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Abortion Hurts Women

In Abortion on March 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

SPECIAL EDITION

Abortion Hurts Women

“It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.” 1

Harriet TubmanPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder

It is not unusual in the course of our day for my wife and I to talk with post abortive men and women. Men, struggling to find peace and healing, tend to talk about how the abortion of their children caused them to feel pain, guilt, anger and a “loss of manhood.” Women, many of whom are struggling with suicidal thoughts, drug and/or alcohol addiction to dull the pain and eating disorders or depression, tend to talk about feelings of guilt, anger, shame, worthlessness and “the unforgivable sin.” Post-Abortion Syndrome, a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is real. Many have asked us to help them share their stories in hope that readers would be spared the pain they live with from day to day. This week’s column is dedicated to one such story. Natasha here is your story and you have all of our love.

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Natasha’s Testimony

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By Way Of Introduction

My name is Natasha and I am a forty (40) year old single post-abortive mother of six (6) children. I have four (4) children alive on earth, and two (2) little girls alive in heaven, which I lost by way of abortion. I named my beautiful angels Alyssa & Melissa about three (3) to four (4) years ago by way of a revelation through the Holy Spirit.

An Adulterous Relationship And Bad Advice

About thirteen (13) to fourteen (14) years ago I had fallen into an adulterous relationship with a young man. Prior to getting pregnant by him I had gone to my Pastor at that time to seek help in coming out of it. His advice was to not tell my husband and to do my best to come out of it on my own. A few weeks after that conversation, I became pregnant by my former lover. I knew in my soul that my baby girl did not belong to my husband. I then went back to my Pastor and told him my new situation and that I had to have an abortion because I know that my baby was not my husband’s. My Pastor gave me his blessing to have the abortion. A few weeks after my first abortion, I walked up to my Pastor after a church worship service and said … “I finally got rid of that problem” and he nodded his head at me as if to say: “good job,” or “well done.”

I Left My Church, And Never Looked Back

Approximately two (2) years later, I became pregnant by my former lover a second time and I shared that information with maybe one (1) or two (2) people and went to the abortion clinic a second time and did what I felt I had to do at that time again. I did not waste anymore time telling my Pastor believing that I would get the same response. A few years after my second abortion, I left my church, and never looked back.

Before I Found Forgiveness And Healing In Christ

I then joined another church in which a woman Pastor ministered to me about the side effects of abortion after attending a women’s prayer meeting in which both of my abortions were exposed by me following the leading of the Holy Spirit. That was when I realized that my two (2) daughter’s were and still are human beings. I named them both that night. She then advised me to get involved in the fight against abortion and to help other young women who are suffering from the same symptoms as I was. Before I found forgiveness and healing in Christ, I battled prescription drug addiction, an alcohol addiction, and I began sleeping with more than just one (1) man including my husband at that time.

I Am Free And I Am Keeping My Promise

So there you have it, the story of my life in a nut shell. Walter, I would love for you to share my testimony! I do not care if you use my name! I am no longer in hiding! Praise the Lord I am free! My mission here on earth is to save as many babies as I possibly can! I made this promise to my two (2) little girls in heaven and I am keeping my promise! 2


Transformed By The Church’s Healing Ministry

“Rachel mourns for her children; she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shall have its rewards. There is hope for the future.” — (Jeremiah 31:15-17)

2008 Oakland Walk2008 Oakland Walk Alveda King, Dion Evans and Walter Hoye

Yes, abortion hurts women, however, in a message to women who have had an abortion, Pope John Paul II in the Gospel of Life, explains how their lives can be transformed by the Church’s healing ministry: “You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.” 3 Natasha, thank you for allowing me to share your story in light of Women’s History Month. But most of all, thank you for allowing God to use you as a model of His Love and Forgiveness.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
1. “Understanding Abortion’s Aftermath”, Project Rachel (http://bit.ly/eimlpU).
2. Special thanks to Pam Caylor, Executive Director, First Choice Pregnancy Services (http://bit.ly/gdvG98).
3. Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, The Gospel of Life, Sec. 99. (http://bit.ly/gv2oM1)

