Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion

ve8QAd   |   February 09, 2015

Pro-abortion activists would have us believe abortion is an isolated moment in a woman’s life that affects no one but her, and then only briefly. Because the baby is not wanted, he or she is an inconvenient blip to be deleted so the woman can pick up life where she left off.

Since Roe vs. Wade, pro-abortion forces have marketed that illusion. They insisted the decision is the woman’s alone: her body, her choice. They trumpeted reproductive rights and reproductive justice, meaningless phrases that lend a vaguely noble patina to the same argument. They reinvented abortion as not merely a matter of personal choice but as a higher calling: a moral choice that is good for society.

Regardless of the argument, no rhetoric can mask abortion’s aftermath. Far from an isolated blip, an abortion sends out jarring shockwaves of secrecy, guilt, shame and grief. Understanding the far-reaching effects of abortion led the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to develop a year-long initiative, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion. It focuses each month on one seismic effect of abortion.

Shockwaves exposes the fallacy that a woman who aborts makes “private, personal decisions about her bodily autonomy” and a “personal and confidential healthcare decision.” Such language relies on our reluctance to interfere in others’ personal decisions and sets up an “impenetrable boundary” around the woman. Pro-abortionists bemoan the “stigma” of abortion and try mightily to deny any emotional or spiritual repercussions. In answer, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion recognizes that the true source of stigma is “silent shame and invalidated grief” and with compassion and forgiveness destroys the pretense that abortion is “no big deal.”

Using educational resources and personal testimonies on the web, in print, on air and via social media, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion calls the nation month by month to accountability, repentance and reconciliation:

January: Healing Through the Church
Launched on the steps of the Supreme Court, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion invites churches, physical and mental health care professionals, pro-life groups and abortion healing ministries to break the destructive silence surrounding abortion.

February: Healing the Black Community
Black History Month provides an ideal platform to draw attention to the devastating effects of abortion on the Black community and expose its roots in the hateful eugenics movement by targeting women of color.

March: Healing the Grandparents
Abortion’s impact on grandparents is rarely considered, whether they suffer from encouraging their child toward abortion, failing to prevent the abortion, rejecting their child or losing a grandchild.

April: Healing the Siblings
The work of Dr. Philip Ney recognizes those who not only lose a brother or sister but also struggle to understand their own value in light of the child who was discarded.

May: Healing the Mom
Apart from the child, the mother suffers the most immediate impact of abortion. Mother’s Day offers an opportunity to focus on the emotional, psychological, spiritual and relational damage that abortion inflicts.

June: Healing the Dad
Often overlooked, fathers also suffer complicated damage from abortion. Father’s Day allows Shockwaves to focus on dads, who, like mothers, are wounded by denial, repression of loss and the pretense that they can just get on with their lives.

July: Healing Survivors and Friends
Relatives and friends feel aftershocks, whether they drove the woman to the facility, helped pay for the abortion, encouraged the choice or ignored it. Included with this group are abortion survivors, people whose parents considered abortion, and the disabled.

August: Healing Abortion Providers
From clerks who process forms to counselors who advise abortion to those who kill the baby, industry workers suffer emotional and spiritual trauma. Shockwaves calls them to repentance and reconciliation.

September: Healing Families
Shockwaves goes deeper into complex family dynamics: secrets, mistrust, “the elephant in the room” and weakened relationships between parents and between parents and remaining children.

October: Healing the Hispanic Community
As it does Black neighborhoods, the abortion industry targets the Hispanic community. Shockwaves concentrates this month on reaching Hispanic churches with materials in Spanish.

November: Healing Pro-Lifers
Those who work to save the unborn are wounded when their efforts fail. Pro-life warriors must carry the weight of the work without being crushed by it.

December: Healing Comes from Our Savior
The coming of Jesus as a baby completes the Shockwaves year with renewed hope, healing and celebration that the nation will have understood abortion’s broad impact.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign works to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the pain of abortion. To learn more about Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, share a testimony, find help, or join the campaign in your area, visit Silent No More Awareness.

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