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Voices of Experience

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Even if you have never been involved in an abortion, you can help those who have had abortions make their voices heard. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign mobilizes men and women who have lost children to abortion. The Campaign helps these men and women find healing and gives them opportunities, in organized gatherings, to share their testimonies of pain and healing.

You can serve as a “Regional Coordinator,” to organize events at which these women and men will speak up and say, “I Regret My Abortion” and “I Regret Lost Fatherhood.” These events reach the public with the message that abortion is a dead end, an empty promise, and that the doors of the Church are open to all who seek forgiveness. Become a Regional Coordinator – find out more at SilentNoMoreAwareness.org.

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Silent No More founders: From China, we can learn the Truth about Abortion & Breast Cancer

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, co-founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, today issued the following statement about a new study conducted in China that establishes an abortion-breast cancer link:

“This is a perfect time for a study that finds an abortion-breast cancer link to come out of China, while the world’s attention is still focused on the fate of forced abortion protester Chen Guangcheng,” Mrs. Morana and Mrs. Forney said. “Perhaps it’s time for an honest assessment of how this common surgical procedure – sold to American women and forced on unwilling Chinese women – is actually hurting all women.

The study reported in the Asian Pacific Journal of Breast Cancer Prevention concluded that “compared with women who had no history of induced abortion, women with a previous induced abortion had a significant increased risk of breast cancer.” For older women, the risk of developing breast cancer was even higher. You can read the complete study here.

These findings were not unexpected.

“Medical professionals in the pro-life community in the United States have recognized the abortion breast cancer link for decades, but our ‘pro-choice’ culture can’t hear a bad word spoken about abortion,” the Silent No More co-founders said. “From China, where abortion is a tool of a repressive government, we can learn the truth. Abortion hurts women in so many ways, and one of those ways is that it increases the risk of breast cancer, which annually kills more than 39,000 women in the United States alone.

“Abortionists should be required by law to share this vital information with the women who come to them to end their pregnancies.”

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 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 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 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: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Jennifer O’Neill Named Christian Women in Media Award Winner

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Staten Island, NY – Jennifer O’Neill, actress, author, and spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, has been selected by Christian Women in Media to receive its 2012 Excellence in Communications Award.

Ms. O’Neill, the star of over 30 movies, has for years spoken on behalf of the women and men of the SNMAC, giving her testimony about the abortion she had while in her early twenties and the aftermath of pain and depression she suffered. With this award, she joins leaders such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Anne Graham Lotz, Janet Parshall, and Vonette Bright in being acknowledged by Christian Women in Media for excellence in national media.

“Jennifer O’Neill has always been recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful and talented women,” stated SNMAC co-founder Janet Morana. “This award honors not just her abilities as a communicator, but also her compassion born of faith. Jennifer is Silent No More because her love for God and her neighbor compel her to speak to and for the victims of the abortion industry.”

“I know this award is important not only to Jennifer, but also to the thousands of Silent No More women and men who have joined her in sharing their abortion testimonies,” added Georgette Forney, another SNMAC co-founder. “Her story is powerful because it dramatically expresses what so many across America have experienced: that the reason for having an abortion fades with time; the pain of an abortion does not.”

Fr. Frank, Pastoral Director of SNMAC, said in commenting on the award: “Jennifer O’Neill’s message resonates not because she’s a celebrity, but because she honestly shares the raw human pain of abortion and the amazing healing of Christ. She could easily spend her days enjoying the fruits of material success, but instead casts aside comfort in service to others. Christian Women in Media has made an outstanding selection.”

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,487 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,029 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 67 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 1,430 testimonies posted here, with over 147 that are shared via video! An additional 2,314 women and 298 men who have not joined the Campaign have registered their regret.

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: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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We Have Just Begun to Understand

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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

We have not yet begun to understand all the implications of abortion, and of how destroying a child in the womb destroys the rest of us. Let’s pray that our society may forsake abortion and find healing.

