Does God forgive women who have abortions? Kristan Gray knows the answer and she will be sharing it with thousands of pro-life people at Iowa Right to Life’s Midwest March for Life on Saturday.
In 1983, Gray was a teenager, brightly optimistic about her future, but with one positive pregnancy test her future became unsteady. She decided to go through with an abortion and afterwards began to show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Less than a year later, Gray was raped by a friend, sending her into a downward spiral of eating disorders and bouts of depression. Gray turned to God for guidance and, through his mercy and love, was able to make a full recovery.
“When I chose abortion, I was already a Christian, but I had no idea how astounding and full of grace, forgiveness and love our awesome God is,” she told LifeNews.com. But then, something changed after her abortion.
“I don’t carry guilt and shame anymore, because Jesus Christ has truly set me free. For that reason, I wrote an autobiography called, “No One Could Know” to help other post-abortive women to find forgiveness,” she said.
“Surprisingly, almost as many men as women have told me how the book has positively impacted them. No One Could Know is actually a funny book—at least in the beginning. Many have said, “I laughed, I cried, I got mad, and I even learned a little as I read your book.” No One Could Know is my gut-wrenchingly honest account of my life…my personal struggle with overwhelming shame and self-loathing after an abortion—and later, rape,” Gray explained.
“Reasons for abortion vary, but I dare say a large number take place because of the very same reason I had mine—so no one could know what was done at an inconvenient time,” she continues.
What is her advice to young women who have had an abortion and can’t reconnect with God or have doubts about forgiveness and self-worth?
“I want the other 56 million post-abortive women to know the same gentle and compassionate healing God brought to my heart when I trusted in Him,” Gray passionately writes, “and to possibly prevent anyone else from experiencing what I did.”
“If you’ve never found yourself in such situations as I did, then likely this book will help you to be of help to someone else. But if you’re carrying excess baggage, I believe this book provides some tools to help lighten your way so you too can experience God’s compassion for yourself and walk free,” she says.