Talk to Gianna Jessen for just a few minutes and she’s likely to punctuate every sentence with a deep, infectious laugh. Talk to her for a while longer and, as her story unfolds, it becomes apparent that the constant joy has overcome unspeakable challenges.
In many regards, her life has been a short path littered with obstacles at every turn: the hardest of hard knocks, betrayal, and cruelty. But for every setback, there have been invitations into the greatest halls of government and forays behind communist walls. A life that was never meant to be has been used to inspire—even save—others.
When Chuck Raymond stood outside the U.S. Supreme Court during this year’s March for Life, he held a sign that read “I Regret Lost Fatherhood.”
In his testimony for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that day, the St. Louis resident said: “The pain of my lost fatherhood remains with me every day but now through God's grace and mercy and His unconditional love, I live with joy and peace."
Tens of millions of men suffer from that same regret and have not yet found the joy and peace that Mr. Raymond spoke of. These men, regardless of the role they played in an abortion, are the focus of Silent No More’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative in June.
Mothers in particular, but also Fathers (depending on their role in the abortion) suffer the immediate impact of the abortion. Mother’s and Father’s Days allow us to focus in a special way on the unique experience of abortion loss suffered by the parents of unborn children, and the personal costs and effects on marriage and family life. Mother’s and Father’s Day can be a painful and confusing time for many because it touches on a core issue of denial and repression of this loss…the rejection of the unique motherhood/fatherhood of that unborn child who is missing from the family celebration.
In order to put the abortion event behind them, parents shut down their feelings and repress them deep into the unconscious. Some women and many men have the capacity for a time to successfully dissociate from this painful violation of the heart, soul and body and on the surface function quite well.
: At Planned Parenthood on Hamilton Street in Richmond, Virginia, protest organizer Leslie Blackwell said, “I used to be pro-choice. I used to be the one out there, ‘Don’t you ever take my choice away,’ and it’s because I was not being honest.” (read more on Brietbart News)
“If you’re really pro-choice, you’re pro what? Pro killing babies? Let’s say what it is,” she asserted, reports NBC12.
Dear Friend of Life,
In only 22 short months since Sidewalk Advocates for Life began, we are already so humbled and amazed by what the Lord has done. There have been over 1,100 lives saved from abortion — that we know of. Abortion facilities are cutting their hours and even closing their doors for good. The program has continued to grow and currently, we have 80 locations around the globe! (Find your nearest location HERE.)
The Holy Spirit has been able to translate the program to international settings, as well. There are now locations with trained Sidewalk Advocates in Australia, Canada, Romania, and Fiji!
April 11, 2016: DIOCESE OF ARLINGTON ∙ DIOCESE OF RICHMOND
Representing the Virginia Catholic Bishops in Public Policy Matters
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Diocese of Richmond, and Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Diocese of Arlington, today issued the following joint statement:
Over the past two weeks, Governor Terry McAuliffe made three decisions that contradict life and liberty at their core. We are dismayed and deeply disappointed that he sided with the abortion industry over real health care centers, vetoed legislation that would have protected the right of religious organizations to follow their faith, and, instead of vetoing expanded use of the electric chair, inserted language that would shroud in secrecy the execution process.
RICHMOND, VA- On April 23, nationally coordinated protests will be held at over 200 Planned Parenthood centers throughout the United States, including the center at 201 N. Hamilton Street, Richmond, VA 23221, where over 2,290 babies were aborted in 2014. These protests are being organized by the #ProtestPP coalition, formed in response to the undercover videos released last year showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and selling of body parts from aborted children.
Despite the controversy created by the undercover videos—including possible illegal activity— Planned Parenthood continues to receive over $500 million from state and federal governments annually. The organizers of #ProtestPP are calling on their fellow Americans to vote for candidates this year who will promise to end this massive taxpayer subsidy for the nation’s largest abortion chain.
Sibling survivors struggle to understand their value as a human being in light of their siblings' lives discarded through abortion.
In April, the Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Initiative will focus on the Siblings that have lost brothers and sisters to abortion. Here’s a link to comprehensive information for Siblings.
Dr. Philip Ney is a child psychiatrist and has done extensive work in the area of child abuse and pregnancy loss. Dr. Ney also has focused on another phenomenon that impacts millions of people…they are siblings of aborted children.
HARRISBURG, PA – Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Harrisburg because its ordinance created unconstitutional buffer zones on public sidewalks and public property 20 feet away from abortion clinic entrances, exits, and driveways. In practice, this ordinance pushes sidewalk counselors sometimes 50, to more than 70, feet away and completely silences their freedom of speech. The U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned similar buffer zones in McCullen v. Coakley, the unanimous decision which establishes a strong precedent in favor of this lawsuit.
Liberty Counsel represents Becky Biter, Rosalie Gross, and Colleen Reilly, who have regularly engaged in peaceful sidewalk counseling on the public sidewalks outside the Planned Parenthood clinic and the Hillcrest abortion facility. Since the passage of the ordinance, they have been harassed and intimidated by clinic staff and the local police.
I’m delighted that my good friend and fellow culture warrior, Don Blake, asked me to write a monthly column to share with the members of the Virginia Christian Alliance. Don and VCA have been instrumental in the Pro Life movement and its vigorous support of the dignity of all human life.
As the Regional Coordinator of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, my job is to make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women and men, our families, and society. We seek to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion.
Tami Jackson | Barb Wire
Editor’s note: I wrote this article one year ago (I’ve updated only the anniversary year and the total of babies murdered), hoping to bring the woeful facts of the Roe decision to the fore. I mourn the loss of those babies, and the irreparable harm done to the mothers, fathers, and our nation’s collective conscience. America must repent and work to elect leaders who fear God and will restore a culture that chooses life. Tami Jackson
Yesterday marked the 43rd anniversary of the shameful Roe v. Wade decision, a Supreme Court decision made without precedent.
The Roe v. Wade timeline is worth remembering, or learning, since many were too young (or not yet born) when SCOTUS was hearing the case.
Self-identified ‘mass murderer’: “I deceived America”
In 2009, my response to the power of prayer led me to New York to meet “The Keeper,” a terminally-ill doctor who self-identified as one of America’s mass murderers and who admitted to setting America on a perilous course. I didn’t understand why God was sending me to meet him, but before leaving the interview my mission had been made very clear: I promised “The Keeper of the Abortion Industry Keys” I would reveal the strategy of his national deception and deliver his personal parting message until it becomes widely known. Keeping this promise has been an odyssey into the warped world of women’s healthcare, population control and judicial fiat. More importantly, though, my journey is a testimony to how the Lord answers prayers as I stay committed to delivering on my promise.
At the last 40 Days for Life kickoff rally, I spoke about the need for pastors to rise up and bring their churches to the abortion mills. Most everyone at the rally agreed with me that the pastors had to lead out in the fight against abortion: all but one person. He was a local pastor that had come to justify what he and his church were doing. After a number of talks, he asked if he could say something. That was all right by me, but I knew what he was going to say.
His church was pro-life and prayed for the pro-life movement. Then he added that they were active in drug prevention, visiting the prison and helping the poor. He believed that abortion was just one of the evils in
Sanctity of Human Life