Archive for the ‘Healing’ Category

Boots on the Ground at Gosnell Trial

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Alveda Day and other pro-life leaders

I’m with a PFL TEAM at the murder trial for abortionist Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, PA. See photo with Day Gardner and other pro-life leaders. [sorry about the quality]

The trial was postponed because the defense attorney is sick. If the attorney is able to work tomorrow I will be here reporting on the proceedings.

Make sure to follow on FB and Twitter for updates. In the meantime read this great blog from my co-worker Kevin Burke, MSS/LSW who offers a unique perspective that you aren’t seeing anyone else report.

Kevin Burke is a licensed social worker, Co-Founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries and a Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life. He is a graduate of The Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work.

Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here: A Descent Into Hell and Trauma at the Gosnell Trial

I spent April 18th 2013 inside a Philadelphia Courtroom with the notorious late term abortionist Kermit Gosnell along with lawyers, jurors, court personnel and witness Kareena Cross who worked at Gosnell’s “medical center.” Ms Cross presented the majority of the testimony of that day.

Based on that experience, I am recommending that a warning banner be posted above the entrance to the courtroom with the chilling words the poet Dante placed at the entrance to the gates of Hell in his epic Divine Comedy…Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here. Dante’s epitaph would also have been well placed at the entrance to the Gosnell Women’s Medical Center in West Philadelphia as an impassioned plea to dissuade all the unfortunate mothers and their unborn children from entering this place of darkness.

To call Gosnell’s abortion business a medical center is like . . .

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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Launches ‘Men Regret Lost Fatherhood’

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign has launched Men Regret Lost Fatherhood, a new initiative for men who have taken part in an abortion and are coping with feelings of remorse.

Beginning today, visitors to SilentNoMoreAwareness.org can click on the photo icon for “Men and Abortion” at the top of the page to be taken to the new platform, which offers resources, information and support for men who regret their lost fatherhood.

“Our goal is to reach out to broken and hurting fathers who regret lost fatherhood and are searching for help,” said Kevin Burke, LSW, a pastoral associate with Priests for Life and Silent No More, and the co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries. “Experience has shown that many men hurting from the loss of a child to abortion think they are alone in their suffering. The new platform is a way of increasing our message for men who come to the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that they are not alone, that healing is available and they are an essential part of our overall outreach.”

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney decided to launch Men Regret Lost Fatherhood in April to coincide with Abortion Recovery Awareness Month.
“No matter what role men had in an abortion – whether they suggested it, supported it, insisted on it or stood silently by – the feelings they experience afterward can leave them uncertain of where to turn for help,” the co-founders said. “Our hope is that Men Regret Lost Fatherhood will be where they come to find validation of their feelings after abortion and resources for recovery.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign was founded in 2002. Since then, its public gatherings – including the March for Life in Washington D.C. – have included the testimonies of an increasing number of men. With Men Regret Lost Fatherhood organizers hope to call more men like Matt Clinger to share the truth of their abortion loss.
“I lost the chance to be a father twice because I was not man enough to stand up for my children in the womb,” said Matt, who serves as a spokesman for the Campaign. “I medicated the shame I felt from the abortion with alcohol, pornography and a trail of dishonesty. But today, with the thought of my two children rooting me on, I am hoping to reach out to other men who are still suffering in silence.”

The new platform is an outgrowth of the Fatherhood Forever Foundation, which was founded in 2005 by Jason Baier, a post-abortive father who recognized that men like him had few places to turn for help.

“Our hope is that the international scope of Silent No More will help us reach all the men who regret their lost fatherhood with a message of hope and healing,” Burke said. “Pro-choicers tell us that abortion is a woman’s choice, but two people created that life, and both of them, along with their unborn children, suffer the consequences of that choice.”

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Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,612 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,195 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries. More than 12,865 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,718 testimonies posted here, with over 214 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Surrender The Secret

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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New reality show highlights Christ as the true Healer for post-abortive women.

Additionally, for over 18 years Rachel’s Vineyard had been provide Christ-centered healing retreats for post-abortive women.

For over 10 years many women from Silent No More Awareness Campaign have spoken out about how abortion has impacted their lives negatively and how they found healing through the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Again, Surrender The Secret is a welcomed new ministry and may God continue to increase the healing resources for post-abortion.

For more information on the history of abortion and how women are uniting and fighting back read Recall Abortion by Janet Morana.

If you are post-abortive it’s time to release yourself from the chains of your secret and let yourself start to live life to its fullest.

God loves you. He always has and always will. Find peace in His arms.

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From Broken To Rejoicing

Friday, January 11th, 2013

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Black Jesus“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Many times we talk to God. broken and despairing. We can sometimes feel that we are so unlovable that even God will not receive us. Beloved, this is not true. He is waiting with open arms. Seek His healing and forgiveness. I did.

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What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

November 27, 2012

Contact: Allan E. Parker
210-614-7157
info@txjf.org

PRESS ADVISORY AND RELEASE

WHO: Experts Including Women Hurt By Abortion
WHAT: Media Briefing
WHERE: National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
WHEN: December 4, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ISSUE: The Impact of Abortion on Women, Families, and Society

Washington, D.C. – On December 4, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., an impressive and diverse group of experts and witnesses with personal experience of abortion will present a three hour media briefing and background session on the topic: “What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?”

