Before you imagine what this blog is about, please give me a minute. Please read through the entire blog. Did you know that research shows that four in ten women who have had an abortion were active church attenders when they ended their pregnancies. This is according to 2015 research by Care Net, a nonprofit, pro-life organization who supports Clinics and Centers such as ours across North America. When these women were interviewed, they were convinced that the Christian community (the church) would gossip and judge rather than help. So, they quietly left the church building to go to the abortion provider.
Just recently, one of our staff had a 70-year old woman who was finally able to break her silence and tell her about the years of suffering she has endured because of her abortion when she was a teenager. If you have read from the beginning of my blogs, you know my friend had an abortion over 45 years ago and how it completely altered her life .... you can read that blog on this site too. Here's the link for that blog post: https://www.friendsoflifeoptionsclinic.org/blog/my-journey-to-investing-in-life-originally-posted-on-july-29-2019
What hurts me most about these stories, apart from the abortions themselves, is the silence these women went through. They felt they had to hide this part of their lives. They were afraid of sharing because they did not want to be looked down upon, judged, or condemned. So, they kept silent ... and they suffered silently. They suffered years of not knowing about the healing, grace, redemption, and restoration offered through Jesus Christ.
Hear me now ... I do believe abortion is wrong ... I am grieved by our nation's laws that allow for abortion. My prayer will always be to make every effort to end abortion in our country. I will do that by praying for those in leadership, and I will continue to let my voice be heard about the atrocity of abortion. I do believe my nation will be judged for this great and horrible sin. But, I will NOT judge those who have suffered the loss that abortion brings. I will forever cry out that healing and grace are extended through the great forgiveness that our Savior offers.
This battle we are fighting ... the battle for LIFE ... is about so much more than changing laws. It is so much more than a "political" issue. It is a LIFE issue. It is a spiritual issue. We must be ready to show compassion and understanding to all those who need it ... that includes the women who have experienced an abortion ... and the men who have had to walk through this too.