Sara Avant Stover is creating Redemption Circle
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Redemption Circle:  A global movement and 501(c)(3) to heal the stigma of abortion and create a support network that empowers women to claim wholeness physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually after an abortion.


Sara Avant Stover, Executive Director of Redemption Circle, founded this non-profit following her own abortion in April 2017 (read her story here).

The bestselling author of  The Way of the Happy Woman and leader of women's spirituality and empowerment, Sara was dispirited by the lack of support available to her– and all women– after her abortion.

Sara writes:

"Healing from my abortion has been the hardest, most profound experience of my life.

I feel a great urgency to share this now because as I looked out at all the beautiful work that’s flourishing in the field of women’s empowerment, I noticed a big, black hole.  

No one is talking about abortion. Not a single one of us. 

Yet, each year, 75% of the women who attend my retreats share, via confidential applications, that they’re still carrying unresolved trauma from abortions they had 5, 10, 20, 30 years ago.

I’m blessed to live in a state with progressive abortion laws, to have had the financial resources to obtain an abortion, and to have received the full support of my friends and family. I had access to what most women do not–quality support before, during, and after my abortion.

Still, recovering from my abortion was confusing and isolating. While I received compassionate care, it was very bare-bones. I was sent home with a printed handout that listed basic instructions: wear pads until the bleeding stops, rest the first couple of days, avoid abdominal exercises, call the hotline if you need to.

Recovering from an abortion is complicated, and the current resources available are grossly inadequate. We can do so much better than this. "

The Problem 


Abortion is a women's health crisis that we aren't dealing with. 

1 in 3 women in the United States and the United Kingdom will have at least one abortion by the age of 45. Worldwide, nearly 60 million abortions occur annually, and 25 million of these are performed under unsafe circumstances.

Afraid of being judged and condemned, most of these women don’t even tell their family and friends.

This secrecy generally isn’t a problem for the many women who feel immediate peace and relief after their abortions, but it is for the many others who feel profound anguish and regret. The reality is most experience something in between.

Few women can walk away from the experience without some level of emotional dis-ease.

If these women don’t have access to the resources they need, unresolved feelings of guilt, shame, sadness, and depression may not surface until months–more often years–later.

From the outside, they seem to go on to lead normal lives. Over time, their unresolved wounds fester, negatively impacting everything.

When ignored, these feelings can contribute to self-destructive and addictive behaviors, unstable relationships, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Some women also harbor post-abortion syndrome (PAS), a form of post-traumatic stress disorder.

In the voicelessness that results from keeping these secrets, women then endure these long-lasting effects in isolation. As recent epigenetic research shows us, if we don’t heal trauma ourselves, we pass it on to our children in our DNA. The chain of pain continues.

Women’s postpartum care has historically been ignored. Luckily, that’s shifting. When a woman has a baby, she now has more and more resources educating her and her loved ones in the long term boons of getting adequate rest, nutrition, and support during those precious first forty days.

When a woman miscarries or has a stillbirth, she still suffers tremendously, but she can be more open about her loss and therefore be cared for by her partner (if she has one), friends, neighbors, and community.

What about when a woman has an abortion? 

Disrupting the Status Quo


When we relegate abortion solely to the religious and political spheres, we ignore it because the whole topic just feels too scary and controversial. We bury our heads in the sand and ignore the tens of millions of women who need our help.

While tremendous progress has been made on access to abortion, the cycle of legitimacy is incomplete without an adequate aftercare support network and process.

To really make abortion a legitimate choice for women and for us to be able to own the destiny of our bodies and lives, we need and deserve the kind of support all difficult life experiences require.

For example, cancer, addiction, and divorce have myriad support groups, books, and resources. Abortion is still in the shadows and women are suffering as a result.

Since abortion is so taboo, we don't have adequate social structures to support women through these life-and-death initiations.

Because there's so much social stigma around abortion, women who've had abortions don't feel comfortable going to support groups for grief, bereavement, and baby loss.

On top of this, these women are also excluded from conversations– even amongst women – about maternal health, baby loss, and postpartum care.

