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If “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”…Why do I Feel Like Such a Scrooge?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Guest Blog by Kevin Burke

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Christmas can be a magical time, especially when enjoying the season through the eyes of children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. However, alongside the lights and festivities, the joy and wonder of this special time, many struggle with a sense of grief and loss.

Sometimes it’s not a pervasive gloom, but more a gnawing melancholy we can fight off by being consumed with all the busyness of the season. You may find yourself (or notice a friend or relative) drinking more than usual at holiday celebrations, dulling an aching pain you would rather avoid.

You don’t have to be an Ebenezer Scrooge to recognize that the expectations for an idealized Hallmark Card Christmas by the fireplace fail to match up to the complex realities, the uncertainty and fear that are part of many of our lives. If we can slow down the Holiday rush for a few minutes, we may discover something important in this great feast. Perhaps the deeper meaning of this Holiday does not require us to deny our grief and pain, but to come to see that this suffering is intimately connected to the Christmas story.

Much of the music and mythology of the holiday highlight an idealized and sanitized version of the Christmas story. But the accounts of the Annunciation and birth of Jesus in the Gospels reveal that God intimately enters human history with a man and woman who are struggling with confusion and fear… just like us.

We know the stories; we have heard them thousands of times. But focus in a special way on the initial response of Mary and Joseph as they learn of God’s invitation to embrace their very mysterious vocation:

The Angel Gabriel is well aware of Mary’s fear when his greets her.

“Do not be afraid Mary…”

And to Joseph:

“Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife…”

Of course they were both confused and afraid. We think of the Christmas story in the context of cozy and warm family gatherings, with cookies baking in the oven. But in the real Christmas story, the lives of Mary and Joseph are in the process of being turned upside down! They will face even more anxiety, fear and uncertainty.

Joseph and Mary, and the life of their newborn child will be threatened with terror and death from a demonically inspired Herod. They face dangerous travel and exile from their hometowns for years to come. They surely were challenged in many ways that the stories do not recount. We know that while their faith in God would prove in time to be rock solid…no doubt that faith and trust in Him was forged in the fires of anxiety and fear. We can imagine that Joseph had other moments of doubt and confusion and would need to remember the Angel’s words of reassurance… “don’t be afraid, God is with you, keep moving ahead…trust in Him.”

Christmas Triggers

We are not so different than Jesus and Mary. Fear, anxiety and depression can at times be part of our own Christmas story…and like Scrooge we may face scary ghosts of Christmas past haunting our sleep as the clock tolls midnight.

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The focus on the Christ Child and the joy of children at Christmas may remind you (or someone you love) of an event in the past when you were overwhelmed with a fear and anxiety and tempted to see abortion as the only “choice.” We remember the loss of a son or daughter, grandchild, or a brother or sister who will never share in the wonder of the Holiday. This can be very much a conscious awareness. However for many this loss is frozen deep under the waters of denial. The Holiday themes trigger those feelings and memories of that lost child, which can be expressed in depression, melancholy and a hunger to remain distracted and busy in the hustle and bustle of the season.

Perhaps this was a child that you longed for in the recesses of your heart, but your partner insisted that abortion was the only rational solution. Like the Holy Family you felt powerless and afraid. You grieve that there was no Saint Joseph in your life to save the child from the modern day Herods of Planned Parenthood. Maybe you’re a man grieving that you failed to be more like Saint Joseph to that vulnerable woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Christmas can be a time when we are acutely aware of the loss of a beloved relative, remember joy-filled memories that have faded…or perhaps painful experiences of family dysfunction which are often magnified at the Holidays. We may be facing the anxiety of health concerns, economic and employment uncertainty, or the breakdown of a marriage.

The Cross Above the Manger

The presence of suffering, death, fear and anxiety need not be denied and suppressed in order to protect some sanitized, idealized Christmas season. If we can learn the intimate connection between the incarnation and birth of our Savior and his suffering on the cross, we may discover in our own suffering the true joy and hope of this holiday.

