SINCE 1973, OVER 57 MILLION ABORTIONS HAVE BEEN PERFORMED IN THE USA.

 

YET WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ABORTION IS RARELY DISCUSSED.

WE’RE GOING TO CHANGE THAT.

 

Initiative 180 is a movement dedicated to bring awareness to the largest demographic in our culture – those whose lives are adversely affected by a past abortion.


Abortion seems like the answer.

A chance to turn back the clock. After the crisis is over, a quick sense of relief from social stigma may occur, but then reality sets in. Your life is never the same as you close yourself off from the rest of the world in silence and guilt.

Abortion touches everyone.

It is a polarizing issue whose legal and moral implications are debated endlessly both in public media and private conversation. But what happens after an abortion, to the mother and father whose lives have been altered by the decision and procedure? To the grandparents and siblings who have lost a part of their family? Over the last forty years, more than 57 million abortions have been performed in the United States alone, with over 1.7 billion worldwide. Those are large numbers to fathom, but it translates to 3,000 abortions everyday (just in America).

The bottom line.

There are a huge number of people who suffer from a myriad of symptoms of Post-Abortion Stress. Yet what happens after an abortion are virtually never discussed due to the societal stigma surrounding this subject.



Our Mission: to break through the stigma and tear down the walls of silence so millions can find the help they need and the peace they desire from past decisions.

Will you join us?

FROM THE BLOG

A New Day

Photo Credit: Emre Gancer/Unsplash.com As our latest post-abortion Bible study concluded, I had the privilege of meeting all of the participants to hear how the eight week study had changed their lives.  There was a light and spark of life in each of their eyes.  One woman said she had hope for tomorrow and looked forward to engaging in life again.  We hear the same sentiments from women whose lives have been torn asunder from an abortion decision. Women have fallen victim to the lies and deceptions of the abortion industry for decades.  They have been denied the help they so desperately need because those who support abortion want to keep their business going.   God’s love and grace is far greater than abortion.  There is nothing beyond Jesus’ healing power. There are millions of women who need to know that Jesus can to take their secret pain and make them whole. I have witnessed the healing process with those who carry this pain, and I know that wholeness is something these women desperately desire. While many attempt to ignore the pain, suppressing it with all sorts of distractions and denials, the sad reality is this: the grief will surface at some point, in some fashion. I know women in their late 60s who are dealing with the pain from thirty years ago. There are numerous psychological and medical terms describing a woman’s grief following an abortion. From Post Abortion Syndrome to PTSD, the fact is that an abortion is not just a medical procedure, as many would want us to believe. No, this choice affects a woman’s soul... read more

Forgotten Heroes

This weekend we celebrate our fathers.  Many have been blessed to have loving, kind, caring fathers who provided for and watched over us.  Many more, however, were not so fortunate.  Fathers play such an important role in our lives.  Let’s not forget them.  If your father is still with you, be grateful; if not, remember him with honor. There are other fathers, however, who never had a chance to play a role in the nurture and development of their child.  Perhaps they insisted on their wives or girlfriends to have an abortion, and later came to realize their mistake; some never knew until later their child had been aborted.  These men have suffered a loss every bit as much as a mother. According to research by Bradley Mattes in “Men and Abortion: An Overview,” more than 30 million men are struggling to cope with the loss of their children through abortion.   Many participated in the decision to abort and assisted their partners in doing so.  Several even pressured their partners into having an abortion.  Sadly, some watched helplessly as their unborn child was aborted in spite of their please to give their baby life.  Still, some men were not told of their fatherhood until after the abortion.  These men need help coping … they need healing every bit as much as women. If you, or someone you know, is having trouble coping with their intense emotions about a past abortion, rest assured there is help available.  Contact recovery@initiative180.org and we will help you find the help you... read more

Will the Abortion Argument Ever Stop?

