Here is the article I promised. This was in response to a NEWSWEEK article written a while back.
How Much Jail Time for Women who Have Had an Abortion?…For some, Life
I am a post abortive woman, and personally, I am tired of the
pro abortion side telling me what I should feel. They continue to put great
effort into denying the negative impact of abortion stating the pro life side has
created this ploy, instead of acknowledging it is the women themselves who are
speaking out because of their suffering.
Now, the National Institute for Reproductive Health, a pro
abortion group, is making the “centerpiece of a national conversation”, how
much time should she do? Another scare tactic to make people fear that their
mothers, sisters, or friends, will end up in jail if they have an abortion.
Abortion may not be illegal now, but to answer the question,
many of us already do life. Countless women live in the prison of anxiety, panic,
depression and even suicidal ideation because of abortion. Yet, instead of
showing concern about those who suffer, in the past year much time and effort
has been given to debunking the claims that abortion hurts women. We have seen
article after article claim there is no such thing as post abortion stress. It
is ridiculous and a great disservice to women.
Personally, I believe most Americans agree. By now, many have
personally experienced this suffering in sisters, wives, friends, and daughters
who have had abortions. They have encountered first hand, the devastation
abortion has caused in lives once happy, and relationships once healthy, now imprisoned
by despair, anger, bitterness and grief.
Try as the pro abortion side might to discredit our voices,
people know the truth, and so do they or they would not be trying to silence us
or think of other ways to make people feel guilty for not supporting abortion.
Jill June, president of Planned Parenthood,Iowa, (another pro
abortion group), says people are not connecting the dots when it comes to
making abortion illegal and criminal penalties of abortion. Ms. June obviously
is not connecting the dots to the harm abortion has caused in the lives of
countless women. But wait, I forgot, Ms.
June and others say we do not feel those things.
How much time should women do? The truth is, the chances of
abortion becoming illegal are very slight and just another fear tactic of the
abortion industry. You have to wonder, why the deafening silence from them when
women die in our country from”safe legal” abortion. Nor do you hear their
outcry when an abortionist maims a woman leaving her unable to havefuture
children. Yet, their voices are loud and clear when it comes to lies,
instilling fear and trying to silence those of us who are speaking out about
abortions devastation in our lives. Just goes to show, that like the lies that
made Roe vs. Wade the law of the land, nothing much has changed. The good news
is people are learning the truth for themselves from the women they know who
Fr Conrad and I are still hoping to lead the Pilgrimage to Medjugore in March. If Our Lady wants it she will make sure it happens in spite of spite the economy.
Here is an interview with the seer Vicka
"...the Madonna is here among us to save our souls, truly. She did not come
in order to boss us "do this, do that or else"... she is here to occupy
herself with our souls, she says that she is the Mother of everyone and
loves everyone, "you do not know how much I love you; if you knew you
would cry for joy". We are still a long way away from her joy... you
understand? All those little things, simple things, she always gives
hope. And then you read her face which she shows you: it is so sad! but
she gives you so much joy! she lifts you up, she gives you strength!
And this is so encouraging." Read the entire interview here: http://holy.harmoniae.com/medj_eng_interview_vicka_dic2008.htm
They have the right idea....truly caring for women. Very powerful videos...The first may be hard to hear as a post abortive person. I know it was hard for me having had a saline abortion myself, however, I am glad through this woman my son has a voice...my son is human. I can see how hard the truth still is for her, When I was listening to her I wanted to say "but you do not know why your mom di dthis...maybe she did not have a choice"
Not that that is an excuse there is not excuse...but there is forgiveness
what courage...I am keeping her in my prayers....and her mom...and all those touched by abortion
We are currently having technical difficulities. There is some kind of short in our lines. Verizon was suppose to fix it but it is 3 days now and it is still not resolved. Our phones and web are affected, so I can only access email from home, we can however receive calls..thank goodness since I would not want to see those looking for help not to be able to reach us.
Thank to Jill Stanek for the link above. The site is such a bunch of lies and garbage it is almost not worth responding too except to say it continues to amaze me that this stuff is out there and not one pro aboriton site has a thing about women injured or killed from so called "safe legal abortions".
I wrote an article when this issue first came up..I have it at work and will post it MOnday....
A great letter to Fordham University by some friends in response to their bestowing the Fordham Stein Ethics prize on Supreme Justice Bryer.
