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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Travels to Rome

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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Priests for Life leaders to teach a bioethics course on the ways
abortion wounds families, communities

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, will travel to Rome this week for various meetings at the Vatican, and to teach a class on “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion” at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum during its 15th annual International Bioethics Summer Course.

Regina Apostolorum is one of the pontifical universities established by and operated directly under the authority of the Vatican.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is an initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that aims to raise awareness of all the different groups of people impacted by abortion.

“Every abortion is an explosive event in the lives of the mother and father and those closely connected to that decision,” said Father Pavone. “But the shockwaves deeply touch all those who are part of abortion decisions and procedures — grandparents, siblings, extended families, friends, pro-life advocates, and even abortion providers and clinic workers. The heartache and remorse felt by these people reaches deeply into our society — our schools, our health care and legal systems, our economy and our communities.”

Mrs. Morana noted that this year, the theme of the bioethics course is “Family, Education and Society,” and the message of Shockwaves dovetails precisely with this focus.

“Abortion leaves an indelible mark on the family,” she said. “But what we try to do with Shockwaves is to show how healing is available for anyone who has taken part in or been impacted by the death of a child.”

Father Pavone added, “This really is a wound for the whole family and healing has to be for the whole family.”
The Shockwaves campaign was launched in January 2015 at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. For the first time ever, a former abortionist and former clinic workers marched alongside the women and men who chose abortion and later regretted it.

“Abortion is not an American anomaly,” Mrs. Morana said. “Children are being killed all over the world and their families and communities are being impacted. Our hope is that this international class of students will bring the message of Shockwaves home with them.”

Those who minister to individuals and families will gain insight into how abortion grief affects those with whom they work, Father Pavone said. “An awareness of the Shockwaves will help them in their ministry.”

While in Rome, Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana will connect with Priests for Life staff at their Rome office, and will meet with Vatican officials involved in pro-life work, including Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life and an architect of St. Pope John Paul’s 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” – the Gospel of Life.

“Cardinal Sgreccia is one of the key voices in the Church for pro-life,” Father Pavone said.

Meetings also are planned with Rome-based media outlets, Father Pavone said. “Priests for Life continues to collaborate with these outlets to disseminate pro-life news and commentary to an international audience.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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ExposeAbortion.com Effort Launched in Response to Supreme Court Decision

Monday, June 27th, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that his organization is re-launching and intensifying ExposeAbortion.com, by which the abortion industry will be exposed to the light of day and the conscience of the American public.

“Obviously, the Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt demonstrates that not enough people know and care about the fact that the abortion industry is an unscrupulous, unregulated industry that cares no more for women than for the children it kills and throws away,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Consistent with our approach to abortion over the last 25 years, we will increase our efforts to expose it. ExposeAbortion.com will be the central focus for efforts, both online and in the streets, in legislators and in courts, in churches and in classrooms, to expose abortion on several levels:

a) the procedure itself, via photos, diagrams and videos (www.Unborn.info);
b) the impact on women, men, and families via the testimonies of our Silent No More Awareness Campaign (www.SilentNoMore.com); and
c) the corruption of the abortion industry, via testimonies of former and current abortionists and undercover investigations.

“We will call upon all people of good will to join us in this effort, which is not based on religious arguments, but simply on the facts of what abortion is and what it does,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Mom and Daughter to Share Pain of Abortion Loss at March for Life Canada

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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OTTAWA, Ontario — The day Allison Pollard learned about the abortion her mother had before giving birth to her, things started to make sense.

“I was 23 years old and the single mom of a 3-year-old daughter,” she recalled about the day 15 years ago when her mother, Anita Sonntag, told her and her younger sister about the abortion.

“We all cried. My sister and I hurt for our mother and we mourned our brother,” she said. “It’s hard to describe the feeling but it’s like we gained and lost a brother in the same sentence.”

Both mother and daughter will give their testimony at this year’s National March for Life Canada on May 12 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Canada, said 13 women and men will speak about their abortion regret during a gathering at 2:45 p.m.

Last year, Allison stood with her mom, holding a sign that says “I Mourn My Aborted Sibling.” This year she will speak up for her brother.

Anita also remembers the day she told her daughters about their aborted brother, although she doesn’t know why she chose that exact moment to reveal the secret she kept buried for so long. She hadn’t been through healing yet, nor had her pro-life activism begun.

“I think at first they didn’t want to believe it,” Anita said of her daughters. “Then they came and hugged me. I think we were all crying.”

