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PRO-LIFE BASICS: Is there real healing after abortion?

The simple answer to that question is yes. It’s yes because anything is possible with God, especially being blessed with His mercy. But there is much sorrow, heartache, and pain when one considers the young life that was snuffed out by abortion. I think this is why it is so heartening to hear from those who minister to these men and women who, though scarred by abortion, are not destroyed.

One of them is Serena Dyksen, a woman who was raped by a family member at the age of 13 and got pregnant. At the urging of her family, she aborted her baby. But as she testifies, after many years of intense suffering, she found ways to transform her pain into hope. Dyksen wrote a book entitled She Found His Grace. She started a ministry by the same name.

Dyksen believes that those who have aborted their babies can “turn their pain into purpose, and that God wastes nothing.”1

There are other ministries doing just that—helping turn pain into purpose. These organizations help men and women recover from the pain of abortion. One such ministry is Rachel’s Vineyard, which defines itself as “therapy for the soul.” Its site (atimeformercy.org/en) goes on to say: “Participants, who have been trapped in anger toward themselves or others, experience forgiveness. Peace is found. Lives are restored. A sense of hope and meaning for the future is finally rediscovered.”

The Sisters of Life follow that same loving path. On their website (sistersoflife.org/healing-after-abortion), when they tell you “Nothing—absolutely nothing—is beyond the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. No sin is too big for Him, no darkness too great. Your abortion is not the end of the story,” you must believe it.

There is no distance too far for the Sisters of Life to go to help someone hurting after abortion. Their website explains their philosophy of accompaniment: “Many who are suffering alone begin to experience a new peace as they are able [to] share their burdens with another. We are available to meet with women individually in-person or over the phone as they walk the journey of healing.”

Based on all we know about healing after abortion, we are confident in saying: The only person standing between you and the loving embrace and healing power of Christ is the person not seeking it. Jesus is always there, waiting and loving you, even if you have aborted your baby. Seek Him with a sincere heart; He is longing for your return.


1. Bettina di Fiore, “Post-Abortion Ministry Founder: Women and Men Who Regret Abortion Can Be ‘The Strongest Voice’ to End It,” Live Action, February 3, 2021, liveaction.org/news/women-men-regret-abortion-strongest-voice-end.

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Judie Brown

Judie Brown is president of American Life League and served 15 years as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.