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Books with Brief Summaries

Forbidden Grief (Burke, Theresa)

This book deals with what is called “traumatic reenactment” as it pertains to women dealing with an abortion lose.

Motherhood Interrupted: Stories of Healing and Hope After Abortion (Brennan, Jane)

The author, a professional counselor who is post-abortive and who has devoted her practice to helping those suffering post-abortion, presents fifteen stories of abortion and healing.

Real Abortion Stories: The Hurting and the Healing (Horak, Barbara)

This book contains fourteen stories by women and one by a man recounting their struggles after involvement in abortion and how they eventually found peace.

You Aren't Alone: The Voices of Abortion (Kirk, Peggy)

A marriage and family counselor presents a dozen stories of abortion aftermath and healing, along with a resource section on where to find help for those contemplating abortion, medical risks related to abortion, and chapters on abortion and contraceptives.

Do Not Lose Hope (Maestri, Fr. William F.)

A series of eight short reflections on the lived experience of women struggling after abortion, tied to the words of Pope John Paul II in paragraph 99 of Evangelism vitae (The Gospel of Life). The author, a priest, writes from his own experience as a pastor who has counseled post-abortive women.

Her Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion (Masse, Sydna)

Identifying the characteristics of post-abortion syndrome, as well as spiritual resource for coming to terms with your situation and finding hope. A touching story that begins in pain and ends in healing. Readers will learn that spiritual and emotion healing is not only possible, it is God’s way of restoring us.

Victim and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortion, and Children Resulting from Sexual Assault (Reardon, David C., PhD.)

Personal stories of women’s different choices and experiences after having conceived a child as a result of a sexual assault.

Women's Health after Abortion: The Medical and Psychological Evidence (Ring-Cassidy, Elizabeth, and Ian Gentles)

Based on 500 articles from journals in the past twenty years addressing issues that follow abortion loss. Excelled for anyone looking for an overview of research and issues. Written by a psychologist and bioethicist.

After Abortion: God Offers Forgiveness, Healing and Hope (Burrin, Angela M.)

This spiritual booklet contains seven guided Scriptural meditations to help women who are suffering in the aftermath of abortion to experience God’s merciful love more deeply. Available for free through The Word Among Us Partners.


Beyond Regret. Entering into Healing and Wholeness After an Abortion

Few women and men can walk away after an abortion without some emotion impact. Unresolved feelings of guilt, shame and grief may not surface until months, often years, after an abortion resulting in what some experts  refer to as Post Abortion Syndrome or Post Abortion Depression. In Beyond Regret you will find women and men who have lived with the pain of abortion and have found healing and wholeness. Through their testimonies we hope you can enter into healing after an abortion and find peace. This video features Synda Masse, founder of Ramah International and Stephen Aterburn, founder of Women of Faith Conferences.

This video covers topics such as:

  • Realizing that you need healing
  • Allowing yourself to grieve
  • Forgiveness from God
  • Forgiving yourself and others
  • Naming and memorializing your child
Dear Children... A Story of Post-Abortion Healing

This is the compelling story of one woman’s journey from the abortion experience to God’s love and forgiveness. Her story serves as a powerful pro-life message that can make men and women of all ages more aware of the often-hidden aspects of having an abortion. This powerful video also includes interviews with men and married couples.

Life After Abortion

Countless women have been overwhelmed by post abortion trauma, resulting in fear, anxiety, pain and guilt. Many suffer in silence for years after they realize the full toll of their choice. From desperation to devastation to deliverance, Life After Abortion takes an honest look at the undeniable impact abortion has had on real people, as told by those who experienced them.