Post-Abortive Women and Men Finding Wholeness
Travel down any corridor at any time at National Right to Life’s upcoming three-day national convention and as likely as not you’ll see a sign for a workshop with Olivia Gans’s name on it. Gans, the director of American Victims of Abortion (AVA), is always a whirlwind of activity at these conventions and she will be again when activists from around the nation gather July 3–5 in Crystal City, Virginia.
Herself the victim of an abortion in 1981, Gans brings a message of hope and reconciliation to women and (increasingly) men who have been emotionally wounded by their involvement in the death of an unborn child.
A speaker in 17 countries and a frequent guest on television, she increasingly talks and writes about what Gans calls the “ripple effect” of abortion. This commonsensical proposition—only those with minds immune to evidence believe women are alone in their abortion decision—has been hidden largely because abortion has been seen as a “political” issue.
But, as Gans points out, while much more research needs to be done, there is a growing body of evidence that abortion has a long-term negative impact not only on many women but also on the fathers of these children. Abortion, she says, is a lose-lose-lose proposition.
If time “flies when you’re having fun,” then we must be having an incredible time! By the time you receive this issue, there will only be about 20 weeks until the general election on November 4.
This has been an exciting primary season! Many congressional candidates supported by National Right to Life PAC have won their primaries.
During the past several weeks, about one-third of the states have held their congressional primaries. The results mean that a number of pro-life candidates will face pro-abortion candidates in U.S. Senate races across the country
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Vol. 35, No. 6
From the President
Common Sense Prevail
It is now 35 years since the U.S. Supreme Court acted as an extra-constitutional super-legislature and invented a new “constitutional” right to abortion in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.
Both decisions are poorly reasoned, lack a constitutional justification, and are gratingly pompous—yet they are “landmark decisions.” They are landmark decisions because of their damage to our constitutional and social order: the “unalienable Right” to life is no longer “endowed by the Creator,” but dependent on someone else’s moods and feelings. As pro-abortion columnist Ellen Goodman put it: “Over the years, I’ve rejoiced at sonograms and picked names for what we call a baby when it’s wanted and a fetus when it isn’t.”
Under this peculiar principle, one and the same unborn child could be a “baby” in the eyes of one parent and a “fetus” (to be aborted) in the eyes of the other. Or the mother could, under the varying moods of a stressful pregnancy, pick a name for the “baby” on one day and make arrangements to abort the “fetus” on another. In such a scheme, the notion of the inherent and permanent dignity of a human being evaporates.
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