A woman who had an abortion wrote the following words: Quote “Many people saw me as a successful loving and spiritual person. What they didn’t know was that I lived in fear. Fear in telling the secret of my abortion, fear of getting too close to a man, fear of being too close to God. I was afraid of dealing with the most hurtful, traumatic experience in my life.” End of quote. Many within the Church are suffering in the very same way. Our task is to let them know that the healing can begin now. Priests for Life coordinates the Silent No More Awareness campaign, the largest mobilization of women who have had abortions and are now reaching out to others to bring hope and healing. Visit priestsforlife.org for more information.
Lent teaches us the meaning of love. Jesus endures his passion and crucifixion for each of us, giving himself away that we might have life.
Abortion, on the other hand, is the opposite of love, because it takes life.
Love says, “I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person.”
Abortion says, “I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.”
Strangely, the same words are used in both cases. Supporters of abortion say, “This is my body, I can do what I want.”
Jesus says, “This is my body, given up for you.”
The same words are spoken from opposite ends of the universe, with totally opposite results.
Let us resolve to live those words as Jesus did, giving ourselves away for the good of others, born and unborn.
Late term abortionist George Tiller of Kansas is now facing trial. Many abortionists have been on trial for various forms of malpractice, sexual abuse, and other crimes. But what is significant about this case is that George Tiller is on trial precisely for doing abortions – because he violated certain requirements of Kansas law for late term abortions. Because such laws are hardly ever enforced successfully, abortionists in the United States have gotten away with abortion on demand for almost four decades. But the trial of George Tiller can begin to change that. Americans do not want abortion on demand. They want more, not fewer, restrictions on the procedure. And when they start to hear the details of George Tiller’s late term abortion practice, they may begin to wake up to how extreme the abortion industry is.
An abortionist in Massachusetts will go on trial in September for killing a woman during her abortion. The abortion itself was legal and carried out in a legal facility. However, Laura Smith, age 22, died from the abortion in September of 2007. The abortionist reportedly put her under anesthesia but failed to have other staff members present who had the medical training necessary to monitor Laura’s vital signs during the abortion.
While we should all be outraged, we should not at all be surprised. This kind of negligence and malpractice is rampant in the abortion industry, as the book Lime 5 demonstrates. The abortion industry is the most unregulated, out of control surgical industry in the nation, and it’s time for the story to be told. Obtain the book Lime 5 from Priests for Life.org.
Following are the words of a woman who had an abortion:
Quote “After the abortion, I felt dirty, ashamed, like a low ant below all else. I felt betrayed, like a betrayer. I sat in the rain the rest of the day, occasionally walking, crying, and not knowing why I really had the abortion.” End of quote.
These words express the experience of many people, who realize that abortion is not a “choice” but rather the result of total despair. The Church and the pro-life movement, on the other hand, bring hope and healing. If you have had an abortion, or know someone else who needs this healing, visit priests for life dot org. We operate Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion. The time for healing is now.
Today, pro-abortion activists observe the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. They want to make into heroes the people who get paid for killing babies.
Former abortionist Dr. Tony Levatino provided this comment on today’s observance: “Eight years of performing abortions affirming a woman’s “right to choose”. Over 1200 innocent children in five years of private practice shredded in suction machines and dismembered in late term abortions. Hundreds of dead little faces staring back at me. Dozens of women who chose abortion assuming that they would be able to become pregnant at some later date who found out differently as the years rolled by. A National Day of Appreciation for what I did? No thank you.”
Let’s pray today for all abortionists, that they may experience repentance, conversion, and new life.
Lent is a time to pray for the catechumens of the Church, that is, those who are preparing to be baptized at Easter. They are preparing to accept the life of the Risen Christ into their souls and bodies. They are preparing to leave their sins in the tomb and rise to newness of life.
When they are baptized at the Easter vigil, the rest of us will renew the vows of our baptism. In these vows, we reject the empty promises of the devil.
One of those empty promises is abortion.
How easily people are deceived that the choice of death somehow solves a problem.
Even more deceptive is the idea that another person’s abortion, though wrong, is none of our business. But whenever someone’s choice destroys someone else’s life, that’s everyone’s business. Let’s renew our resolve to speak up for the children.
Here is another email I received about the pictures of abortion on priestsforlife.org:
I have looked at most of your website tonight and i must say that I am astonished. I knew that abortion was basically murdering your fetus, but I had no idea it was such a cruel process. Your pictures gave me the best image of what really goes on in an abortion clinics. I am a 15 year old girl who found this website as an assignment for one of my classes. Tomorrow I will stand in front of my Speech class and be able to tell them the consequences of abortion and show them pictures. Thank you for widening my horizon.
You can help to convert many people by challenging them to look at the photos. Go to www.priestsforlife.org.
Several states are passing measures that define the unborn as persons from the moment of conception. This, of course, would ban all abortion in those states, but the Courts continue to maintain that the states do not have the authority to do that under Roe vs. Wade. So the question becomes, should states wait until Roe vs. Wade is reversed before they attempt to ban abortion, or should they ban abortion precisely as a way to challenge the Court’s current position in the hope of thereby overturning it? Pro-life experts have different answers to this question. One thing, however, should be clear: there will not be progress without conflict, court battles, and tension between state and federal government. We can end abortion, but we have to be willing to do battle.
The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, in collaboration with Priests for Life, has established the “International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters,” which is observed each year on March 31, the anniversary of her death.
We invite individual believers to spend time on that day learning about Terri, and praying for all whose lives are threatened in the same way that hers was.
We invite Churches to hold memorial services and to educate their people on the dignity of every human life, despite any disability or disease with which that life may be afflicted.
We invite all people to help us continue to draw good out of the sad and tragic way in which Terri was treated. For information and resources, visit www.priestsforlife.org