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#UnplannedParenthood Shows the Beauty, Value of Life

#UnplannedParenthood Shows the Beauty, Value of Life

Amidst the outrage and sadness that has come with the recent Planned Parenthood videos, something beautiful has arisen. Twitter users have been using the hashtag #UnplannedParenthood to share stories of those who faced unexpected pregnancies and chose life, rather than abortions at Planned Parenthood.

Stories are told in 140 characters or less of the joy, gratitude, and love that these unplanned pregnancies brought to the world. Below are a few examples:

 

Read more beautiful and inspiring stories on Twitter.

New Mexico Bishops Speak Out Against Planned Parenthood; Reach Out to Those Affected by Abortion

New Mexico Bishops Speak Out Against Planned Parenthood; Reach Out to Those Affected by Abortion

The New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, which includes Bishop John Wester of Santa Fe, Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, and Bishop James Wall of Gallup, released a statement regarding the recent videos that show leaders of Planned Parenthood discussing the procurement of fetal body parts from abortion clinics.

The Bishops of New Mexico are in solidarity with Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We urge the civil authorities of our State to be vigilant that these practices of the sale of fetal tissue do not happen in New Mexico.

We reach out to all who have participated in an abortion and may be experiencing trauma from the discovery that the remains of their aborted child may have been desecrated. We welcome you to our Roman Catholic parishes throughout New Mexico and encourage you to use the services offered at the Parish level, Diocesan level, and other Catholic social services such as Project Rachel.

Signed,
Archbishop John C. Wester, Bishop Oscar Cantu, and Bishop James S. Wall

Below is the full statement from Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston:

Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues though abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.

If the Planned Parenthood news coverage has caused anyone to experience revived trauma from their own involvement in abortion, be assured that any and all persons will be welcomed with compassion and assistance though the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel.  If you or someone you know would like confidential, nonjudgmental help, please visit www.projectrachel.com.

To the Woman Who Had an Abortion…

To the Woman Who Had an Abortion…

On Tuesday’s The Patrick Madrid Show, Patrick read a moving letter addressed to all women who have had abortions. The letter, written by author Nancy Guthrie shares a message of hope, and the freedom that comes through Christ. It begins:

My dear sister in Christ:

I’ve been thinking a lot about you this week as the world—the Christian world in particular—explodes with outrage over the cavalier conversation of Planned Parenthood medical staffers regarding the crushing of baby bodies in the womb. I’m thinking about you because of the abortion you had before you truly took hold of Christ in a saving way, or perhaps even after. And I’m imagining every video that you see played on the news and posted on Facebook forces you to do battle, once again, with shame and regret.

And I want you to know that I’m sad with you over the loss of all that the enemy stole from you on that day, the false promise of freedom he made to you that day, and for the accusations he has continued to hurl at you since that day, even though you have confessed and mourned over your sin. He wants to convince you that you have committed some separate class of sin when the truth is all of us have sinned in hell-worthy ways.

Read the rest of the letter at The Gospel Coalition. You can also hear Patrick read the letter on his show (start at 34:20) and listen to his commentary on remorse, despair, forgiveness, and love.

If you are struggling with emotional or spiritual pain after having an abortion, Project Rachel has many resources to help you heal.