Sunday, March 29, 2020
Abortion Recovery





selecting and abortion recovery program

Our Abortion Recovery CARE Centers/Teams help you:

  • Process the circumstances surrounding the abortion that you may have worked to forget
  • Recognize the emotional, physical and spirital consequences of the abortion; and
  • Discover peace, forgiveness and healing ... and a new, restored life!

Types of Programs Offered:

When seeking support and healing for after-abortion issues, one basic choice is between group support or individual one-on-one support.

Another choice is between in-person support (attending a weekend retreat, working with a therapist, a clergyperson or a peer counselor, or going to a weekly group) or online support (online chats, internet message boards, e-mail groups). Several organizations offer a combination of email or internet-based group support and in-person support.

Spiritual Beliefs:

Another choice is between programs with a spiritual component and those without. Spiritual beliefs are personal and are often tied-in with how we look at abortion in general and our own experience with abortion in particular. It is not uncommon to feel that we are unacceptable to God if we have had an abortion, or to feel that abortion is "the unforgivable sin." That pain is indeed hard to bear, and it is one reason that many, but not all, after abortion support groups have a spiritual basis.

Find A Program:

Our Abortion Recovery CARE Centers/Teams may provide one-on-one counseling, support groups, online assistance, email or internet based. Feel free to ask them when you call.

expectations when seeking help


  • Confidentiality. Your confidentiality and privacy should be strictly respected at all times, unless you are threatening harm to yourself or others. Also, no one should share the details of your story--even if no one would recognize that it is about you--with others without your explicit permission.

  • No pressure to "tell your story." Because of wanting to reach out to those who still suffer, many people who have experienced after-abortion trauma do share their story with friends or in public. This is a very personal decision, with many, many factors that you will need to consider. If you indicate an interest in raising awareness through sharing your story, a good support group will encourage you to carefully discern what is truly best for you, and to take plenty of time in making this decision.

  • Prompt response. If you e-mail an organization, you should expect a response within 48 hours. If you call a hotline or therapist and get voicemail, you should get detailed information about when you can speak to someone in person. If you leave a message, you should get a call back within 48 hours.

  • No political component. The program should not include any political component at all. You may find help from a source you did not expect, but you should probably steer clear of any therapist, clergyperson or healing program that tells you that you have to be pro-life or pro-choice to receive help or to heal. 

  • Respect and professionalism. The program and the individuals involved with it should be nonjudgmental, respectful, and knowledgeable.

  • Avoid "quick fixes" and "spiritual band-aids."

DISCLAIMER:  Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc. and services provided by us are referral and informational websites, not professional counseling sites. We are not all licensed therapists, although many of our affiliates may hold those credentials. We are not responsible for the actions performed by any person as a result of anything written within or related to Abortion Recovery InterNational or any division of our organization. By using our services, you agree to these terms.

Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc. strongly encourages individuals affected by abortion to have completed an abortion recovery program PRIOR to involving themselves in the counseling of others; legal, research, speaking or activism opportunity.












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