For whatever reason a woman chooses to have an abortion, it profoundly changes her. A life within her had an unnatural end. A woman who has had an abortion often suffers emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Perhaps they’ve said to God such things as
“God, how could you love me? I’ve had an abortion.”
“But God, I’ve killed my baby. Am I still your child?”
“God, I don’t deserve your love.”
After Abortion: God Offers Forgiveness, Healing, and Hope assures the reader that God’s love is unconditional. Nothing we have done wrong–including having an abortion–could make him love us less. “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).
I wrote this prayer booklet specifically for women in prison, after I attended a Sunday Eucharistic service at a prison where I volunteer and learned that two ladies were having a hard time coping with the effects of their abortion. After Abortion is not designed to replace personal or group counseling if available, but to offer support and comfort to any woman who finds herself suffering alone after her abortion.
The booklet has seven reflections based on Scripture, together with questions to prompt personal heart-to-heart conversations with God. There is encouragement to stay with a Scripture verse or a suggested action until the woman is ready to move on.
While I wrote this booklet for women, I’m very aware that there are women and men experiencing regret, guilt, and shame for the part they played in encouraging or supporting an abortion. This booklet is also for them, as well as for any pastor, priest, counselor, or person who ministers to women suffering the effects of an abortion.
God loves everyone and offers his gift of forgiveness, healing, and hope to all his beloved children!
If you would like free copies of After Abortion, please contact me. A pdf file of the booklet can also be downloaded by clicking on the following links:
Download a copy of this pamphlet. (English)
Download a PDF of this pamphlet. (Spanish)
Update: After a request from a post-abortion healing ministry, I adapted the booklet to make it appropriate for any woman suffering the effects of an abortion. Copies of this version are now available on request, as is a pdf file.
Angela M. Burrin
The Word Among Us Partners
Prison Ministry & Women’s Ministry
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