A Profound Wound to the Soul
Although it is commonly claimed that abortion “solves the problem” of an unplanned pregnancy and allows women to “get on with their lives,” this is not the lived experience of many women and men. Instead abortion leaves them shattered and grieving. Many women speak of not really wanting an abortion but of having of having one under pressure from others. Countless women feel abandoned and alone at the time they make the decision to have an abortion. Afterwards they describe abortion as a profound wound to the soul.
It is Never too Late to Seek Help
The Pregnancy Centre is a safe place where you can get compassionate help to work through difficult emotions. We offer support on an individual basis. Your privacy and wellbeing are very important to us.
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The Role of the Church in Healing
We are called to be the people of life and love. Every member of the Christian community has an obligation to welcome new life, to welcome the vulnerable and the stranger. In raising awareness of abortion, the Church seeks not to condemn those whose lives have been left broken and hurt but to bring new understanding, forgiveness and peace. She wants ultimately, to bring about a change of heart, and to transform our community into a civilisation of love. Pope John Paul II encouraged us to reach out with love to all people who have been left wounded and grieving after an abortion. In his encyclical on life, Evangelium Vitae , the Pope did not condemn women who have resorted to abortion but offered them compassion and hope. He encouraged them to seek reconciliation and forgiveness from the Church and to seek assistance and help from experts.
“I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of Mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.” EV#99
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