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The Truth is Surfacing

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The fact that abortion is psychologically devastating to the mother who has one is becoming harder and harder for advocates of abortion to deny. In fact, abortionists themselves have admitted this fact in the context of their own conferences.

In one such conference, a presenter admitted that 10% of abortion clients experience serious psychological consequences. That translates into 350 women a day incurring serious psychological wounds from this so-called safe and legal procedure.

We know the damage is much greater than that, but an admission like this from the abortion industry is a clear sign that little by little the truth is coming out.

Please take a moment to check out my Birthday Wish on behalf of the cause Pray to End Abortion.

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Steven Tyler’s ex-fiancé to talk about her abortion at March for Life

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Julia Holcomb was forced to reveal a secret she had been keeping for 35 years after her son came across one of the unflattering — and untrue – statements that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler had written about her, their relationship, and their abortion.

“I had to become Silent No More right in my own home, I had no choice” said Ms. Holcomb, whose life hit a low point in 1975, when she nearly died in an apartment fire and was then convinced to abort her baby at five months.

Now Ms. Holcomb is a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign by choice.

On Monday, Jan., 23, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, she will publicly share the story of her abortion and how it was the catalyst that prompted her to turn her life around. She is a married mother of six sons, a devout Roman Catholic and a pro-life activist.

Ms. Holcomb will join dozens of other women and men from the campaign who will tell their stories at the annual event that immediately follows the March for Life. She was convinced to go public with her story after reading a piece written by Kevin Burke, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, about the abortion regret that Tyler – who last night began his second season as an “American Idol” judge — has expressed in two books.

“In spite of everything, I do not hate Steven Tyler, nor am I personally bitter,” Ms. Holcomb said. “I pray for his sincere conversion of heart and hope he can find God’s grace, as I have.”

Ms. Holcomb also will speak at a March for Life Youth Rally, to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave NW.

For a video interview with Ms. Holcomb, click here: silentnomoreawareness.org/video/index.aspx?cid=7,9267

To arrange an interview with her, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or send an email to: media@priestsforlife.org.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 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 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 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: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Silent No More Awareness coordinator to speak at West Coast Walk for Life

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Jacquie Stalnaker’s boyfriend drove her to an abortion clinic with a gun on the floor of the car. He told her their baby would die that day, or that both she and the baby would. When she came out of the clinic afterward, he was nowhere to be found and never seen again. She collapsed on the street, lost half the blood in her body, and subsequently survived recurring stage-four uterine cancer and the removal of a 25-pound tumor.

She had aborted the only child she would ever conceive, and she lived with her secret for decades.

But now this former Miss West Virginia, former national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, and current executive director for Ignatius Productions is Silent No More, and is an invited speaker at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Jan. 21.

“It took me 22 years to be able to speak out about it,” said Ms. Stalnaker, a resident of Birmingham, AL, and a regional coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “Now I talk about it everywhere I go.”

To see a video of Ms. Stalnaker discussing her abortion and its aftermath, go to http://bit.ly/wlktss.

The eighth annual Walk for Life West Coast will begin at 11 a.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, when Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More, and 14 women and men who are part of the campaign will share their testimonies.

Ms. Stalnaker will be one of the speakers at a rally to begin at 12:30 p.m. The Walk, along Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza, will begin at 1:30 p.m. For information about the Walk, visit walkforlifewc.com.

“What we often say is that experience trumps rhetoric,” said Mrs. Forney, a Pennsylvania resident. “People can talk about the right to choose but it is time to hear about the real consequences of the choice. We also want others who are hurting after abortion to know they are not alone, help is available. That is why we are Silent No More.”

For more on the campaign, visit SilentNoMoreAwareness.org. To arrange an interview with Ms. Stalnaker, Mrs. Forney or anyone from the Silent No More team, please email media@priestsforlife.org or call 347-286-7277.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 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 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 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: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Launches New Web Site

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign today unveiled a new home page designed to make its three-fold mission immediately understandable and accessible.

