Below are the paragraphs that can be inserted into the text of church bulletins to help bring awareness to the important matters raised by the Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Initiative.
“I decided to abort my third child. …No thought was given whatsoever to the humanity of the unborn child. … It seemed to me that no one ever suggested that a fetus was anything other than a blob of tissue awaiting some indefinable time at which to become human. Now that I think back on it, it seems as though we had some kind of power to confer humanity. ...God’s Word ... eventually convinced me of the fact that an unborn child is just that, an unborn child, and not a blob of tissue. ... God's love and forgiveness have healed the wound, but I will always carry the scar. I have become a staunch advocate for the unborn in both word and deed.” Find out more about the pain and healing after abortion at AbortionShockwaves.com
Pope Saint John Paul II wrote the following consoling words in his encyclical, The Gospel of Life (1995)
: "I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To the same Father and to his mercy you can with sure hope entrust your child. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life." Find out more about the pain and healing that follow abortion at
Emmy award-winning actress, Patricia Heaton, from Everybody Loves Raymond
, has expressed her pro-life convictions in the following words: "Indeed the tragedy of abortion haunts women from all walks of life. Abortion advocates are spending millions to package their tired rhetoric and half-truths in cutting-edge advertising campaigns targeted to young women... The early feminists were pro-life. And really, abortion is a huge disservice to women, and it hasn't been presented that way." For more about the hurt and healing that follow abortion, visit AbortionShockwaves.com