Anonymous post-abortion counseling aims to end suffering, shame

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

I regret my abortion (women holding signs)Post-abortive women will soon be able to work through their emotional problems anonymously.

Many women – especially church-going women – suffer silently after having an abortion, letting very few people know and often suffering shame that holds them down like a weight. That's why Theresa Wilkins of New York's Pregnancy Care Center of Oswego County developed the idea of anonymous counseling: so those women can get information and motivation without identifying themselves. The goal is to end a woman's silent suffering.

Wilkins tells OneNewsNow that the idea came from her experience with teleconferencing. She explains that post-abortive women can phone in, log into the teleconference, "and either just be silent and listen – or they can share their story.

"... We don't have to know who they are," she continues, "but we can still go through the 'Forgiven and Set Free' program* that we have – and they can even ask for a book." That resource, Wilkins adds, can be mailed to an address without revealing a name. (See details)

Wilkins, a post-abortive woman herself, learned forgiveness after her confession of faith and found that she was not alone.

"According to Care Net, 37 percent of all abortions happen to churched women – so they are Christian women who are actually having abortions .... Why is that?" she asks. "Because they don't want anybody to know that they have fallen into the sin, right? That's a much more public sin."

The anonymous counseling service will begin soon – and if successful, Wilkins envisions the program spreading nationwide. Meanwhile, she says the Church as a whole could do a better job of identifying its post-abortive women and learning how to work with them to ease the emotional pain.


* "Forgiven and Set Free: A Post-Abortion Bible Study for Women" (Baker Books, 2015), written by Linda Cochrane, was developed out of the author's own experience of being freed from the bondage of guilt and grief that followed her abortion. Cochrane is executive director of Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center in Connecticut, and co-founder of PACE (Post-Abortion Counseling and Education).

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What is your reaction to a Christian law school in Canada bowing to a legal demand over sexuality standards?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Brennan considers legal action to stop clearance revocations
  Steve Bannon says GOP must rally behind Trump to survive
  Catholics consider withholding donations amid scandals
  Quakes cut power, topple homes on Indonesia island; 3 dead
Trump says WH lawyer McGahn isn't 'a John Dean type' 'RAT'
800,000 displaced in flooding in southern Indian state
Women win primaries in record numbers, look to November

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Minnesota Democrats stand by, endorse Keith Ellison despite allegations he abused former girlfriend
Weinstein accuser Asia Argento made deal to pay her own sexual assault accuser, bombshell report says
New Kevin Spacey movie makes $425 for weekend
Top Trump adviser Bolton arrives for talks in Israel
'Liberty or Death' gun-rights rally draws counter-protesters, forcing police to keep the peace

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
First abortuary in OH closes its doors

Sorry, we're closedAn Ohio abortion facility with a sordid and troubled history is no more.