Mildred Fay Jefferson

In Abortion, Special Edition on March 21, 2011 at 12:00 am

Mildred Fay Jefferson

“You can always tell who the pioneers are because they have arrows in their back and are lying face down in the dirt.” — Unknown, Source

Dr. Mildred Fay JeffersonDr. Mildren Fay Jefferson (1926-2010)

Mildred Fay Jefferson (April 4th, 1926 — October 15th, 2010) was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard medical school and used her position to defend the humanity of the pre-born child. She was the only child of a Methodist minister and a school teacher. Mildred was born in Pittsburg, Texas, raised in Carthage, Texas, earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas College, earned her master’s degree from Tufts University and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1951. She served as a surgical intern at Boston City Hospital and became the first female doctor at the former Boston University Medical Center. She was also wholeheartedly committed to the Pro-Life movement. Dr. Jefferson was one of the founders of the Value of Life Committee of Massachusetts, the National Right to Life Committee, Black Americans for Life, and openly spoke up for the pre-born child with other right to life organizations. 1 Dr. Jefferson, a trailblazer and true pro-life pioneer, helped found the National Right to Life Committee, was President of the Committee for three (3) terms and then continued to served on the Committee’s Board of Directors. 2

“Almost Unlimited License To Kill” 3

“The doctor who willingly accepts destroying life will have no grounds on which to object if the state should compel that doctor to destroy life,” — Mildred Fay Jefferson 4

Dr. Mildred Fay JeffersonDr. Mildren Fay Jefferson (1926-2010)

Compelled and propelled by a deep commitment to a Judeo-Christian ethic and what she felt was her own profession’s betrayal of pre-born life, Dr. Jefferson felt the 1973 Supreme Court’s Doe and Roe decisions gave doctors a license that could impair the right of doctors to refrain from killing. In her own words, Dr. Jefferson spoke clearly to the heart of this matter: “U.S. Supreme Court Justices, don’t have to see the impact or consequences of their decisions but then without consulting us they want us to carry out these socially destructive missions and I SAY NO AND I AM NOT WILLING to give up the role of doctor as healer to become the new social executioner.” 5 Dr. Jefferson’s words are now prophetic. From her vantage point, she could see the violation of not only the rights of physicians’ but ultimately an assault on the rights of us all. She went on to say Doctors “must exert their rights and obligations or we will be the first slaves of the state and you will soon join us.” 6

Abortion Was A Civil Rights Issue

“I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live.” — Mildred Fay Jefferson 7

Dr. Mildred Fay JeffersonDr. Mildren Fay Jefferson (1926-2010)

Abortion was a civil rights issue for Dr. Jefferson. Growing up in East Texas, I believe Dr. Jefferson understood what it was like not to be considered a person and became a bold communicator of the impact of abortion among her own people. Here is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Jefferson: “In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court looked at the slave, Dred Scott, and came up with the wrong decision, declaring the slave as ‘property’ and not a ‘citizen’ under the U.S. Constitution. The slave’s life was still protected. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong again and handed down decisions on abortion which declared ‘open season’ on unborn children throughout the full nine months of pregnancy. After 44 million abortions, most people have not noticed that the population descended from the U.S. African slaves, comprising around 12% of the population, make up about 35% of the abortion population. This means that more Americans of African descent have died in the abortion chambers than have died in all the years of slavery and lynchings.” 8

We Are All In Her Debt

[The pro-life movement] “is second only to the abolitionist movement in the profound change it has brought about in American thinking.” — Mildred Fay Jefferson 9

