January: Overview of the Campaign: Partners in Healing
In January 2015 Healing the
Shockwaves of Abortion will be launched at the steps of the US Supreme Court
after the March for Life with a visible and dramatic representation of the
vision for this year long initiative. Representatives of the various kinds
of people wounded by abortion loss will gather together to share their
The Shockwave Initiative will
reveal how abortion impacts not only the child, the Mom, and the Dad, but entire
families, including grandparents and siblings. Moreover, the wound extends to
friends who were involved, to the abortionists and their staff, to pro-life
people who tried to stop the abortion but couldn't, and to entire communities.
The Shockwave Initiative presents a vision and resources for communicating this
in a new way to our churches, families and nation devastated by abortion loss.
(Be sure to visit our
Shockwaves Website for an in depth introduction to the initiative.)
Because January is also when many
Churches observe Sanctity of Life Sunday January will focus in a special way on
Churches and pastors, and point out the need for healing. Silence from our
Churches and silence from our Pulpits has sent a clear and powerful message to
those with abortion loss in their history: "Be Silent. Do not talk about
This silence does not indicate
and lack of care and concern for the unborn or those suffering after abortion.
More often this silence is related to an anxiety and uncertainty about how to
best communicate with love, mercy and truth about abortion and abortion loss.
But it is important to understand the long term cost of this silence on our
What does this silence from our
pulpits and from our churches wrongly communicate to those with abortion loss in
their history and anyone who has been involved in an abortion decision?
- This is not an area of concern of the Church and it’s best to just move on from
that abortion experience, leave it in the past and never talk about it.
- Abortion healing is not an important part of Church ministry…like feeding the
hungry. The Church doesn’t care or want to get involved.
- The only message of the Church (if they actually ever hear a pro life message)
is one of condemnation of abortion (and hence in their mind a condemnation of
all who have abortions.)
Truth is, the silence of the
Churches enables the denial, the isolation and suffering of those with abortion
loss. This silence and lack of awareness and understanding allows the
after-abortion symptoms to continue to extend out from the wounded heart of
the mother and father. This has a powerful impact on personal, emotional,
and physical health, as well as marriage and family life…and the mission of the
Silence Can Be Deadly!
For those who will be tempted to
abort; the youth, couples with a fetal anomaly diagnosis, etc. would be blessed
by hearing the truth about the lifelong effects of abortion. Abortion is
sold as a quick fix to resolve a crisis and get on with your life. But it
is a life changing event with serious spiritual, emotional and relational
consequences that have lifelong and eternal consequences. Hearing about
abortion suffering and testimonies from those who have experienced abortion loss
will help those that are tempted to abort in a crisis and to choose life.
Almost half (46%) of all
repeat procedures. This is related to the repression of complicated
grief and emotional pain and memories of that loss. This repression can lead a
woman to express that pain in self-destructive patterns in her relationships and
abuse of drugs and alcohol and other self destructive behaviors. This
results in another unplanned pregnancy - and another abortion.
Finally, this silence also leaves
the grandparents, who may have been intimately involved with the abortion
decision as well as siblings, friends, counselors and medical staff from hearing
the truth that abortion wounds all who participate in the death of an unborn
child. But they also are denied the opportunity to learn about the
spiritual and emotional impact of this loss in their own lives, to receive the
encouragement to repent of their role in the child’s death, and to attend a
Be Not Afraid! Break the Silence
The Church is greatly diminished
in its mission by this silence…and greatly empowered in its mission when
proclaiming the Gospel of repentance, healing and restoration in Christ.
Abortion has gravely wounded the
Body of Christ. When we expand our understanding of those impacted
by this loss, and consider the number of people…a large part of our church
communities have been directly impacted by abortion
- All those impacted would benefit from
hearing the truth proclaimed with love and compassion.
- It is important that people learn of the
common symptoms and issues people struggle with after this loss and the
personal, marriage and family impact.
- God’s people desperately need to hear the
good news of abortion healing in the Lord. A testimony at an appropriate
time in your church service is a personal and powerful way to reveal the
suffering after abortion and the effective healing programs that are available.
