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Life Advocate

February - March 2003

Houston women Participate in 'Silent No More' Rally

[Note: The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a project of Priests for Life and the National Organization of Episcopalians for Life. NOEL)*
This year's memorial events surrounding the 30th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision exposed one of the less talked about evils of legalized abortion. Women hurt by abortion gathered at courthouses in 48 cities around the nation to speak out. The Houston event was held on Friday, January 24. Over 40 women gathered for a press conference at the Federal Courthouse on Rusk St. and held signs stating, "I REGRET MY ABORTION".

Ten women who have personally experienced abortion courageously spoke out in public about how abortion hurt them. They spoke of how it destroyed their self-image, their relationships with their husbands and existing and future children, put them in isolation, and led them to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to numb the pain. Many passers-by slowed and then stopped to hear the powerful testimonies of women who were physically injured, leaving them unable to bear children, of a depression so deep that it led to repeated suicide attempts, and of a sense of separation from God that left them spiritually bankrupt.

For over 30 years, women have been misled by the abortion industry and told that abortion is just a "simple procedure," claimed Rhonda Arias, state chairman of the group that calls itself Silent No More.

We have not been warned of the physical or emotional risks involved. We have been taken advantage of in crisis situations and, as a result, we have given 'uninformed consent' to the taking of the lives of our children so that others could line their pockets with the blood money.

"Silent No More is a national campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the physical, emotional, and spiritual pain women experience from abortion and to offering help and hope to women who are still suffering in silence," Arias explained.

"It is the help and hope that motivated these women to speak out. They have all found healing through various post-abortion recovery support groups. Their testimonies would not have been complete without a celebration of the freedom that they have found through the healing that Christ brings through His Word. The women gathered on the grounds of Tranquility Park adjacent to the courthouse after the event and thanked God who sacrificed His Son so that we would be free of the emotional consequences of sacrificing ours," Arias told the press.

Terri Mund spoke briefly of the traumatic result of her own abortion. "There was such a deep, deep grief and sorrow that it was completely inexpressible. It had to be kept hidden because no one knew what I had done. Besides that, this was something I had chosen to do. I had no right to grieve. Five years ago, through God's mercy and grace, I was blessed to participate in a Bible study designed by and for women who have had abortions. During that time, God allowed me the opportunity to share the darkest parts of my abortion experience with other women who experienced the same things. I was, for the first time in 20 years, able to express my pain, forgive others involved, accept God's forgiveness, and begin to heal."

The Silent No More organization now operates the Houston Area Help After Abortion hotline (281-879-1062) and offers telephone counseling 24 hours a day and has formed a coalition of post-abortion healing support groups from all denominations all over the city.

"We want to be there for other women who have experienced the same emotional trauma and pain that we did," Arias said. "We pray with them, counsel them, and refer them to a support group in their area."

This year's memorial events surrounding the 30th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision exposed one of the less talked about evils of legalized abortion. Women hurt by abortion gathered at courthouses in 48 cities around the nation to speak out. The Houston event was held on Friday, January 24. Over 40 women gathered for a press conference at the Federal Courthouse on Rusk St. and held signs stating, "I REGRET MY ABORTION".

Ten women who have personally experienced abortion courageously spoke out in public about how abortion hurt them. They spoke of how it destroyed their self-image, their relationships with their husbands and existing and future children, put them in isolation, and led them to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to numb the pain. Many passers-by slowed and then stopped to hear the powerful testimonies of women who were physically injured, leaving them unable to bear children, of a depression so deep that it led to repeated suicide attempts, and of a sense of separation from God that left them spiritually bankrupt.

For over 30 years, women have been misled by the abortion industry and told that abortion is just a "simple procedure," claimed Rhonda Arias, state chairman of the group that calls itself Silent No More.

We have not been warned of the physical or emotional risks involved. We have been taken advantage of in crisis situations and, as a result, we have given 'uninformed consent' to the taking of the lives of our children so that others could line their pockets with the blood money.

"Silent No More is a national campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the physical, emotional, and spiritual pain women experience from abortion and to offering help and hope to women who are still suffering in silence," Arias explained.

"It is the help and hope that motivated these women to speak out. They have all found healing through various post-abortion recovery support groups. Their testimonies would not have been complete without a celebration of the freedom that they have found through the healing that Christ brings through His Word. The women gathered on the grounds of Tranquility Park adjacent to the courthouse after the event and thanked God who sacrificed His Son so that we would be free of the emotional consequences of sacrificing ours," Arias told the press.

Terri Mund spoke briefly of the traumatic result of her own abortion. "There was such a deep, deep grief and sorrow that it was completely inexpressible. It had to be kept hidden because no one knew what I had done. Besides that, this was something I had chosen to do. I had no right to grieve. Five years ago, through God's mercy and grace, I was blessed to participate in a Bible study designed by and for women who have had abortions. During that time, God allowed me the opportunity to share the darkest parts of my abortion experience with other women who experienced the same things. I was, for the first time in 20 years, able to express my pain, forgive others involved, accept God's forgiveness, and begin to heal."

The Silent No More organization now operates the Houston Area Help After Abortion hotline (281-879-1062) and offers telephone counseling 24 hours a day and has formed a coalition of post-abortion healing support groups from all denominations all over the city.

"We want to be there for other women who have experienced the same emotional trauma and pain that we did," Arias said. "We pray with them, counsel them, and refer them to a support group in their area."

*NOEL was renamed Anglicans for Life in March 2007

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