We are noticing the impact of abortion in Black America NOW Dr. Jefferson. In New York City 60% of all Black pregnancies end in abortion, compared to 40% for Hispanics and 20% for whites. Black babies in New York City are aborted at three (3) times the rate of whites. Since 2000, Blacks have had 154,000 more abortions than live births. Clearly, the reduction in Black births and the high rate of Black abortions paints a picture of a population in sharp decline. 10 For those that have never seen or heard Dr. Jefferson, above and on the left is a wonderful YouTube. In light of March being celebrated as Women’s History Month, I want to remember Dr. Jefferson and acknowledge that today’s Black Pro-Life Coalition is in her debt. If I am seeing an end to abortion (and I am) it is only because I am standing on the shoulders of Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson. Dr. Jefferson, in light of Women’s History Month, thank you for a life so well lived that it continues to serve as a model for all of us today.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
01. Rebekah Hebbert, “Heroine of human dignity: Mildred Fay Jefferson”, Sunday, 12th December 2010 (http://bit.ly/i8oP6Z).
02. Kathleen Sweeney, Outreach Department, National Right to Life Committee, “Black Pro-Life Leaders Honored at U.S. Capitol Luncheon” (http://bit.ly/dPs2u9)
03. Rebekah Hebbert, op. cit.
04. Ibid.
05. Friar Roderic Mary, Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, “Dr. Mildren Fay Jefferson,” February 2nd, 2010 AirMaria.Com Interview (http://bit.ly/hV2OXI).
06. Rebekah Hebbert, op. cit.
07. Mildred Jefferson, M.D., 2003, American Feminist Magazine, (http://bit.ly/dERLRY).
08. Donald R. McClarey, “Mildred Fay Jefferson, Requiescat In Pace”, The American Catholic, Monday, October 18, 2010 A.D. (http://bit.ly/fp0IQZ).
09. Mildred Jefferson, M.D., op. cit.
10. Dennis M. Howard, “Does New York City Deserve the Title’Pro-Abortion Police State?'” (http://bit.ly/gYYFAs).

21st Century Abolitionists

In Abortion on March 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Harriet Tubman

“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.” — Harriet Tubman 1

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (born “Araminta Ross,” Circa March 1822 — March 10th, 1913) was a Black Abolitionist who escaped slavery, became a Union Spy during the American Civil War and made thirteen (13) missions to rescue hundreds and some say thousands of slaves, via a network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. As a child in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten by various slave masters to whom she was hired out. At the age of 12 she was hit in the head by a White overseer for refusing to tie up a slave who attempted escape. The injury resulted in disabling seizures and headaches which occurred throughout her entire life. Married to John Tubman, a free Black man at the age of 25, Mrs. Tubman was a Suffragette known to celebrate the strength of Black women and fought all her life for their dignity and respect. While a Bounty of $40,000 was offered by plantation owners for her capture, Tubman was never captured and spoke often and publicly about her experiences. As a Devout Christian, Harriet described her visions and vivid dreams as revelations from God. In light of March being celebrated as Women’s History Month, this Heroine Of Great Faith comes to mind.

Despite The Laws Of The Land

“I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted, and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.” — Harriet Tubman 2

Fugitive Slave Act of 1850Outrage At The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

Despite the laws of the land that allowed slavery, the Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850. As part of the Compromise of 1850 between the slave holding interests of the South and the political interests of North, the Fugitive Slave Law allowed for the return of escaped slaves to the south. Sister Tubman’s courage and strength exposed the dark cruelty of slavery as she removed its cloak of acceptability by liberating her people. Even the risk of being betrayed by her own people did not compromise her convictions. Harriet Tubman who once said: “I freed a thousand slaves [and] I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves,” 3 tirelessly continued to lead “whosoever will be free” to freedom. Perhaps Frederick Douglass said it best when he wrote in a letter to honor her: “I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than [Harriet Tubman].” 4 Harriet is truly a model for those of us fighting for life and liberty today.

21st Century Abolitionists

“Never wound a snake; kill it.” — Harriet Tubman 5

1850 Boston Slave Notice1850 Boston Slave Notice

As was the case in Harriet Tubman’s day when slaves were legally recognized as property and not persons, so is the case today for children inside the womb of their mothers. Just like slave owners justified slavery by arguing for “property rights,” today Planned Parenthood justifies taking the God given life of a pre-born child by arguing for “reproductive rights.” Like the Kidnappers and Slave Catchers in the 1800s, the abortion industry today pursues any baby that escapes its net of unconscionable and unconstitutional laws such as this year’s New York City’s City Council Bill No. 371 with taxpayer dollars.