Rev. Joseph M. McShane,
S.J. Office of the President Fordham University 441 East
Fordham Road Bronx, New York, 10458
Dean and Paul Fuller Chair of
Fordham University Law
140 West 62nd
New York, New York
Reverend McShane and Dean Treanor:
I write you
as Advocate for the Agnus Dei Knights of Columbus Council and on behalf of the
Council's Pro-Life Committee, the Council Officers and its membership to state
our opposition toFordham’s decision to bestow
the 2008 Fordham-Stein Ethics Prize upon United States
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on October 29, 2008. Please accept these
comments in the spirit of charity with which they are
is located in the Belmont section of the Bronx in the heart of the Fordham
community. Part of our mission as Knights is to promote the culture of life in
our community and to give material and spiritual support to the many pro-life
apostolates that work so hard to advance the culture of life and serve women in
crisis.Given our pro-life mission and
interest in promoting the culture of life at Fordham and throughout the Bronx,
we offer this statement opposing the honor being given to Justice
We take no
issue with Justice Breyer’s intelligence, scholarship or personal integrity.
However, with respect to the foundational issue of our time,
abortion,he is in direct and
violent conflict with the moral truths of the Catholic Church.
The honor that Fordham intends to bestow upon Justice
Breyer does not promote the culture of life and should therefore be rescinded.
In the event that Fordham does not rescind the honor, the Fordham leadership
should on October 29, 2008 make an unequivocal statement of its commitment to
the legal protection of human life from the moment of conception until natural
in Political Life, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Catholic community and Catholic
institutions should not
honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.
They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support
for their actions.
As you know in Stenberg v.
Carhart, Justice Breyer wrote the opinion for the Supreme Court legitimizing
partial birth abortion, a procedure where the body of the baby is born alive and
while the baby’s head remains in utero, its skull is then torn, perforated and
crushed and then finally a suction used to remove the brains of the baby.
Notably on the question of ethics, Justice Kennedy, in dissent,
noted interalia that American Medical Association publications
describe the partial birth abortion procedure at issue in Stenberg as
considering our opposition to the honor being bestowed upon Justice Breyer we
thought it would be instructive to compare the Fordham statements regarding
Justice Breyer and the Fordham-Stein Ethics Prize with just two recent
statements of United States Bishops regarding the Church’s moral teaching on
On August 8,
2008, Fordham University announced that United States Supreme Court Justice
Stephen Breyer had been selected to receive the 2008 Fordham-Stein Ethics
Prize. Fordham stated as follows: “This national honor, bestowed by Fordham Law’s Stein
Center for Law and Ethics, recognizes one individual each year whose work,
according to the prize's charter, ‘exemplifies outstanding standards of
professional conduct, promotes the
advancement of justice, and brings credit to the profession
by emphasizing in the public
mind the contributions of lawyers to our society and to our
democratic system of government.’”
continued as follows: "Justice Breyer has devoted his life to the public good,” said William Michael Treanor,
dean of Fordham Law. “He was a brilliant, influential, and path-breaking
scholar. His government service before taking the bench was of the highest
quality. As a jurist, hisopinions have
been marked by thoughtfulness, balance, rigor, and a commitment to justice and liberty. He has
been an eloquent and forceful champion of judicial integrity, as we saw this
spring when he participated in a forum on judicial independence at Fordham Law
together with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. In every facet of his extraordinary
career, he has embodied
ideals of the
Fordham-Stein Prize, and he is a superb honoree."
to the honor due our public servants, our own Bishop, His Excellency Cardinal
Edward Egan stated: “We are blessed in the 21st century
with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within
their pregnant mothers. No one with the
slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous
beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the
world outside the womb.” With respect to justice and ethics, His
Excellency continued: “in
simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the
Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the
most basic of ethical reasons.
They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon
the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they
may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for
any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a
civilized democracy worthy of the name.” Justice Breyer has the same ethical
duty as Speaker Pelosi. InStenberg, Justice
Breyer chose to legitimize the killing of the helpless and the innocent; a Catholic institution,
particularly a Catholic institution with the responsibility of educating young
men and women, should not honor such killing.
to devotion to the public good, His Excellency Francis Cardinal George of
Chicago has taught very clearly that the Church’s teaching on the culture
of life “has consequences for those charged with caring for the common good, those who hold public
office. The unborn child, who is alive and is a member of the human
family, cannot defend himself or herself. Good law defends the defenseless. Our
present laws permit unborn children to be privately killed. Laws that place unborn children outside the protection
of law destroy both the children killed and the common good, which is
the controlling principle of Catholic social teaching. One cannot favor the legal status quo on abortion and
also be working for the common good.” Accordingly,
contrary to the Fordham statement, legitimizing partial birth abortion does not
reflect devotion to the public good.
