Moving Forward after Abortion: Finding Comfort in God

Camille Cates
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Counselor Camille Cates points women who may be facing hurt, confusion, and unanswered questions after an abortion to finding grace and mercy in God's love.

Even though each woman's story is different, the challenges that follow an abortion can be similar. How can you find healing and renewal for where you are now? How do you process the variety of emotions you may be experiencing, such as anger, grief, or perhaps numbness?

Camille Cates has spent many years counseling women, helping them to answer those questions. In Moving Forward after Abortion, she helps you to see that God is forgiving, gracious, merciful, and loving, and offers comfort to those who come to him to experience restoration instead of brokenness. Reflecting on an abortion story can be intimidating, but you do not have to do it alone. God is near—and plans to use your story for good.

  • Practical, accessible, spiritual guidance on addressing an array of situations and emotions after an abortion, through the lens of Scripture.
  • Part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series, walking readers through their deepest and most profound questions.
  • Gives readers guidance in understanding the forgiveness of Christ in a deeper, fuller way.
  • Compact format goes deeper than New Growth Press's popular minibooks without overwhelming the reader.


Camille Cates is a biblical counselor and a public speaker with a passion for ministering to women in crisis. She has written and spoken extensively on the topics of pregnancy care ministry, post-abortion trauma counseling, sexual abuse, and God's design for sex and sexuality. She is the author of Moving Forward after Abortion and the minibook Pregnancy Crisis: This Wasn't the Plan. Camille and her husband, Troy, have three adult children and reside in the metro Cincinnati, OH area.

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"Moving Forward after Abortion is a window into how the Lord forgives, heals, and restores a woman after an abortion. This book is accessible and concisely written, offering a gentle balance of personal experience and biblical counseling. Camille's writing is clear and raw, and her transparency often led me to tears. This book spills over with Scripture, biblical wisdom, book recommendations, and hope. I have never read a book like this and cannot recommend it highly enough."
Rosaria Butterfield, Former tenured professor of English and Women's Studies, Syracuse University; author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, The Gospel Comes with a House Key, and Five Lies of our Anti-Christian Age

"I broke down crying multiple times as I read this book. It is moving, biblical, informative, tender, kind, and hope-filled. Moving Forward after Abortion is a balm to the broken soul and points us to the powerful grace of God in Christ Jesus. God does not want anyone living in the shackles of sin and shame. My heart is bursting with joy and my eyes are filled with tears as I reflect upon the stories and truth that Camille shares. I cannot recommend this book enough. I want everyone to read it."
Sean Perron, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Jacksonville; ACBC certified counselor; coauthor of the Letters to a Romantic series, author of Should I Take the Pill?

"This book is a great resource for counselors, churches, and pregnancy centers for women and men needing hope and healing after abortion. The author shares her own journey of how she found true healing in Jesus and the Word of God. The reflective questions at the end of each chapter are great. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!"
MaryAnn Ambroselli, Former Executive Director and current board of directors chairperson, Ventura County Pregnancy Center; certified biblical counselor, Healing Hearts Ministries International

"Camille Cates has given us a wonderful way to walk and talk with those who are hurting from abortions in their past. This book is short but filled with wisdom and insights that only come from someone who has personally traveled this road. It's filled with God's Word and the heart and tone of a skilled caregiver who gently unpacks the confusion, guilt, shame, fear, and grief that so often accompany the pain of abortion. Additionally, it's filled with the grace, truth, and transparency needed to walk others out of the dark and into the light of God's forgiveness and freedom."
Brad Bigney, Lead Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Florence, KY; ACBC certified counselor; conference speaker; author of Gospel Treason

"In Moving Forward after Abortion, Camille comes alongside readers as a wise Christian sister—one who knows what it's like to wade through the tumultuous wake of grief and trauma. As she humbly recounts her own post-abortion journey, readers are graciously invited to embrace the same gospel-centered comfort that brought her aching heart healing and hope."
Christine Chappell, Author of Midnight Mercies: Walking with God through Depression in Motherhood; host, Hope + Help Podcast, Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship; certified biblical counselor

"Saturated in Scripture, Camille's book offers real biblical solutions for dealing with pain, depression, anxiety, anger, guilt, and grief that accompany abortion. She encourages readers to get to the root of their sin and enjoy the forgiveness and restoration found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ. God's grace, mercy, and compassion alone offer true healing and hope!"
Georgia Purdom, Vice President of Educational Content and Director of Answers for Women Conferences, Answers in Genesis

