Voices of Abortion

My wife and I are big fans and supporters of a website called Abort73.  If you’re not familiar with it, the website offers resources, information, links to other websites where you can find help, and merchandise to help share the message that abortion is not a loving choice.

One of the many T-shirts available from Abort73

One of the many T-shirts available from Abort73

But one of the more unique areas of the website is the personal testimony area where people can leave stories in their own words about making a decision for life (keeping the baby) or going through with the abortion.

Reading some of the stories I was reminded of a main reason why I got involved in the life issues in the first place: modern feminism has eviscerated the role of men in our society, especially the important role of men protecting their wives. As a Christian man, I was, and continue to be, embarrassed how many women find out they are pregnant and then are left with no support or help from their boyfriends, fiancés, husbands, or fathers.

The stories that appear on the website are unsolicited and the individuals are free to leave their name (not shared publicly) or to remain anonymous. I’ve included excerpts below from three stories that struck me; they’re lengthy but I believe it’s worth your time to read them.

From a 31-year-old woman in Columbus, Ohio, who was 19 when she had her abortion:

I took a pill and sat in a waiting room with other girls who had taken the pill. It was horrible. I sat there crying, knowing that the room was filled with dying babies. …

For the first year, I couldn’t even go past the baby section at the store without getting emotional. With every passing year I would reflect on what could have been and how old my child would be that year. I ended up finishing school but changing my major to get out early. To shorten the story of the past 13 years since my abortion, I ended up getting addicted to drugs, was in many worthless relationships, I had crappy jobs, and never felt worthy of another child. I felt that I was never with the right person and never made enough money. I didn’t feel I could give a baby anything more now than I could have then. …

A year ago, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy boy. When I found out I was pregnant, I stopped drinking and partying. … I don’t have a lot, and I have a low-paying job that any 19 year old could get. I was no more ready a year ago than I was at 19, that’s for sure. … The point I’m trying to make is this. There’s no such thing as, “you’re not ready,” because you never will be ready! … Oh how I wish I could go back in time, but I can’t because abortion is forever.

From a 49-year-old woman in the USA, who was 34 when she had her abortion:

I want our baby back. The year was 1999; I was 34 years old and married. I don’t remember much of anything. All I do remember is letting an older, nameless woman take my baby from me—and not even telling my husband. … I felt like my heart was as hard as stone that day. It stayed that way for a long, long time. I remember the look of bewilderment and horror on my husband’s face and in his voice when I told him what I had done. …

I am desperate to be forgiven, but I know I don’t deserve it. All I can tell you at this point is I weep many tears of sorrow when I think of our baby being ripped from my body and laid aside—nameless. Nobody was there to say a prayer or think about how precious and worthy they were—while they were thrown out like a piece of trash. I am so sorry, so very sorry. I hope I am forgiven someday. I would give my life for that child.

From a 41-year-old woman in Colorado, who was 17 when she had her abortion:

I can still hear the nightmarish slurping echo from the suction aspirator machine in my dreams. I vividly recollect the day, twenty-three years ago, that I heard that dreadful appliance’s deafening hum. … Through my progressive promiscuity, I became pregnant at seventeen years old. I was naïve, frightened, distraught, and in panic mode. …

I suppose I was a Christian in name, but I did not truly believe in anything. I made the appointment and ambled into a “Planned Parenthood” abortion clinic. It was like entering a police station, down a narrow and sinister hallway that seemed endless, and ultimately ending up at a window paned with multiple sheets of bullet-proof glass. Midpoint was an undersized, circular opening. Not wanting to make eye contact with the young woman behind the thick panes, I whispered my name into the hollow. She sifted through some loose papers, then pressed a button that buzzed me inside. …

The clinic staff was stern and structured, rushing me through the process. Everything about the procedure was completely void of life, and the lies were manifold. They did not care what my rationale was or why I wanted an abortion. They simply validated my “proper” decision to end the pregnancy. I was not given any counseling or information about other options, like keeping the baby or giving the baby up for adoption. …

The … doctor leisurely walked in, hastily introduced himself, and instantaneously began. I kept lying to myself over and over; “it will all be over soon.” The suction machine was flipped on, that ghastly, piercing drone that continues to wake me today. The nurses … told me the abortion would feel no worse than, “bad menstrual cramps;” liars! The unbearable pain took me by surprise and I involuntarily started gagging. I writhed in agony with each pitiless tug. It felt like my bowel was being ruthlessly dragged through my vagina. I pulled in a deep breath, but when the stagnant air hit my nostrils, so did the nasty stench, which I soon realized was the smell of blood. My blood, the baby’s blood. Oh my God! …