Excerpts from Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, June 8, 2017   Jim Denison shares great insight on this issue in his June 8, 2017 column.  Margaret Atwood, author, was recently quoted as saying “abortion legislation in Texas is a form of slavery.”  Her quote goes on to say, she is “waiting for a lawsuit that says if you force me to have children I cannot afford, you should pay for the process.” In her opinion, “It is really a form of slavery to force women to have children that they cannot afford and then to say that they have to raise them.” Denison goes on to share how her statement is illogical. First, Atwood ignores adoption, an option that spares the life of the child with no financial burden to the mother. Second, she is apparently unaware of the financial resources available for impoverished families from public and private funds. Third, her argument would apply to children as well as to unborn babies. If a mother becomes impoverished, is it slavery to prevent her from killing her child? If not, why is it slavery to prevent her from killing her unborn child? When her baby is born, it merely changes its location from inside her womb to outside her body, but our laws illogically grant protections to the latter that they deny the former. Nothing can be said to change Margaret Atwood’s mind because in her view, an unborn child is not yet a person and thus deserves no protection from the government. This is how abortion advocates view the nearly sixty million lives ended by abortion since 1973. Many abortion... read more

It’s All About Personhood

Excerpts from LifeNews.com dated June 2, 2017   The Fourteenth Amendment was adopted in 1868 and it declares that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”  The debate that has been battled for decades is whether the “life” part includes unborn persons.  Now Harvard Law student Joshua Craddock did some constitutional soul searching to answer that question in a new report for the Harvard Law Journal, concluding that unborn babies do fall under the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections.   If you were to look to dictionaries of legal and common usage, the context of the English common law tradition, and cases that attempted to construe the meaning of the text in a manner consistent with original meaning, it would be reasonable to construe the Fourteenth Amendment to include prenatal life. The structure of the argument is simple: The Fourteenth Amendment’s use of the word “person” guarantees due process and equal protection to all members of the human species. The preborn are members of the human species from the moment of fertilization. Therefore, the Fourteenth Amendment protects the preborn. If one concedes the minor premise (that preborn humans are members of the human species), all that must be demonstrated is that the term “person,” in its original public meaning at the time of the Fourteenth Amendment’s adoption, applied to all members of the human species.   Additionally, Harvard law student Craddock puts his conclusions in context, noting that at the time the Fourteenth Amendment was written, several states called the unborn person a “child” in their... read more

When the Church Goes the Other Way

Excerpts from LifeNews.com (May 25, 2017)   Most faith leaders in Judaeo-Christian faiths believe scripture teaches that all human lives are valuable and deserving of protection.  But, sadly, some have strayed from the teaching and promote abortion. A group of New York state clergy members recently advocated for abortion at the state capital.  Abortion activists who identify as Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopalian, Baptist, Unitarian and Jewish urged New York state lawmakers to support abortion and Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in the United States. “As pastors, we believe in New Yorkers’ ability to get the health care that is supported by their religious teachings and personal beliefs,” director Dennis Ross, a Reformed Jewish rabbi, told the Legislative Gazette. “People of all faiths believe in safe and legal abortion, access to contraception and sex education, and we know Planned Parenthood is an essential healthcare provider.” It’s disturbing, to say the least, to see any members of the clergy putting their time and effort into supporting the multi-million dollar abortion industry and the destruction of unborn babies’ lives when they could be helping women and babies who so desperately need their support. Judaeo-Christian faiths teach their followers to protect and defend the most vulnerable people, even when it is not easy. In a year when human rights is debated around the world, babies in the womb are some of the most discriminated against and violated human beings in our culture today. Every year in the United States, nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted, and their mothers and fathers often are left wounded and grieving. Clergy should be championing the... read more

Nothing Has Ever Hurt Me This Bad

Excerpts from The Pulse, May 3, 2017   We hear in the media that women almost never regret their abortions. Abortion is portrayed as a source of social good: women who aren’t ready for motherhood can get rid of an inconvenient problem, and they’ll be happy — or at least confident — about their decision for the rest of their lives. Recently, abortion advocates eagerly touted a debunked study that claimed 95% of women don’t regret their abortions. But what you hear isn’t reality.  In fact, the reality is much messier. Women often do regret their abortions, and many question whether ending a new human being’s life was really their only option. 15 women shared their true stories of abortion regret with the mom website BabyGaga, demonstrating that pain, struggle, depression, and even suicidal ideation after abortion is real. The pain is palpable (the full accounts are here). I knew deep down I wanted to keep it, but I convinced myself it would be impossible. My sister had had an abortion too and told me not to tell our mom, because she would just give me crap about being irresponsible and stress me out even more. I can’t even live with myself. My soul wants to leave my physical body and go be with my angel baby. The emotions are intense and the situation is scary. I was horrified. … [O]nline blogs, not even this one, can truly express in words the pain you feel the second you walk out those doors. I walked in there with one soul, and left with none. I have never been the same since that day. I lie awake every night wondering if my... read more

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