Call Us - 24/7 Hotline
at (203) 597-9050
Stop By
137 Grandview Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708
don't worry about unplanned pregnancy

Stay Informed

Current Events

Carolyn's Place is pleased to announce the launch its new webite. Please browse our site and let us know what you think!

Leslie's Story

Continued from After Abortion...

This was pre-Roe v. Wade, so we headed out of state and I had an abortion. I can still hear my mother's sigh of relief, "Well that's over. We won't even think about it." And so I didn't.

I threw myself into everything that came my way. My motto was, be so busy that you can't think or feel. And so life went on, in a manner of speaking. Until that day and that question, "Have you ever had an abortion?"

My therapist helped me deal with many things, but suggested I find a place or person who deals with abortion and all its ramifications. After meeting several people, I decided on Carolyn's Place. I didn't want a group and knew I needed more than six weeks. At Carolyn's Place, I was met with acceptance and unconditional love. And so the healing journey began and is ongoing.

I could not put many months into a few sentences. I can say that at the end of those months, and many steps — making my baby real, naming my baby (Gabrielle) and asking Gabrielle to forgive me — led to acknowledging my sin, begging God for forgiveness and the sacrament of Reconciliation.

I also had to forgive my parents. My quiet anger never let me connect with them totally. We had quite a reunion. And boy did I talk!!! I told them that I had counted on them to make the right decision. I felt betrayed and hypocritical because up to that point, they had taught me that abortion was wrong! We've begun that road back to one another. And then the most difficult work of forgiving myself began, and is ongoing.

The pain of those years of silence is beginning to fade. For the first time since that summer, the fog has lifted. Carolyn's Place gave me a sanctuary where I was safe and could talk about the abortion. Facing the truth about what I had done was very difficult, but it brought me wholeness and forgiveness. God's mercy is never outdone! I will always regret the abortion. But I now see each day as a gift. And I can honor Gabrielle by making the most of that gift.


Download archive

Fall 2017

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Winter 2016

Fall 2016

Summer 2016

Spring 2016

Winter 2015

Fall 2015

Summer 2015

Spring 2015

Winter 2014

Fall 2014

Summer 2014

Spring 2014

Winter 2013

Fall 2013

Summer 2013

Spring 2013

Winter 2012

Fall 2012

Summer 2012

Spring 2012

Fall/Winter 2011

Summer 2011

Spring 2011

Winter 2011

Spring/Summer 2010

Winter 2010

Fall 2009

Winter 2009

Summer 2008

Left click on any link to open that particular newsletter in a new browser window. Right click on any link and choose 'Save as' to download the newsletter to your computer.