The purpose of the briefing is to provide access to a broad spectrum of experts, including women hurt by abortion, for news media preparing news stories regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. All presenters will make their written statements available to be used in any format, without embargo. Presenters will provide evidence, documentation and background material that will assist all reporters in preparing thoughtful analytical pieces that present both sides of the issue of legalized abortion. The event is being hosted by The Justice Foundation.

Operation Outcry is a project of The Justice Foundation and has now collected over 5,200 legally admissible testimonies from women of how their abortion hurt them. Five of these women will present their individual abortion stories showing the diverse range of experiences of abortion and its aftermath. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited Operation Outcry’s testimonies for the proof that “some women come to regret aborting the infant life they once created and sustained…” “Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.” Gonzales v. Carhart (2007).

Speakers include: (full bios will be available on www.40yearsafterabortion.org by Dec. 4)

“Abortion Hurt Me Personally and Millions of Others” – Carmen Pate (Senior Director of Community in Action with Truth in Action) and Operation Outcry Women Hurt by Abortion- Myra Myers, Rebecca Porter, Julie Thomas and Cindy Collins

“Scientific Evidence That Abortion Hurts Women” – Dr. Martha Shuping, MD, Psychiatrist

“Impact of Abortion on African-American Community” – Dr. Alveda King, National  Spokesperson for Silent No More Awareness Campaign

“Impact of Abortion on Women’s Health, Millions of Pre-Term Births” – Dr. Freda  McKissic Bush, MD, FACOG practicing OB-GYN in Jackson, Mississippi; Fellow in the  American College OB-GYN

“Abortion Causes Breast Cancer” – Dr. Angela Lanfranchi MD FACS, Breast Cancer  Surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and certified by the American  Board of Surgery; Co-Founder and President of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute

“Impact of Abortion on Men” – Kevin Burke, Rachel’s Vineyard Licensed  social worker; Co-Author of “Redeeming A Father’s Heart-Men Share Powerful Stories  of Abortion Loss and Recovery”

“Abortion Has Corrosively Politicized the Supreme Court” – Allan Parker, Attorney and  President, The Justice Foundation; Co-Host, “Faces of Abortion” Television Program;  former Professor of Law

Jeanneane Maxon, VP of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United  for Life;

“40 Years of Abortion Has Politicized Medicine and Science” – Dr. Byron C. Calhoun,  MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA; Diplomate Board Certified by the American Board of  Obstetrics and Gynecology in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the sub- specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; authored over 70 peer review articles in the  Obstetric and Gynecologic literature

“Are We Better Off After 40 Years?” – Georgette Forney, Co-Founder of Silent No More  Awareness Campaign

“Promises Unkept: 40 Years of Legal Abortion Has Failed to Lower Child Abuse, Crime, and Out of Wedlock Births” – Michael New, Assist. Professor of Political Science,  Master’s degree in Statistics and a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford  University in 2002

“Abortion in New York (Abortion Capital USA): Painful Lessons” – Christopher Bell, President, Good Counsel

“Abortion Has Caused Increased Violence Against Women” – Molly White, Founder and Director of Women for Life International – USA

“Abortion’s War on Possibility and the Beauty of Adoption” – Ryan Scott Bomberger, Chief  Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation (exposed the disproportionate impact of  abortion in the Black community and the racism of Planned Parenthood; adoptee and  adoptive father)

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Black leaders release new report, urging DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The National Black Prolife Coalition, has released a new report on the harmful impact of abortion. Visit the website for the latest on the report which was released on Capitol Hill. Click here National Black Prolife Colation

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Rules of the Game: Stay in your lane

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Can anyone imagine Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. blowing up an abortion clinic? Please think about this; a statesman and a preacher, both were professed African American (or Negros in their day) Christians. These two men lived in different eras, they did not share common vocations, and yet many would agree that they delivered their inspiring and uplifting messages with dignity and courage. When you heard them speak, you didn’t want to destroy life, you wanted to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

I’m asking this question about Douglass and King because for some reason, the prolife community is often perceived to be a bunch of kooks who go around blowing up abortion mills and baby killing centers. In all actuality, the first people known to blow up an abortion mill were Black Panthers in the 20th century. They considered abortion to be a genocidal threat to the Black community, and attempted to curtail the scourge. Again, I am not advocating their choice of methods.

These types of misconceptions, that prolife people are violent should be corrected. For the most part, members of the Prolife Movement are nonviolent. There are, however various discrepancies regarding messaging and methods among the various branches of the Prolife Movement. Sometimes, these issues create tension that could generally be avoided if we could only learn and follow the rules of the game and stay in our own lane.

There is a process that many sane people regard. This process can be identified as “knowing how to drive, following the rules, and staying in your lane.” When people are taught to drive, they learn that both respect and courtesy for the other drivers are very important if one wishes to stay alive while driving. Generally, people who drive on the roads of life are not usually going the same place, even if they are sometimes driving in the same direction. Yet, the common goal is generally a desire to get where one is going safely and on time.