"Moving Forward after Abortion is life-giving water for your parched soul. Camille helps uncover the lies post-abortive women and men believe and then replaces those lies with the truth. Take this little book and let it lead you to the One who is Living Water."
Kathleen Shanks, Executive Director, New Path Pregnancy Resource Centers

"Camille has powerfully provided a gospel-saturated, healing resource for anyone carrying the pain of abortion. Her vulnerable story of trauma and choices, combined with a message of compassionate help and scriptural hope, will help readers exchange pain for God's redemptive love to find freedom and restoration."
Lisa Appelo, Author of Life Can Be Good Again

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  • 5
    Heartfelt and Powerful.

    Posted by Victoria Steele on 01 20 2024

    As Lord forgives us, we owe to do the same against those who hurt us Authors heartfelt story and journey pre and post abortion gives hope using the Bible as the source . God is the only way. Seek Him out. He is there and the author’s journey is a proof of it. Love this book!

  • 5
    Moving Forward After Abortion - A Much Needed Resource

    Posted by Pam Walker on 01 14 2024

    This powerful booklet is a lifeline for those seeking healing, comfort, and redemption after going through an abortion. It is also a valuable resource for churches, counselors, and pastors who counsel those who have been impacted by abortion. Camille Cates masterfully weaves her own testimony of tragic loss with the comfort, answers, and transformative power she found in God's Word. Moving Forward After Abortion provides biblical answers to some of the biggest questions around abortion, including: Who can I turn to after my abortion? Is God going to punish me for my abortion? Why can't I just move on? What do I do with these thoughts about the baby? Why am I struggling with forgiveness? Each chapter provides Scripture and questions to reflect upon and also includes additional resources for further reading. This resource also provides guidance on how post-abortive women can share Christ's redemptive power in their own lives with others so that more can find comfort and healing the same way that this author found through her post-abortive journey.

  • 5

    Posted by Charlotte on 01 12 2024

    This book is rich with truth from God‘s Word as the author bravely shares her own experience of God‘s forgiveness, healing, and moving forward from abortion. I believe that it is a hope filled resource for both those who have personally experienced an abortion and for those who wish to understand and help them. It gives a clear message that mirrors what God says in the Bible, that we are all sinners in need of a Savior and that God has provided our salvation through Jesus Christ.

  • 5
    Moving Forward After Abortion

    Posted by Carol Nielson on 01 10 2024

    What a great book. The author shares her story and what God did in her life. She shares how God meets us in our fear, anger, and guilt with his forgiveness and mercy. Bathed in Scripture the author shows how one can indeed move forward after her abortion. A must read for anyone suffering after their abortion.

  • 5
    Moving Forward After Abortion

    Posted by Katie on 11 21 2023

    This book feels like a compassionate friend coming alongside to help in a time of trouble. The authors personal story of tragedy, hurt, anguish, sin, and hard work is woven throughout it's pages and it shows God as a loving father to us who are his children in need of salvation and the blessing that relationship brings.

  • 5
    Highly Recommend

    Posted by Unknown on 11 07 2023

    Camille Cates compassionately comes alongside women that have had an abortion with gentleness and truth, weaving in her own testimony of guilt, fear and shame before and after her abortion. It is very easily digestible and heavily practical. I highly recommend this to any woman with an abortion in her past, reminding her that there is freedom and forgiveness in the gospel.

  • 5
    For women after an abortion

    Posted by Wendy on 10 14 2023

    Camille Cates has written this caring, gentle, honest book for women who have had an abortion. She starts sharing her own story, full of sadness, grief and shame. Her openness can help other women acknowledge their own experience. Those in our churches find it so hard to talk about, yet many are sadly dealing with their struggles alone. She addresses common questions women ask: Is God going to punish me? Why is it so hard to move on? Will I ever stop feeling this way? What do I do with my thoughts about the baby? How do I leave my abortion in the past? All are addressed biblically and sensitively. There are self-reflection questions at the end of each chapter, and many recommended resources throughout. Cates encourages women to talk about their journey, to help others who are going through the same thing, and to share how Christ’s redemption has worked in their lives. We want to be communities who walk alongside each other sharing our struggles, pain, regrets and griefs, and rejoicing in the healing and forgiveness that Jesus offers.

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