By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
We are a society in denial.
Each day, over 2,400 precious preborn babies lose their lives to abortion in this country. Thousands of women are left to grieve the children they have lost.
Yet, these losses are often invisible. No names are recorded on death certificates. The daily death toll is not mentioned on cable news programs. In our media-saturated day, where we are barraged with often meaningless information, news of how abortion wounds our society is rare.
I recently heard a woman who had had an abortion, who now regrets the experience, talking about the importance of a culture of healing when it comes to abortion trauma. Because of Roe v. Wade, the tragic U.S. Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion for any reason essentially during all nine months of pregnancy, countless women are now the walking wounded. They work, they take care of families, they go to church—but their wounds from abortion have not healed.
Many women feel as if they do not have permission to openly grieve children lost to abortion. The abortion industry ignores any lingering negative effects from abortion, dismissing post-abortion syndrome as a myth. But when women turn to drugs and alcohol following abortion to numb their pain, it is apparent that there is something deep within them that is hurting, a grievous injury that cries out for compassion and support.
This is why post-abortion outreach is so vital, so essential to the pro-life cause. Women in some instances repetitively turn to abortion when they feel as if they have no other options. It is as if they are in the wilderness, seeing no way out. Through the care of gentle counselors knowledgeable about post-abortion grief, they can find a path toward hope and healing.
If you or someone you know is hurting from a past abortion, compassionate, non-judgmental help is available. Please know that you are not alone in the world—there are so many people who stand ready to help.
In many cases, these are the very people who had abortions themselves, and who know the kind of pain you carry with you.
For information on post-abortion healing, visit www.rachelsvineyard.org .