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By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation,
O magazine, the publication published by media mogul Oprah Winfrey, contains a jarring image in its latest edition. It shows a woman with a t-shirt that encourages women to “shout” their abortions.
Pro-abortion stories by the media are nothing new. But the boldness and insensitivity shown by this article are especially troubling.
Women across the country testify that they have been greatly harmed by abortion and its aftermath.
Consider the courageous women who have submitted their testimonies to the organization known as the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Women such as Wanda from California:
“It’s (a) real LIVE human being, YOUR baby, please take it from me! It is something you will forever regret!”
Or Erica from Hawaii:
“After the abortion, I felt humiliated. I felt isolated and alone. Co-workers called to check on me after the procedure, but I had to lie about what it was for to protect my job. I was tired of lying and stopped taking their calls. I cried alone in my bed for days. Eventually, I had to go back to work and tried to pretend things were okay, but they weren’t.”
Or Marianne from New York:
“I want to share my story and be silent no more about all the lies that are perpetrated about abortion. They tell you that you will feel relief, but you feel terrible guilt. The pro-choice movement does a big injustice to women, feeding them lies.”
These brave women, and countless others like them, are not shouting their abortions. They are crying out in pain. Let’s respect these women by listening to them and reaching out to them in love. In this way, their wounds can heal, and they can truly be silent no more.