Every day, 3,300 mothers choose abortion. At times, this fact can be discouraging, and we are indeed disappointed that the deception and death continue. Fortunately, many lives are saved by our efforts, and we rejoice in these lives! However, we cannot forget to reach out with love to those who have been hurt by abortion. We need to remember that these women (and men!) may sooner or later realize the gravity of their decisions and suffer from them.
In recent years, we have discovered that post-abortive women may very likely suffer from post-abortion grief (or trauma). The emotional and psychological burden of their abortion(s) may result in such reactions as intense grief, depression, anger, and anxiety. The abortion may even effect sleep, appetite, and sexual relations- as well as pose a threat against the woman’s relationships with her partner and her children. An abortion is not a one-day deal; its influences and effects will last a lifetime.
While we continue to care for those women in crisis pregnancies, we must also care for those post-abortive women and men. At times, it can be discouraging to know that there continue to be so many, and yet, we must have faith in our persistent efforts! Yes, we did our best today, but tomorrow, we will work even harder. We will do our very best to ensure that other women know that there are resources available to them and loving people ready to help them. Those 3,300 women and their families need our love and compassion as they heal from this experience.