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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.
My prayer is that if you are reading this blog, and if you have had an abortion and suffered silently, please be silent no more. Please know that I will listen, I will love, and I will offer you the same grace and forgiveness offered to all by the great Savior, Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, we all do that here at Life Options Clinic. We have a post-abortion healing ministry that will help you work through any pain and hurt you are experiencing. For years we have been offering this ministry to women ... now we are offering this same healing ministry to men. If you are a woman who needs this, please know that it is totally confidential. You will be lead by women who know where you are. One of our ladies will have experienced the pain of abortion, just like you. And another of our ladies will be there with added love and compassion. For our men ... it will also be confidential. Our men are lead by at least one man who just wants to help you through the pain of loss you may be experiencing.
The 70-year old woman who broke her silence? She walked through our post-abortion healing ministry. And, her healing is happening. It is a process, but it is happening.
My friend? When she experienced her abortions, there were no ministries such as ours to help her. How I wish there would have been.
Our mandate? To love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength ... and to love our neighbor as ourselves. How do we walk that out? Philippians 2:1-8 ... "Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."