Study Shows Post-Abortion Ministry Yields Spiritual Renewal

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Nearly 20 percent of post-abortive women who sought help from a crisis pregnancy center say their experience led them to a “deepened spiritual life,” with 7.5 percent saying abortion drove them to faith in Christ, according to a study published by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

“You often hear about how pregnancy centers are saving babies,” said Dean Inserra, a Florida pastor who serves on the board of A Women’s Pregnancy Center in Tallahassee. “… But maybe the most underrated thing they’re doing is the counseling of women who have had abortions.”

For the study, researchers at Bowling Green State University surveyed 987 women ages 20-72 who had experienced at least one abortion and were “as a group … generally psychologically healthy before their first abortion.” Most respondents had contacted crisis pregnancy centers — pro-life ministries offering a variety of services for women with unplanned pregnancies — to inquire about post-abortion help.

Each woman surveyed was asked about the most significant positives and negatives that came from her decision to abort, according to a report in the winter 2017 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

More than half of the women did not list any positive consequences of their decision, with 31.6 percent stating there were no positives and another 22 percent offering no response when asked for positives.

The second most common positive listed was a “deepened spiritual life” (17.5%). One anonymous respondent stated, “It has brought me to my end and brought me to my knees before God.”

Among other positives cited:

— Commitment to crisis pregnancy center work (13.3%);

— Sharing of the abortion experience in writing or orally (8.9%);

— Commitment to helping other post-abortive women by sharing God’s forgiveness and love (8.2%); and

— Conversion to Christianity (7.5%).

The negative most commonly noted was that the decision to abort took a life (23.7%). The women also reported depression (14.4%), guilt (14%), self-hatred (12.4%), regret (9.3%), addiction (9%) and self-destructive behavior (7.7%).

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SOURCE: Baptist Press – David Roach