Presbyterians Pro-Life
Presbyterians Pro-Life ENEWS
April 10, 2013

April is abortion awareness month. This week (April 7-14) is "Coerced abortion awareness week".

Surveys of women who have had abortions show that as many as 64% did not want an abortion but felt pressured, coerced, or even forced by someone else. In other words "reproductive choice" is no choice at all for 60% of the women who choose to have an abortion!

Is it any wonder that more than 1800 women who regret their abortions have posted their stories on the Silent no More website? More than 4,000 have registered on the site as feeling regret for their abortions.

In this issue of PPL ENEWS be sure to read the personal story of Beth Walls. Contemplate with me the Biblical view of pregnancy and birth as a blessing from God. How did our society come to view pregnancy as 'punishment'?
Pregnant woman
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Pregnancy, is it 'punishment' or blessing?
by Marie Bowen
Some would say the answer to this question depends on the circumstances of the woman-her emotional and material resources, her health, her readiness to parent, and even the health of the child. That raises another question: What is the source of wisdom in decision-making for today's Christian?
Lately, media voices have raised the question, "Why are we still talking about this after 40 years?" 'This' being abortion. The question comes from Roe v. Wade supporters who want abortion to stay legal. They are frustrated that the 'losers' in this debate-those convinced that the child in the womb has a right to live-will not accept their loss, go away, and be silent.
I'm one of the 'losers'. With you, I have lost all the blessing God intended to bring through the 55 million babies aborted in America since 1973. I have also lost as a woman in the Presbyterian Church USA.
by Beth Walls
Choices sign
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I was having a conversation with a group of friends this week while at a lunch meeting and the discussion turned to the topic of abortion. One of my table mates quoted the staggering number of abortions that have been performed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973. Another table mate asked if anyone had read the book, Freakonomics. None of us had. So my friend explained that in this book the author stated that until the early 1990's the rate of crime in the United States had been steadily increasing but then it leveled off and then started to decline. The premise of the book is that now is when all of those aborted babies would be in their late teens and early twenties. Therefore the authors correlate that Roe V Wade was responsible for lowering the crime rate.
I should mention that all of my table mates were men and none of them knew my personal history.

Women and men who have experienced abortion need to know that forgiveness, healing, and restoration can be found in Jesus Christ. Contact PPL to learn how your congregation can begin an effective abortion recovery ministry.
In Christ for Life,
Marie Bowen
Executive Director
Presbyterians Pro-Life
In This Issue
Pregnancy, is it 'punishment' or blessing?
Discovering Grace
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There are more than a million abortions in our country every year. Of the nearly 4,000 women who enter abortion facilities every day, almost one in five describes herself as a committed believer.

Presbyterians Pro-Life is committed to helping churches establish ministries that address the spiritual and emotional needs of men and women affected by abortion.

Discovering Grace: A resource for abortion recovery ministry

Discovering Grace provides ministry training for congregations to equip leadership for opportunities to minister to women and men affected by abortion decisions and to all those who have lost children before birth.

Trust God
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2