Finding Personal Strength and Perseverence After Abortion

In Maya Angelou’s “And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems,” she spoke of rising in the midst of each struggle she encountered in life.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

This beautiful poem speaks volumes about Maya’s personal strength and perseverance in the “storms of life” while maintaining hope to the end. 

When you are faced with the difficulties and unexpected life events, you may wonder if you have enough courage, strength, and resources to get through it. This can be true when faced with an unexpected pregnancy followed by abortion. Perhaps, this was something you NEVER thought you would have to deal with, especially when you didn’t support abortion as a choice. However, when faced with a pregnancy, fear took over and you did what you thought you’d never do: end the pregnancy. On the other hand, prior to the pregnancy, maybe you were a huge supporter of a women’s right to abortion and didn’t think twice about having one yourself when faced with this decision. Now, you can’t understand why you are feeling so emotionally devastated and regretting that decision.

In these situations, you may doubt you have enough personal strength and perseverance to get through this unanticipated “storm of life.” During this time, it can be helpful to get post abortion support from an organization who cares and is skilled in helping women process through the pain and get to healing in their lives.


Restore After Abortion offers nonjudgmental, confidential, and compassionate support in either a 1:1 or small group setting to meet your needs. Our post abortion recovery program is options-based and client-centered. For more information, please call or text our helpline at 630-599-0043. All of our services are free.


Poetry Foundation. “Still I Rise” from Maya Angelou. Retrieved from