When Georgette Forney was 16 years old, she had an abortion. But after finding healing from the pain and regret of her own abortion, she began reaching out to other women.
Because of her experience, Forney knows the extent of abortion’s negative impact. She is a tireless advocate for life, working to educate the public about the negative effects of abortion, not only on unborn babies, but also on women and families.
Today, through her work as the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and as president of Anglicans for Life, she is helping thousands of women and their families choose life for their unborn babies, and helping thousands more to heal from the pain of abortion. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Abortion Recovery International Network.
She spoke with LifeNews this week about the Silent No More Campaign and how it’s changing hearts and minds.
How did you become involved in the pro-life movement?
I was invited to apply for the job as Executive Director of Anglicans for Life in 1998. I reluctantly accepted the position as I didn’t feel I could actually end abortion. I remember praying and seeking God’s guidance and feeling a sense that I can’t end abortion but I can touch hearts. And that’s what I have sought to do for 18 years! Prior to working for a pro-life ministry, I was never involved in pro-life work.
Has working so closely in the movement changed your perspective on pro-life issues?
Not really, once you recognize God as the creator of life, its sacredness is present in every aspect of my work. I would say I see more issues from a respect for life perspective.
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently revising an eight-week curriculum I wrote on aging and dying that includes information about euthanasia and assisted suicide for churches to use.
You co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to raise awareness about the negative effects abortion has. How does the campaign work?
We have three key goals:
Reach out to people hurt after abortion, encouraging them to attend abortion after-care programs. Invite those who are ready to break the silence by speaking the truth about abortion’s negative consequences and the path to healing.
Educate the public that abortion is harmful emotionally, physically and spiritually to women, men and families, so that it becomes unacceptable for anyone to recommend abortion as a “fix” for a problem pregnancy.
Share our personal testimonies of hurt and healing to help others avoid the pain of abortion.
The Campaign is co-sponsored by the organization I work for, Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. We use Regional Coordinators to serve locally in helping people find healing, find their voice and find alternatives to abortion.
What are some ways that you personally have witnessed Silent No More changing lives?
My favorite is encouraging people to attend healing programs. Many think that they have worked through their abortion pain, but after attending the programs, they will call back and say “Thank YOU!” for encouraging them to attend the program. It helped them process their loss, as grieving is a critical component in healing!
Lately, abortion advocates seem to be copycating Silent No More with their own story-telling campaigns. Through #ShoutYourAbortion and the 1 in 3 Campaign, lots of major news outlets have published women’s stories about how their abortions helped them through life. What is your reaction to this sudden wave of pro-abortion stories?
We are flattered that the Campaign has created copycats! But also heartbroken by their effort to marginalize women who regret their abortions stories. It sends the message that if you are hurting after abortion, there is something wrong with you and actually I think it is just the opposite, if you are not hurting, or at least a wee bit sensitive about the enormity of the choice, then you are really good at numbing your pain.
Do you think these pro-abortion stories are making an impact?
I think all stories make an impact, we just can’t measure it. We do see abortion numbers going down almost nationwide, I wonder why?
Through your work you have met with many leaders in the pro-life movement, as well as religious leaders. Who is someone who inspires you?
The women who travel across the country all alone in January to attend the March for Life and participate in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign event that happens in front of the Supreme Court. It is almost a pilgrimage and to see their courage in standing up – often very afraid but determined to share their story. They inspire me.
What is your favorite book?
Beyond the Bible… currently “Rising Strong” by Brene Brown.
Could you name one of your favorite moments working in the pro-life movement?
Holding a baby God saved through the work of Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Anglicans for Life!