Posts Tagged ‘post-abortion’
Soft. Sweet. Beautiful. And to the point. From 2008:
hat tip: Causa Nostrae Laetitiae
My apologies, ladies. Our server went down, and that was only the prelude of my technical difficulties. Somewhere along the way, waiting to have my Internet connection restored, I got wrapped up in “living local” and lost track of the time. My computer got somewhat restored to me yesterday, but I have been kicked offline more than once already today, and the whole works seized up a little while ago. Not even the on/off button would work. (Does unplugging your computer while it’s running give you the trembles, or is it just me? But I figured I had nothing to lose this late in the game, and my husband was still asleep and I didn’t want to wake him, so I deprived the computer of electricity for a few seconds. Worked like a charm. That’s not to say I recommend it. Not in the least. Probably you could destroy data or a computer that way, for all I know.) So, anyway, I guess it’s safe to say that my blogging will be iffy for a while yet.
In the good news department, I’ve been able to do some pro-life work one on one, not least of all getting to be close enough friends with a Christian lady who admitted to me (and the others in our women’s study group) that she’d had an abortion. We’d been discussing the state of the world, and most of the others were feeling discouraged, to put it mildly, and I mentioned that I saw some encouraging signs, especially on the pro-life front. How encouraging it is, I said, that so many of the people at pro-life rallies are young people – and hadn’t the ladies noticed how many “I regret my abortion” signs there were at marches for life, and other public events, and how many people were joining with organizations like Silent No More to bring to light that abortion hurts those who use it?
“There are organizations like that?”, my friend said, her eyes wide. “I had an abortion, and… there are organizations like that? Really?”
She couldn’t dig out pen and paper fast enough, ladies. All these years, and she’d never heard of support groups and ways to speak out – or, at least, they somehow hadn’t gotten through to her yet.
Sometimes, it helps to slow down and build relationships, I guess.
This same lady has since bent over backwards to help an unwed mother who is fast approaching the due date for her first child. The mother has come to our study group, and nobody assures her more often and more earnestly how precious her little unborn baby is than the woman who didn’t understand that when she was young and had been foolish and then assumed no one would support her if she stayed pregnant.
One heart at a time, ladies. One heart at a time.
The most common number being kicked around for the number of legal abortions in the United States since 1973 seems to be 50 million. I’ve seen claims higher than that. I see at the National Right to Life site the number shown today is 48,589,993. Whatever the real number is, 50 million seems to be in the ball park, and 50 million is too big for me to get my head around, as we say around here.
So I went to the United States Census Bureau in hopes of finding something with which to compare it. I almost wish I hadn’t. Using July 2007 estimated figures, which is what they’re using for state population figures in the state rankings, I see you could kill every resident man, woman and child in California, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, and still be a few thousand people short of killing fifty million people. (California 36,553,215, plus Illinois 12,852,548, plus D.C. 588,292, equals 49,994,055. These are estimates, remember, but still…)
And that’s just the reported abortions in the United States.
If, by chance, you are someone who was in some way responsible for an abortion death, please understand that there is healing and forgiveness available to you. For a place to start, you might try checking in at The Silent No More Awareness Campaign. A lot of people hurting after abortion have found help there, not to mention a voice. If you are a teen, you might check in with Young Life, which has a program to help young women who choose life, but I’m sure they’ll help you if you didn’t understand that soon enough. Many individual Christians are also ready and willing to help you any way they can, whether they are officially in post-abortion ministry or not. If at first you don’t find the help or guidance you need, please keep looking; Christians vary in their talents and social skills and capacities to deal with specific difficulties, just like everybody else (and, let’s face it, some of them are better taught and/or more mature than others). Or ask God directly to forgive you, and go on from there. Whatever you do, please don’t spend the rest of your life hurting, or bitter, or estranged from God. There’s no need for that.
If you would like my prayers, just ask. Fifty million dead is something I can’t get my head around, but I sure can hear individual cries of grief.
Ladies, help me out. If you know of any good resources for people dealing with the hurt of abortion, please let us know in the comments.