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Reflections on a Post-Abortion Journey

by | Jul 13, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

postabortionWe’ve already posted three stories about one of the most remarkable NRLC National Convention general sessions I’ve ever attended: “Sharing our Stories: How Abortion Affects Women’s Lives.”

The presenters were Melissa Ohden, Sarah Zagorski, Jewels Green, and Catherine Adair. Melissa and Sarah had miraculously survived abortions. Jewels and Catherine underwent abortions and then worked in the abortion industry before coming out of the darkness and into the light. Olivia Gans Turner moderated the session. Mrs. Turner, who had an abortion as an unmarried college student, founded American Victims of Abortion.

We will be writing about the workshop in the upcoming July digital edition of National Right to Life News. But as soon as I thought about this extraordinary general session this morning, I couldn’t helping thinking of “Postabortion journey, walk with me: A story of hope and healing after abortion.”

I would like to make just two observations about this poignant, heart-wrenching post, which begins with the longings and candor of a woman who tells us that “At the tender age of 17 I walked across this bridge, alone, into Downtown Pittsburgh, with $300 in my pocket that my mother had given me to get an abortion.”

Over the years I have read many, many accounts from women reflecting back on a decision they would give anything to take back. As you read them grapple with two realities—the honest conviction that God has forgiven them and their own inability to accept that forgiveness—your heart goes out to them. It’s like they tip toe right up to full acceptance of that forgiveness but retreat. Perhaps it’s because at some level, they are unable to believe that they can forgiven—or, perhaps more accurately (to their way of thinking) should be forgiven.

My other thought is that I was sent a link to her blog on the 4th of July, what was then the one-year anniversary of when she “began this online journal of my journey.” She tells us of how so many people “stumbled” across her blog as they looked for information on a whole host of subjects.

Everything from those “looking for ultrasound pictures and how to tell male from female in utero, and down’s syndrome in utero, and malformations in utero” to those “searching for ways to help a post abortive woman, preaching on abortion, and similar search phrases” to those having trouble conceiving. As it happens the “odds were certainly against” her becoming pregnant, but she did—three times.

In that particular July 4th entry, she began, “I’m not sure why I’m moved this morning to tell it, maybe because it’s Independence Day and this will be another step toward my independence of the impact this story has on my life today.” Clearly, as you read subsequent entries, there are still steps to go.

But we can pray for her–and all the other women who suffer from that tragic decision–that they will each one day feel fully independent.

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