What is Abortion Recovery?
Last Thursday, a SaveOne training took place at First Baptist Church in Casper. People from Casper, Cody, Lander, and other Wyoming communities gathered to learn how to lead a SaveOne abortion recovery program in their communities.
SaveOne is a national program with chapters in different states that is dedicated to helping women and men recover spiritually, mentally, and emotionally after the choice of abortion. It can often be years, even decades, before a person seeks help and healing. Sadly, many never do, perhaps because they are not aware help is available. Abortion not only affects the woman upon whom the abortion is performed, but also her boyfriend or husband, her parents, his parents, siblings, even friends.
Affects of Abortion
According to Sydna Masse, a woman who experienced abortion and is now an author and speaker, “Some women seemingly never need to work through any kind of healing process. But for many, the memory of the abortion lies hidden within, like an infection, weakening and impairing us in ways we never realize.” Dealing with the decision, the procedure, and feelings towards people involved (father of the baby, parents, the abortionist, the woman herself) can be a difficult, intense process. Masse goes on to say, “Common responses after abortion include, but are not limited to:
- A reluctance to talk about the subject of abortion
- Enduring emotions like guilt, anger, or sorrow when discussing/thinking about a past abortion
- Experiencing a vague sort of emptiness, a deep sense of loss, or prolonged periods of depression
- Ongoing nightmares, flashbacks, or hallucinations relating to the abortion experience.”
What is Abortion Recovery?
Abortion recovery programs, such as Masse’s online course Her Choice to Heal and SaveOne, provide women (and men) emotionally affected by abortion the opportunity to find healing and closure. This is done in a loving manner, with a reminder that God forgives. There is no judgement placed upon people who participate in a program; the goal is for participants to find healing from the anger, guilt, and bitterness they may be experiencing and answers as to why they are feeling these emotions. There are also programs that offer weekend retreats, such as Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry of Priests for Life.
Casper also offers an Abortion Concern Network, which consists of people in the community who have experienced abortion who “desire to help anyone who has questions or concerns regarding the emotional, physical or spiritual effects often experienced after abortion.” A loving, compassionate confidant will listen and encourage those who need to talk about their abortion experience and the emotions they are feeling.
Although the number of abortions performed in America seems to have decreased during the past 15 years (from about 1.3 million in 2000), there are still nearly 1 million procedures that take place annually. Whether that’s an actual, factual number is difficult to say since many states don’t mandate abortion reporting, including California – which has a very large population and hundreds of abortion clinics; it’s likely therefore, the number of abortions in America is much higher.
Additionally, researchers found that 50% of American women who had abortions in 2014 identified themselves as Christians. Therefore, the abortion rate among Christian women is nearly equal to that of non-believers. Thus, the need for abortion recovery/abortion healing is great.
If you have an abortion in your past, whether you were the pregnant woman, her partner, her parents, or another important person in her life, there is hope! If you have questions about abortion recovery, please consider contacting the Abortion Concern Network here in Casper and/or participating in an abortion recovery program, like SaveOne, Her Choice to Heal, or Rachel’s Vineyard. There will be a SaveOne program offered in Casper soon; if interested, please contact Terry at True Care by phone at 307-473-2275, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.