Here is the second article I have written for Aleteia about the secret heartbreak of children who've lost a sibling through abortion.
“My mom does not know I found out about her abortion. She is suffering and I want to help her but I don’t know how.”
Anne spoke these words to me when she came seeking advice and help. She had recently overheard a conversation where her mom was speaking about a past abortion.
Anne didn’t know what to do or what to say to her mom, and her own emotions were all over the place. She went from feeling sorry for her mom, to feeling anger, confusion and even guilt for being alive.
She was reluctant to approach her mom, who was already suffering, but she knew she needed to express her own pain. She felt alone and isolated, and was looking for a place where someone would understand what she was going through, while at the same time not judge her mother whom she loved and felt a need to protect.
Anne is not alone. With over 55 million abortions in our country, there are millions of “Annes” who have lost a sibling to abortion. Some have found out about the abortion without their parents’ knowledge. Some have been told and others just have a sense that someone is missing.
The rest is here