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

The Worst Decision a Woman Can Make

Excerpts from “How Abortion Hurts Women: The Hard Proof” by Erika Bachiochi   For decades the fallacy of feminist ideology is that abortion is necessary for women’s sexual equality and well-being.  That’s opposite o what medical evidence, sociological data, and the lived experience of many women, which proves that abortion harms women physically, psychologically, relationally, and culturally.  I know personally what harm abortion can do to a woman.   Destroying Womens Health Women who have had abortions suffer an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. A study published in a recent edition of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders found that women who aborted their unintended pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to subsequently report all the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder than those women who had carried their unintended pregnancies to term. A study of a state-funded medical insurance program in California published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry in 2002 showed that the rate of mental health claims for women who aborted was 17 percent higher than those who had carried their children to term. And, according to a 1996 article in the British Medical Journal and a 2002 article in the Southern Medical Journal, the risk of death from suicide is two to six times higher for women who have had abortions when compared, again, with women who have given birth. Several studies analyzed in a landmark 2003 article in the Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey show that induced abortion also increases the risk of placenta previa by 50 percent and doubles the risk of pre-term birth in later pregnancies. Placenta previa – where the placenta implants at the bottom of the uterus and covers the... read more

How Your Secret Story Can Help Others

One woman raised her hand to share her 40-year secret, something even her 46-year-old son doesn’t know. Another spoke up to say she feared that God would no longer love her. A third wept in the back of the room, quietly grieving for those around her. They were among dozens gathered on a February evening in a Seattle church parlor to hear from the Rev. Susan Chorley.  The Boston-area pastor had come to talk about abortion — her abortion. By speaking about a subject so many deem unspeakable, she’d empowered others to come forward. She says it’s always this way. Rev. Chorley shares her gut-wrenching choice she never thought she’d have to make. She was a stressed-out new pastor with a 2-year-old son and a crumbling marriage when she had her abortion a dozen years ago. Far more painful than the procedure, she says, was the isolation she felt afterward. A woman in the ministry who feared being cast out, she suffered in silence. Not anymore. Since June, Chorley has been visiting churches across the country to share her story. It’s part of a recent effort by a group she helped found years ago to support women and men after abortions. This “pro-voice” philosophy that shuns the “pro-choice” and “pro-life” labels society foists on this hot-button issue is duplicated by multiple other post abortion ministries.  Offering a safe, non-judgmental place to share their hurts, women (and men) flock to the groups to find the comfort they seek. The job of post-abortion ministries isn’t to decide whether or not the people they serve made the right or wrong decision, but... read more

Abortion Is Nothing to Shout About (Unless You’re Trying to Stop It)bo

Excerpts from CareNet, March 30, 2017, “Why So Few Women Shout Their Abortions”   For over a year, abortion activists have attempted to get women to embrace the #shoutyourabortion campaign. Websites like ShoutYourAbortion.com tell readers that, “Abortion is normal. Our stories are ours to tell. This is not a debate.” The activists argue that women feel shame about abortion because there are not enough people publicly celebrating the procedure. If more people “shout” their abortion experience, then more women will be comfortable with abortion.  It’s counter to those women who share their stories of regret after their abortion.  Pre-teen magazines have published articles about what to get a friend after an abortion. Well, take it from me, there’s nothing good about abortion to shout about.  It’s hurt far more than it’s helped.  Sadly, you don’t hear about the pain, trauma and regret often enough. With all the media hype in support of #shoutyourabortion, the campaign never went viral. Instead, the campaign barely raised a whisper, let alone a “shout.” The failure can be traced to the reasons women have abortions in the first place. According to the Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood), women have abortions for the following reasons: Concern for or responsibility to other individuals; The inability to afford raising a child; and The belief that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents. Half said they did not want to be a single parent or were having problems with their husband or partner.” Additionally, Guttmacher found that over half of the women who had an abortion were actively using contraception... read more

Prayer Always Works

From “Woman Who Had 10 Abortions Brought Niece to Planned Parenthood for One, But Something Happened,” LifeNews.com, March 28, 2017 If you’ve ever wondered whether God hears our prayers, the answer is, He Always hears his children.  God uses every little action we take to save lives. It happened recently in Houston, Texas, where a baby was just saved from an abortion … and all it took to change a young woman’s mind was seeing one prayer volunteer holding a sign that read: “Pray to end abortion.”  Sometimes the results aren’t immediate. In this case, it was family members who relentlessly pressured a younger relative to have an abortion. One young woman came to Houston’s giant Planned Parenthood abortion facility with her aunt because her mother was totally against the abortion. A sidewalk counselor warned the young woman that abortion can cause lasting damage to a woman’s body, physically and emotionally. The aunt responded that abortion had not hurt her. At this point, the volunteer turned to the aunt … and talked about post-abortion healing programs in which mothers are encouraged to name their aborted babies. The aunt responded: “All ten of them?” The two women eventually walked away. But a week later, the younger relative spoke to the counselors at the mobile pregnancy help center parked outside Planned Parenthood.  She did NOT want an abortion … but she DID want their help. We can pray fervently anywhere and anytime.  Please remember to pray for those seeking an abortion, and for those  who are coercing others to have abortions.  God uses every action to change hearts and minds!  Remember,... read more

What’s the True Cost of Abortion?

From “Abortion Costs Us $9 Trillion,” Ardee Coolidge, March 23, 2017   How much is a human life worth?   Think about it long and hard.  It’s impossible to put a monetary value on a human life.  The only answer is PRICELESS.  Unfortunately, there are those who argue that some lives are more valuable than others due to things like sex, race, creed, nationality, or disability and they are rightly criticized by society. But every day, corporations, activists, and individuals are asked to consider this very question and make life-altering decisions. For Planned Parenthood, the value of an unborn human life is approximately $500, the average cost of one of their abortions. But is that a fair economic exchange for a baby’s life? The Department of Transportation has found that, as a nation, America is willing to spend $9.1 million to save an individual life (based on calculating a wide variety of variables including the costs of preventive medicine, safety devices, average salaries, etc). That means we have decided that the economic and social contributions of an individual American are worth more than $9 million. One study found that during the first year of a baby’s life, more than $6,000 is spent (e.g. economic activity is generated) for things like diapers, wipes, strollers, and other baby items.  There are about 1,000,000 abortions a year, that is $6 billion of lost economic activity per year as a result of abortion! And more than $9 trillion (yes, trillion with a “t”) of lost economic activity during their lifetimes (again, from just one year’s worth of abortions). Major corporations like Johnson & Johnson, Adobe, Boeing, and... read more

Planned Parenthood: When Their Promises Aren’t Delivered

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

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