Fr. Bernhard Speringer shares:

The Gospels…indicate that the Cross above the Manger is more than a mere decoration…The birth and death of Jesus Christ, the Manger and the Cross, belong together indissolubly. God became man in order to die for us as man. God was born in Bethlehem in order to be able to lay down his life on Golgotha out of love for men! Thus the Manger and the Cross form a union. Both the Manger and the Cross are for us the revelation of God’s love.
When our lives are turned upside down by the tsunamis of upheaval and suffering that come unexpectedly and without warning, we can turn to a God that is intimately connected with the suffering of his people. We can come to a deeper understanding of that powerful and precious title of our savior and God born into the anxiety and violence faced by many poor families, and a baby Jesus who would end his life being tortured to death on a cross.

This child’s title is Emanuel – God with Us.

Loneliness and isolation in times of suffering and temptation can blind us to an essential truth of our faith; God is with us in our suffering…intimately present to us in Spirit and in the hearts of those who reach out to us in love.

During the Holidays give the gift to a friend or relative (or to yourself!) of providing an opportunity to share what it is truly on their heart and soul this Christmas season. Acknowledge that while this is a time of joy, you know that they may also be suffering from the loss of a loved one, financial anxieties, and if they have confided in you, a previous abortion. Allow them to share their feelings and memories. If they are in need of deeper healing of a loss like abortion, share with them the good news that this is a perfect time of year to bring this suffering to the Lord, and attend a program for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion in the New Year.

This is the Reason for the Season!

May we draw strength in the year ahead from the courage and faith of the Holy Family. Joseph and Mary, though struggling with fear and anxiety, gave birth to the mission of their Son.

For those healed of abortion loss, like Scrooge on Christmas morning they learn that despair and death do not have the last word!

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They discover in recovery from this wound their own special mission. They respond to a calling to proclaim the truth of their abortion loss and the good news of healing to a Nation and world that desperately needs to hear their message in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Jesus has promised us that in time he will transform all our suffering, into the joy and hope of resurrection to eternal life.

When in the darkness and loneliness of suffering this can seem a very distant hope.

I pray that these words of Christ will fill you with peace and joy…that whatever you are facing, and will face in the days ahead, you can trust that He is indeed Emanuel and is close to you in your suffering, and will transform the darkest shadows of your life with the blinding light of His Glorious Resurrection:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.” The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” Rev: 21

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In Time For Father’s Day, A New Focus On Men And Abortion

Monday, May 19th, 2014

SNMAC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Turning the Hearts of Fathers is a new initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to enlist church leaders to share the good news of forgiveness and recovery to men who have experienced abortion loss. Silent No More is a joint campaign of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life.

The new project has been launched in time for Father’s Day, because men who have lost a child or children to abortion are often more acutely aware of that loss on the holiday that celebrates children’s love and gratitude for their fathers.

“We have learned from fathers who have taken part in an abortion that their experience damaged them as men,” said Kevin Burke, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and coordinator of Turning the Hearts of Fathers. “Abortion attacks the fundamental nature of the gift men bring to the family: a father’s love and protection of the children entrusted to his care. Violating this fundamental law of God can later weaken men in their vocation as husbands, fathers and spiritual leaders at home, in church and in their communities.”

Burke said priests and ministers are often wary of addressing the subject in their ministry and preaching for fear of hurting or alienating those in the congregation who have lost children to abortion. Turning the Hearts of Fathers addresses these concerns with information and resources to reach out with sensitivity and effectiveness. At the website FatherhoodForever.org, clergy will find resources to help them preach about the topic, announcements that can be included in the weekly bulletin and information on abortion recovery programs.

“What a great blessing it will be for our families, churches and nation when the millions of men involved in abortion decisions turn to Christ for healing and restoration,” Burke said.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Pastoral Director of the new initiative, noted that the participation of priests and ministers across the country is vital for the project to succeed.

“Many aspects of abortion are very sensitive, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored,” Father Pavone said. “The impact of abortion on the lives of our people is all the more reason a shepherd must pay attention to these wounds. Ministry involves confronting problems that provoke emotions. Ministry regarding abortion involves nothing less than life and death.”