There are only a couple of quality books about post-abortion recovery, compared to countless books for women who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)– even though there are far more women who have had abortions. 

Why?

There's a silent, all-pervasive, and sometimes unconscious, discrimination against women who've had abortions. They're immediately "othered" and put into a separate box from the rest of the world.

The isolation that results is an antiquated tool of the patriarchy used to disempower women. It's time to dismantle this, giving women who've had abortions both a network to connect with one another and a more visible, vocal, and respected place in society.



The Solution


Abortion is our great equalizer. It’s an initiation experienced by women of all ages, income brackets, religions, and ethnicities. Our grandmothers faced abortion. Our mothers faced abortions. Our daughters and granddaughters will, too.

Abortion is one of the most important rites of passage a woman will ever go through. It points to a power, a spiritual power, that only women possess– the power to grow new life, the power to connect with the souls of our unborn children, and the power to know what is most loving for them, and for us.

Effective post-abortion healing requires a visible, widely-available, and affordable (no cost/donation based) global support network.

Similar to the accessibility and all-inclusivity of twelve-step programs, this network needs to combine sisterhood, integrated healing modalities that blend ancient wisdom with modern science to address all dimensions of a woman’s being (physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual), and empathic, sacred spaces.


Sharing our stories within these “redemptive” circles will allow us to transform pain into power, shame into self-worth, and sadness into joy.

We’ll be able to grow stronger, not weaker, because of our challenges. We’ll go on to be greater assets to our communities through accessing new levels of authenticity and empowerment.

In order for us to actualize this vision, we must first implore the world to face this truth: abortion happens. It has always happened. It will always happen. Regardless of where it stands politically and legally.

A woman cannot step into her wholeness and strength if she hasn't made peace with her past– and neither can the Feminine at-large.


What We'll Do


Our aim is to have a small overhead so the highest percentage possible of your donations can go directly towards serving women in need. 

  • When we reach $1000 per month, we will create an # I Had an Abortion podcast series to raise awareness about the need for post-abortion support.

  • When we reach $5000 per month, we will create a Redemption Circle website and form our Board of Directors.

  • When we reach $10,000 per month, we will create the Redemption Circle online course, to serve as the prototype for future in-person circles around the world.

  • When we reach $15,000 per month, we will train facilitators to lead in-person Redemption Circles around the world.

  • When we reach $20,000 per month, we will train women to become post-abortion doulas around the world. A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational post-abortion to a woman, helping her regain her sense of stability and wellbeing. 

  • When we reach $50,000 per month, we will amplify our outreach to bring our training programs into more countries and existing women's health organizations.

  • When we reach $100,000 or more per month, we will be able to scale all of our existing services so that more-and-more women have low (or no) cost access to the highest-quality post-abortion care.


How You Can Help


Let’s come together to birth a world where women everywhere can flourish in health, wholeness, and redemption during all seasons life….even after their abortions.

This movement requires your participation!

To join this movement, please move with us through this five-part ritual:

1. Share your own abortion story with the hashtag #IHadanAbortion.

As Marianne Williamson once said, “You can shoot a soloist, but you can’t shoot a song.”

This is the era of WE. Our voices raised together, in love, can lead to systemic changes.

We need to see the names and faces of women we can relate to coming forward about their abortions to know that we’re not alone.

Please ignite your courage and speak your truth. Share your story in a way that feels authentic to you.

The more of us that speak up, the stronger we will be together, and the more we can show the world just how normal and common abortion actually is.

This is a reckoning. Our reckoning. May our vows of silence end here and now. 

2. Share this Patreon Page on social media.

Use the share tabs in the upper right corner of this page. Email this to friends, family, or those who need to read it. Knowledge is the precursor to change. 

3. Light a candle for every child you’ve lost through abortion.

If you haven’t had an abortion, light a candle for the women who’ve died because they didn’t have access to safe abortions or those who lost their lives defending a woman’s right to choose. 

4. Donate to Redemption Circle so we can actualize this vision! 

This non-profit will only be possible through the generosity of donors like YOU. We have several options for sponsorship (all donations are tax-deductible) — explore the sponsorship levels to the right side of this page.

