This morning, I read an excellent article about the effects of abortion on women, men, and other family members. The author is correct when she recognizes that abortion has a ripple effect. Not only does it end the life of an innocent human being; it also does major damage to the lives and relationships of many others…the mother, sometimes the father, a friend who encouraged the abortion, parents who were “almost-grandparents”, siblings who lost a brother or sister…the list goes on, as Jane Brennan points out.
I’d encourage you to read her poignant article, sharing her personal experience here: http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/women/understanding-the-post-abortive-woman-11568765.html
Here is an excerpt of what Jane shares: “The pain of abortion is a pain many women continue to suffer in isolation or silence. I recently compiled a book of women who have chosen abortion, and in their stories I see the same sorrow, pain, agony and guilt I felt that so often gets unreported amid the jumble of political rhetoric focused on rights. In one story, Marie shares: The despair deepened and turned quickly to depression. I remember sitting in the bathroom during a break at my summer job, seriously considering suicide. I could just take one of these box-cutters from the back room-end it all. Right here. Right now. “
Jane gives hope for healing to women who have already chosen abortion. And to those who are on the brink of making their choice, she has some thoughts that cannot go unread. For example:
“Today’s world is all about comfort, it’s all about “me.” Our society has convinced us of the “inconveniences” of life and that we need not endure them. Yet, I and so many others have learned that “inconvenience” builds character and makes us stronger. In fact, these “inconveniences” can even be better for us than the alternative.”
I agree wholeheartedly with Jane that we suffer from a culture of convenience. Because we are often so busy looking at what we want in the here and now, we forget to have faith for the unseen blessings ahead. Since we cannot see our unborn child, we choose to believe they must not be a real person. The women who accidentally see the arms, legs, and heads of their aborted children after abortion are usually devasted for life. Choosing convenience is weak. Choosing to break out of our circumstances, even when it seems that we can’t, is a strong choice. Strong women are built by hard choices that care for others. Once we are pregnant, we have a duty to care for the small life developing under our heart. Choosing life may be hard, but it is the best choice for everyone involved…
Here are resources to help women who have already had an abortion and for those who are pregnant and looking for help:
- Motherhood Interrupted by Jane Brennan Info on ordering it is here: http://janeatmotherhoodinterrupted.blogspot.com/
- http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/ This is absolutely EXCELLENT!!
Women Needing Help to Continue Their Pregnancies:
- Find a local pregnancy center: http://www.optionline.org/get-help/
- 101 Reasons Not to Have an Abortion: http://www.101girlsguide.com/uploads/101_Reasons_Not_To_Have_An_Abortion.pdf
Note: Some of these sites/resources claim that abortion or emergency contraceptives (chemical abortions) are options for women. I disagree. It should never be an option for us to intentionally kill an innocent little person. However, these sites will point you to good resources and help in keeping your baby or choosing adoption.