“Healing is never complete until we have been truly heard…” ― Anthon St. Maarten
1a: to make free from injury or disease: to make sound or whole heal a wound.
b: to make well again: to restore to health — heal the sick.
2a: to cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome.
b: to patch up or correct (a breach or division) heal a breach between friends.
3: to restore to original purity.
Healing is possible, but acknowledging the hurt is the first step. Approximately one in four women experience abortion. According to national statistics on abortion show that 10 percent of women undergoing induced abortion suffer from immediate complications, of which one-fifth (2 percent) were considered major.
On a psychological level, studies within the first few weeks after the abortion have found that between 40 and 60 percent of women questioned report negative reactions. And within eight weeks after their abortions, 55 percent expressed guilt, 44 percent complained of nervous disorders, 36 percent had experienced sleep disturbances, 31 percent had regrets about their decision, and 11 percent had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor.
Hurt after abortion is real.
If you’ve experienced hurt during your abortion, we want to help you. Some women have no idea they experienced a physical complication during their abortion until they get their records. Many women struggle for years with infertility or pregnancy losses, not realizing an abortion injury was a key factor. Keeping the hurt a secret because of shame or fear of judgment prevents healing both physically and emotionally. Hurt needs to be acknowledged, defined, and validated. To learn what hurts can take place after an abortion click here.
Delving up old wounds is painful, and it won’t be easy, but it is worth it. In the words of Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” If you’re on this site because you have experienced an abortion, that abortion is a part of your life story. If you haven’t had the strength to tell anyone, we hope you will take a step of faith and trust us to be the safe place you need.
As my sufferings mounted, I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation ― either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course. Martin Luther King Jr.
Our goal is to help you transform your suffering into a creative force. You’re worth it. Learn how we help. You don’t have to go through this healing processes alone. We are here for you!