For interviews with Kevin Burke, Father Pavone or a father willing to speak on the record about his abortion loss, contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or leslie@silentnomore.com.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,715 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,325 gatherings in 48 states and 17 countries. More than 14,979 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 2,014 testimonies posted here, with over 293 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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Please Join Us In The Struggle

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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Tomorrow, Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:00 am, I will join Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in Washington, DC. Standing with others in my role as Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, we will join our brothers and sisters at a Rally for Religious Freedom at the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, 333 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001. Many will be standing with us. Please join us! If you can’t be there in person, please joins us in spirit and prayer!

Hobby Lobby is standing with us as we face the next round of challenges to our stand against the unjust HHS Mandate. On April 29, 2014, Hobby Lobby CEO David Green expressed his solidarity with Priests for Life and the other religious, non-profit groups who, like Hobby Lobby, are challenging the HHS Mandate. In support of PFL, Mr. Green released the following statement:

“The religious freedom of believers of all denominations is under attack. Our family therefore joins in prayerful support of the Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate. As our Hobby Lobby case represents the concerns of businesses, so the Priests for Life case represents the concerns of the religious non-profit groups. Together, we stand against this injustice, and for the law of God.”

Please visit www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate to review links and supporting information and commentary about the HHS Mandate and in particular, the Priests for Life case against the mandate.

Also, oral arguments will be heard in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Ours (PFL) is the first of the religious non-profit cases to have oral arguments heard at the appellate level on the merits.

Priests for Life Attorney Robert Muise, Co-Founder and Chief Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center stated:

“This case with Priests for Life is the lead case for the non-profit religious organizations challenging the mandate similar to how Hobby Lobby is the lead case for the for-profit companies challenging the HHS mandate.”

Meanwhile, global attacks on the lives of infants in the womb and their mothers continue to mount. From their seats of power, some are continuing to distort truth by calling fertility rights torture.

The latest example is that of a U.N. treaty monitoring body distorting truth with a treaty to advance abortion at the Committee on the Convention Against Torture (CAT) during its 52nd Session in Geneva.

This time around, committee members-officially called experts-chastised the Holy See for its opposition to abortion during its review of the Holy See’s report on compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Convention against Torture, CAT). Committee members stated that pro-life opposition to abortion results in torture for women. Actually the opposite is true. Abortion and carcinogenic birth control methods continue to torture and harm the lives of babies and the women who are their mothers.

So truth and liberty are at risk at home and abroad. As an African American woman, the threat to my freedom is under siege with the threat of the HHS mandate looming over my vocation at PFL, and over the plight of my people whom abortion threatens to depopulate because of our skin color.

The CDC’s latest Abortion Surveillance report (Nov. 29, 2013) found that between 2007 and 2010, nearly 36 percent of all abortions in the U.S. were performed on black children, even though blacks make up only 12.8 percent of the population. Another 21 percent of abortions were performed on Hispanics, and an additional seven percent on other minority races. A total of 64 percent of all abortions were on minority groups.

A disproportionate number of Planned Parenthood abortion mills, 79 percent, are in black and other minority neighborhoods; further evidence of the targeting of minorities by the abortion industry.

Women like Tonya Reeves and Lakisha Wilson are dying in these abortion mills. Abortion has also robbed men like boxer Floyd Mayweather of fatherhood.

Dangerous carcinogens contraceptives are harmful to women and are negatively impacting our society. The effects of these contraceptives lead to increased risk of various cancers, infertility, depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, psychological problems, relational problems, and a host of other issues including death.

Abortion has also been linked to cancer and other female disorders.

Please connect the dots. Abortion and applied use of carcinogenic fertility blockers masquerading as “birth control” are acts that repeatedly result in the often painful deaths of a children in the womb and which can inflict lasting negative emotional, physical and psychological consequences on women is real torture. Yet some officials and experts – at home and abroad – continue to chose to ignore these facts, focusing instead to challenge the Prolife Community’s respect for the right to life and opposition to abortion.