That day began a healing journey for both Allison and Anita. For Allison, things began to make sense.

“I wouldn’t say that I was always aware that I had an older brother but I did feel that I didn’t belong in the role of oldest sibling,” she said. “Someone was missing.”

Anita has been active as the Regional Coordinator for Saskatchewan for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign since 2008. In 2015, the campaign launched a new initiative called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, an effort to reach out to all the different groups of people impacted by an abortion. When Anita read some of the work of Dr. Philip Ney on sibling survivors that was included on the Shockwaves website, she discovered “it was like Allison’s life story.”

When Allison went to a Rachel’s Vineyard healing retreat at a site where Anita was on the team, both thought it would be best if Anita did not attend Allison’s sessions.

“Knowing she was in there, it was like, what did I do to this child of mine,” Anita said. And now that Allison is sharing her story in public, Anita said, “I thought it would bother me, because I’m responsible – the cause – of a lot of her pain. But it’s OK, I’m glad she’s doing it.”

Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, who co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in the U.S. in 2002, will be joining the March for Life gathering once again this year.

“Like the U.S., Canada has no limits on abortion,” Mrs. Steenstra said. “But unlike the U.S., the Canadian government pays for abortion. Through the Campaign, we hope to reach those who have not yet made the choice for abortion, to help them change their minds. And we also want to reach men and women, like us, who did make that choice and deeply regret it. Healing is available for everyone impacted by abortion.”

The Campaign began November 11, 2002. As of January 2016, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,582 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,978 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 117 high schools and universities in the last 5 years, 14 in 2015. There are 2,405 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 395 that are shared via video! Currently there are 17,049 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries.

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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Silent No More Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Texas Abortion Case

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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The Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a joint project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, has filed an amicus brief in support of the state of Texas in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt.

The case concerns legislation enacted in Texas in 2013 that call for abortionists to have admitting rights in hospitals within 30 miles of their abortion clinics, and for those clinics to be regulated as ambulatory surgical centers.

Last month, female attorneys signed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs, who seek to have the law overturned on the claim that it interferes with a woman’s right to have an abortion. The attorneys said they would not have been able to pursue their educations and careers if they had not aborted their children.

But the approach of using personal testimonies in the abortion battle has for a much longer time marked the efforts of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the world’ largest mobilization of those who have had abortions and speak about it. The brief which the Campaign submitted includes samples of the thousands of testimonies that it has disseminated around the world from those who were harmed, physically and emotionally, by their abortions.

According to the brief: “It is imperative that this Court hear their voices because these testimonies demonstrate that what is needed is more regulations like those enacted by Texas, not less. Striking down Texas’s regulations will make it harder to protect women such as these. Make no mistake, abortion is not only fatal to the unborn; it is exceedingly harmful to women, as these testimonies vividly illustrate.”

One woman describes the clinic where her child was aborted: “The walls behind the privacy screen were splattered with blood. There were pools of blood on the floor.”

Another woman describes an abortion that left her hemorrhaging, with clinic personnel instructing her to go to the hospital. They wouldn’t even call an ambulance.

“These are the real-life experiences that women are having every day,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “People need to know the truth about abortion and how it impacts us, the mothers, for the rest of our lives.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, noted that the testimonies clearly show many abortion clinics are unregulated and sub-standard, and that places women’s lives in jeopardy.

“Kermit Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors’ in Philadelphia was far from the only example of the kind of shoddy care that women find at abortion clinics,” she said. “And by the time Jennifer Morbelli was rushed to the hospital after the third-trimester abortion that would kill her, her abortionist was on a plane and off to another state. A physician who can’t get hospital admitting privileges should not be performing an invasive procedure on any woman.”

“As I have been saying for decades, what happened when abortion was legalized was that back-alley abortionists took their name off the back door and put it on the front door,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “But they remained unscrupulous and dangerous people. States have both the right and the duty to protect women from substandard practices in any aspect of their health care. That’s what this case is about — meeting basic health and safety standards.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign began November 11, 2002. As of January 2016, the Campaign has held 1,582 gatherings in 17 countries and 48 states, with 5,978 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 117 high schools and universities in the last five years. There are 2,411 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 395 that are shared via video, Currently there are 17,049 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign are invited to register their regret. So far, 5,123 women and 604 men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood, and 597 women and men have posted memorials to their lost children.

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Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More Play Key Role in the Year of Mercy

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Phones started ringing at Rachel’s Vineyard headquarters in Pennsylvania as soon as Pope Francis announced that as part of the Year of Mercy, every priest throughout the world would have the faculties to reconcile to the Church those who have had an abortion. Some had buried their guilt for decades.