Please consider sponsoring Redemption Circle in whatever monthly amount you can, starting at the cost of a cup of coffee each month. All donations are 100% tax deductible

With your support, we'll to birth a world where women everywhere can flourish in health, wholeness, and redemption after their abortions.

If not now, when? If not us, then who?

THANK YOU so much for your support. This vision cannot come into being without your generosity and care. I'm grateful that you're here, and that you're willing to invest in the healing and upliftment of women and girls everywhere. 

Let's do this!

Want to Get More Involved? 

  • Are you interested in volunteering, serving on our Board of Directors, facilitating in-person Redemption Circles, or serving as a post-abortion doula? If so, let us know here.
  • Join our online course Redemption Circle: A Woman's Return to Wholeness After Abortion. Learn more & register here.
  • Rather make a larger, one-time donation? You can do so here.
  • Interested in having Sara speak about this on your podcast or at your event? Contact her here.

  • Want to get involved in a way that's not mentioned? Contact us here

New to Patreon? See how it all works here.
Tiers
Redemption Friend
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
You are a true friend. Your support of women means so much to us. Get updates from our private feed and big thank you. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Ally
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you for being an ally to women and girls. Get updates from our private feed and a big thank you! (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Sponsor
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
You are a real leader for women. Get all previous rewards, plus episodes from our #I Had an Abortion podcast series. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Champion
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You're a major champion for women everywhere! Thank you! Receive all previous rewards, plus episodes from our #I Had an Abortion podcast series. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Advocate
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you for being an advocate for women's health, happiness, and freedom. Join a quarterly video webcast to hear updates about our growth. Plus all previous rewards and a huge bow of appreciation. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Superhero
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow! You're amazing– a true superhero to women everywhere. Join a quarterly video webcast to hear updates about our growth. Plus all previous rewards and a huge bow of appreciation. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Angel
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
You want to contribute because you believe so strongly in the mission of Redemption Circle. Thank you!  You'll receive all previous rewards and bottomless appreciation from our hearts– and the hearts of all the women we'll serve. We love you. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
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Redemption Circle:  A global movement and 501(c)(3) to heal the stigma of abortion and create a support network that empowers women to claim wholeness physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually after an abortion.


Sara Avant Stover, Executive Director of Redemption Circle, founded this non-profit following her own abortion in April 2017 (read her story here).

The bestselling author of  The Way of the Happy Woman and leader of women's spirituality and empowerment, Sara was dispirited by the lack of support available to her– and all women– after her abortion.

Sara writes:

"Healing from my abortion has been the hardest, most profound experience of my life.

I feel a great urgency to share this now because as I looked out at all the beautiful work that’s flourishing in the field of women’s empowerment, I noticed a big, black hole.  

No one is talking about abortion. Not a single one of us. 

Yet, each year, 75% of the women who attend my retreats share, via confidential applications, that they’re still carrying unresolved trauma from abortions they had 5, 10, 20, 30 years ago.

I’m blessed to live in a state with progressive abortion laws, to have had the financial resources to obtain an abortion, and to have received the full support of my friends and family. I had access to what most women do not–quality support before, during, and after my abortion.

Still, recovering from my abortion was confusing and isolating. While I received compassionate care, it was very bare-bones. I was sent home with a printed handout that listed basic instructions: wear pads until the bleeding stops, rest the first couple of days, avoid abdominal exercises, call the hotline if you need to.

Recovering from an abortion is complicated, and the current resources available are grossly inadequate. We can do so much better than this. "

The Problem 


Abortion is a women's health crisis that we aren't dealing with. 

1 in 3 women in the United States and the United Kingdom will have at least one abortion by the age of 45. Worldwide, nearly 60 million abortions occur annually, and 25 million of these are performed under unsafe circumstances.

Afraid of being judged and condemned, most of these women don’t even tell their family and friends.

This secrecy generally isn’t a problem for the many women who feel immediate peace and relief after their abortions, but it is for the many others who feel profound anguish and regret. The reality is most experience something in between.

Few women can walk away from the experience without some level of emotional dis-ease.

