Women Start Recovery

The Forgiven and Set Free Bible study is based on the premise that a genuine, permanent healing of post-abortion pain can only come when a woman has come to grips with a more primary issue: her reconciliation to God.

In small, confidential groups women share their abortion experience and explore Bible passages that show what God is really like and how He demonstrates compassion to women.  They also learn to apply Bible truths to symptoms such as emotional numbness, anger, depression, and grief.

If you are interested in speaking with someone about abortion recovery for women and the Forgiven and Set Free Bible study, please call us at 864-244-1434 or email ara@piedmontwomenscenter.org. It is safe, confidential, and supportive.

“I had stuffed my memories and feelings about my abortion so far down in my consciousness I didn’t even realize how they had festered and polluted my life as well as my relationships with others. I am now healed! I’m grateful to the Lord for His grace and His blessing in my life.”

“I don’t know what my life would be like right now if not for this class. I thank God for this Bible study! I can be whole and strong now. I praise the Lord for showing me the way to you. It has changed my life, if not given me a whole new one. Thank you!”

“The lesson on depression did more for me in one week than 10 years of professional counseling.”

The following is a list of the most common emotional/psychological symptoms and behavioral changes. A woman may experience one or more of these symptoms after an abortion. The symptoms may surface immediately following the abortion or months, even years, later. Some women have spent decades living with symptoms of post-abortion distress. Women who are experiencing post-abortion distress need healing and support.

Emotional/Psychological Symptoms 

  • Guilt
  • Unable to “forgive herself”
  • Emotionally numb
  • Shame
  • Grief/Sorrow
  • Unworthiness
  • Self-condemnation
  • Feels degraded/debased
  • Anger/Rage
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/anguish
  • Loneliness
  • Bitterness
  • Confusion
  • Fears punishment
  • Regret/Remorse
  • Hopelessness
  • Helplessness
  • Panic
  • Frustration
  • Feels exploited
  • Self-hatred
  • Despair
  • Feels rejected
  • Horror
  • Fears/dreams about losing a child
  • Flashbacks and/or nightmares
  • Fears another pregnancy or infertility
  • Feels inferior
  • Fears failure

Behavioral Changes

  • Secretive
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Crying spells
  • Divides times into “before” and “after” the abortion
  • Avoids baby reminders
  • Reduced motivation
  • Loss of normal sources of pleasure
  • Self-punishing and/or self-degrading behavior
  • Develops eating disorders
  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • Suicidal impulses
  • Promiscuity or frigidity
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Marital stress
  • Abusive/tolerates abusive relationships
  • Withdraws from others
  • Difficulty with all types of intimacy
  • Changes in relationships
  • Wants replacement/atonement child
  • Damaged mother/child relationship
  • Over-protective of living children
  • Fails to bond with subsequent children
  • Cutting
  • Damaged feminine concept
  • Anniversary/Due date reaction

Piedmont Women’s Center offers a post-abortion support group for women. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you are not alone. Many women with an abortion in their past experience some level of post-abortion distress in their lifetime.

We can help. Please give us a call at 864-244-1434 or email us at ara@piedmontwomenscenter.org. It is safe, confidential, and supportive.