Hope After Abortion: 6 Things An Abortion Taught Me About God

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This may be the most raw, vulnerable post I’ve ever written. It is sure to open up old wounds and hurt that I’ve tried for decades to heal.


I’m not writing this for shock value. I’m writing it to show you what God has showed me through the worst time in my life. I’m writing it to show you that God has a plan for your life – no matter what mistakes you’ve made in the past. I’m writing it to show you that God loves you and forgives you. I’m writing it because you may need to hear my story.


I’m Sue. A Christian writer, speaker and ministry leader and I’ve had an abortion.


I know, I know. Christian women and abortion normally don’t go in the same sentence. But my abortion testimony is a bit different and God has laid it on my heart to share it after all of these years.


There is hope after abortion. Really after anything in your life that has caused you guilt or shame.


If you’ve read any of my story or even my testimony, you know that I was married to my high school sweetheart for over twenty years. We married when I was 22 and still lived a life of freedom and even partying.


We were both raised Catholic, but, despite making the sacraments of the Catholic religion (infant baptism, communion, confirmation and marriage) to that point, we were not believers. Sure, we believed in God, but church was more of a tradition for us than true faith.


I had my first child, a son, at age 26. I loved being pregnant and felt such joy the first time I felt him kick and move. Growing life inside of me was the most amazing experience.


What having an abortion taught me about God


As my son, grew, I relished being a mother. I loved that boy (and still do) with all of my heart.


Like most young couples, my husband and I struggled with money and had our share of marital strife.


We didn’t attend church, but had our son christened in the Catholic church.


I was straddling things of God and things of this world.


In fact, after we were married, but before I had my son, I traveled to Washington, DC, with a friend, and attended a pro-choice rally at the capitol.



I didn’t see (or chose not to see) that abortion was a sin. Even if I knew it was a sin, I don’t know that it would have mattered much. I was blatantly sinning in other ways, as well.


I had never planned on having an abortion myself but, at the time, felt that out-of-touch men in government had no right to tell me (or others) what to do with my body.


My Second Pregnancy and The Act that Altered My Life Forever


Two years after my son was born, I got pregnant, again. I was terrified to tell my husband. I knew he would not be happy about the news as money was already tight and childcare was costing over 1K per month (and this was back in the mid-90’s). He was also from a large family and knew the struggles of having a lot of children, especially so close together. We had already decided that we would have two kids but they would be at least four years apart.


As I expected, he was not only “not happy”, he was enraged. He told me that I needed to have an abortion and that there would be no discussion.


I’d like to say that I prayed for God to soften my husband’s heart or for Him to intervene. But I didn’t.


After a tearful few weeks, when I was far enough along for the procedure to be performed, I made an appointment at a clinic.


No one but my husband and my best friend knew that I had made plans for an abortion.


While I waited for the date to arrive, I focused on my son. I cleaned the house. I drank alcohol. I did everything but acknowledge the life inside of me. The more I thought about this little human growing in me, the more I cried. So I numbed myself.


The day of the abortion, itself, is a blur. I know that my husband drove me and I remember that we didn’t talk much in the car.


Ezekiel 36:26


When it was over, I remember crying and holding my stomach, feeling cramping and incredible loss.


My husband told me that there was no sense in talking about it and that we had done the right thing for us, at the time. There was nothing that we could do about it, so why obsess over it?


I felt absolutely no hope after the abortion. None. Despite the fact that I had to go home and mother a sweet little boy.


Looking back, I often wonder if I shouldn’t have fought harder. If I could have done things differently. My husband was an imposing man. And, while he never struck me, he had been physical with me. I was afraid of him, in many ways.


Pregnancy Number Three and a Broken Heart


The following year, I became pregnant again. I was overjoyed and decided that no matter what my husband said, I was having and keeping this baby.


Again, I was trembling as I told him, but, surprisingly, he agreed, without a fight, to have this baby. (Perhaps the abortion had affected him, too?).


I was so excited and started re-reading pregnancy books and buying maternity clothes.


When I was fourteen weeks’ pregnant, I started to bleed. I called my doctor who told me to come right to his office. He did an ultrasound and informed me that I had lost the baby. There was no heartbeat.


