Question: "How can a woman experience healing and recovery after an abortion?"
Answer: The Bible has a lot to say about the value of human life. God creates all people in His own image (Genesis 1:26). He is present in the creation and development of every pre-born baby, and has a plan for our lives before we are even conceived (Psalm 139:13-16). Humans are more valuable to God than anything else in His Creation.
Although children are always a blessing, they do not always arrive under the most blessed of circumstances. One of the consequences of pre-marital sex is often the conception of an unwanted child. This can be a frightening experience for someone who is not financially, emotionally, or physically prepared for such a responsibility.
Many women and teenage girls who decide to seek an abortion are scared, confused, desperate, and extremely vulnerable. In their search for answers, they are fooled into believing that unborn children are expendable "lumps of tissue," not really pre-born human beings. Often this revelation comes later, in the form of post-abortion stress syndrome, guilt, and depression.
There is good news for anyone who has had an abortion, and that is that God offers forgiveness to anyone who asks for it. Romans 3:22 says, "We are made right in God's sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done."
It is never too late to come to God for healing. There is nothing we can do that is so bad it is unforgivable. God offers this forgiveness, and He also offers peace of mind and heart, if we will only receive it by putting our faith in the Christ, Jesus, allowing Him permanent residence and authority in our lives.
Some women who are already Christians also find themselves in situations where they may decide to have an abortion, perhaps out of fear of how they will be perceived by the Christian community when their choice of having pre-marital sex is profoundly evident. Even if the Christian woman knows how God feels about abortion, she may feel, out of desperation, that she must get rid of the "evidence."
This is perhaps, in part, the responsibility of the church, who may not support women in this situation as well as we should. It is important to assure these women that although God does not approve of their actions, He is ready to offer forgiveness and redemption.
The same is true for a Christian woman that has had an abortion. Yes, it is wrong, it is the taking of a life, but it is not unforgivable. The Bible says that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1), and so when we ask Him for forgiveness, He freely offers it. This is not because we deserve it, but because this is the loving nature of our Lord.
When a woman realizes the repercussions of having an abortion, she may find it difficult to forgive herself. But God does not want us to live with guilt; He wants us to learn from it and use it to our and to His advantage. It will probably require a lot of prayer, which is simply conversation with God. This and studying the Bible helps us get to know God better so that we can be equipped to do His work.
Instead of dwelling on the act, I would encourage any woman to use her experience to help others. She may first need to go through Christian counseling to help get through it, as it can be traumatic. But in the aftermath, if she trusts in the Lord, she will be stronger and more spiritually mature. She will have gone through an experience that God is able to use to strengthen her character, and prepare her for ministering to others.