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Theresa Bonopartis, Author at Good Counsel

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Abortion & The Sibling Puzzle

Posted by | May 4, 2017 | One Comment

The devastation to unborn children from abortion is obvious.  However, with over 58 million abortions in our country, it is hard to imagine that they would be the only children impacted.

Time after time, I have kids come up to me to tell me about their aborted siblings and their mother’s pain. What most of them fail to go into is the pain that abortion has caused in their own lives.

It is remarkable how many kids, when they learn of an abortion in their family, react with the statement, “so now things make sense.” It is as if a missing piece of their lives that they were so aware of, suddenly has put the puzzle of life together for them.

It doesn’t seem to matter if the abortion was before or after their birth, the impact remains in the fabric of the family, affecting every member to some degree. Read More

Abortion with No Guilt. No Shame. No Stigma. No Dignity.

Posted by | Feb 9, 2017 | No Comments

Moving from “choice” to what they consider an “absolute good,” rare is deleted from the dialogue and abortion without limitation is the goal society must now accept. They think that by injecting humor, abortion will somehow not be the violent killing of an unborn child. Like slight of hand in a magic trick, NARAL aims to divert our attention from the truth, but it does not work.

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Abortion and Advent

Posted by | Dec 14, 2016 | 3 Comments

I love the Advent season.  It has become a real resting place, a “glorious expectation” of the coming of the Christ Child into our midst.  But, it was not always so glorious.  Being a post-abortive woman, for years I found Advent and the Christmas season a time of great anxiety and sorrow.  While everyone was filled with the joy of the birth of Christ, I experienced fear, dread, and unending pain.  The New Year came as a relief knowing I did not have to deal with it all again for another twelve months. Read More

There is Hope After Abortion

Posted by | Oct 7, 2016 | No Comments

Living with the pain of abortion can be overwhelming.  Feelings of anxiety, panic, grief, guilt and shame can often seem insurmountable, but there is a way out of the pain. You do not have to suffer alone!  Countless women and men have reached healing through Lumina’s services. In addition to our own programs we refer to professional therapists, clergy, and other post-abortion resources. Read More

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Abortion & Politics

Posted by | Sep 27, 2016 | No Comments

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.
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Can We Heal the Hidden Wounds of Abortion?

Posted by | Aug 16, 2016 | No Comments

When I heard the testimony of the grandmother, I realized I was not alone. Here was someone who experienced the same things as I did. I see the way my daughter continues to suffer years later as a result of an abortion she had decades ago and feel so sorry that I did not do more at the time to support her in her pregnancy. Little did we know that this would impact our entire family forever.” –Jo

Such were the words of someone who attended “An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession.

We tend to think of abortion in terms of the mother and baby and sometimes the father, but so often we fail to look at the entire picture of how abortion impacts our nation. As a teenager who was coerced into an abortion by my parents, my road to healing was long because no one would acknowledge my experience. It took years to find the help I needed. Read More

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Open the Door to Mercy After Abortion

Posted by | Jun 15, 2016 | No Comments

“If we do not begin examining our wretchedness, if we stay lost and despair that we will never be forgiven, we end up licking our wounds, and they stay open and never heal.  Instead there is medicine, there is healing, we only need take a small step towards God or at least express a desire to take it.  A tiny opening is enough.”  (The Name of God is Mercy, Pope Francis, pg. 57)

It is a hard thing for us to admit our wretchedness.  The admission bursts the bubble of our false perceptions of ourselves forces us to see ourselves in truth.  We do not want to believe that we could have ever done something so terrible.  It is all too common a refrain, “I cannot believe I had an abortion.” Read More

A Mother’s Prayer After Abortion for Adverse Diagnosis

Posted by | May 18, 2016 | No Comments

Experiencing an abortion as a result of an adverse diagnosis can bring with it many unique dynamics. Connecting with others who have been there and coming to understand what happened is crucial to the healing process.

There is hope after abortion for an adverse prenatal diagnosis.   If you have experienced an abortion due to an adverse prenatal diagnosis – know that you are not alone and that healing is possible. Read More

There’s No Turning Back After Abortion

Posted by | Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

It is true that we cannot turn back time and un-do an abortion, but we can move forward toward hope and healing, asking for and accepting God’s forgiveness and then allowing His grace to bind our wounds.  Sometimes hearing someone’s personal testimony of their healing journey is just what it takes for another suffering person to reach out for help.  This is Christiane Zufferey’s story. Read More

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