As the Year of Mercy begins Dec. 8, Rachel’s Vineyard will play an important role in helping women who committed abortions in the past to find forgiveness and healing. So will the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, co-founded by Janet Morana and Georgette Forney. This Campaign enables those who have found healing to give public witness to the mercy of God by sharing their stories.

Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More even have the pope’s seal of approval: In greeting Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard, in Rome, the Holy Father said: “Rachel’s Vineyard is very good. It is an excellent work! Go forward with that!”

And in meeting Janet Morana, the Pope similarly praised the work of Silent No More around the world.

Reporters, editors, talk show hosts and news producers looking for story angles for the Year of Mercy, and Pope Francis’s offer of forgiveness for those who have lost children to abortion, can localize their stories by interviewing a Rachel’s Vineyard or Silent No More team leader in their coverage areas.

To discuss interview possibilities, please contact Leslie Palma, director of communications for Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@priestsforlife.org

As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis first became acquainted with Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry active in 49 U.S. states and more than 70 countries, including Argentina. It has touched the lives of more than 250,000 people; even prisoners in a maximum-security prison in Florida are benefitting from Rachel’s Vineyard’s unique approach.

“Pope Francis stresses forgiveness and inclusion, and these are both hallmarks of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard. “It is very encouraging to know how enthusiastic he is about our work.”

His representative in the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, also expressed strong support of our work when he joined the gathering of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in front of the Supreme Court in January 2015. The papal nuncio addressed the gathering of men, women, and families who had been healed through Rachel’s Vineyard and were now sharing their testimony publicly. He said,

“I am glad to be here in the name of Pope Francis, representing him and the mercy of God to each one of you who are taking part in this March for Life. I want to share with you the joy that God has put into our hearts, because we love Him and we want to share with you the mercy He’s given to each one of us, especially those who ask for mercy. Pope Francis said that we should ask for mercy.”

Rachel’s Vineyard founder Theresa Karminski Burke, Ph. D., discovered how deep the need for healing after abortion is while leading a support group for women with eating disorders as part of her training for degrees in psychology and counseling. An impromptu discussion of abortion led several women to display signs of emotional trauma, but when Dr. Burke brought this up to her professor, she was advised not to talk to women about abortion. So, in 1986, she founded the Center for Post Abortion Healing, one of the first therapeutic support groups for post-abortive women.

Six years later she published Rachel’s Vineyard: A Psychological and Spiritual Journey for Post Abortion Healing, a unique support group model for counselors. In 1995, Dr. Burke expanded the curriculum into a format for weekend retreats. Soon individuals seeking healing began to travel from other states to experience the healing process.

Without a budget, office or advertising, Rachel’s Vineyard became a grass-roots national outreach. By word of mouth only, the retreats began to spread across the country, from 18 retreats in 1999 to 35 a year later. In 2003, Rachel’s Vineyard became a ministry of Priests for Life. Since then, Rachel’s Vineyard has grown to more than 750 retreats annually, with many new sites in development. The retreat manual is available in 22 languages.

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Healing Effort to Focus on Pro-Life Advocates in November

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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Pro-life activists are often cursed at, spat on, occasionally assaulted and often reviled in the media. As difficult as that can be, what really can crush the spirit of some pro-lifers is knowing that, despite their best efforts, abortion continues to kill thousands of children every single day.

To help pro-lifers continue to carry the cross for the unborn, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion in November focuses on how activists and advocates can find healing for themselves.

“November gives us the opportunity to focus exclusively on how each abortion impacts pro-life advocates. We rejoice when we save lives; we also have to know how to grieve when the lives we tried to save are killed nonetheless,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which launched Shockwaves in January.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortionis a year-long international educational and pastoral effort to raise awareness about and minister to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion. Prayers and healing resources for each group are available at www.AbortionShockwaves.com

Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and a Shockwaves architect, recalled the experience of Mike Stack, an ultrasound technician and regional coordinator with Silent No More.

“As an ultrasound technician, Mike was influential in saving many babies. Yet there were those times he would view the child and the parents still chose to abort,” Burke said. “ It was not until he attended a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat that he was able to see the depth of the grief and pain he carried in his heart and soul and the blessing of grieving those children and entrusting them and their parents to the Lord.”

Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life, said she has witnessed first-hand the pain of pro-life advocates.