The fight for religious freedom, the battle against the unjust HHS Mandate, the UN crusade against fertility, the decimating impact of abortion on the Black community; these are not isolated incidents. They are all part of a war on the rights of children, women, families and the global communities. God help us! This is war! Please pray with us and join us in the march towards victory.

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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada to take part in National March for Life May 8

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

SNMAC

In 2014, 100,000 unborn children in Canada will be put to death at taxpayer expense. The women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada will march for these babies’ lives on May 8 at the National March for Life in Ottawa. And they will march to warn the mothers and fathers of these most innocent victims about the true nature of abortion.

“A woman who chooses abortion will never be the same person she was before making that deadly decision,” said Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Campaign. “We hope that our witness will help change women’s minds before it’s too late. We also want to let other women and men who have made the same choice that we have come to regret, that they are not alone.”

Members of the campaign, carrying signs that declare, “I Regret My Abortion” or “I Regret Lost Fatherhood,” will take part in the March for Life and will give their testimony immediately following, on the steps of Parliament Hill.

This year’s March theme is “RU-4 Life?” and seeks to call attention to the dangers of RU-486, the abortion pill used to kill children in the womb up to nine weeks’ gestation. The Campaign Life Coalition, organizer of the March for Life, is working to keep the drug out of Canada.

“This drug has killed more than a dozen women in the United States, and those are just the cases we know of,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and executive director of Priests for Life, who will travel to Ottawa from New York again this year to march and speak at the Campaign gathering. “This is a drug that is lethal to children and to their mothers. Canada has to protect its borders from RU-486.”

Dale Barr, Silent No More regional coordinator for Eastern Ontario, said the testimony of the women and men of the campaign has a significant impact. Of the estimated 25,000 people who took part in last year’s march, about half stayed to hear the testimonies.

“When people are listening,” she said, “minds and hearts are being changed.”

To arrange interviews with any of the Silent No More leaders, please call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com

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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Where is the Love? Rolling Stone, Planned Parenthood and Overzealous Pro-Life Camp Controversy Pours Salt on Old Wounds

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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When Rolling Stone magazine published Lauren Rankin’s “The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion”, what we discovered was a misstatement of the position of the reasonable voices of proponents of life and natural women’s health. Among the so called “lies” the article lists are “Abortion causes breast cancer,” “Most women regret having an abortion,” and “Abortion is psychologically damaging to women.”

If you read the article, you will discover that there is a lot of pain and frustration on both sides of the line. The pro-choice voices believe that they represent the reproductive rights of the women who go there to the abortion clinic to be rid of the lives in their wombs. The pro-life voices believe that they are there to protect the women and their babies. One thing that both sides get right; women need respect and protection; but from what? And where are the civil rights for the babies and even the fathers? Most importantly, where is the love?

Here is the truthful platform of pro-life combined with pro-women advocacy groups:

Many women regret abortions. I am one of the women who experienced abortion and live to regret it.

Abortion and carcinogenic birth control – more appropriately termed “fertility blockers” are linked to breast cancer.

In many cases, abortion has been found to be linked to cases of suicide, depression and other psychological disorders.

In many cases where physical and psychological issues are noted in post-abortive women, it is often also noted that no such issues were present in the lives of these mothers prior to their abortions.

Added to these facts are the truth that fathers also suffer damaging psychological effects after their children are aborted.

In her book RECALL ABORTION, Janet Morana uncovers the duplicitous agenda of the pro-abortion industry, debunking lies such as those told by Rolling Stone and Planned Parenthood.

SNMA spokesman Kevin Burke and Oil of Joy Ministries have documented case studies of links to abortion and incarceration.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion is often behind many reports and studies such as this one by Rolling Stone.

What Planned Parenthood and their advocates refuse to admit is that abortion numbers in New York and Mississippi are upside down with more African American babies being aborted than born. In 2010 in Georgia, my home state, 53% of all abortions were on Black mothers and babies; with a distant 23% on Hispanic minorities, and 24% on Caucasian and “others.”

