A Message of Hope: Be There on April 23rd

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.

Angelina Steenstra

Angelina Steenstra of Silent No More Awareness

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.

Gendercide Awareness 2013: Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Abortion – Day 1 Part 2

“Victims of Abortion” is a phrase that many dismiss as impossible since we are in a country that upholds abortion as a choice. With choice comes freedom — if you are free to do what you wish surely no one can be a victim of what you choose to do. This concept of choice has been allowed to fasten itself to the word abortion, pummeling forward the profit of abortion providers across the country — choice equals freedom, abortion is a choice, hit up an abortion clinic and you will gain back freedom.

What abortion advocates and abortion providers refuse to publicize are the consequences that follow choosing abortion. When you push past the slogans you will find real women and real men who have experienced abortion and are encountering unexpected physical and emotional difficulties.  The Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Abortion highlighted the harsh reality many have to face as a result of “choice”.  A participant named Ashley shared her experience with abortion, calling others who have suffered, especially within the church, to bravely step beyond pain and shame and find help to heal.  The full version of Ashley’s testimony can be watched here.

The vigil also highlighted the testimony of an abortion survivor named Ruth. Ruth was born in the eighties in India and could easily have been one of the many unborn girls killed each day simply for being a female in a culture that values men over women. Ruth’s testimony brought attention to the unborn victims of abortion: hundreds of thousands of people who are not on the earth simply because their human lives were deemed less valuable than the lives of those already born.

After these two women spoke a sixteen year old speaker declared his refusal to be a part of a generation that sees the injustice of abortion, shuts the blinds and walks away. Abortion hurts men, hurts women and is used extensively to terminate life. This speaker, however, and many others are not unaware that for every story exposing the detrimental impact of abortion someone will proclaim a positive abortion experience to be true. But whether or not someone is convinced their abortion has been beneficial does not change the fact that a) abortion is used to terminate human life and, increasingly, the life of girls more than boys b) people are suffering from their abortion experience.

As a result we ask, even if just one person has been negatively affected by an abortion experience, is the suffering of that one not enough to make us step back and evaluate the legality of abortion in our country? And if a trend is emerging to show unborn girls are terminated across the globe at a rate faster than unborn boys, is that not enough to sound out an alarm? The practice of abortion has created too many casualties who have been forced into silence in the name of choice. Abortion is unjust. It must end.

Pro-life people of all ages gather at the prayer vigil the night before the 2013 March for Life.