These same principles should be regarded in any movement, especially the Prolife Movement. For example, I am post abortive, and am a strong supporter of speaking out regarding the harms of abortion and also advocating post abortion healing. I do however have some friends who feel that it is more important to teach women to remain abstinent or celibate until they are ready to become mothers. I happen to agree that abstinence is a major strategy in the prolife message and choose not to contend with those who have a predominately abstinence ministry. In other words, it would not be in my lane to ask them to stop delivering their abstinence message and do a post abortion healing message because that is more important. Both messages are important.

Staying in our lanes helps all the bases to be covered. Some will do voter registration. Good! Some will write letters to Congress. Good! Some will pray at abortion mills. Good! Some will operate pregnancy care centers. Good! Some will file necessary law suits! Some will donate diapers, milk, clothes, booties, etc. Good! All of us can pray, and all of us can donate time and money to the cause! Did I miss your lane? Is there some contribution you are making that isn’t covered here? Please let me know! Your work is very important, and we need to know you!

The main thing is, on God’s highway, the sanctity of life has drivers in all lanes and therefore the bases are covered! Let us be mindful to be supportive in prayer, respectful in serving and courteous when we have differing opinions and methods. There are no big I’s and little You’s in God’s kingdom after all.

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Please pray for Mama King’s Women’s Ministry

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Titus 2:3-4 “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”

Every year, I am a guest speaker at a women’s conference sponsored by the First Lady of our church, Believers’ Bible Christian Church. Mrs. Anna McNair has been leading the women on a “Women’s Advance” each summer for 23 years. Along with this special time of ministry, “Mama King” also mentors young women regarding life and the grace of Jesus.

Sometimes, people call me a hypocrite saying that because I am a three time divorcee, and a post abortive mother, I don’t have anything to say to women today. Well, I do have a grateful and humble testimony about the love and forgiveness of God and the transforming power of the Blood of Jesus. How God anointed Alveda King, who has a testimony like the Woman at the Well and the Woman caught in the Act, how God anointed Mama King to tell the truth and shame the devil!

God has set me free, and now as a mother and a grandmother, I am teaching my children, the people God allows me to humbly mentor, and groups of women on how to love themselves, their husbands and children, and to love and obey God.

Along these lines, I will be ministering to a Women’s group in Manassas, VA this weekend at Reconciliation Community Church where Pastor John Peyton is Senior Pastor. Since I joined his pilgrimage to Israel as the guest of a mutual dear friend who is co-sponsor to the Israel mission ministry, Pastor John continues to be an inspiration in the prolife ministry and a force to be reckoned with!

Also, I met one of my Facebook friends, Jennifer Washington face to face. Her testimony is so powerful: She had an abortion and for many years was depressed and sad about her decision. She has been a friend on Facebook and had learned about Rachel’s Vineyard from my own experience. She said that I “have been so instrumental in my coming out from the darkness and speaking out about my testimony. I even attended a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat because of your work. We are Rachael’s Vineyard “sisters” and she is a vessel of honor used by God to tell the truth and shame the devil.

Our mutual goal of leading souls to Christ and sharing God’s love by the power of the Holy Spirit is such a blessing.

Have a blessed weekend everyone!

(Titus 2:1-5 ESV)

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“A Voice for Life “, A Must See Movie About Survival

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Melissa Ohden is an abortion survivor and has a remarkable story to share. I first met her when she visited the Priests for Life offices last year.

A friend of mine asked me to promote this film. Here is what he said about it.

I have previewed the 1 hour film “A Voice For Life.” Every pregnancy resource center should have a copy! I have found it to be a unique, sensitive, compassionate and realistic presentation of a woman, who, as a 7 month fetus, survived a Saline Abortion. This story is a very best expression of our pro-life ideals and desires and ministry. Melissa Ohden has done a wonderful job of telling her story in a way that sanctifies life, honors God, and meets the needs of many hurting people. I found it interesting that many post-abortive women received a measure of healing from hearing Melissa’s story, and a number of them emotionally “adopted” her in place of the child they had aborted, giving them some measure of comfort in their pain.

Melissa is available to speak at events. Contact info and bio is found at: http://www.melissaohden.com/bio

This is a wonderful website. Check out the “media” link for a number of video clips detailing victories over abortion.

The website to obtain the one hour video is www.avoiceforlife.com.

View the trailer now!

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Fibromyalgia, Abortion and artificial/invasive birth control chemicals and procedures… Really?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Philip Ney relates the story of a patient of his who developed fibromyalgia, which causes chronic pain without any apparent cause. He found that she had undergone an abortion just before this pain began, and since then, has developed a theory that in some cases, the pain of fibromyalgia may in fact be caused by chemicals released by the aborted baby’s flesh when it is torn apart. These chemicals cross the placenta, and lodge in the mother’s nervous system. In reality, she is feeling not her own pain, but that of her aborted child. We have not yet begun to understand all the implications of abortion, and of how destroying a child in the womb destroys the rest of us.

Let’s pray that our society may forsake abortion and find healing.

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