Abortion Recovery

Women Hurt are a group of women who regret the decision to opt for abortion but have found hope, help and healing over time. No matter how painful or traumatic your experience has been, healing is possible

Women Hurt does not recommend any specific abortion recovery programme but encourages women to avail of the service that best suits their needs.

Some members of Women Hurt are professional counsellors but the purpose of the group is not to engage directly in counselling but to share our stories and make women aware of the professional help that is available to them.

If you have been personally affected by abortion, please take time to explore all the options open to you.

Abortion Recovery Work Books – Women

Surrendering the Secret (Pat Layton)

Personal private study, group study or guided study with a Facilitator
8 Sessions
Follows the Kübler Ross Grief Model
Ideal for use within a Church and aimed at Christian women.

 

Trained Leaders available in NI & ROI – see our Courses page
Available on Amazon & Christian bookshops
** Companion book for men dealing with abortion regret also available.
See our section ‘Men & Abortion

Forgiven & Set Free (Linda Cochrane)
Personal private study, group study or guided study with a Facilitator
8 Sessions
Ideal for use within a Church and aimed at Christian women

 

Available on Amazon and Christian bookshops
** Companion book for men, dealing with abortion regret, also
available.
See our section ‘Men & Abortion

Her To Choice To Heal: Finding Spiritual & Emotional Peace After
Abortion (Sydna Massè)

Personal private study and can be used with Sydna’s free, online course
at herchoicetoheal.com

 

Available on Amazon in book format and Kindle & Christian bookshops
** The website at herchoicetoheal.com has extensive resources & videos
including an Audible version of the book to purchase.

SAVEONE: A Guide to Emotional Healing After Abortion (Sheila
Harper)
SaveOne is for girls and women seeking deliverance from the pain
and guilt of an abortion. This is a guide as well as a workbook,
researched and written by a woman who had an abortion when she
was a teenager.

 

Trained Leaders available in ROI currently – see our Courses page
Available at the SAVEONE website saveone.org
** Companion book for men, dealing with abortion regret, also
available.
See our section ‘Men & Abortion

Abortion Recovery Work Books – Men

Surrendering the Heart of a Father (Pat & Mike Layton)
Personal private study, group study or guided study with a Facilitator
8 Sessions
Ideal for use within a Church and aimed at Christian men

 

Available on Amazon & Christian bookshops
** Companion to Surrendering the Secret **

Healing A Father’s Heart (Linda Cochrane & Kathy Jones)
Personal private study, group study or guided study with a Facilitator
9 Sessions
Ideal for use within a Church and aimed at Christian men

 

Available on Amazon & Christian bookshops
** Companion to Forgiven & Set Free **

Redeeming a Father’s Heart (Kevin Burke, David Wemhoff & Marvin Stockwell)
Men share their own stories of personal experience of abortion.

 

Available on Amazon & Christian bookshops

Fatherhood Aborted (David Hazard & Guy Condon)
Addresses the emotional devastation of men involved in abortion. Discusses the
aftershocks of abortion, including violence, addictive behaviours, isolation,
resistance to authority, and difficulty bonding with women and children. Includes
personal accounts of men who’ve lost a child to abortion and shows that the path
to forgiveness and healing is found in a vital relationship with Christ.

 

Available on Amazon & Christian bookshops

SaveOne: The Men’s Study (Jack Harper & Sheila Harper)
For men seeking deliverance from the pain and guilt of an abortion experience.
This is a guide as well as a workbook, researched and collaborated on by Jack and
Sheila Harper. This couple understands the pain, shame, and guilt from abortion.
They have also experienced the glorious deliverance that comes from God’s
abundant grace.

 

Available on the Save One website at saveone.org where there is also a section for
men along with many other resources.

Abortion Recovery Courses – Women

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats
Available: ROI & NI
Contact: Bernadette on +353 087 859 2877 or email: bergoudling1@gmail.com
Website: rachelsvineyard.ie

 

These weekends offer a supportive, confidential and emotionally safe environment where
women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post abortion emotions and begin
the process of restoration, renewal and healing. Married couples, mothers, fathers,
grandparents and anyone affected by abortion, have come to Rachel’s Vineyard weekend
retreats in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but those willing to
journey through their grief, will experience the power of the resurrection in their own lives.
They will find meaning in what has happened and allow God to transform the experience in to
something which brings hope, liberation and peace.

 

The Retreats run regularly and are held at private locations. Spaces are limited and
participants are advised to book early.

Surrendering the Secret – Abortion Recovery Bible Study Course
Available: ROI & NI
Contact: Mandy on +44 07801 442697
Lesley on +44 07891 041899
email: stsni.mandy@gmail.com
Website: surrenderingthesecret.com
Some Leaders run the Course via Skype or Zoom. Contact Pat at the website for more details.

 

Written by Pat Layton who has personal experience of abortion. If you feel you have never
completely healed or recovered from an abortion experience, or that a past abortion may be
affecting your current quality of life, then Surrendering the Secret is for you. This study offers
an 8 step Biblical healing course, modelled by women who have been where you are. It is
designed to bring women together, who understand the need for seeking peace with the past
and desire a better understanding of God’s plan for making the most painful losses of our past
work for His glory. This course if for Christian women and is provided in a supportive,
confidential and non judgemental environment.

SAVEONE
Available: Currently ROI (Dublin) but check with Contact point.
Contact: Katy on +353 851 115 793 or email: zoecommunityteam@gmail.com

 

SaveOne offers help for men, women and family members/friends, through group study, online
study or answering questions and giving encouragement if you wish to self study. It is a Bible
based curriculum which was written by the founder, Sheila Harper. Sheila chose abortion in
1985, for her first child and lived with mental and emotional aguish for 7 years following that
choice. The book was written from her personal experience of healing after abortion.

The Post Abortion Course
Available: Online currently due to Covid19
Contact: email courses@restoreandrebuild.org or online form at the website
Website: postabortioncourse.com

 

The course is for women who have been through an abortion(s) and are Christians, and who
wish to explore this area of their lives. This is a safe space for women to share their
experiences in a small group setting and step-by-step work through different emotions and
consequences. The course lasts for 9 weeks and are led by an experienced facilitator.
Confidentiality is always respected.

OPEN Post Abortion Healing Retreats
Available: NI & UK currently but check with Contact person.
Contact: Jenny Baines on +44 0207 227 4709 or email: open@care.org.uk
Website: weareopen.org.uk

 

The OPEN post abortion healing retreat weekends take place in relaxed and peaceful venues.
They are small and confidential group settings and give the attendees the opportunity to gently
work through through their abortion experience. Jenny also runs Miscarriage Retreats called
‘Loved’.

LIFEni

Provides counselling and support for pregnancy and pregnancy loss including the provision of practical support.

 

Contact:  +44 2890 438339

Website: lifechartiy.org.uk

Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline (ARCH)
 
0345 603 8501
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