Hope after Abortion


Chances are that if you are visiting this page you have had an abortion or know someone who has.

Abortion is a life changing event that affects many individuals emotionally, spiritually and physically. You may have experienced the need to find healing right after your abortion or, for some of you, it may have taken many years to come to this place.

The truth is that you have suffered a traumatic loss – and that loss is real.

With abortion, society does not provide a public way to grieve this loss. With no way to process this loss, the wound caused by abortion often remains unhealed and becomes a secret sorrow carried alone and without support.

You may be suffering from guilt, sadness, isolation, nightmares, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety or other negative emotions and behaviors. Many women and men are surprised at the emotions they experience after abortion which can include but certainly are not limited to those mentioned above.

It is important to know that you are not alone. We want to reach out to you with the mercy and love of Christ and help you be at peace with yourself and God.

There is hope. There is help.

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, please contact Project Rachel by calling (815) 387-3379 or 1-888-456-HOPE. If you prefer to send an email, contact us at projectrachelrockford@gmail.com. Peace starts here.

For more information and resources, please visit the Project Rachel website.

“I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To the same Father and his mercy you can with sure hope entrust your child…”

– Pope St. John Paul II (Evangelium Vitae, 99)

Additional Resources:

After Abortion: God Offers Forgiveness, Healing, and Hope | EnglishEspañol |

Reclaiming Fatherhood: A Multifaceted Examination of Men Dealing with Abortion

Men and Abortion: Finding Healing, Restoring Hope


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