- Shockwaves will feature an excellent
internet based healing resource, www.Abortionforgiveness.org, that
generates trusted abortion healing programs in one’s area by entering a
[The month of January is a
perfect time to share a message of hope and healing. Go to the
where you will find Sample Sermons, Bulletin Inserts and a downloadable
The Fruit of Healing – Blessing
One of the wonderful fruits of
abortion healing that I have seen is the large number of our alumni who respond
to a call to serve in their churches as catechists, pro life volunteers,
lectors, homeless shelters etc. - Emma Boe, Project Rachel Director
and Rachel’s Vineyard Coordinator, Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL
spiritual and emotional healing program safely opens the abortion wound to
the light of Christ, there are miraculous encounters with the Lord. One of
the fruits of this healing is the number of alumni that become involved in
Church ministry and service.
There is a vast mission field of
the mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, abortion providers who have
participated in, or have been deeply affected by the death of an unborn child,
and are desperately in need of the forgiveness and healing of Christ and his
church. From this act of mercy, forgiveness and healing will emerge men
and women on fire with the Gospel and ready to serve God’s people according to
their gifts and calling.
Abortion Healing – The Family -
The family is the primary place
for evangelization, for passing on the faith, for helping young people to
appreciate the importance of religious practice and Sunday observance. How can
we not be dismayed as we observe the sharp decline of the family as a basic
element of Church and society?
Abortion is a relational wound
that takes place in the context of the most intimate of human encounters,
regardless of the circumstances and length of the relationship that led to
 Therefore the wound is very deep in the heart and soul of the
parents and all who participate in or are impacted by the death of an unborn
child. Because of the symptoms that arise when this loss is
repressed and denied, marriage and family relationships inevitably suffer.
There can be difficulties in
bonding with living children and having a healthy communication and trust with
partners and spouses leading to addictions, affairs, family dysfunction and
divorce. Often there is not a conscious awareness of the relationship of those
symptoms to an abortion loss in their past. If there is previous sexual or
other abuse, neglect, and addictions in one’s history there is an even greater
likelihood of serious reactions
If the family, as Pope
Emeritus Benedict shares is the “primary place for evangelization,” then
recovery from this loss is essential for the health of the U.S. Church and the
mission of all Christian churches and faith communities to bring forgiveness,
healing and strengthen families in an often hostile secular culture…because
family is as Benedict shared, the "basic element of the Church and society."
Relationship with God and the
Abortion not only damages us
personally, and our personal relationships, but the relationship of each person
to their Heavenly Father and Creator.
Sometimes this is expressed in a distance
from God and the Church because of fear of judgment…some feel their sin is
unforgiveable and fear a vengeful God’s wrath.
Others direct outward the denial of their
post abortion pain, displacing this grief, shame and anger from their abortion
loss onto what they see as an unresponsive or out-of-touch church or hostile and
dangerous pro life movement. (You see this often with pro abortion
activists.) Reinforced by the secular messages hostile to the faith and pro
abortion, they can easily drift away from Sunday services and regular practice
of their faith.
Look at Catholic
Church attendance rates since the Roe V Wade decision in 1973…Mass
attendance rates in the United States were cut in half and continue to decline.
There are other reasons of course, but abortion is surely a contributing factor.
Staying on the Sidelines of Faith -
Participation in the death of an unborn child causes a rupture in one’s
relationship with God after their abortion. This loss keeps men and women
on the sidelines, watching the game but keeping their distance.
This spiritual suffering and distance
from God/Church is also found among all those who is some way participated in
the death of the child. A brother who lent his sister money for the
procedure; the Grandparent of the baby who could not prevent or
encouraged/pressured for abortion; the friend who drove her to the clinic; the
counselor who advised that abortion was the only rational choice, the Catholic
or Christian physician/nurse/counselor who recommends abortion to the couple
with an unborn child with a poor prenatal diagnosis or chromosomal abnormality.
If you would like more information and want to partner with us in the Shockwave
initiative please visit our website and fill out the
Stay Informed Section on the homepage.