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Patti Smith
Path to Forgiveness

Patti found forgiveness and healing at a retreat through Rachel’s Hope and now helps lead retreats so that others can find the same.

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Welcome to Silent No More Awareness in San Diego!  I also serve as the Regional Coordinator for the Riverside, Orange, and Imperial counties.

My name is Patti J. Smith and I have had two abortions, one in the early 70’s, and one in the early 80’s.  I was not informed of the emotional consequences of my actions; in fact, I was never counseled at all.  Like many of us, I was told it was just “tissue”, and that, after the procedure, it would be over and forgotten.

I never did forget, and the shame and guilt drove me deeper into alcoholism and promiscuity.  I also had a tubal ligation at the age of 30, which I now know was self-punishment, as I thought I didn’t deserve to be a mother.

I have been sober since 1997 and thought I had beat the demons, but something was still haunting me.  I didn’t know what that was until I heard a woman speak at a church seminar about her abortion and how it affected her and how she was healed through Rachel’s Hope.  I felt like she was talking directly to me and I signed up for a retreat.  I found out what was haunting me was the shame and guilt of my abortions.   I was finally able to accept God’s mercy and forgiveness and was also able to forgive myself.

The reason I’m involved in Silent No More is because I want post-abortive women to know they don’t have to suffer in silence and secrecy – with healing there is hope and happiness.   I am speaking out because I don’t want any more women suffer the spiritual, emotional and physical consequences of abortion.  
Silent No More San Diego has the following goals:

• Seek to raise public awareness about the emotional, physical and spiritual consequences of abortion through education, testimonies, and public witness.

• Reach out and provide information to those seeking help and healing after an abortion…Help is available from post-abortion counseling and after-care programs throughout our state!

• Invite post-abortive women and men to share personal testimonies about the harm and negative consequences abortion have caused them, their families and their relationships. Most importantly to share healing and hope to those who have experienced abortion to help others avoid the pain and suffering of abortion.

• Hold gathering(s) in San Diego.

It is our sincere desire to help those still suffering from the consequences of abortion and to let them know that they are not alone. No longer does anyone need to suffer alone in silence and shame.

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