I have been saddened by the stories people have shared as they pour out their inner pain from having had an abortion. All to often they share how during the counselling process at the abortion clinic, they are told its a standard procedure with very few or little side effects. Yet this report shows that 10% of overall mental illness in women is caused by abortion…very telling!
There is also a debatable discussion that links abortion to breast cancer. Without wanting to enter into the debate at this point about the sanctity of life, issues of faith and pro choice – it does appear that that women, families and society are not being given enough information to make a informed choice regarding the risks involved in having an abortion.
On a pastoral note. If you suffer from guilt, shame and regret from having had had an abortion – there is forgiveness and help to be had. (I do recognise that not all people who have had an abortion do so) Those I have ministered to have found it freeing to ask their deceased babies to forgive them, ask God to forgive them and then accept that forgiveness for themselves. …sometimes a person has made a vow that they will never forgive themselves for doing such a thing…and its also freeing for this vow to be repented of and renounced.