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Support After Your Abortion

Life After Abortion

Every person’s experience with abortion and the grief that might accompany it is unique. Some people feel emotions immediately, and others may not for months or years later. Still, others may feel nothing at all. We are here to help you regardless of your situation.

After an abortion, some people feel relief, shame, regret, denial, numbness, anger, anxiety, sadness, or depression. Some people feel one or two of these emotions, and some people feel many of these emotions. Your feelings are unique to you, and you are entitled to your emotions surrounding your abortion. You do not have to hide them or be afraid to share.

Whenever you need us, we can help. Contact us today if you need assistance processing these feelings about your abortion.

Family, Friends, and Others Affected by Abortion

Family members, boyfriends, spouses, and friends who have been affected by another person’s abortion choice may feel many of the emotions mentioned here. They may also feel helplessness, regret, and blame. Your feelings surrounding another person’s abortion are important and valid.

No matter how you are processing your abortion or the abortion of someone else, many find it helpful to talk about their experience and feelings in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. For anyone affected by abortion, there is help, healing, and hope available without shame and judgment. You are not alone. No matter where you are in your after-abortion journey, it is never too late or too soon to discuss your decision with someone who understands and is willing to listen.

Help, Healing, and Hope

We are here to provide support and care after your abortion experience. Everything is confidential, and no one will be notified that you have contacted us. We can even assist you in finding support outside of your local area if that is more comfortable for you. Your privacy is important to us. As always, all our services are free of charge.

If you choose to discuss your abortion, you will meet confidentially with someone who is trained to support women and men who have been affected by abortion and offer help and compassion. You can share as much or as little as you feel comfortable. You will receive love and support from people who have been in your situation and understand what you are going through.

We are here because we understand the factors that contributed to your abortion choice. We care about your happiness, health, and well-being.

Giving a voice to your abortion experience can change how you view the decision that you made and give you courage to live in your freedom. Contact us today. We are here to help you.


References

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American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2019). Abortion and mental health. Practice Bulletin: Evidence Directing Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 7, 1-10. https://aaplog.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/FINAL-Abortion-Mental-Health-PB7.pdf

Drake, K. (2022, July 25). Coping with grief and depression after an abortion. Psych Central. https://psychcentral.com/depression/understanding-abortion-grief-and-the-recovery-process

Louise, K., Due, C., Oxlad, M., & Middleton, P. (2020). Men’s grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal loss: A systematic review and emerging theoretical model. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20(11). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-019-2677-9

Mayo Clinic. (2022, December 13). Complicated grief. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/complicated-grief/symptoms-causes/syc-20360374

Option Line. (n.d.). After abortion support. https://optionline.org/after-abortion-support

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