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Finally, let’s remember that the driving force behind the HHS mandate which seeks to force tax payers and the working class to fund fertility blockers and easy access to abortion is Planned Parenthood’s never satisfied lust for our money and our blood.

These lies of the abortion industry hide behind clever promises to end poverty and improve our quality of life. As Father Frank Pavone often asks: “How can killing the poor serve the poor?” He has been reminding us for years that “we are our brothers’ keepers.” I add that we are also our sisters’ and our daughters’ keepers. I don’t know about you, but my daughters and granddaughters; my sons and grandsons need good jobs and good education; not the pain and suffering that are often linked to abortion and carcinogenic birth control.

Let’s end the word games and face the facts. Abortion kills babies and hurts mothers and fathers. Stop the lies. Defund Planned Parenthood. Stop the HHS Mandate. Recall abortion. Let’s make love and life, not war on the wombs of women.

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NARAL Donors Will Pass Through a Gauntlet of Regret En Route to Roe “Celebration”

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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January 30, 2014

Contact:
Leslie Palma 347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When NARAL Pro-Choice America and its supporters meet in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 4 to celebrate 41 years of legal abortion – and the 55 million children killed since 1973 – the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will be there to provide a dose of the truth.

For the ninth consecutive year, Nancy Tanner, regional coordinator for Northern Virginia, and other women from the campaign will hold their iconic signs that say, “I Regret My Abortion,” both before and after the dinner at the Washington Hilton.

“The NARAL attendees – who in the past have included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many of the nation’s top pro-choice lawmakers – have to pass through this silent gauntlet before they can ‘celebrate’ the fact that millions of American women have been hurt by this procedure,” said Ms. Tanner. “We don’t speak a word, but we know they hear our message.”

In the past, she said, women headed into the banquet will say quietly to her that they, too, regret their abortions, then urge her to keep her message to herself.

“This is the truth of abortion,” she said. “Even women who call themselves pro-choice know this procedure is bad for women, but they are afraid to speak out. We are not afraid to tell the truth.”

Ms. Tanner said women — men are welcome as well — from the campaign will meet at the hotel at 6:30 p.m., with their signs. After all the NARAL party-goers are inside, the Silent No More contingent will have dinner at another location, but will be back in position before the abortion celebration is over.

“It’s not an easy thing to be among these women who are so hostile to our message,” Ms. Tanner said. “But it’s vital they see us there. We can’t miss an opportunity to bring them face-to-face with the truth.”

Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, said the pro-choice movement is built on the assumption that abortion is a good choice for women.

“But the women who have actually made that choice know it was the worst decision they could have made,” she said. “That’s why they are Silent No More.”

To arrange an interview with Ms. Tanner, contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or leslie@silentnomore.com

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Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,715 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,325 gatherings in 48 states and 17 countries. More than 14,979 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 2,014 testimonies posted here, with over 293 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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From Inside the Walls of a Prison, a Story of Abortion Regret

Friday, January 17th, 2014

SNMAC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Can an abortion experience play a role in a man’s descent into criminal activity?

The answer is yes, according to inmates at a maximum correctional facility in Florida.

The Diocese of Palm Beach has begun offering the abortion recovery program Rachel’s Vineyard for men at the Martin Correctional Institution who feel they need healing for the role they played in an abortion. And this year, for the first time ever, the testimony of an inmate will be read during the Silent No More Awareness Campaign gathering at the March for Life.

Kevin Burke, leader of Silent No More’s Fatherhood Forever initiative, will read the testimony.

“I had the opportunity earlier this month to spend time with some of the inmates who are involved in Rachel’s Vineyard in Florida, and I saw with my own eyes the transformation taking place within the prison walls,” Burke said. “When 100 inmates were asked if they had ever played a role in an abortion, and if it affected their lives, an astonishing 90 percent said yes. This speaks volumes about how abortion is affecting our whole society.”

Approximately 60 women and men from Silent No More also will give their testimony during the annual gathering, which takes place in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building immediately after the March for Life.

