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HEART newspaper: Heart Publications | December 13, 2017

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Apology from the editor

I apologise if some readers feel upset reading these abortion articles and wish to affirm that Christians do not condemn women who have had abortions. Rather, the Church can provide healing and restoration.

Back in 1994, I was commissioned to write a book for SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children),‘And Still They Weep’, giving real life stories of how women had faced up to and recovered from the emotional backlash of abortion.

I learned a great deal about the after-effects of abortion and how these can manifest in subsequent addictions and mental and physical problems.

Interestingly, the women who regretted their abortions had called SPUC’s evangelical arm, then called British Victims of Abortion, rather than their abortion provider, as the providers had often told them it was ‘just a blob of cells’. Too often they’d been pressured into abortion as the only alternative – it seemed a quick solution, particularly if they were unsupported at the vulnerable 12-week stage.

If you’ve had an abortion and regret it, there is prayer and counselling available from many Christian ministries. In the book I was able to report how total healing and freedom in the all-powerful name of Jesus came to women who, in confidential prayer times, were led to welcome and name their baby, as the Holy Spirit revealed its gender and gave assurance that they would see their child again in heaven.

Melanie Symonds