Posts Tagged ‘Silent No More’
Kelly Clinger posts on Silent No More at the March for Life 2011.
hat tip: Vital Signs
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.