Because I was already in my second trimester, the fetus would probably need to be removed through a D&C. 


I was devastated.


Hope after abortion


I just knew that God was punishing me for killing my second child.


To add salt to the wound, my sister-in-law was also expecting a baby within a few weeks of my due date. A club that my husband and his brother were in announced, via newsletter, that both she and I were expecting. They published it after I had already miscarried. For a few weeks, I stopped answering the phone. Members of the club kept calling to congratulate us. I just couldn’t bear to tell anyone else that we had lost our baby.


I grieved for a long time while my husband didn’t seem to be affected. Men handle things differently than women do. God wired us differently (as I discuss in my book, The God Centered Marriage). 


I don’t believe that the loss didn’t affect him at all, but it certainly didn’t the way it affected me. I had life growing inside of me. I was connected to that child (and the one I aborted), in a way that he never could be. I don’t blame him, but my  heart was shattered.


I had to continue to put on a brave face and mother my sweet little now three year old boy.


Pregnancy Number Four: Joy and Sorrow


Three years after my son was born, two years after the abortion, I found out that I was pregnant for the fourth time.


The feelings I felt were a mixture of elation and terror. I was so afraid that I would lose this baby, too.

I feared that God would never let me have another child because of the heinous thing I had done.


Unlike the other pregnancies, I had no morning sickness. To me, this was a sign that something was wrong.


I went to all of my doctor appointments and each time, everything was fine, but still feared losing the baby.


The same week that I learned of this pregnancy, my mother was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. To say that I was emotionally wrought, would be an understatement.


At about the end of the first trimester, I started to spot. See? I thought, I AM going to lose this baby, too.


I went to the doctor and he assured me that everything was just fine.


After a physically healthy but emotionally exhausting pregnancy (I obsessed about something being wrong with my son and over God punishing me for my sins, plus my mother’s terminal illness), I gave birth to a very healthy 9 pound 5 ounce boy via cesarean section.


What an abortion taught me about God


It Was Predestined


There I was, mother of two sons and living daily with the guilt of an abortion. I resented my husband for forcing me to do such a terrible thing.


I was going along living life as a busy mom of two and coping with the loss of my mother. I was angry at the Catholic church for how they treated her during her illness.


I was struggling with not just the Catholic church but with God. How could He let these terrible things happen to me? Why did He take my mother?


All along, God knew that He had a plan for my mother and for me.


Within a year after my mother’s passing, I was saved by the blood of Jesus.


(You can read a bit about my issue with how the church treated my mother as well as my testimony in this post).


An Ending and a New Beginning


Over the next several years, my fervor for Jesus grew. I devoured the Bible and began homeschooling my children with a Christian curriculum.


The closer I grew to God, however, the further I grew from my husband.


His drinking escalated. His cheating increased. Our fighting grew worse.


My faith was, what finally caused him to ask for a divorce, he said. (I later learned that it was the woman he was seeing for the past year of our marriage that was the true reason he asked to end our marriage).


I went through a number of difficult years but continued to grow in my faith. Eventually, I met my husband, Mike, who I believe was truly sent from God.


He supports me and my ministry and has a passion for Christ that is beautiful to see. Mike has encouraged me to write my books and to share my story.


I’ve grown to have a deep passion for helping women grow in their faith as I know the healing power of Jesus, firsthand.


What an abortion taught me about God- Jeremiah 29:11


What I Learned From Having an Abortion


So, what’s the purpose of me sharing my abortion testimony with you?


Despite committing the worst sin I could ever imagine, God was with me.


Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about abortion? The answer is the same thing it says about any other sin. God loves us and forgives us.


As I look back over my life to that dark time and since, I now know that God was working in me. He taught me a few things that I want to share with you.



  • God forgives us

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. – 1 John 1:9  


Yes, I sinned and it is something I think about daily, but God has already forgiven me. Last year, I wrote a post about forgivenessStop peeking into your old box of sins. God has already forgiven you.


Stop peeking into your old box of sins. God has already forgiven you. Click to Tweet


It took a long time for me to realize that despite the grave mistake I made, He forgave me. I am washed clean by His blood.


