New Outreach Helps Family Members of Abortion Victims Find Hope, Healing

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 23, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Outreach Helps Family Members of Abortion Victims Find Hope, Healing

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 23
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A woman whose abortion experience adversely impacted her family has started a new web site to minister to family members who need hope and healing following an abortion. While post-abortions groups focus mostly on the women having abortions, and sometimes the fathers, family members are often forgotten.

Fredenburg became pregnant at 18 and an abortion she now regrets.

"I thought abortion would erase the pregnancy," she told "I thought I could move on with my life. I was wrong."

Fredenburg was able to deal with her abortion grief with the help of a professional counselor, family and friends.

During the grieving process, Fredenburg discovered her family had been negatively impacted be her abortion decision.

Drawing from this experience, Fredenburg is breaking new ground with the launch of the Abortion Changes You outreach that connects those touched by abortion with support resources. is more than a Web site for people who have experienced abortion, she tells It’s a safe online environment where visitors can participate in interactive content, explore the experiences of others and type in a ZIP code to connect with local resources.

"Just as each person’s story is unique, every person moves through the process of healing differently," Fredenburg said of women and family members who experience abortion.

"The Web site allows visitors to privately explore the voices of men, women, grandparents, other family members and friends who have been touched by abortion," she said.

She said the web site also offers ways to begin the healing process for those stuck in confusion and grief.

The web site and program behind it help women and family members build a support system, explore emotions, identify unhealthy behaviors, and space to anonymously share stories, artwork, poetry, and songs.

Fredenburg says the program is non-political and non-religious so people of all backgrounds can be helped.

"It is my hope that this Web site will assist men and women as they seek to make sense of their abortion or the abortion of someone close to them," Fredenburg says.

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