By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
I recently heard a clergyman talk about the modern goal of living a life without regrets.
It is certainly admirable to strive to do our best in all circumstances. But this being a fallen world and humans being inherently fallible, if we are honest, we will admit that we have an avenue of regrets behind us.
Over the years, I have met so many women who regret their abortions. Their personal circumstances have varied, but they share in common a profound loss: the loss of a unique child. Their pain is palpable and my heart aches for them. I wish we could go back in time and they could undo the abortion—but that is as impossible as bringing their child back to life.
Sadly, these women often suffer in silence. They often feel isolated and alone and unable to share their grief with others.
But, thanks to ministries such as Rachel’s Vineyard, hope and healing can be found after abortion. The road may not be easy, but the path forward can lead to peace of heart.
If you know of someone who is hurting from her abortion, please encourage her to check out www.rachelsvineyard.org . There, she just may find the consolation and compassion she is searching for.
The hallmark of the pro-life movement is love—love for the mother, for the baby, for the father. This love extends to the mother who has lost her child to abortion and who continues to grieve because of it. A community of people exists who will walk beside the mother in her profound grief and empower her to live an abundant life.
The road to abortion is filled with a trail of tears. It is only through recognition of that fact that healing can begin.