Silent No More, 40 Days for Life Team Up to Help Women Suffering From
by Steven Ertelt
March 5, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Two leading pro-life groups have teamed up to
help women suffering from abortions and who regret their abortion decision.
Noticing that many women who are still needing help after an abortion are
noticing the 40 Days for Life outreach events, the groups are hoping to combine
forces to help them.
Shawn Carney, of 40 Days, tells
www.LifeNews.com about the
genesis of the new partnership.
"While traveling to 40 Days for Life sites across North America, I frequently
hear stories of people who are drawn in by the sight of people praying in front
of the abortion centers -- people who've either had abortions themselves, or
people who supported others' decisions to abort," he said.
"Many of these people were in anguish for years -- but had not taken the first
step to seek Christ's healing until something touched them through 40 Days for
Life," he added.
Carney says the Silent No More Awareness Campaign stepped up to the plate to
help these people and is calling upon 40 Days participants to stand in unified
prayer at as many of the 40 Days for Life vigil sites as possible next Tuesday.
That's the date the pro-abortion activists have set aside to honor abortion
"That concept flies in the face of the destruction we know abortion causes,"
said Carney, "not just for the baby whose life is taken, but for the mother, the
father -- and many others including extended family and friends.
Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, talks about the special day.
“We will stand with those in the 40 Days for Life vigils outside abortion
businesses to let women know that abortion doesn't end a problem, it creates a
lifetime of new ones,” she told LifeNews.com. “We will bear witness that the
abortionist’s tools don't just attack an unborn child’s body, they attack a
Georgette Forney, another co-founder of the group and a woman who regrets her
own abortion decision, says having the joint effort on March 10 provides real
help for post-abortive women rather than honoring the abortion practitioners who
took their children and injured them.
“The abortion industry says that March 10 is ‘Thank Your Abortion Provider
Day,’” she told LifeNews.com. "We will reclaim that day by sending a different
message to our abortion providers – stop the lies, put down your killing tools,
and seek forgiveness.”
Carney says he appreciates having the post-abortion group involved.
"We are highly encouraged that the Silent No More Awareness Campaign is urging
women and men who have found healing in the wake of abortion to stand witness in
front of abortion facilities on March 10 in connection with 40 Days for Life,"
he said. "The message of post- abortion healing plays an important role in the
dismantling of the abortion culture and the construction of a new culture of
Women who are involved with the campaign will be carrying signs that read, "I
regret my abortion," and men will be holding signs with the message, "I regret
Carney hopes the outreach will help other women avoid abortions.
"It is our fervent hope that women with abortion appointments on March 10 will
see the silent, prayerful witness of others who have walked in their shoes, and
avoid making a tragic decision that could haunt them physically, psychologically
and spiritually for years and years to come," he said.
This outreach is the product of an effort that took place in Charlotte, North
Carolina, where two of the local 40 Days for Life campaign leaders are also
regional coordinators for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.
One day of last fall's 40 Days for Life vigil was set aside as Silent No More
Day, where women and men with abortion experiences were asked to bring their
signs and join volunteers for prayer outside the Charlotte abortion facility
where the vigil was being held.
Related web sites:
Silent No More Awareness Campaign -
40 Days for Life - http://40daysforlife.com