Nonetheless and in the face of what appears to be overwhelming odds, like the Underground Railroad of Harriet Tubman’s day, Pregnancy Care Centers and other ministries such as Rachel’s Vineyard, Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc., Silent No More Awareness and the On One Accord Foundation, across the country, serve as safe havens for women providing health care services, counseling, community, food, lodging, money and even support for those that need help finding jobs. By reaching one woman and one child at a time and serving as stops along the way to biblically-based reproductive freedom for women, such ministries are today’s 21st Century Abolitionists.

By 1831 railroading terms were being used to refer to the Underground Railroad. The homes and businesses where runaway slaves rested were called “Stations” and “Depots.” The “Stations” and “Depots” led by “Stationmasters.” “Conductors” were responsible for moving slaves from one station to the next. Those who contributed money or goods were called “Stockholders.” 6 Using modern day financial terms, I am asking each of us to take stock of the horrific reality of thirty-eight (38) years of legalized abortion in America and invest our time, talent and treasure in today’s Underground Railroad.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
1. Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2005, “Harriet Tubman Quotes,” I regret that I am not be able to provide more details regarding the original source. For more information visit (http://bit.ly/eMcxAX).
2. Ibid.
3. Ibid.
4. Bradford, Sarah (1961). Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People. New York: Corinth Books, pp. 134-135.
5. Jone Johnson Lewis, op. cit.
6. PBS Online, “The Underground Railroad,” circa 1780 – 1862 (http://to.pbs.org/7EYEAG).

Abortion Is Not Abstract

In Abortion on March 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

Zero-Sum

Zero-Sum is a term used to describe a situation in which one entity can gain only if other entity or entities suffer an equal loss. Cutting pieces of a pie is an illustration of a Zero-Sum activity, because cutting a large piece of pie proportionally reduces the amount of pie available for other pieces of pie. Chess is an illustration of a Zero-Sum game. For example, if we were to play a single game of chess to the end, one of us will win and one of us will lose. If you then add the win (+1) to the loss (-1), the sum of the two numbers equals zero.

Pareto-Optimality

The Zero-Sum concept (i.e., if one gains, another loses) means that any result of a Zero-Sum situation is Pareto-Optimal. Pareto-Efficiency, or Pareto-Optimality, is a concept named after Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist who used the concept in his studies of economic efficiency and income distribution. If given an assortment of alternative allocations of goods and services or outcomes for a set of individuals, any change from one policy to another that makes at least one individual better off without making any other individual worse off is called a Pareto-Improvement or a Pareto-Optimal move.

Abortion Is Not Abstract

God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.” — Inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., Thomas Jefferson


All to often in the abortion debate the Pro-Choice community has framed their argument in Zero-Sum terms (i.e., Any limitation on abortion is seen as an equal loss for women’s rights. Here abortion is an absolute right that trumps all other rights.). Like wise and equally often, the Pro-Life community has fought for Pareto-Optimal victories (i.e., Changes in abortion policies that makes at least one individual better off without making any other individual worse off.). Both concepts are academic exercises (i.e., a part of game theories) that can live or die on a chalk board. However, abortion is neither a game nor a concept that lives or dies in academia. In every case abortion kills a baby, an innocent human being. In 1938, Margaret said in her autobiography, “… abortion was the wrong way, no matter how early it was performed it was taking a life.”1 In 1952, even Planned Parenthood admitted that abortion “kills the life of a baby after it has begun.”2 It’s clear what abortion is and what abortion does. Today, after 38 years of legalized abortion and the lost of over 53 million lives since 1973, it is also clear who we are and what we have done to end abortion. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence was right. “God is just and His justice cannot sleep forever.”

May God forgive us all!

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference(s):
1. Sanger, Margert (1938), Margaret Sanger An Autobiography, New York: W.W. Norton, P. 217.
2. “Planned Parenthood 1952: Abortion ‘Kills the Life of a Baby,’ Danger to Mother”, by Peter J. Smith, Washington D.C., March 16, 2010 (http://bit.ly/aayFx4)