Staten Island, NY – Women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC) reacted with sorrow and disappointment today at MTV’s “No Easy Decision” program depicting a young mother with an infant child who goes through an abortion.
“My heart broke for Markai, not just for her difficult situation, but for the lack of counseling she received,” said Georgette Forney, a co-founder of SNMAC. “This abortion decision was driven by economics, but no one told Markai about the help available to her from pregnancy resource centers. No one told her that this didn’t have to be ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ having one child die so the other could live.”
“The abortion clinic told this young woman to think of her unborn baby ‘as a little ball of cells,’” added Janet Morana, another co-founder of SNMAC. “It was yet another example of so called abortion counselors acting as unethical salesmen, telling women anything to influence them toward abortion.”
Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life and a SNMAC spokeswoman, said she identified with the young woman in the program. “I ached for Markai,” stated Dr. King. “Before one of my abortions, Planned Parenthood told me that my baby was ‘just a clump of cells.’ Decades later, this beautiful young mother was told the same lie. I pray that Markai and all women like her will seek true healing and restoration from a caring post-abortion program like Rachel’s Vineyard.”
Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 3,877 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 572 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 9,027 people 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.