Jan 21, 2009

Healing From Roe

By Chuck Missler

Two days after the National Mall is packed with those rejoicing over the inauguration of President Barack Obama, another group will gather. Thousands of pro-life advocates will march on Washington DC on Thursday January 22 to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court decision.

Abortion has had a massive tearing effect on America during the past 36 years. Not only has this emotional issue polarized the nation, and not only has legalized abortion removed millions upon millions of faces from family photos, but it has ripped apart the hearts of those countless women who have regretted the choice they made.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, one third of all women in America will have had an abortion by age 45. Many never tell their families and bear this burden in silence, suffering through every Sanctity Of Life Sunday in churches, feeling too much shame to seek help for the grief and guilt they still feel. While abortion is allegedly about freedom of choice, a significant number of women are coerced into the decision by boyfriends or relatives. Many think that they can never be forgiven - that while God can forgive them for other sins, they cannot be forgiven for this one. Abortion is a double-tragedy; it destroys an unborn life, and it can seriously damage the lives of those left behind.

There are many things that people can do to help, to not only stop abortion in the future, but to also help these women (and men too) who have been damaged by abortion. The Elliot Institute, an organization dedicated to post-abortion healing, suggests the following steps that can be taken to foster abortion healing in our churches and communities.

Pray for those who have suffered from an abortion. Pray for those men and women who give post-abortion counseling. Pray for organizations that help people to find healing after an abortion.

Encourage your pastors and church leaders to foster abortion healing, from teaching about the harms that abortions have caused women, to the hope and forgiveness that can be found through Jesus Christ.

Support a crisis pregnancy or post-abortion healing ministry – through finances, prayer, or by volunteering yourself.

Donate books on post-abortion healing to your local library.

Educate community and pro-life leaders about the need for helping post-abortive women. Keep up on research and provide them with the information they need to be informed on this issue.

Write to your legislators and encourage them to not only promote pro-life policies, but pro-women policies that recognize the harm that abortion has on women.

Abortion is promoted as a freedom that strengthens women and gives them control of their lives. Instead, it has weighed many women down with emotional and spiritual chains that they would gladly trade away if they could. As a community that cherishes the life of the unborn, let's remember to care for their mothers as well.

Related Links

Abortion Opponents March to Mark Roe vs. Wade Anniversary - Chicago Tribune
12 Ways You Can Help - The Elliot Institute
What WE Think of Abortion - By The Women Who Had Them... - The Daily Mail
Questions About Pregnancy, Contraception and Abortion - The Guttmacher Institute