Since 1973, close to 60 million abortions have occurred in the United States. We all know someone touched by abortion, whether we realize it or not. These women and men are our friends, our mothers, fathers, our aunts, uncles, our siblings, our co-workers, even our grandparents. They are everywhere. They are in our workplaces, our social circles, and our families. They are sitting on the couch next to us, and yet, no one is speaking to them. Abortion is treated as an “issue” instead of a very personal experience that has impacted millions of lives.
Like the dynamics in the family unit, the voices and feelings of most women and men who have undergone an abortion, for the most part, continue to be ignored. Some voices are out there, but very little is heard from the everyday people who often feel stuck in the middle of the “abortion debate.”
Abortion relentlessly continues to hold countless women and men captive. Even if they have gone through healing, most do not want the world knowing they have had an abortion. Siblings of those aborted, though often suffering, also feel called to keep the family secret.
In spite of the fact that these people may not be talking, they are definitely listening. So, what are they hearing? They hear the Democrats tell them it is a women’s body and abortion is a choice to make with their doctors. They are told there is no judgment, but with that comes a dehumanizing of their child, a go ahead. Yes, they sense something is wrong because there is a lack of acknowledgment of what they know in their hearts was their unborn son or daughter.
In contrast, the Republicans can be loud and clear on the wrong of abortion, but are often seen by many as “lacking in compassion” and “intolerant,” because they speak to the issue and not the person. For someone who already feels self-loathing or is in denial, this only brings more pain.
Election season can be very painful and emotionally charged for those who have had an abortion. It is the epitome of abortion triggers and it can bring up a mountain of unresolved feelings along with a struggle to stay afloat, often with no one or very few people knowing what they have experienced.
Post abortive people go to the polls in November. Sadly, no one seems to be speaking to their hearts. There is a critical lack of a voice who understands where they are coming from. Those who have had an abortion need to hear a voice that validates their feelings, while still stating the wrong of abortion. They need someone who lets them know they are not alone, that people understand how an abortion can happen, and want to help them reach healing. They wait for a word of compassion. Who it is safe to vote for?
In the end, it won’t be the Democrats or Republicans who will bring peace to those suffering from a past abortion, but the mercy and forgiveness of God who frees them from the captivity of so-called “freedom of choice.” Let’s pray they hear His voice in this election season.
Are you suffering from the wounds of abortion?
There is hope. There is healing.
Days of Prayer & Healing for Women
October 8, 2016
October 29, 2016 (Spanish)
November 19, 2016
Contact New YorkSisters of Life at 866-575-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Theresa Bonopartis at 877-586-4621 or email@example.com.
Diocese of Bridgeport
September 10, 2016
Contact Maureen Ciardiello at 203-416-1445 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 24, 2016
February 4, 2017
April 29, 2017
Contact: Lisa Hall at 855-364-0076 or email@example.com