“Then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:32
PURPOSE – promote relational, spiritual and emotional healing for women recovering from pregnancy loss due to abortion, regardless of how long ago or how many abortion procedures she experienced.
HOW – In a Christian, safe, non-judgmental & CONFIDENTIAL environment, women work through ‘Forgiven and Set Free’, a biblical study written specifically for abortion healing. Topics covered in the study: the pregnancies, abortion decisions, guilt, anger, forgiveness, depression acceptance, freedom, where is God in all this. The group is led by two trained volunteers who have had abortions and personally completed the HEART program. We stay with you through the roller coaster of contemplating what happened, how it impacted you and how to move ahead. WE KNOW – we’ve been that wounded woman, but no longer do our abortions make us feel like failures.
WHEN – The 10-12 week closed group is offered three times a year: spring, summer and fall.
CONTACT – email: firstname.lastname@example.org (only the HEART Coordinator receives this) or call the Eve Center and leave a message for HEART: 513-985-9959. You may wish to meet with a woman who is a HEART volunteer to learn more before deciding if this recovery group is right for you. If so, make an appointment when you telephone the Eve Center office. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to participate in a HEART group. All studies are at no cost however a donation of $25.00 for materials is requested. The groups are closed to new members after the 2nd week.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT – We aren’t about judgment, but about freedom. Eve Center’s HEART program is a safe place and has been for many women. Women have come through the program with one procedure, several abortions, mid and late term, abortions for fetal problems, abortions of twins, forced abortion, abortion after rape or incest, and the list continues. Each situation, like each woman, is unique. While their stories differ, they all had something in common: desire for the pain to stop.
We aren’t here to judge, but listen. We aren’t here to push, but to care.
We aren’t here to tell you what to do, but hope you will do something.
You may not agree, even if you’ve has an abortion, but the fact remains: there are women who are emotionally scarred directly from their abortion experience. For those of you who have tried to find help but ‘no one understands’; we do. The abortion pain is real and it doesn’t just go away. It may take a back seat for a while, but it always come back and often worse than before.
“What a wonderful God we have- He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials.” 2 Corinthians 1:3
Psychological/emotional indicators of distress from abortion.
If you are experiencing any of these, have gone for counseling and nothing has resolved, maybe, just maybe your abortion is the source.
- Lower self esteem
- Hostility/hatred of men
- Feeling dehumanized
- Abusive to children
- Eating disorders
- Can’t make decisions
- Suicidal impulses
- Can’t forgive self
- Preoccupied with death
- Drug/alcohol use
- Desire to get pregnant again
- Desire others to abort
- Suicide attempts
- Thwarted maternal feelings
- Lowered sexual desire/fulfillment in marriage
- Reduced care for personal health – don’t go to doctor
- Overprotective of children
- Can’t bond with children
- Self rejection
- Lack of purpose for living
- SSA – same sex attraction
- Self- identity is based in abortion/s
- Destruction of faith
- Expectation of punishment
- Inability to complete anything
This list has been compiled through caring for women who come to the HEART program.
When women join the HEART recovery group, they are often profoundly affected by the abortion procedures and how their lives have been impacted. Gently the facilitators lead the women through what led to the decision to abort, and careful review of the losses, including the loss of children. At the end of the group a celebration is held to honor God and thank Him for His forgiveness and freedom. The women now recognize that they were mothers if even for a short time. The women bring items of their own choosing and making to present to the group a token of their motherhood and children in heaven. Here are photographs of items through the years that the mothers have brought to HEART celebrations.