The following is in an interview between pro-life youth activist Bryan Kemper and Janet Morana, of Priests for Life and Silent No More. Morana is the author of a new pro-life book Recall Abortion.
1. In your book, you note that the statistics and facts regarding the dangers of abortion are often covered up or even faked by pro-choice organizations. How can we encourage the secular media to expose these lies about abortion?
We need to continue to speak the truth and challenge the media to report on abortion in a fair and unbiased and balanced way.
The many years working in the pro-life movement and especially my work with The Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which I co-founded and Rachel’s Vineyard, the largest international abortion recovery program has taught me first hand the damage that abortion has done to women, men, families and society as a whole.
3. Recall Abortion features many heartbreaking testimonies by women who have been hurt by abortion. However, it also contains moving stories of healing and hope. Can you briefly relate one of your favorite hopeful testimonies that you have come across while working on your book?
I think the testimony of Patricia Sandoval, she herself had several abortions and also worked in an abortion clinic. She has come full circle after quitting her job in the abortion clinic, she found healing on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat and currently is on a Rachel’s Vineyard Team in Southern California. That is a real transformation.
4. What advice would you give to a woman who has had an abortion, or whose friend or family member has had an abortion?
Any woman that has had an abortion should know that there is hope and healing.
They can visit the SilentNoMoreAwareness.org website where there is a directory of healing resources that will point her to the resources right in her area.
5. You mention Rachel’s Vineyard in your book. What does a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat entail?
“Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted you in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion.”
6. Recall Abortion discusses the topic of IVF and how it so often leads to selective abortion in the case of multiple babies. How can we best show compassion to those couples struggling with infertility while at the same time condemning the evils associated with certain fertility treatments?
It is unnecessary to go down the IVF road. Instead there is a science called Naprotechnology which examines the physical reasons a couple is having difficulty conceiving a child. Sometimes corrective surgery on the woman and medications assist the couple in conceiving without using IVF.
You begin when they are young instilling in them values about the sanctity of life. Also letting them know that no matter what mistakes they might make they can always come to their parents.
8. Some of the testimonies in your book were so powerful and the facts so shocking, it is hard to imagine being unmoved by them. Do you often encounter pro-choice individuals who are merely uninformed, and who change their stance on abortion after learning of its true nature?
Yes, absolutely, the voice of experience cuts through all the abortion debate and its pro-choice rhetoric. Reading the testimonies of the women has changed many hearts and minds and will continue to do so.
9. Your approach to post-abortive women is not one of anger or judgment, but of loving compassion. Do you think that enough people show compassion to these women, or that enough support is offered for women to decide not to abort their children?
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No, society at large and the abortion industry still bill abortion as a simple procedure, have your abortion today and go back to work or school tomorrow. So when these women leave the clinic not feeling like it was no big deal but instead have feelings of grief and guilt, they feel like no one understands them and they feel isolated.
Also for a woman who decides not to abort her child, there is plenty of help with the pregnancy resource centers but the sad thing is that many women do not know these centers exist. We can all save a life if we spread the website, optionline.org where they can find this assistance.
Recall Abortion can be purchased at https://www.priestsforlife.org/store/