Welcome to Silent No More Awareness in Northern Florida!
I am Patti Smith and I recently moved from San Diego to DeFuniak Springs in the Florida Panhandle and am thrilled to once again be a Regional Coordinator.
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 did not deserve to be a mother.
I have been sober since 1997 and thought I had beat the demons, but something was still haunting me and 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 women and men that have experienced abortion to know they don’t have to suffer in silence and secrecy – that with healing there is hope and happiness. I am speaking out in order to prevent others from suffering the spiritual, emotional and physical consequences of abortion.
As Regional Coordinator, I am dedicated to the following:
• To seek to raise public awareness about the emotional, physical, and spiritual consequences of abortion through education, testimonies, and public witness.
• To reach out and provide information to those seeking help and healing after an abortion…Help is available from after-abortion counseling and after-care programs throughout our state!
• To invite women and men who have experienced abortion to share personal testimonies about the harm and negative consequences of their abortion(s) and how it has affected them, their families, and their relationships. Most importantly to share healing and hope to those still suffering in silence and to help others avoid the pain and suffering of abortion.
• Hold gathering(s) in Northern Florida.
If you are suffering from the negative consequences of abortion, please contact me so I can find you an after-abortion recovery program. If you have already attended an after-care program and are ready to join us by speaking the truth about abortion, we would love for you to join us at our gatherings.
Please join us in being SILENT NO MORE. I look forward to hearing from you so we can share our stories and see where God is leading you in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.