“It takes an amazing amount of courage and commitment for these post-abortive women and men to stand up in front of hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates to say ‘I regret my abortion,’ or ‘I regret my lost fatherhood,’ but they have been doing it every year since 2003,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More. “They do it because they want people to know the truth about abortion. They are the voice of experience.”

“We want to share the truth and be part of the culture of change,” said Silent No More co-founder Georgette Forney, who had an abortion when she was a teenager. “We don’t want another 40 years of legal abortion in this country. It hurts too much.”

To arrange interviews with anyone from Silent No More, or to find out if someone from your area will be speaking at the gathering, please contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or leslie@silentnomore.com

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,715 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,325 gatherings in 48 states and 17 countries. More than 14,979 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 2,014 testimonies posted here, with over 293 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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Dear Ms. Tierce: Abortion is Not Normal

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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“Today is a day of trouble, insults and disgrace. It is like when a child is ready to be born, but the mother has no strength to deliver the baby.” Isaiah 37:3

Merritt Tierce, executive director of the Texas Equal Access Fund, when asked what the impact of Texas’s new pro-life laws will be, said that more women will use misoprostol to self-abort, but also, “Many women will continue unwanted pregnancies because they have no other options. Because of the shame and stigma that surround abortion, we may not hear these stories in detail; however we know that, historically, this is what happens when abortion access is restricted.”

Ms. Tierce neglected to speak about the millions of women who have been harmed by botched abortions, and the hundreds of women who have died because of abortions gone bad. She didn’t say that Planned Parenthood’s myth of “safe, legal and rare abortions” is an outright lie. And of course she didn’t speak out about the over 55 million babies dead by abortion since the passage of Roe VS Wade which made abortion legal, lethal and large.

She did however add that “the only way to make abortion acceptable” is for post-abortive women who “just [didn’t] want to have a baby right now” to speak up so that abortion is “normalized.” Once again, she overlooks the thousands of women, myself included, who do speak up about how we regret our abortions. She makes no mention of course of the millions of men who regret lost fatherhood.

Abortion and harmful contraceptives are not normal. They are not natural. They hurt people, and kill people, especially babies. We must act now! We must continue to tell the truth about abortion and its impact on our lives. We must connect the dots between abortion, racism and sexual perversion.

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Dragging their lies behind them…

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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“What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them with ropes made of lies, who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!” Isaiah 5:18 (NLT)

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep, And can’t tell where to find them; Leave them alone,
And they’ll come home, Dragging their tails (tales) behind them. “Little Bo-Peep”

Somehow this scripture and the nursery rhyme I learned when I was a little girl keep running into each other in my spirit. The sheep are the lost souls who are thirsty for truth; yet instead of meeting Jesus, the Good Shepherd, they are being deceived by wolves in sheep’s clothing. Not only has Bo-Peep lost her sheep, The Church (every denomination included) has lost God’s Sheep.

Of course there is a major difference between the Bible and Nursery Rhymes. The Bible is the Word of God. Nursery Rhymes are friendly little human inspired teaching tools often connected to fable and conjecture. The Bible has eternal power to liberate us from our fears and problems. Nursery rhymes are not nearly that reliable. For example, while Bo-Peep knows that the sheep are lost and we do too; unlike Bo-Peep, we know where to find the lost sheep – the least of these. It’s just that too many of us are caught up in concerns about material gains, what we are going to eat, where we are going to sleep, political idolatry (masquerading as political correctness and worshipping the created U. S. Constitution rather than our God who created it) and all other types of things that we are too busy to open our eyes and see the sheep and feed the sheep the Good News!

What got me started on this train of writing is that Isaiah recognized that people are dragging lies along and deceiving the people, and the sheep in Bo-Peep’s song are out there dragging their tales of woe without discovering solutions to their problems. It is very obvious therefore that the human solutions, the suggestion that we should just leave the sheep alone, or file some more law suits and pass some more bills will all work out and the sheep will find their way back to sanity.