No matter what you have done, you are never too far gone to be saved by God. He loves you and He forgives you. 



  • You are not who you were before the Holy Spirit 


When you accepted Christ into your heart, you “put off your old self”. You are not who you used to be. You are created new in Christ.


I am no longer that selfish, afraid young wife who committed a grave sin. I am reborn in the Holy Spirit and so are you.


God has changed you from the inside out.


“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”- Ezekiel 36:26


  • God has a plan for you


If you would have told me 25 years ago that I would be a Christian author and speaker, I would have outright laughed in your face. But God..oh, God. He had a plan for my life which is far greater than anything I could have asked or imagined. 


You could be a prostitute like Rahab or poor widow like Ruth. Where you are now is not where you are going. God has a plan for your life.


Don’t let today’s circumstances keep you from knowing you are meant for great things in His kingdom.


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 




I’m nobody special. I never went to seminary or served in the mission field overseas, but God tells me that I am beautiful and He created me just the way I am to serve Him and His Kingdom.


He orchestrated my life events, I think, so that I can share my story with others and help them to see and feel God’s love. He brought me to my knees, thirsty, to drink in His Word so that I could help others wrap themselves in scripture.


A teenage girl, pregnant and unmarried, became the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. If that doesn’t show you that God can use anyone for His glory, right?


God can use you, too, my friend. You may be going through something tough right now or have a past hurt that is holding you back, but God can use you, perhaps right where you are.


(If you are struggling to find your purpose from God, see this post)


“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” – John 14:12 


  • God uses all things to work together for good


Everything in our lives – the sad or disturbing, the happy and pleasant and everything in between, God uses to work together for good.


My abortion? Although it is still my most leaden sin, He has used it to bring me to a place of complete dependence on Him.


It has taught me so much about myself, the world and mostly, His love, which is so far and wide and unfailing.


God has taken that act and everything before and since to mold me into the woman I am today. The woman who finds joy in His Word. The woman who is happily married to a man who loves Him as much as I do.


He has taken everything in my life and worked it together for good.


He is doing that for you, too, sweet sister. He loves you that much.


“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28


  • Our God is a God of healing


Jehovah Rapha, the Lord Who heals, can heal bodies, souls and spirits.


It took awhile and it took my giving myself completely to Him, but God healed my broken heart. No matter your source of hurt or your illness – be it physical, emotional or behavioral, God can heal you. Maybe not in the way you might think, but His ways are greater than our ways. He will carry your burden. He will heal your wounds. (even self-inflicted ones, like mine)


O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone! – Jeremiah 17:14


Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29 


Cry out to Him openly, honestly. God hears you and He forgives you, but most of all, He loves you.


Cry out to Him openly, honestly. God hears you and He forgives you, but most of all, He loves you. Click to Tweet


My heart still breaks for what I did that awful day many years ago. My soul longs to meet that precious child in heaven, one day. I wonder what God would have done in his or her life had I not taken it. But, I am healed by His love and know, sweet friend, that He loves you and can heal you, too.


There is hope after abortion. I’m living proof.


I pray that my abortion testimony encourages you. I pray for all of the lives lost. I pray that one day, abortion will be illegal everywhere.


For more on my story and how I overcame adversities through Christ, see this post.


Because He lives,



What having an abortion taught me about God

Susan is a writer, speaker and the creator of Women of Noble Character ministries. She is passionate about helping Christian women deepen their walk with God through Bible study and creative worship and strengthen their marriages.

She lives in rural North Central Missouri with her handsome and hilarious husband and a myriad of dogs, cats and chickens.

Susan runs on Jesus, coffee and not enough sleep.

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  1. Such a beautiful and uplifting testimony! This message of hope is much needed today! We need such powerful reminders of God’s Love, forgiveness, restoration and redemption!

    1. Thank you so much, Hadassah. It is a tough story to tell, but if it helps just one woman realize just how good our Heavenly Father is, it is worth it. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. I never had an abortion, but I lived a sinful lifestyle for many years. I had closed off my heart to God and didn’t want to hear what He had to say about my choices. It took a long time for me to come back. But I found the grace and forgiveness of Christ to be enough. I am still married to my current husband who is an atheist and pray that God draws him daily. It’s not easy to battle for this marriage on drastically different sides of faith. I’m glad you have a husband that affirms and loves you now.

