The Psychological Impacts of Abortion in Women and a Ministry Model to Develop Restorative Care in the Church Through Biblical Counseling

Full Title
The Psychological Impacts of Abortion in Women and a Ministry Model to Develop Restorative Care in the Church Through Biblical Counseling
Author
Jenifer Christine Wakefield D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
January 22, 1973, opened the door for legally obtaining abortion upon demand. This legal decision allowed women from all levels of society to have abortions. The psychological impacts of abortion touch the local church as four out of ten women who have chosen abortion attend a church. Planned Parenthood [PP], the world’s largest abortion provider—reports 43 percent of all women will experience abortion at least once by forty-five years of age.
The American Psychological Association [APA] denies the existence of psychological distress after abortion. The reader will soon discover the contradictory nature of the 2008 APA report and the stance of the Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion [TFMHA] whether or not abortion causes a negative psychological impact. Through specific research, the project will show that women who choose abortion and experience adverse effects need to be able to turn to the local church, and the local church needs to have trained leaders in restorative care ministries to help post-abortive women. This project will reveal the links between abortion and negative psychological impacts and possible long-term physical and emotional issues. Finally, this project will suggest a ministry training model for leaders in the church through biblical counseling.
Chapter 1 shows the history of abortion and its impacts on women. Chapter 2 contrasts how the world and evangelical church care for post-abortive women. Chapter 3 reveals the results of an anonymous survey of ministry leaders and why a need exists for biblical counseling in the church. Chapter 4 explains why discipleship and biblical counseling are needed for women. Finally, chapter 5 presents a training model on how to help post-abortive women in the church through biblical counseling.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Educational Ministry
Major
Educational Ministry
Type of Work
Dissertation
Advisor
Jonathan Okinaga Ph.D.
Cheryl Bell Ph.D.
Language
English
Date
2022
Number of Pages
218
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