This is exactly what we have been doing for the past 50 years since The March on Washington and the I HAVE A DREAM speech. We have allowed something (the sower of discord actually) to confuse the global awareness of the connection of God to everything, and drink from the sewer of so called “separation of church and state.” We have allowed the sin of racism to continue (failing to humbly admit that we are not separate races, but one human blood/race as stated in Acts 17:26), we have allowed prayer to be banned from schools, babies to be aborted by the millions, natural marriage and family to be ridiculed, and all too many of us remain silent and fearful of losing the favor of other humans.

While many of us continue to secretly meet our spiritual obligations to pray for all those in authority (and even those who wish to be) behind closed doors, we are still silent in the public square and at the voting booths. We must remember that we cannot turn away from our civic duty to vote for and elect God fearing leaders. It would be foolish to come off the wall and to turn away from these responsibilities. If we have abandoned these duties, I am urging us to reprioritize our thinking, our actions and yes, our praying.

I was with Larry and Doris Tomczak of theeawarenessgroup.com recently. God breathed on His assignment to us to “awaken the people to truth.” Using my 3 Headed Monster Chart, we discussed the connection among racism, reproductive genocide and sexual perversion. All three human states of rebellion defy God’s loving desire for a family and God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply.”

The racist basically says this: “I might (not I will) be fruitful and multiply… I might have sex with the opposite sex and make babies, but only on my terms. If the sexual partner doesn’t look like me, have the same skin color and other qualifying factors, then no – I will not be fruitful and multiply. I will not agree with and accept that we are to be brothers and sisters, that we are one human blood/race.” (Acts 17:26)

The reproductive genocide mindset says this: “I may or may not have sex or use artificial means for the purpose of conceiving children. I will not accept that the initial design for human sexuality has always been for procreation. I will do as I wish. It is my life, my egg or my sperm. It is my body. I will take surgical and chemical means to have my way, even if it hurts babies, women and families and society at large. If I am a woman and become pregnant, I will believe the lies of abortion minded facilitators and abort the babies. I will risk breast cancer, cervical cancer, strokes, heart attacks and other hidden dangers to stand for the right to choose death over life.” The solution? Choose Life. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

The sexual perversion camp pretty much says: “I will do whatever feels good no matter the consequences to myself or others. I was born this way, and so God must want me this way. I do not want to know that God made a way for me to conform with God’s plan for procreation – that I can be Born Again. I would rather believe the lie that God creates sickness, disease and sexual perversion. I’m not sure that I even want to know who did create all of the problems in the world.” What many do not understand is that all human beings are born into sin. (Psalms 51:5) Too many people don’t believe this, that’s why sickness, disease, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, child molestation and abuse, rape, incest, pornography and other even darker human conditions are all connected to this link in the tail (tale) that is being dragged along behind all too many deceptions. The solution? Born into the Human Condition? Be born again. (John 3:7)

All too many accept evil as good and good as evil. For instance, dragging their lies and deceptions along, Planned Parenthood doles out death and tries to sell the package in a glittering lie called “family planning.” Sounds like what the snake did to Eve thousands of years ago. He told her that if she ate the forbidden, she would not die. Well, she died, just like millions of aborted babies and hundreds of their mothers died from abortions. Parents ate the forbidden lies of the abortionists, and millions have died, sadly legally since 1973. And yet, people invite PPH to their churches and rallies and accept their free condoms, tainted “grant monies (many of which are obtained from our tax dollars) and all of the other trappings that promise happiness and bring sadness.

As I point out the obvious, that there are wolves when we need good shepherds, please don’t be discouraged. We are actually winning this battle. In the ongoing commitment to encourage and equip you, I want to recommend a new book by a new friend Dr. Penny Smith: The Second Woman Bible Study: Healing from Intimate Partner Violence and Post-Abortion Grief

Also, please visit my website at africanamericanoutreach.com for the new updates and videos and other tools that can assist you in fighting the good fight.