Eventually, I was moved to a crammed and soiled “recovery room.” It was overflowing with young women, all with sorrow-brimmed eyes and in immense pain. Before I could even finish scanning the room, the queasiness hit. I folded my hands over my mouth and dashed for the bathroom, but I wasn’t alone. I found myself leaning over one filthy toilet with four other women, all squirming and twisting around to find a tiny opening to vomit into. … We wordlessly laid there, like beaten dogs stricken into submission. An irritable nurse … demanded that we all go sit down. Everyone lingered in immobilizing pain. So she began … pulling us by the necklines of our shirts from the toilet’s musty edge.  A brown paper bag filled with condoms and birth control pills was shoved into my hands, and I was … pushed out the back door. … I limped away, as sheer emptiness settled into the very foundation of my being. I was not told that I would be unable to look at my own disgraceful reflection in a mirror, or that my confidence and self-respect would be gone immediately.

The thing about our choices is that after we have made them, they turn around and make us. … Abortion didn’t “help” me as I exercised my “right to choose” at seventeen years old. I [had] hurt myself even more, and I knew it instantly. … I buried my dirty secret for over ten years, telling myself I would never have an abortion again. … I tried to lie to myself to quell the anguish and guilt, but I couldn’t bury the truth forever. … For anyone who thinks abortion helps women, there is a village missing its idiot.

I felt lower than pond scum, but I certainly didn’t change for the better. In about a year, my caustic lifestyle left me pregnant again, but this time, everything would be different. I refused to make the same lapse in personal ethics again. I was keeping my baby, no matter what. My parents wanted me to abort their grandchild. What they didn’t know or understand was that I had already taken the life of one of their grandchildren, and I couldn’t do it again.

Click on these links to read more abortion stories or birth stories. Listen to the voices of abortion and understand that this is not a political issue.

#BOYCOTT: Girl Scouts Are Partnered with Planned Parenthood, Goes Online for “Cookie Sales”

Additional information on the Girl Scouts link to Planned Parenthood.

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Cookies? This is what you’re really buying: Teaching girls about ‘down there’, masturbation, sex ed, graphic drawings of sex related activities, how to fund Planned Parenthood, lesbianism, and abortion.

GSPPlinkSee all of this here.

Yes, Girl Scout cookies can now be purchased online…and some of the money goes straight to Planned Parenthood. GS says, “All the net revenue from cookie sales stay with the Scout council that sponsors the sale. Girls decide how to spend their troop cookie money and reinvest it in their communities” [read there here] but the truth is:

If GSUSA itself has never partnered with Planned Parenthood, why did they allow their logo to be printed on Planned Parenthood’s brochure advertising a controversial event “Nobody’s Fool: Dating, Love, Sex, and HIV?” Read the rest here.

Click here to see where Girl Scouts browsing on the Real Life Real Talk website can link…

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American Heritage Girls Respect Life

American Heritage Girls Respect Life Patch

American Heritage Girls’ Respect Life Patch

I had the pleasure of meeting Jody Token, National Public Relations Director of American Heritage Girls (AHG), at the 2015 LCMS Life Conference that was just held last week after the March for Life. We had a great time discussing how we (the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and AHG) could work together in the future. This possibility came about due to a memorandum of understanding between the LCMS with AHG (see the press release from the LCMS); and I was pleased to find out that the AHG has had, for nearly a year now, a “Respect Life” patch for its members.

Since I found out about this organization several years ago, I have liked it and encouraged friends and family with daughters in the Girl Scouts to consider being part of AHG. But now I have even more reason to support them as AHG encourage its members to “[participate] in an event that brings attention to respecting life or [provide] a service project for an organization whose mission/purpose demonstrates a desire to respect life, such as pregnancy resource centers, pro-life groups and hospices” (read entire press release).

Knowing the close connection that the Girl Scouts has fomented with Planned Parenthood (the largest provider of abortions in the US and advocate of sexual promiscuity — see here, here, here, here, here, and here), Christian parents ought to find an alternative to involvement in the Girl Scouts, whether or not the local troop is actively involved with the local Planned Parenthood.

Maybe it’s just me, but…shouldn’t we teach our children to live their faith by, whenever possible, being part of organizations that have the same core values as we do? In this manner, we can show them that our faith isn’t relegated to just one hour on Sunday mornings but, rather, it is central to who we are and what we do.

The LCMS and American Heritage Girls

The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with American Heritage Girls to work together to encourage and nurture American Heritage Girls troops within the LCMS. This is wonderful news, as I’ve long supported American Heritage Girls as an alternative to the Girl Scouts (read An Alternative to the Girl Scouts) due to the opposing principles of Christians and the Girl Scouts’ national organization (read More Dubious Connections to the Girl Scouts, Time to Stop Buying Girl Scout Cookies, The Girl Scouts and Their Ungodly Agenda, If it Seems Like I’m Picking on the Girl Scouts…, The Girl Scouts Deny the Allegations, What are the Girl Scouts Supporting?, and Where Do Your Dollars Go?).