“Last year at the March for Life, an older woman came up to me crying, expressing the pain she felt for all the women who walked into the abortion clinic while she was a sidewalk counselor. Her grief was for their loss and the death of the children. I was grateful Father Frank was present to pray with her and affirm her grief. The change in her countenance, from when she came to me and afterwards, showed the power of acknowledging the loss felt by pro-lifers.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, agreed.

“Anyone who has spent any length of time outside an abortion clinic has experienced the pain of watching mothers walk through those doors and emerge hours later without their child,” she said. “Many pro-lifers do this kind of thing weekly, or more, for years and years. Shockwaves will both acknowledge their commitment to the unborn and help them deal with their grief and trauma.”

To arrange media interviews with Silent No More leaders or pro-life activists who have been impacted by abortion, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

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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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion in the Hispanic Community

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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During the Pro-Life International Symposium at the World Meeting of Families last week, Hispanics for Life President Astrid Bennett Gutierrez said abortion advertising in the Latino community is so prevalent that it even includes coupons.

There is no doubt that, like the African-American community, Hispanics — especially those in under-privileged neighborhoods– are targeted by the unscrupulous, profit-driven abortion industry.

Healing the Hispanic Community is the focus this month of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is a year-long international educational and pastoral effort to raise awareness about and minister to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion.

“Through this initiative, we are trying to reach the various and diverse groups of people who have been wounded by abortion, to offer prayers, healing and solidarity,” said Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Silent No More and National Director of Priests for Life.

“Family is so important to Hispanics, and we saw that first-hand at the World Meeting, where so many Latino families traveled to be part of the celebration of the ties that bind us,” said Kevin Burke, Co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and an architect of Shockwaves. “But many families have been devastated by abortion and may not know how to find solace for that injury.”

Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said “As a second generation Nicaraguan, I am very aware of how sacred the family is and how personally devastated my mother was when she learned of the loss of her grandchild through abortion. I wish we had Shockwaves to help her find healing before she died. The Shockwaves initiative is critical for families of every ethnicity.”

Noting that the Latino population in the U.S. is expected to triple by the year 2050, Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said that given Hispanics’ “growing influence in the nation’s culture, politics and religious practice, it is essential to provide the education and healing resources to help strengthen a culture of life within their families and communities.”

To learn more about Shockwaves, go to www.AbortionShockwaves.com. To arrange media interviews with Silent No More leaders or families that have been impacted by abortion, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com

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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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion in Families

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Just as every member of a family suffers when a child dies of disease or in an accident, all relationships within a family are affected when a child is lost to abortion, according to child and family psychiatrist Dr. Philip G. Ney, who has said: “There is nothing more damaging to a family than the abortion of one of its children.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative focuses on families in September to help those who have been impacted by abortion face their grief and find healing.

Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Silent No More and National Director of Priests for Life, explained that Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is a year-long international effort to reach all the different groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, survivors, pro-life advocates and those who perform or help provide abortion.

“In September, we acknowledge that someone is missing from the family portrait when a child has been lost to abortion,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More. “Whether it’s the child of both parents who has been lost, or just the mom or dad, the imprint of that child is felt by all family members. All of them need healing, and it is available.”

The unfolding Planned Parenthood atrocities reveal how abortion reduces an unborn child to a collection of body parts for sale to the highest bidder. But there is also a division that occurs in the heart and soul of the parents of these children.

“They carry this very intimate and unnatural experience of participating in the death of their unborn child into their subsequent relationships, marriage and family life,” said Kevin Burke, LSW, a Priests for Life pastoral associate and an architect of the Shockwaves initiative. “This unresolved grief and loss can interfere with women and men being able to negotiate the challenging waters of marriage and family life. They can struggle with communication, trust and intimacy. This naturally impacts family life.”

The good news is that with abortion healing programs like Rachel’s Vineyard, couples and families can be forgiven, grieve their lost family members, and find a new health and harmony together.

“The importance of family and family life is the core message of the World Meeting of Families to take place in Philadelphia later this month, and of the special event we will have there,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More. “Pope Francis, in bringing the world’s attention to the fact that those who have chosen abortion can be forgiven, has helped make families aware that abortion grief is real but does not have to last forever. Forgiveness and healing are available.”

To find healing resources, articles, blogs and prayers about healing the family, go to www.abortionshockwaves.com.

To learn about the event during the World Meeting of Families that will feature the Shockwaves initiative, see www.ProLifeWorldEvent.com. To learn more about what Pope Francis has said about forgiveness for those who have had abortions, see www.PriestsForLife.org.

