Women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will share their abortion testimonies at the D.C. March for Life and West Coast Walk for Life
On the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 19, members of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will once again walk together at the March for Life in Washington D.C. Mothers and fathers, grandparents and others directly impacted by abortion loss will be seen carrying the Campaign’s iconic signs of regret.
These signs provide a compelling visual testimony to the true reality of “reproductive choice.” They also serve as an invitation to gather with Silent No More at the conclusion of the March, when participants will share a more detailed story of their experience of abortion loss and journey to healing.
For those called to offer testimony, there is a great blessing in sharing one’s story.
The testimonies connect the pain of the past into the transformation we long to achieve in the future, to forge through what seems insurmountable, and discover our strength.
Blessed by the merciful healing of the Lord, the choices and situations we may regret can become moments of opportunity for defining our depth and courage, and discovering a new perspective from which to make sense of our pain.
Abortion testimonies also have the power to encourage and empower the listener.
This is not only true for those who have experienced abortion, but also for those who have suffered other kinds of pain, loss, abuse, or rejection in their lives.
Too often we may feel tempted to escape from the reality of the truth hidden in the human soul. Telling our stories, and receiving this gift from another, offers the opportunity to break free from isolation and numbness, to explore the rich textures and colors of emotion and experiences that have touched our lives. By understanding our stories, we can begin to see some of the bigger picture of God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
This is the fruit of healing, which frees us of the shackles of the past by reawakening awareness of our true identity in the present. A journey into our own stories allows us to feel the dark night of the soul and open our hearts to the light and destiny that God longs to share with us.
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Let’s meet the courage of these moms and dads with our courage to share their testimonies far and wide.
Editor's note: Kevin Burke, MSS, is a pastoral associate of Priests for Life and co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard. An expert on men and abortion loss, he is the author of Tears of the Fisherman and co-author of Rivers of Blood/Oceans of Mercy. Theresa Burke, Ph.D., is the founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and a pastoral associate of Priests for Life. She is the co-author of Forbidden Grief and Rivers of Blood, Oceans of Mercy. This article is a Pregnancy Help News original. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign and other abortion recovery resources are available HERE.