to others going through the same experience. They also challenge the Church to be an accepting place of refuge and encouragement to these girls so they will not only choose life for their babies but also have the support team they need to move forward in their lives.

How Abortion Impacts Men (Stephen Arterburn)
Arterburn candidly shares how he pressured his college girlfriend into an abortion—and how the guilt and shame haunted him as he and his wife struggled with infertility. He also explains how “exceptions” to anti-abortion laws (rape and the health of the mother) don’t hold up.

A Mother’s Heart Redeemed by God (Jennifer Polimino) 
Polimino shares her prodigal story of growing up in a Christian home, being molested at age 12, date-raped at 15, and having an abortion at 16. Her life continued in a downward spiral until a believer invited her back to church. Today she’s married with two children, forgiven by God, and encouraging women with her story of hope and healing.

Life After Abortion (DVD, not currently available through Focus on the Family)
This documentary shares the stories, struggles, and healing of those who’ve experienced abortion.

Focus on the Family Counseling Consultation Line
If you need someone to talk to, Focus on the Family offers a free phone counseling consultation with a licensed or pastoral counselor. Call 1-855-771-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM (MT). 

Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselor Network
Search for licensed Christian counselors in your area.

Abortion Changes You
If abortion has touched your life or the life of someone you love, this organization offers a safe place to begin the healing process.

This organization provides referrals to After Abortion Support.

Project Rachel
Project Rachel is a ministry for women and men seeking healing and reconciliation after abortion.