To arrange interviews with anyone on the Shockwaves team or with families that have been healed, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email leslie@silentnomore.com

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

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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Fr. Pavone Welcomes Church’s “eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions”

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and also Pastoral Director of the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, and also of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the largest mobilization of those who have had abortions, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard, and Silent No More welcome the letter our Holy Father issued today, indicating his compassionate concern for those who have had abortions, and making it easier for them to obtain the absolution of a priest. This step does not mean that forgiveness wasn’t available before. However, it simplifies the process outlined in Church law whereby, in certain circumstances, the priest needs to get authorization before giving absolution. In the Jubilee Year, priests will not need to delay that absolution, provided there is repentance.

“We welcome this concrete expression of the Church’s eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions. We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have had abortions; rather, we welcome them with mercy and compassion. A very large part of our work at Priests for Life is to extend the urgent invitation to healing. We oversee the work of Rachel’s Vineyard (www.RachelsVineyard.org), a retreat program which constitutes the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion and which enjoys the personal and enthusiastic support of Pope Francis.

“Moreover, through our Silent No More Awareness Campaign, through which mothers, fathers, and entire families witness to the pain of being involved in abortion and the joy of God’s healing, we echo that invitation to healing through the testimonies of those who have found it. They share these testimonies in churches, at rallies, and in the media (see www.SilentNoMore.com).

“I have spoken with Pope Francis on five occasions specifically about our work of healing those who have had abortions, and healing even abortionists who have killed tens of thousands of children. We at Priests for Life will continue to train and encourage our brother priests to be the heralds of mercy and compassion in the face of abortion. Truth and compassion are not in tension; they are both aspects of the same God. To treat someone with compassion includes sharing with them honestly the truth they need to hear, and to be fully truthful includes revealing the reality of compassion and mercy,” stated Fr. Pavone.

The relevant portion of the Pope’s letter today is as follows:

“One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life. The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.”

The full letter is at http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2015/09/01/0637/01386.html#ing

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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For August Shockwaves, an Outreach to Abortionists and Clinic Workers

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

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The horror of the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress underscore this month’s focus of Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion.

In August, those who perform and assist in abortions are being invited to healing. Apart from the mother who experiences the abortion, this is the population most intimately involved in the abortion decision and procedure. Included in this outreach are clerical and administrative workers; counselors and social workers; medical staff who analyze, dissect and dispose of the unborn child’s body; nurses who provide medication and the abortionists who perform the actual procedures.

Father Frank Pavone, National Pastoral Director of Silent No More and author of Abolishing Abortion, explains:

“Of the many lessons to be learned from the undercover work of the Center for Medical Progress in regard to Planned Parenthood and organ harvesting, one is that abortion not only destroys babies and their mothers; it destroys the doctors who perform it. To be able to do what they do, and to discuss it so casually – over lunch – shows that they themselves have become dehumanized. When these people eventually leave the abortion industry, they are sorely in need of healing. We have seen this time and time again in our work with former abortionists and clinic workers.”

Father Pavone pointed out that the testimony of Holly O’Donnell, a phlebotomist interviewed on one of the Human Capital video releases, indicates she fainted the first time she was confronted with the remains of aborted children at a Planned Parenthood. She was told by a co-worker that “It still happens to a bunch of us.”

“Other former clinic workers have told us the exact same thing,” Father Pavone noted.

Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and an architect of Shockwaves, said:

“The publicly sanctioned practice of fetal killing has an even darker fruit; the corruption of the mind, heart and soul of those who become facilitators and apologists for the practice. The Planned Parenthood videos reveal that just as with the Nazi doctors, these normal men and women learn to divorce the reality and fully gravity of their medical practice from their everyday life and activities. But it’s rare that they can continue this throughout their careers.

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney have issued an invitation to anyone who has left the abortion industry, or who is looking for a way out, to take advantage of the opportunities for healing available through Shockwaves.

“We have worked with many people who have left the abortion industry, including Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who was instrumental in the effort to legalize abortion,” Mrs. Morana noted. “Anyone can find healing, just as he did.”

Mrs. Forney added: “Women who have had abortions find it hard to believe they can be forgiven, or forgive themselves, but those of us who have experienced God’s mercy are here to tell everyone that forgiveness and healing are possible, even for those who have spent years performing or facilitating abortion.”

To arrange an interview with anyone on the Shockwaves team or a former abortionist or clinic worker, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another 552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

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.