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Abortion & recovery

"Abortion & recovery" Continued...

Issue: "What women want," Jan. 21, 2006

"Questions you ask: What would we as parents have suggested you do at that time? We cannot say for sure what our thoughts would have been at that time, but . . . we would not have 'shut you out.'

"As to our forgiving you for not telling us before now? This probably has been best for US but probably not for YOU, having to harbor this in your heart this many years. Will we forgive you for your actions back in 1977? When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and repented in your heart, you WERE forgiven of any and all of your sins by God, just as we have been. How could we NOT forgive you when we already know that our God in Heaven has forgiven you?

"We want you to know that this has not changed our love for you. That remains the same. We also pray that by getting this out in the open it will give your heart a better chance to heal. God's grace is sufficient for every need-2 Corinthians 9:8."

That was a joyful response, and it gave Wanda new energy to continue helping young women day by day at the Pregnancy Care Center because she knows that "there are a lot of girls like me, who in ignorance and in rebellion to God, have abortions thinking it's not a big deal because it's legal. I am there at the Pregnancy Care Center to tell them it is a big deal."

She writes, "If only someone would have challenged my thinking and given me hope-that my parents wouldn't kill me, that I would survive my pregnancy, that regardless of all of that, abortion was the wrong thing to do no matter what I suffered by continuing my pregnancy. If someone had shared with me that I was already a mom even at five weeks, that God made the womb to be a safe place for the unborn, that abortion was not a quick, easy fix done behind closed doors, that this abortion would change my life forever."

Wanda still thinks about the "what ifs," but her deepening Christianity helps her to approach her calling rightly: "When I found out about the Pregnancy Care Center, I felt that maybe I could volunteer there to help other girls consider the consequences of such an act before they had an abortion. It was my chance, I thought, to 'atone' for my child's death. I now realize that only Christ has the power and the position to do that."

And as the 33rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision approaches, she sees small victories: "Another woman came in last week and wanted an abortion. . . . I put a non-graphic abortion procedure video in for her to watch and I turned to her and said, 'This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.' She chided me with a look and under her breath she said, 'It's only a spot.' Even after she watched the video and got an ultrasound with the doctor down the street, she left the doctor's office telling them she was still having an abortion. We prayed for her daily. . . . She came back in this Tuesday and told us she has decided to let her baby live."

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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