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. Continue to pray (as will I, on your behalf) for your husband’s salvation. God is so good and He has plans, as you know, that we can’t even imagine. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. What a powerful, amazing testimony! Look at what God has done in your life and how He has used you in such amazing ways! You have always been an inspiration to me but this has inspired me even more and will help and encourage so many women!! Thank you for sharing your story! I know it was not easy for you to do!

    1. If I could hug you right now, I would. Thank you for being such an incredible friend and support to me. You know how I struggled with posting this. I couldn’t even bring myself to do the needed edits. I decided that God would handle it from here. Thank you, again, my friend!

  4. I love this article. I was nervous to read it because, like you, I am a Christian woman, mother, and author who has had an abortion. Satan loves to taunt me with the memory, which is a lot like yours– the drive to the clinic, the father’s attitude, the aftermath, etc. By God’s grace, though, the father of that baby came to Christ a few years later, and our marriage is more amazing than ever because of Him. We also now have three beautiful boys growing up with the Lord. But it was a definite journey to get past the pain and guilt. I still feel it if I let it. But God (don’t you love that phrase?) forgave me. It took years to forgive myself though (I’m still working on it) and to believe that God actually did forgive me. It’s hard to believe He could love us that much, much less bless me with a new life I barely could have imagined. I pray I see my baby in heaven. I pray I’ll even be allowed to. Until then, I am thankful for every blessing and every reminder of our Lord’s amazing grace. Thank you so much for writing this, Susan. It truly touched my heart. I pray it brings healing to others knowing they are not alone. Big hug, my sister!

    1. Oh, Gina! I’m crying as I read your response. Yes, But God! The unfathomable love and grace that He has for us! Thank you for sharing with me and for stopping by. Your encouragement means so much.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I accepted Jesus as my savior when i was 8 years old, but I didn’t really pursue a relationship with him. Then when I was 26 years old I was a divorced mother of a 6 year old son & in a terribly abusive relationship & made the decision to have an abortion. I kept it a secret until I met my 2nd husband and then it was 22 years later before I confided in my oldest sister. There are many people in my life I have not told and I’m not sure I will ever tell. It took me so many years to understand God’s love and grace. That He never stopped loving me; He was with me during that terrible time; and He even knew what I was going to do before I ever did and He still chose to love me. Coming from a family who’s love and acceptance definitely comes with conditions, has made it even a little more of a challenge to wrap my mind around God’s unconditional love and grace. He knows me completely and still loves me – – – WOW!!!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing that! I know how hard it is to admit it to anyone. I’m blown away daily by how very much God loves us and forgives us, no matter what we do. Thank you, again and thanks for stopping by.

      1. Thank you Susan for sharing this amazing testimony! I have always considered myself a Christian but hadn’t developed a close relationship with God until this crazy pandemic. I am now preparing my testimony to give at our church in a few weeks and it contains 4 abortions. Your words are so real, impactful and encompass a lot of my feeling. Even though my situation is different, your story will help me spread the word of Gods great love and forgiveness! ❤️

  6. Sue, Thank you so much for posting your story. We all have “that one story” that we think will keep God from loving us until we realize that it is our love we are keeping from Him. He is so gracious!! I’ve just recently stared following you and so thankful God has put you in my path. So much of you I want to share with others.
    Thank you for being a blessing, Terri

    1. Hi, Terri! Thank you so much for your kind words. Each day, I’m newly amazed at His love for us. No matter how “unlovable” we can be, He still loves us with an unfathomable love! Thank you for stopping by!

  7. I have had similar experience(s) myself. I loved how you opened yourself up enough to be honest and tell your story. That, in itself, is a very healing thing to do. Plus the hope that eminates from it could move a mountain!!!
    Thank you for inviting me into your world Sue.
    Love your sister, Mishel Sharp

  8. Thank you, Sue for allowing God to work threw you and for being strong in your faith to share with us. Don’t let Satan stir up okd guilt. We are forgiven Chidren of God.

