From Guilt and Shame to Forgiveness and Freedom

From Guilt and Shame to Forgiveness and Freedom

Teri never told a soul about her abortion.

She was raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus at an early age. Teri strayed as a teenager, and her parents didn’t approve of her boyfriend. When she became pregnant, she knew they’d be heartsick. So she hid it from them and had an abortion.*

Teri eventually came back to the Lord, but never felt fully loved or forgiven.

“I deserve to feel guilty and ashamed,” Teri confided in our Post-Abortion Services Director. “It’s my life sentence for having an abortion. Plus, I’ve always felt like a second-rate Christian,” Teri continued. “If people at church knew I had an abortion, well, I can’t imagine what they’d think. It’s a risk I’m not willing to take.”

Over the next few weeks, Teri pored over Scripture with our director, and Jesus poured His healing balm into her heart. A key verse for her was Psalm 51:7b: “Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”

“I get it. I finally get it!” Teri said to our director. “Jesus’ blood cleanses me completely. He loves me and died for every one of my sins. For the first time in decades, I feel free!”

For Teri, that freedom led to sharing her abortion with her husband, her adult children, and then her entire church family. She now leads post-abortion Bible studies at her church.

*One study showed that more than 40% of women were churchgoers when they had their abortion.