Past Abortion Recovery Services
(AbAnon)

AbAnon is an eight-week healing program offered to those who have experienced emotional trauma after an abortion. Our gender specific groups are provided both digitally and in person. These groups are led by experienced, trained facilitators who understand the effects this trauma can take on relationships, mental health and the well-being of each participant. Our teams are ready and eager to walk with those affected on their path towards healing.

common emotions

Anxiety

Despair

Guilt

Shame

Fear

Anger

common Symptoms

Self-harm, strong suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts

Increase in dangerous and/or unhealthy activities (alcohol/drug abuse, anorexia/bulimia, compulsive over-eating, cutting, casual and indifferent sex and other inappropriate risk-taking behaviors)

Depression that is stronger than just ‘a little sadness or the blues’

Inability to perform normal self-care activates

Inability to function normally in job or school

Inability to take care of or relate to existing children or function normally in other relationships (i.e. with a spouse, partner, other family members or friends)

A desire to immediately get pregnant and ‘replace’ the baby that was aborted, even when all the circumstances that led to ‘choosing abortion’ the first time are all still in place

Emotions, and dealing with emotional issues

Difficulty sleeping and sleeping problems

Disturbing dreams and/or nightmares

Problems with phobias, or increase in severity of existing phobias

Repeated unplanned pregnancies with additional abortions

Repeated unplanned pregnancies carried to term

“Atonement marriage”, where the woman marries the partner from the abortion, to help justify the abortion*

Distress at the sight of socializing with other pregnant women, other people’s babies and children

Co-dependence and inability to make decisions easily

Problems with severe and disproportionate anger

Distress and problems with later pregnancy

Added emotional issues and problems when dealing with future infertility or other physical complications resulting from the abortion

Unhealthy obsession with excelling at work or school to justify the abortion

Obsessive Pro-life or Pro-choice activism

That something is fundamentally wrong with them

Difficulties with intimacy and trust

Personality disruptions

Attachment issues

Sexual dysfunction and fertility issues

Chronic Pain

Gay/Lesbian lifestyle

A Message From Our AbAnon Director