Mother’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays on our calendar. A time when we honor the hardest, yet most rewarding role on earth.
But this day won’t be celebrated by all mothers. Some may be putting on a happy façade while harboring a deep, dark secret that inside torments and accuses.
Still others will be truly celebrating, but an ever-present remembrance and regret may cast a shadow, however fleeting.
The memory of abortion will impact the Mother’s Day celebration of countless women.
Truth be told even the most determined pro-abortion feminist will likely harbor secret thoughts of what might have been or question her abortion decision.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of these mothers, women condemned to carry a sorrowful burden through what is meant to be a happy day.
Burdens that show no sign of abating with years.
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The website Abortion Changes You gives voice to countless women of all backgrounds and ages regarding their pregnancy loss by abortion.
One woman still harbors shame and regret after 48 years.
It has shaped my life in many ways, and I don’t think I’ll ever feel peace from it. How I wish I had the baby and put it up for adoption… we can’t change the past… I so wish things were different for me.
Georgena Blything, an actress, still laments her abortion 40 years ago.
Having an abortion was one of the worst things I have ever done in my life, and I can’t imagine that any woman, having been through such a process, could emerge anything but scarred from it. I think about that abortion every single day – and it hasn’t got any easier.
Another, who is now 71, has been carrying the emotional baggage of her abortion for 35 years and has regretted it every day since.
I often think about what my child might be doing right now. Perhaps he or she would love me like I loved my own dear mother and would be calling me every day to see how I’m doing, like I called my own mother.
It’s been 20 years since Jayne Connery’s abortion. She’s a model, living in a luxury flat, but it seems the only thing that could give her real joy is the baby she aborted.
Every so often I see a mother looking up at her grown-up son and even after all these years I find myself thinking: Was the baby I aborted a boy? And I think that could have been me with a son to love. Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I’d had more counselling and been encouraged to take a different path.
Mother’s Days that might have been.
If you’re a grieving mother, I have good news. There is hope and healing after pregnancy loss. Effective programs exist that will take you on a journey to true healing with women who’ve walked in your shoes. Contact us and we’ll get you the help you need so that future Mother’s Days will offer more celebration and less pain.
The rest of us can be providing love, support, and prayers for the hurting hearts of mothers God has placed in our path. Now is an excellent time to reach out to them.
LifeNews.com Note: Bradley Mattes is the president of Life Issues Institute, a national pro-life educational group.