Accepting Forgiveness and Forgiving Myself
“Twenty-two years ago, at the age of 16, I had an abortion. For many years following my abortion I suffered greatly. I struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, troubled relationships, among many other things. The greatest struggle was being able to accept God’s forgiveness and forgiving myself for what I had done.
I turned to my Church for help by contacting Project Rachel, and it changed my life. After completing a recovery program, I felt God’s call to share my testimony and minister to the post-abortive. Since then, I have shared my testimony at high schools, colleges, pregnancy centers and other pro-life events and groups. I have also volunteered at Heartbeat of Toledo where I helped guide post abortive women through a Scripture-based recovery program. After going through the healing process, I have gone on to have a wonderful marriage of 18 years, 5 children and a life of freedom through Christ Jesus.
On the day I called the Project Rachel Help Line, I was at my lowest point in my life. I had remembered seeing information throughout my life in different parish bulletins, and because of this, I knew my Church was here to help. Many men and women have said it took them years to finally make that call.
If you are hurting after an abortion, I invite you to reach out for help by contacting us at Project Rachel. You will have the opportunity to talk with post-abortive women and to be guided through the healing process. Please call our local confidential help line at 1-888-456-HOPE or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
~ Clarissa Lapinski, Project Rachel Coordinator