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Month: March 2015

Fetal Disability Abortions: Empty Arms and Wounded Hearts

Fetal Disability Abortions: Empty Arms and Wounded Hearts

   [Monday March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. The Jerome Lejeune Foundation is one of the leading organizations behind the day.  In a 2012 publication in Prenatal Diagnosis, their research calculated a 67% termination rate following prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome.  This day provides an opportunity to look at the challenges couples face after abortion of their unborn children diagnosed with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.]  Every year in the United States, approximately 133,000 pregnant mothers will undergo routine pre-natal…

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The Long Loneliness: Understanding Dorothy Day’s Mission in Light of her Abortion Loss

The Long Loneliness: Understanding Dorothy Day’s Mission in Light of her Abortion Loss

  Dorothy Day (1897-1980), Servant of God, co-founded the Catholic Worker newspaper and established houses of hospitality and farming communes where she lived with and served the poor and destitute.  Prior to this time, Dorothy Day sadly experienced a pregnancy that ended with an abortion, which she lamented. In a letter to a woman written on February 6, 1973, she wrote:  “Twice I tried to take my own life, and the dear Lord pulled me through that darkness — I…

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Emotional Quicksand: The Hidden Pain of Men After Abortion

Emotional Quicksand: The Hidden Pain of Men After Abortion

  Michael Addis, Ph.D., writing in  Atlantic magazine reveals a life threatening problem for men. You are probably thinking; prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes? Dr. Addis writes of a different kind of disease that can strike men. This sickness lies deep in the recesses of the male psyche that features a self inflicted shame-based silence. This silence leaves men isolated and vulnerable to choosing death rather than revealing their secret areas of pain to a family member, colleague or…

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The Pro Life Front Lines: The Joy and Grief of an Ultra Sound Tech

The Pro Life Front Lines: The Joy and Grief of an Ultra Sound Tech

  Mike Stack, who served for many years as an ultra sound technician and Regional Coordinator with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign went home to the Lord on August 14 2014. Here is Mike’s important reflection for our November focus in the Shockwaves Initiative.  Mike shares of the joy and deep grief as an ultra sound tech with a pregnancy resource center.  He reveals the need for awareness and support for those on the front lines of the abortion battle and the blessing of emotional and spiritual healing of…

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Who’s Missing from the Family Portrait? The Effect of Parental Abortion on Living Children and their Families

Who’s Missing from the Family Portrait? The Effect of Parental Abortion on Living Children and their Families

  I just found out my mother had an abortion.  I suspected it for a long time.  I can remember as a child my father and mother whispering about her having become pregnant and what should they do.  I was surprised when I did not get a little brother of sister but I was too afraid to ask what happened.   (Abortion Survivors, Philip Ney, MD, Marie A. Peeters-Ney, MD) Countless men and women at some point in their lives learn…

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“My Dad Made Me Have the Abortion”: A Desperate Grandfather Opens the Door to Healing for His Family

“My Dad Made Me Have the Abortion”: A Desperate Grandfather Opens the Door to Healing for His Family

  [The Following is an excerpt from Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion.  Theresa Burke, Ph.D. with David Reardon.] “I was hoping you could help my daughter. She needs counseling. Somebody objective. God certainly knows I’m not.” Mr. Davis’s voice trailed off as if in regretful thought. “What’s the problem?” I asked, shifting the telephone receiver to my shoulder so I could jot down a few notes. “Well,” he stammered, “my daughter, Gina, is dating this guy. He’s verbally…

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Should I Tell My Parents About My Past Abortions?

Should I Tell My Parents About My Past Abortions?

  In 2004, at the end of April I attended a Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat for healing after abortion.  I had scheduled a visit with my parents for Mother’s Day weekend just two weeks later.  What was I thinking?  My mother knows me so well that I knew I couldn’t hide from her that something overwhelming had occurred in my life.  I was so raw from the retreat that I really didn’t want to tell my parents, but I knew…

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