“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
If you have had an abortion and are hurting, your feelings are normal. You are not alone. We invite you to join our Post-Abortion Support Group (P.A.C.E.) where you will find care and understanding. Using scripture and the workbook Forgiven and Set Free, A Post-Abortion Bible Study by Linda Cochrane, along with fellowship and prayer, we look to Jesus Christ as our guide, our comfort, and our Savior.
Often post-abortive women suffer along and silently with overwhelming grief, guilt and anxiety call Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS). PAS is the inability to resolve emotional disturbances occurring from having had an abortion. It may be an immediate or delayed reaction which can surface at any time in a person’s life. When is does occur, it can be confusing, painful, and overwhelming. PAS symptoms may include depression, nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty bonding with children, and feelings of emptiness.
“There were a lot of issues I didn’t realize I needed help with.” Former P.A.C.E. participant
The healing process takes time and is helped by the support and understanding of others who listen and care. P.A.C.E. Ministry uses small groups to enable participants to address difficult memories in a safe, confidential environment. These groups are facilitated by trained leaders who are experienced in post-abortion healing. Many of these leaders have personally experienced abortion and have worked through their own grieving and healing in P.A.C.E.
Healing can happen. Women can experience forgiveness for their abortion and they can learn to forgive others who influenced them to choose abortion.
For information about the P.A.C.E. Ministry or how to join a P.A.C.E. small group, please send a confidential email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Cochrane, author of Forgiven and Set Free, the post-abortion Bible study used by P.A.C.E., writes:
“A woman who hurts after an abortion is not always understood. The scars of abortion are often so deep that women have difficulty sharing their pain with others. Pre-abortion counseling does not adequately inform them about the possibility of intense emotional reactions, so women isolate themselves from others, thinking there is something wrong with them for not coping well with the grief abortion brings.”
“Because of this, women struggling with Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS) often don’t recognize their past abortion experience as the source of their depression or anxiety. In this case, counselors or lay leaders observe reactions specific to PAS in the women they are counseling.”