Debbie Fisher spent years trying to drown the pain of her abortion with alcohol.
Her abortion was supposed to free her from her problems, but it only made her life worse, she told the hundreds of people gathered at the Toronto March for Life on May 13, according to The Catholic Register.
Finally, after 19 years of mental anguish, Fisher said she found forgiveness and healing in Christ. Now, she shares her testimony to students and adults across Canada to help them understand the truth about unborn babies and abortion.
Back in 1986, Fisher said she turned to an abortion facility for help because she was desperate and alone. Her unborn baby’s father refused to talk to her, and she already was struggling to care for her 5-year-old son, she said, according to the report.
“When I woke up after the abortion I was screaming for my baby, ‘Where is my baby?’” she told the pro-life crowd. “There was no support, no consolation. There was just this emptiness. I was already turning to alcohol because of the abuse I suffered previously, and after the abortion I went into full blown alcoholism.”
Fisher said aborting her unborn baby left her deeply wounded, and she struggled for many years with pain and regret.
“I bought into the lie that my baby was just a mass of tissue a clump of cells and I bought into the lie that my abortion would be a quick and simple solution to a crisis pregnancy. Nothing could have been further from the truth,” she said.
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After 19 years, Fisher decided to participate in a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, a Catholic-based ministry that provides post-abortion healing retreats and other services to help women and men grieve the loss of their child and find forgiveness for their participation in their child’s death.
Since then, Fisher has begun sharing her testimony publicly through the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which gives a voice to post-abortive mothers and fathers who mourn the loss of their children to abortion.
Her story is not unusual, though abortion activists have been aggressively pushing the false claim that aborting an unborn baby is no big deal. Numerous studies have found increased risks of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicidal tendencies among post-abortive mothers. Even many women who say they have no regrets about aborting their unborn babies share stories that suggest otherwise. Often, their words betray their pain and guilt as they desperately seek to deny it.
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign provides a list of post-abortion healing services on its website, including counseling, retreats, and support and recovery groups. Find them here.