What must a person do after committing the sin of abortion?

I recently met a gentleman that said he was in the seminary to become a priest and ended up changing religions for various reasons. He stated that the church x-communicates anyone who has had an abortion (done deal) and read me a policy about anyone who voluntarily "procures’ an abortion is x-communicated. I took this to mean someone who performs, or advises people to have an abortion or routinely has abortions. My question is if a young scared girl had an abortion, and realizes now that it was a sin and is repentant, does she have a chance to be in the church’s grace?

Hi,

All she has to do is go to Confession. Her sin will be forgiven. In the United States the bishops have given all priests the authority to reinstate such a person in the Faith.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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