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Coming from the Czech Republic, woman is shocked to learn how common abortion is in this country

by | May 30, 2024

By Maria V. Gallagher, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

You never know the pain that an individual may be carrying in her heart.

At the Catholic Writers Guild Conference in Chicago this week, I met Monica, a woman originally from the Czech Republic whose eyes tear up when she talks about the two babies she lost to abortion.

Monica said her husband coerced her into obtaining the abortions. She is speaking out in the hopes of preventing other women from suffering the same fate.

Having grown up under Communism, Monica was shocked when she came to the U.S. and learned how common abortion is in this country. As she states, “I thought America was a Christian country.” And Monica recognizes the fact that Christian teaching holds that abortion is the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life.

I admire Monica for her courage in coming forward—even so far as to appear on a radio program to talk about her own painful experiences with abortion. But how many other Monicas are there who suffer in silence, afraid to reveal their secret to their family, friends, and the community at large?

The pro-life movement is a safe space for women to talk about the regret and unspeakable harm they have suffered as a result of abortion. They can communicate with people who understand their grief and can help them to shoulder their burdens.

Monica rejoiced two years ago when Roe v. Wade, the tragic U.S. Supreme Court decision which brought about our nation’s abortion tragedy, was overturned. She looks forward to the day when all American women of reproductive age experience the freedom to give birth to their babies—and their babies have the freedom to grow and thrive without the threat of extermination.

Categories: Abortion