by Steven Ertelt
March 6, 2007
Loveland, CO (LifeNews.com) — While many of the leading Christian denominations actively oppose abortion, the author of a new book says the churches failing to provide help to women who are "suffering silently" following an abortion. That’s a problem considering one out of every three women will have an abortion by the age of 45 and half will have a second abortion.
But those figures could be lowered if churches take a more active role in helping women recover from abortions and assisting them in reconnecting with God, according to post-abortion counselor Mary Comm.
Comm says there are few places for people to turn in the Christian community following the trauma of having or participating in an abortion.
That leaves them vulnerable and susceptible to depression, shame, addiction and other negative coping mechanisms.
Comm’s new book Secret Sin: When God’s People Choose Abortion, released by Morgan James Publishing this month, gives other Christians the knowledge, understanding and compassion necessary to help those who have suffered from the shame of past abortions.
Comm describes how many women feel trapped and pressured into their abortion and need to view the church as a safe haven to discuss their dilemma. But, many Christian women and men will not seek help from Christian friends and their church family after abortions because of the guilt of their sin.
"Jesus heals broken hearts and souls of women in need of forgiveness. If we Christians cannot show them the grace and mercy of Jesus then who will?" asks Comm.
Comm encourages pastors and other church leaders to create a safe atmosphere of forgiveness in order to transform the lives of women and others affected by abortion.
The president of In Our Midst Ministries, a nonprofit group that helps churches minister to post-abortive people, Comm says there are millions of walking wounded who suffer the grief from a secret abortion who need to forgive themselves and realize that they are not alone and that God still loves them.
Related web sites:
In Our Midst Ministries – https://www.inourmidst.com