The top of the page at SilentNoMoreAwareness.org features buttons for women who are pregnant and need help, for those who are suffering from the pain of a past abortion and need healing, and for those who want to become more involved in reaching out to pregnant women and post-abortive mothers and fathers.

“When we launched our first site in 2003, we wanted to make sure it had all the information we wanted to get out,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “The new site makes sure we are reaching all the people we want to share that information with. The connection with those we’re trying to reach is more obvious.”

Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life, said the updated look of the new site helps make it much more user-friendly.

“It allows visitors to clearly and quickly get to wherever they want to go,” Mrs. Morana said.

The testimonies of women and men who regret their past abortions have always been a popular draw for site visitors, and are still readily accessible. A new “Featured Story of the Day,” brings visitors to the testimony section, which also can be accessed from the “Stories” button at the top of the page.

“The voices of the men and women who have had abortions, and have come to regret them, are the most powerful weapons we have in our fight to end abortion,” said Father Pavone, pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Proof of the Silent No More web site’s power came with a phone call to the campaign office the day before New Year’s Eve. Mrs. Forney answered a call from a mother of three who said she had an appointment to abort her fourth child the following day. After reading some of the testimonies, she realized “She didn’t want to have the regret these women suffer from. And she was concerned that, although she is always able to forgive others, she might not ever be able to forgive herself.”

By the end of their conversation, the woman realized she didn’t need to “depend on abortion” to solve the challenges the unplanned pregnancy presented. She told Mrs. Forney she was canceling her appointment.

“As we unveil this web site, we invite all groups and Churches to use it as a key resource for help after abortion and for strength to those who might otherwise make that mistake,” Father Pavone said.

Visit the new site at SilentNoMoreAwareness.org. To reach the office by phone, call 1-800-707-6635 or 1-888-735-3448.

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Silent No More campaign urges VA governor to enact abortion clinic rules

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign released a statement yesterday in support of the proposed abortion clinic regulations in Virginia which are awaiting the signature of Gov. Bob McDonnell. The new rules would require clinics to meet hospital standards and undergo government inspections.

“In the name of ‘choice,’ women have accepted sub-standard care in facilities with less oversight than most veterinarian offices,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life. “These new regulations would force abortion clinics to function more like hospitals. Now they are just assembly lines of death and grief.”

In February, the State General Assembly approved establishment of new restrictions for the state’s 20 abortion clinics, and in September, the Virginia Board of Health approved the proposed rules. After McDonnell’s review, the regulations are scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.

“Clinic directors in Virginia say they may have to close if forced to meet these new standards,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “That is a shocking admission of just how shoddy these facilities are. Many of the women who speak publicly about their abortions as part of our campaign talk of the sub-standard care they received. Women and their unborn children are nothing but commodities. Opposition to these regulations has nothing to do with choice, and everything to do with profit.”

Dr. Alveda King, a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, urged women to contact Gov. McDonnell’s office at governor.virginia.gov to voice their support for the abortion clinic regulations.

“This is not just a pro-life/pro-choice issue,” said Dr. King. “This is about protecting women, and everyone who cares about women’s health should support these regulations.”

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 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 1,300 testimonies posted on its web site, with over 120 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 web site: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Experience Trumps Rhetoric

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Do you know someone who has been hurt by abortion, and who wants to do something to keep others from experiencing the same pain?

If so, please tell them about the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Coordinated by Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, this campaign gives women and men an opportunity to share with others the fact that abortion hurt them. We hold healing services and public educational events. Participants hold signs saying “I regret my abortion” or “I regret lost fatherhood.”

The campaign gives them a loving and confidential network of others who have been through the same pain, and have found healing in Jesus Christ. The effort is interdenominational. Find out more information at our website: silentnomoreawareness.org

Parents deserve better choices than abortion.

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