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?

Used With Permission – ModelCall Magazine

Initiatiive 180 in the News

Initiative 180 and Peace After the Storm were featured in the August 2014 issue of ModelCall magazine.

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Source:  Family Research Council, Washington Update February 16, 2017   Summer White shares a powerful video about her experiences.  Read on … There’s probably no horror on earth that compares to being sexually abused. For women like the one who wrote into the atheist website Sheologians, it was a nightmare that will take a lifetime of healing. And in a heart-wrenching email, she says that healing didn’t start at Planned Parenthood. After realizing she was pregnant from the rape, she went to the place she “had been told all her life to go when seeking help with an unplanned pregnancy.” In the message, read in a powerful video by Summer White, she said she was certain Planned Parenthood would give her all the help she needed to give her baby up for adoption. “That’s not what I found,” she writes. After she turned in the paperwork explaining her intent, “everything changed.” She was left for an hour in the waiting room and ignored by staff. When the clinic workers finally got around to seeing her, she was strongly pressured to abort. “She kept telling me about my rights. About how empowered I would feel. How I would be taking control of my own body, and taking back what had been taken from me,” reads White. “They wouldn’t offer me an ultrasound,” she continued. “Counseling was only for those getting an abortion.” When the woman tried to get information on adoption, she was told “her baby would likely grow up to be a drug user, or a rapist. She was told that her baby, having been conceived from rape would be... read more

Healing from the Hurt of Abortion

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The Light of Life

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A Real and Present Danger

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Remembering a Legend

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The Reality of Unresolved Guilt

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