The mother of the baby killed when Steven Tyler, the famous lead singer of Aerosmith and American Idol judge, talked her into having an abortion has decided to join the national organization that reaches out to women who regret their abortions.
Julia Holcomb kept quiet about the abortion for 36 years but announced earlier this year that Tyler talked her into the abortion in 1975. Both Tyler and Holcomb have said they regret the abortion decision — which Tyler admitted in an autobiography has haunted him ever since. When post-abortion counselor and author Kevin Burke wrote an article about Holcomb and Tyler and their abortion experience, the story became one of the most-talked-about pro-life news stories of the year.
Now, Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, co-founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, informed LifeNews that Holcomb has joined the Campaign that gives women and men a platform. They say she hopes to speak out publicly about the way abortion has harmed her and millions of other women like her and to let those who are still suffering in silence know that healing and redemption is possible. They say Holcomb’s story is incredible proof of that hope and healing
Now a married mother of six sons, Holcomb is setting the record straight about her relationship with the Aerosmith frontman.
“I had decided I would never talk about Steven, but he continues to talk about me, including in his two books,” Holcomb said. “I decided it was time for me to tell the truth about our relationship.”
Holcomb and her husband contacted Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, after she read an article Burke wrote for National Review about the regret Tyler has expressed about the abortion and she eventually wrote her own telling of the story, which was published in May.
“Julia’s story is an incredibly powerful witness to the healing available to everyone who has been wounded by abortion,” Burke said. “She escaped from a place of darkness and emerged whole, strong and ready to fight for women and men who are still struggling to find the light.”
Burke wrote in the forward to that article: “Julia and her husband Joseph expressed a desire to entrust to me a more detailed account of Julia’s relationship with Steven Tyler, her abortion and post-abortion life journey. Julia has read for many years Steven’s Tyler’s recollection and reconstruction of events from the years of their relationship and more recently shared in his autobiography, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? She would like the opportunity after all these years to present her version of the events.”
“But ultimately the reason Julia shares her story at this time is because of the inspiration, healing and faith that are reflected in her personal journey. Julia believes that my NRO article and the high visibility of Steven Tyler at this time provide a providential opportunity to present her story,” he said.
Father Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life and the pastoral director for Silent No More said he hopes Holcomb’s courage and commitment to life will urge other women and men hurting in the aftermath of abortion to seek healing.
“So many are suffering in the very same way that Julia Holcomb suffered,” he said. “Our task is to let them know that the healing can begin now.”
An interview with Ms. Holcomb, taped last month during her visit to Priests for Life headquarters in New York, can be seen at www.silentnomoreawareness.org.
Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered as members of Silent No More.