Finally, as we move away from the long hot summer towards Thanksgiving and Christmas, and next year towards the March for Life, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Black History Month and yes, the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Acts, we can see that we have a lot ahead of us. I’m praying that we will not be like Bo-Peep and say we don’t know how to find the lost sheep – the sheep like Miley Cyrus who seems not to be aware of and understand the beauty and preciousness of her sexuality; like NBA “power couple” Udonis Haslem and Faith Rein who announced their abortion at their wedding; like all of the precious young people who are chanting against God at rallies these days – yes, like all of the millions who are lost in darkness and need to see the bright light of Agape Love and hope. The truth is this. If we leave them alone, they can’t come home. They’ll just keep dragging their tales behind them. Please pray with me and wake up before the dream really becomes a nightmare!

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Mom’s Pro-Life Activism Began When She Named Her Aborted Child

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

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May 8, 2013
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Contact:
Angelina Steenstra – 646-330-9749
Leslie Palma – 347-286-7277

Claudette Breton is part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign

In the dream there is a glass house, and inside, a baby. The interior of the house is on fire, and there is no way in. The baby will surely die.

This recurring nightmare so tortured Claudette Breton in the days immediately following her abortion in 1975 that she stopped going to bed at night.

“In my heart, I knew what I had done was wrong,” said Ms. Breton, who will take part in her second National March for Life tomorrow in Ottawa with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada.

The resident of Sault St. Marie, Ontario, was 21 years old when she confided to her mother that she was pregnant. Finding no support for continuing her pregnancy, she decided on abortion. The laws in Canada then were a bit stricter than today’s no-holds-barred policy, so Ms. Breton prepared to meet with three doctors who would determine her fate. But there was only one doctor in the office whose décor she remembers in minute detail, and he asked only two questions before sending her on her way: Did she know who the father was, and what did her parents think? A week later, she was informed that her “procedure” had been approved.

She felt empty when she got the news, but that emptiness soon was momentarily replaced by the first movements of the child in her womb. “I knew I was pretty far along to have felt that flutter.”
Unlike her crystal clear memories of her interview with the doctor who would approve her abortion, she has very few memories of the procedure itself. She does remember a nurse telling her not to cry, that it would be over soon.

“Thirty-eight years later,” she said, “it still wasn’t over. I felt like a totally different person. I had such a cold heart.”

Years of self-destructive behaviors followed, but she never linked her behavior to her abortion.
“I never talked about it and I never acknowledged it,” Ms. Breton said. “My mother was the only other person who knew.” She had never even told the baby’s father, or her own.

She was drinking heavily after the abortion and finally reached a point where she knew she had to get sober or die. Soon after that she met her future husband, Yvan Breton. A year after their wedding, she suffered a miscarriage and then began years of fertility treatments that were complicated by an uncommon uterine condition. Finally, five years after her marriage, she found out she was pregnant.

“When I saw the baby on the ultrasound, it didn’t stir up any emotion. ” she recalled. When her son Julien, now 18, was born, she had no feelings at all when they put him in my arms.

Ms. Breton’s experience is not unique. Of the thousands of testimonies shared by post-abortive women at the Silent No More Awareness Campaign website, many touch on these same themes: destructive behaviors, bonding difficulties with future children, feelings of disconnection.

Her journey to healing began when she went back to church and confessed her abortion to a priest. She felt an enormous weight falling away when she was granted absolution, and when the priest suggested she name her baby. “The name Melissa popped into my head. That was the first step.”
She had not planned to become a pro-life activist, but step by step, that’s the road she’s been on since 2011. First she had to tell her husband about the abortion, and then she had to tell Julien about the sister he would never know, and of her plans to speak at the National March for Life in Ottawa last year.

“He told me he was very proud.”

This year, Ms. Breton will march with Julien, and while she will not be sharing her testimony with the other women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, she will be there with a message:

“You can get forgiveness from God, but you’ve got to forgive yourself. I made a choice when I was 21 years old and I aborted my baby. Her name was Melissa. Facing that is what enables me to speak openly about my choice, and to forgive myself.”

To set up an interview with Ms. Breton, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email leslie@priestsforlife.org

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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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