  9. Sue, I too am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and I had an abortion. Then I married my 1st husband and had a daughter and son. My husband walked out on me several times, and I got pregnant by another man. I chose adoption over abortion, and my 2nd son now have a good home. In all this, God was faithful. I also became addicted to pornography. I divorced my 1st husband, married and divorced my 2nd husband, then got into a relationship with a man who was not God’s choice for me. One day I was alone in a public swimming pool when I audibly heard God ask why I was settling for 2nd best when He wanted to give me His very best. After a long conversation with God, I returned to the apartment and told the man I was living with that, as soon as I could find another place, I would be moving out. God moved and I moved in with a neighbor for a few weeks, had a car and a job in a couple weeks, and was able to rent a room at an extended stay motel within a month. I told God I was now marrying Him until He brought the right man to me. Now I am married to my 3rd husband, the one God chose for me and I am very blessed and very spoiled by my 3rd husband. I have also been set free from my addiction to pornography. God wants me to write a book so other women can be set free.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this testimony. God is really doing amazing things through you. I had two abortions and was also struggling with the feeling of guilt but God keeps reminding me of how much He still loves me, despite all those things. I am so happy that I was able to reach out to Him during those dark times. I hope one day I’ll be as brave as you are to share my story too.

    1. Thanks for sharing. I just came back home from my second surgical abortion. The pain, sadness shame and guilt I feel is indescribable. But this gives me hope. I just keep praying for Gods forgiveness and comfort in this dark time.

      1. Oh, sweet girl. I am so sorry. Give it to God. Ask for forgiveness and ask Him to draw you closer to Him. He has forgiven you. God will give you hope and has a plan for you. I wish I could give you a big hug right now. Praying for you!

        1. Your response has brought me so much peace. Thank you so much. Really looking forward to receiving your bible study plans. I really want to focus on getting closer to God again. Thank you❤️

  11. Wow, God has greatly used you. Thank you for this, you don’t know how much this has touched so many. God is so good.

  12. Susan, thank you for sharing! Wow what an amazing story of Gods redemption! Literally I cried reading this because I too know if that shame and grief. But God, I praise Him that he came to save the sinner. I was an atheist feminist when I had my abortion. He delivered me once I was saved as well. It’s strange when you live with that grief for so many years and then it’s gone, but I praise Jesus He set us free. I encourage anyone reading dealing with abortion regret to seek the Lord with your whole heart. He is faithful to set free and bring healing to the hurt.

    1. Thank you so much, Mina. Praise God that we have a God that loves us no matter how grave our sins and that we can be washed clean and live in freedom. Thanks so much for writing. God bless you, sister.

  13. Thank you for sharing such a vulnerable story. I actually searched abortion today because I’m about to publish a piece where I briefly speak on my abortion. But I was afraid because it’s so shameful. But, I too have been redeemed in Christ and forgiven! Your story has given me the guts to publish mine. Thank you. God bless.

    1. You are welcome. I struggled with posting it but felt that God was telling me that if I could help just one person, it would be worth it. Thanks for writing and stopping by.

  14. I’m 29 years old, 4 pregnancies 2 births. My very first pregnancy was an abortion at 19 years old. My husband has been with me for all four of my pregnancies. 10 years later I still find myself asking for forgiveness after the abortion and even threw my second and third pregnancy. I thank god everyday for my beautiful blessings my son and daughter. My fourth pregnancy I really really planned for down to ovulation and everything, I asked for forgiveness so much during this pregnancy and Just had a horrible miscarriage experience the night before my D&C procedure was scheduled. I’m struggling right now I have so much quilt I always knew a day like this would come for what I have done as a young woman at 19. I feared to have another D&C I didn’t want to experience the same with my abortion, but I experience it all the miscarriage loss and the procedure. I’m suffering from all of this and keep telling myself God will forgive me and I will heal! I feel so alone but hearing your testimony has gave me so much hope! Thank you, praying to be saved.

    1. Oh, Estrella – My heart hurts for you. I know what you are feeling. God has forgiven you, dear sister. Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? Have a beautiful and blessed day!

  15. What happens say you were raped and you got an abortion or something was wrong with the baby and they were gonna die in birth or the mother was gonna die? Is abortion seen as a huge sin even with valid reasons behind it?

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