Angelina Steenstra at the 40 Days for Life Closing Celebration
Angelina Steenstra became involved in the pro-life movement after her own painful experience of abortion. Since then she has done so much to expose the truth about the harmful emotional and physical effects of abortion. Angelina is the National Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Canada, which works to make the public aware of the devastating effects of abortion and provides opportunities for women and men to share their abortion testimonies.
On their website there are over 2000 stories of abortion regret. The very real experiences of these women – and men – are a stark contrast to pro-abortion claims that abortion is just another medical procedure, and that the child is just a ‘bunch of cells’. Abortion regret is something that women may hold on to for decades. Silent No More recently found that more than half of the women who had contributed testimonies did not begin to seek healing until more than 20 years after the abortion. However, healing can happen whether it begins 20 weeks or 20 years after an abortion.
The stories from those who are Silent No More are not just of regret, but also of healing; the act of sharing these stories is a step in the healing process.
Angelina, drawing on the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, writes:
“I dreamt of a day when men and women, who have experienced abortion in their lives, would stand up across this nation and tell the truth about what abortion had done to their lives. I believed that in telling the truth, people would discover freedom, and in doing so would reach others who were isolated and alone, giving them hope.”
As much as there is sadness in recounting these stories of loss, Angelina is right: there is hope. The truth is a powerful tool, and it is boldly displayed in every Silent No More sign that reads “I regret my abortion.” It has the power to bring about change, in one person and in entire communities.
On Wednesday, April 23rd, this message will be the central focus of our 40 Days for Life Closing Celebration. Admission is free (a goodwill offering will be received). Join us in the lower hall of St. Joseph’s Parish (409 Paisley Rd, Guelph) at 7:00pm.
Please do not miss this chance to hear Angelina’s message of hope and healing.