For all these reasons it is difficult to comprehend how Justice
Breyer has embodied the fundamental moral principles of the Catholic church and
the great ideals ofFordham and the Jesuit
We also note
that in Gonzalez v. Carhart, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 2001
Fordham Stein-Ethics prize honoree, in dissent, joined by Justice
Breyer, summarily denied the reality of post-abortion trauma dismissing it as an
“anti-abortion shibboleth.” On the contrary, the voices of these men and women
are real. http://www.abortionchangesyou.com/. Our
Council stands by and pledges our continued support for post-abortion
apostolates such as the Sisters of Life Entering Canaan and Good Counsel Homes
Lumina/Hope & Healing After Abortion. We ask that Fordham also pledge its
support for these wonderful apostolates and the “abortion changes you” outreach
in the spirit of charity, we respectfully request that the Fordham leadership
rescind the honor that Fordham proposes to bestow upon Justice Breyer and that
Fordham make a clear and unequivocal statement of its commitment to the culture
of life and the legal protection of human life from the moment of conception
until natural death. Please know that the Agnus Dei Council is always available
to assist the Fordham community with the advancement of the culture of life and
the civilization of love at Fordham and throughout the community. Please feel
free to call upon us.
I must confess this infuriates me...what does a 12 year old girl know about the consequences of abortion? How can any group think this is ok? My heart breaks for these children (and that is what they are) ....
London, October 20: In a decision laced with
controversy right from the beginning, school girls of 12 years and
above would now be getting tablets for abortions at home, without
needing parental consent, the anti-abortion MPs having abandoned their
Some people may wonder why Good Counsel Homes http://www.goodcounselhomes.org/has Lumina, a
post abortive program that refers those suffering from a past abortion to the
help they need in order to heal. After all, Good Counsel houses homeless
pregnant women who are seeking help in having their unborn children.
As true as this is, a number of the women have also
experienced abortion, and while many may not venture to deal with the pain that
it has caused in their lives, there are those who do want to look, and there
are those whose current emotions and actions are impacted by their past
Lumina also does trainings for clergy, staff, professional
therapists and lay people to educate about post abortion. The importance of the
Good Counsel staff having a knowledge of post abortion stress is invaluable. In
fact it has been key in turning abortion minded women around.
Post abortion trauma manifests itself in many different ways.
Understanding the dynamics helps the staff minister to the moms in ways they
may not otherwise do by making them aware of why there may be certain
Abortion makes women much more vulnerable to repeat abortions,
much more likely to feel they are not deserving of a child, and prone to host
of other dynamics including feeling of being “worthless”, “unforgivable”, and “abandoned”. We
cannot change the past but we can help to mold the future.
We can care for each individual soul, not only because we
want them to give life to their unborn children, but because we manifest
Christ’s love them and see their innate value and dignity as children of God,
something too many in their lives have not done because of their own wounds.
Post abortion may be just one of many issues these women are
dealing with, but it is an important one. Through the caring staff of Good
Counsel, these women can be loved into the arms of Him who is Love, where they
will learn their worth andgain the
courage and knowledge to change their lives.
of course, Luminas work goes far beyond Good Counsel as we reach out to all those suffering from a past abortion in the hope of getting them the help they need to heal.
Please keep Good Counsel and Lumina in your prayers as we strive to continue to be instruments of Gods mercy to others, both before and after abortion
Entering Canaan Entering Canaan is comprehensive post abortion ministry consisting of Day of Prayer & Healing, weekend Retreats and monthly Gatherings. It also includes a yearly "Mercy Renewal Retreat" which enables those involved in the ministry to come aside each year to grow more deeply in their healing and faith.
Lumina Hope & Healing After Abortion A post abortion ministry of Good Counsel, Inc., Lumina provides groups, retreat days, trainings, public speaking, & referrals to post abortion ministries, professional therapists and clergy.
Abortion Recovery International ARIN is an affiliate association, dedicated to connecting and assisting like-minded abortion recovery centers, programs and services; as well as individuals working within the field.
Ramah International Assistance for those hurting from post abortion syndrome through communication, resources, and local referrals.
Project Rachel The Catholic Church's healing ministry for those who have been involved in abortion.
National Office of Reconciliation and Healing A network of researchers and psychotherapeutic professionals working in the field within the U.S. and abroad, consulting on the formation of post-abortion support services within secular and religious settings.
Rachel's Vineyard Rachel's Vineyard retreats combines a unique and creative process for psychological and spiritual healing.
Safe Haven Ministries Safe Haven is a peer site for those who have had abortions to find comfort, hope, understanding, and healing.
Ramah International – Sydna Masse’s Blog
Ramah International, Inc. was founded by Sydna A. Masse, a post-abortive woman who experienced God’s healing touch eleven years after her abortion through a crisis pregnancy center’s ministry program.
After Abortion Life after abortion: News, opinion, personal experience, resources