If these women don’t have access to the resources they need, unresolved feelings of guilt, shame, sadness, and depression may not surface until months–more often years–later.

From the outside, they seem to go on to lead normal lives. Over time, their unresolved wounds fester, negatively impacting everything.

When ignored, these feelings can contribute to self-destructive and addictive behaviors, unstable relationships, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Some women also harbor post-abortion syndrome (PAS), a form of post-traumatic stress disorder.

In the voicelessness that results from keeping these secrets, women then endure these long-lasting effects in isolation. As recent epigenetic research shows us, if we don’t heal trauma ourselves, we pass it on to our children in our DNA. The chain of pain continues.

Women’s postpartum care has historically been ignored. Luckily, that’s shifting. When a woman has a baby, she now has more and more resources educating her and her loved ones in the long term boons of getting adequate rest, nutrition, and support during those precious first forty days.

When a woman miscarries or has a stillbirth, she still suffers tremendously, but she can be more open about her loss and therefore be cared for by her partner (if she has one), friends, neighbors, and community.

What about when a woman has an abortion? 

Disrupting the Status Quo


When we relegate abortion solely to the religious and political spheres, we ignore it because the whole topic just feels too scary and controversial. We bury our heads in the sand and ignore the tens of millions of women who need our help.

While tremendous progress has been made on access to abortion, the cycle of legitimacy is incomplete without an adequate aftercare support network and process.

To really make abortion a legitimate choice for women and for us to be able to own the destiny of our bodies and lives, we need and deserve the kind of support all difficult life experiences require.

For example, cancer, addiction, and divorce have myriad support groups, books, and resources. Abortion is still in the shadows and women are suffering as a result.

Since abortion is so taboo, we don't have adequate social structures to support women through these life-and-death initiations.

Because there's so much social stigma around abortion, women who've had abortions don't feel comfortable going to support groups for grief, bereavement, and baby loss.

On top of this, these women are also excluded from conversations– even amongst women – about maternal health, baby loss, and postpartum care.

There are only a couple of quality books about post-abortion recovery, compared to countless books for women who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)– even though there are far more women who have had abortions. 

Why?

There's a silent, all-pervasive, and sometimes unconscious, discrimination against women who've had abortions. They're immediately "othered" and put into a separate box from the rest of the world.

The isolation that results is an antiquated tool of the patriarchy used to disempower women. It's time to dismantle this, giving women who've had abortions both a network to connect with one another and a more visible, vocal, and respected place in society.



The Solution


Abortion is our great equalizer. It’s an initiation experienced by women of all ages, income brackets, religions, and ethnicities. Our grandmothers faced abortion. Our mothers faced abortions. Our daughters and granddaughters will, too.

Abortion is one of the most important rites of passage a woman will ever go through. It points to a power, a spiritual power, that only women possess– the power to grow new life, the power to connect with the souls of our unborn children, and the power to know what is most loving for them, and for us.

Effective post-abortion healing requires a visible, widely-available, and affordable (no cost/donation based) global support network.

Similar to the accessibility and all-inclusivity of twelve-step programs, this network needs to combine sisterhood, integrated healing modalities that blend ancient wisdom with modern science to address all dimensions of a woman’s being (physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual), and empathic, sacred spaces.


Sharing our stories within these “redemptive” circles will allow us to transform pain into power, shame into self-worth, and sadness into joy.

We’ll be able to grow stronger, not weaker, because of our challenges. We’ll go on to be greater assets to our communities through accessing new levels of authenticity and empowerment.

In order for us to actualize this vision, we must first implore the world to face this truth: abortion happens. It has always happened. It will always happen. Regardless of where it stands politically and legally.

A woman cannot step into her wholeness and strength if she hasn't made peace with her past– and neither can the Feminine at-large.


What We'll Do


Our aim is to have a small overhead so the highest percentage possible of your donations can go directly towards serving women in need. 

  • When we reach $1000 per month, we will create an # I Had an Abortion podcast series to raise awareness about the need for post-abortion support.

  • When we reach $5000 per month, we will create a Redemption Circle website and form our Board of Directors.

