Respect Life

Post-Abortion Healing

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Hope After Abortion – click image above

“I would like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly.”

“If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitely lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord.”

“With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.”

— Blessed John Paul II

A woman who has experienced an abortion may suffer the symptoms of this trauma such as: guilt and shame; depression and low self-esteem; fear that God will punish her; abortion- related nightmares or flashbacks; deep anger; sexual dysfunction; or alcohol and drug problems. It is not uncommon for the father of the aborted child or other family members to experience similar symptoms. For more information on post-abortion syndrome, visit Hope after Abortion.

Contrary to what many might think, the Church reaches out in compassion to all those suffering the effects of abortion. Women who have had an abortion have a home in the Catholic Church. God will never abandon them and neither will His Church. The Church will never turn them away because their lives and destiny are intimately linked to every other believer in Jesus Christ. who shed His blood to bring all of us home to the joy of heaven.

For more information on post abortion healing please call 610 – 399 – 0890 or 215 – 906 – 6337