In its obituary of Academy Award winning actress Patricia Neal, 84, the New York Times quoted from her autobiography about her abortion at age 21, after which she said she cried herself to sleep for 30 years. “If I had only one thing to do over in my life,” she wrote, “I would have that baby.” Ms. Neal was openly pro-life in her later years. Ms. Neal was silent no more. As a member of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Rachel’s Vineyard family, I truly admired her courage for sharing her witness . I consider Ms. Neal a dearly departed sister.
Ms. Neal’s reaction to a past abortion is not unusual as abortion has been linked to depression and many times suicide ideation and attempts. Abortion can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, increased risk of breast and cervical cancer, divorce and other relationship problems, sexual dysfunction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)or Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS), eating disorders, child neglect and abuse among others usually requiring counseling.
But there is hope. With the increase of abortions performed in the United States, over 51 million since Jan. 22, 1973, there has also been in increase of the number of programs to help women and men who have had abortions. Among these are Rachel’s Vineyard, Heartbeat International, Abortion Recovery InterNational, In Our Midst Ministry, among others.
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