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Date Posted: 04:41:30 04/04/05 Mon
I've been studying the affects of abortion on women, men, and society for almost 3 years on my own time, while doing so, I've come across a wonderful organization: www.silentnomoreawareness.org
"Silent No More" is a group of post-abortive women and men who speak in public about how their abortions affected their lives, as well as their family and friends. They want all women (and men) who are suffering after their abortions to know that they are not alone in their grief and that they do not have to suffer in fear and in silence.
They hope that their testimonies will educate the public about the magnitude of grief their abortions brought them and will help women avoid walking in the same painful footsteps of abortion. They are no longer silent because they believe silence only allows more women to be hurt...
Their website has a huge list of abortion-recovery programs that are held all across the US and in some other countries as well.
I have several friends who have taken abortion recovery classes and said it worked wonders! It's not easy and it may seem more painful at first, but the classes really helped them through the grieving process and they found a great deal of healing and peace by the time the classes were over.
My close friend, Christine, works with "Silent No More" in Detroit. At 17 she had her first abortion, it wasn't much later that she found herself heavily abusing drugs and alcohol trying to dull and forget her pain. She was also very angry and emotional shortly after her abortion which caused many problems in her life. Things only got worse after her second abortion...)
In her testimony, she gives women hope for emotional and spiritual healing... she has turned her life around and is currently happily married with children. She says that the scars from her two abortions are still with her, but she has been been able to find peace knowing that she can't change what was done, but can help other women avoid the same choice that almost killed her.
Some classes meet once a week for 8-12 weeks, some are shorter and retreat-like; meeting for a weekend, others are different as well. Most classes are free, but some cost $30-50+ to cover your workbooks, food, other expenses (but if you can't afford it, they will usually waive the cost) it all depends on where you go.
I've helped out with a gathering (that was hosted at my school, Wayne State University in Detroit) and the women were so kind and caring... we were able to reach out to many of the students.
On their website, they have a list of their planned events. I encourage people to support them (They are very brave and I have the most respect and awe for them), even if it's just standing in the crowd and listening... many women find comfort in knowing that they are not alone.
Abortion affects women so much more deeply than we know. I am not post-abortive, but abortion did cross my mind when I found out I was pregnant at 19. There is not a day that goes by when I don't think about how my child's life was in danger... abortion has had a huge affect on me and I've never even lost a child to it. If it hurts me this much, I can only imagine what it's like to have walked in your shoes.
My heart goes out to all of you who suffer and I've shed many tears reading your testimonies! I understand your grief and heartache... I wish there was a way to instantly take the pain away!
I pray that you all find healing and peace. Just know that you are NOT alone and that there are many people out there to help you.
Peace, hope, love,
Feel free to contact me, my e-mail is open to everyone.