  • When we reach $10,000 per month, we will create the Redemption Circle online course, to serve as the prototype for future in-person circles around the world.

  • When we reach $15,000 per month, we will train facilitators to lead in-person Redemption Circles around the world.

  • When we reach $20,000 per month, we will train women to become post-abortion doulas around the world. A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational post-abortion to a woman, helping her regain her sense of stability and wellbeing. 

  • When we reach $50,000 per month, we will amplify our outreach to bring our training programs into more countries and existing women's health organizations.

  • When we reach $100,000 or more per month, we will be able to scale all of our existing services so that more-and-more women have low (or no) cost access to the highest-quality post-abortion care.


How You Can Help


Let’s come together to birth a world where women everywhere can flourish in health, wholeness, and redemption during all seasons life….even after their abortions.

This movement requires your participation!

To join this movement, please move with us through this five-part ritual:

1. Share your own abortion story with the hashtag #IHadanAbortion.

As Marianne Williamson once said, “You can shoot a soloist, but you can’t shoot a song.”

This is the era of WE. Our voices raised together, in love, can lead to systemic changes.

We need to see the names and faces of women we can relate to coming forward about their abortions to know that we’re not alone.

Please ignite your courage and speak your truth. Share your story in a way that feels authentic to you.

The more of us that speak up, the stronger we will be together, and the more we can show the world just how normal and common abortion actually is.

This is a reckoning. Our reckoning. May our vows of silence end here and now. 

2. Share this Patreon Page on social media.

Use the share tabs in the upper right corner of this page. Email this to friends, family, or those who need to read it. Knowledge is the precursor to change. 

3. Light a candle for every child you’ve lost through abortion.

If you haven’t had an abortion, light a candle for the women who’ve died because they didn’t have access to safe abortions or those who lost their lives defending a woman’s right to choose. 

4. Donate to Redemption Circle so we can actualize this vision! 

This non-profit will only be possible through the generosity of donors like YOU. We have several options for sponsorship (all donations are tax-deductible) — explore the sponsorship levels to the right side of this page.

Please consider sponsoring Redemption Circle in whatever monthly amount you can, starting at the cost of a cup of coffee each month. All donations are 100% tax deductible

With your support, we'll to birth a world where women everywhere can flourish in health, wholeness, and redemption after their abortions.

If not now, when? If not us, then who?

THANK YOU so much for your support. This vision cannot come into being without your generosity and care. I'm grateful that you're here, and that you're willing to invest in the healing and upliftment of women and girls everywhere. 

Let's do this!

Want to Get More Involved? 

  • Are you interested in volunteering, serving on our Board of Directors, facilitating in-person Redemption Circles, or serving as a post-abortion doula? If so, let us know here.
  • Join our online course Redemption Circle: A Woman's Return to Wholeness After Abortion. Learn more & register here.
  • Rather make a larger, one-time donation? You can do so here.
  • Interested in having Sara speak about this on your podcast or at your event? Contact her here.

  • Want to get involved in a way that's not mentioned? Contact us here

New to Patreon? See how it all works here.

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Tiers
Redemption Friend
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
You are a true friend. Your support of women means so much to us. Get updates from our private feed and big thank you. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Ally
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you for being an ally to women and girls. Get updates from our private feed and a big thank you! (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Sponsor
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
You are a real leader for women. Get all previous rewards, plus episodes from our #I Had an Abortion podcast series. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Champion
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You're a major champion for women everywhere! Thank you! Receive all previous rewards, plus episodes from our #I Had an Abortion podcast series. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Advocate
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you for being an advocate for women's health, happiness, and freedom. Join a quarterly video webcast to hear updates about our growth. Plus all previous rewards and a huge bow of appreciation. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Superhero
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow! You're amazing– a true superhero to women everywhere. Join a quarterly video webcast to hear updates about our growth. Plus all previous rewards and a huge bow of appreciation. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)
Redemption Angel
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
You want to contribute because you believe so strongly in the mission of Redemption Circle. Thank you!  You'll receive all previous rewards and bottomless appreciation from our hearts– and the hearts of all the women we'll serve. We love you. (Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible.)