The MOU states, in part:

The LCMS recommends AHG because it is faith-based. The MOU states, “WHEREAS: The American Heritage Girls program is centered on the same principles, and partners with the local LCMS church to assist and support girls through spiritual development, life skill enhancement, development of teamwork, social skills, citizenship, girl leadership skills while building confidence and discovering their identity in Christ.”

“Therefore be it RESOLVED, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and American Heritage Girls will work together, within the guidelines of the policies and regulations of each organization to establish and nurture American Heritage Girls Troops within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod so that girls may be provided with life skills, leadership development opportunities, service programs, and character building opportunities.”

Maybe it’s just me, but…if you’re a Christian you really need to stop supporting the Girl Scouts (and Planned Parenthood, sexual promiscuity, and abortion) and start supporting a faith-based organization that has the same foundation and principles that you do.

Read the press release from the LCMS about the agreement.

Read the MOU in its entirety.

Find out more about the American Heritage Girls.

Note to Thrivent: Neutrality on Abortion is Not Possible, Pick a Side

It’s been a week since Thrivent Financial for Lutherans issued a disastrous “Neutrality Policy” on what it considers “certain social, politically partisan, or health and human services causes and issues, such as abortion, sexual orientation, or guns.” And since that time, there’s been an uproar amongst Lutherans who are members of Thrivent (as it is a fraternal organization) over the removal of dozens of pro-life organizations such as pregnancy care centers, maternity homes, and educational organizations (like Lutherans For Life).

I won’t rehash all that’s happened because others have done a better job of doing that, but here’s a quick summary. Thrivent was discovered to have supported local Planned Parenthood organizations and a regional office of NARAL Pro-Choice America through two different fraternal benefits programs. After the initial discovery, Thrivent temporarily suspended support for pro-abortion and pro-life groups even though there was no contention over the pro-life groups. Then earlier this month (February 2014), Thrivent decided to permanently remove support for the pro-life groups, claiming to be “neutral” on so-called social issues.

I’ve got news for Thrivent, you can’t be neutral on abortion. For anyone who doesn’t understand that a “neutral” stance on doctrine is actually making a statement on that doctrine, i.e. you don’t agree with it, then you need to think a little deeper. To be neutral on abortion means that you don’t care whether it happens or not, in other words, it’s okay that it happens, therefore you are actually for abortion. We’re not talking about a disagreement on what color the carpet in the nave should be, we’re talking about an intentional taking of innocent human life. This isn’t a “social, politically partisan, or health and human services” issue. This is a spiritual issue.

Why is this such a big deal? Certainly Christians support other companies that don’t necessarily agree with their beliefs. True, but the difference is that Target (for example) doesn’t claim to be a Lutheran organization that supports my values, Thrivent does. Coca-cola (for example) doesn’t try to lure me to buy its products by saying my investment will help Lutherans and others, Thrivent does. Fidelity Investments (for example) doesn’t advertise in Lutheran publications saying they are one of us (i.e., Lutheran or Christian), Thrivent does.

Basically, why I’m really mad at Thrivent is the hypocrisy. They claim to be Lutheran when it’s beneficial to them to get my money, but when push comes to shove on a basic and important teaching of Christianity, they pull out the old “we’re going to be neutral because that’s a social or political issue” card; which I hope the leadership of Thrivent has seen that this is an untrue card. If Thrivent wants to just admit that they are a secular financial planning company, then there’s no problem, because I will then regard them as such and carefully weigh whether their investment products are comparable to other secular companies’ products.

Maybe it’s just me, but…it’s time to call a spade a spade and recognize that Thrivent isn’t Lutheran and the company doesn’t have the same values that I have because it thinks that it cannot pick a side between supporting life or supporting death. As such, my investments will be moved, and I urge others to consider that as well. At least I won’t be treated like an ignorant boob by Fidelity.


If you are a member of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod or a member of an LCMS congregation, a good alternative for investing is the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, which exists to support the LCMS.

For a run-down of events, the Daring Lutheran blog has some interesting posts, including these:
Thrivent’s Dangerous Game
Thrivent Does Not Have the Komen “Out”
Thrivent’s Statement
A List of Thrivent’s Suspended Organizations
Thrivent has Directly Funded Planned Parenthood and NARAL

For national pro-life news coverage on the Thrivent fiasco, see:
Live Action News: “Lutheran group Thrivent Financial caught funding Planned Parenthood; yanks pro-life funds in response”
LifeNews: “Thrivent cuts donations to pro-life groups after criticism over pro-abortion funding”

For statements regarding Thrivent’s neutrality policy, see:
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)
Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS)
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS)
Lutherans For Life (LFL)