After the trauma of an abortion, many women experience feelings of guilt, anger and shame. Explosive emotions, changed relationships, and avoiding situations that are reminders of abortion may be signs of post-abortion stress as women suffer the loss of a preborn child.
Lisa first came to The Keim Centers pregnant and unsure of her decision.
“I had planned to have children, definitely. But I did not plan on becoming pregnant or having children at the time. I had a lot of pressure from a lot of different people in my life. And after a few weeks of just constant pressure I ended up caving and I went and had an abortion. I had bought into that bill of goods that this was going to be the best thing. And I was gonna get it over with and I was going to go on with my life, which was the farthest thing from the truth. I was in total hysterics. I went straight into just amazing amounts of pain and guilt and shame. And I realized that everything that I had been told was a complete lie. It doesn’t go away.”
About a year after her abortion, Lisa came back to The Keim Centers to learn more about abortion recovery.
“I didn’t really believe there was going to be help for me. I went out of desperation.”
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The Keim Centers’ abortion recovery ministry offers a safe place to consider the trauma, issues and personal heartache surrounding abortion. You can find healing and hope in small groups led by women who have a shared experience of abortion.
We are here to equip our community with resources to help those who hurt after abortion, to heal. If you or someone you know is suffering in silence, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757.499.4444. Confidential help is available for women of all ages, and support groups are onging in multiple locations across South Hampton Roads.
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