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INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEXT ABORTION RECOVERY WEEKEND!
Some of the symptoms a woman experiences after an abortion are immediate, and sometimes it takes years for them to manifest. A woman may continue to experience those symptoms for years even decades after her abortion. It is possible for her to not even recognize that the abortion is the trigger for those symptoms, including guilt, anxiety, child/pregnant woman avoidance, emotional numbness, depression, thoughts of suicide, vividly recalled memories of the abortion, inability to bond with children, eating disorders, and drug or alcohol abuse.
Guilt — A mother’s heart is genetically designed to “protect their child at all costs.” Abortion short-circuits that basic human instinct. That can lead to feelings of guilt. A common guilty reaction after abortion could be that the individuals believes future bad events happen because they “deserve it” for making this choice.
Anxiety — (i.e., anxiety attacks) Many individuals state that after their abortion they started feeling tense and could not relax. Some outline physical reactions like dizziness, pounding heart, upset stomach, headaches. They may worry about the future, struggle to concentrate and not be able to sleep. It is often difficult to understand the source of anxiety.
Avoiding Children or Pregnant Women — It is common for post-abortive people to avoid children, especially pregnant women or children that would have been around the age of their aborted child. This avoidance can include: skipping baby showers, avoiding the baby aisle at the grocery store, walking around the block to avoid a playground, or making excuses to escape events that include children or pregnant women.
Feeling “Numb” — To avoid painful thoughts after abortion, many work to shut off their emotions. That could mean abandoning friendships and family, particularly if they remind them of the abortion experience. When someone shuts down emotionally, they don’t feel sorrow or joy. Many turn to drugs or alcohol to assist in numbing these memories that result in guilt or anxiety.
Depression — Everyone is sad once in a while. After abortion, gloomy feelings can make the person feel hopeless and unlovable. They may cry uncontrollably for no reason and/or feel like they are going crazy. Perhaps they can’t eat or sleep. Others eat too much and sleep all day. The things they used to enjoy are avoided.
Thoughts of Suicide — Some post-abortive people get so sad that they think it would be easier to die than continue living. Others miss their lost child so much that they want to join them to hold them at last. Anniversary Reminders This “anniversary” can be the aborted child’s due date, or the date of the abortion. On these dates, individuals can feel horrible for no apparent reason. It can take years to realize these dates are related to their abortion experience.
Experiencing The Abortion Again — A post-abortive person can be suddenly transported back to the abortion clinic and remember everything in their minds. Memories can be triggered by simple sounds heard during the abortion procedure – like a vacuum cleaner or a dentist drill. For those who endured medical abortions, it can be the sound of a toilet flushing. Yearly pap tests can also resurrect these memories. Others experience ongoing nightmares involving children, perhaps in pain. They can even have the same nightmare over and over again.
Wanting To Get Pregnant Again — It is normal to want to get pregnant again as soon as possible after any pregnancy loss. Most do so out of a desire to make sure they can still have a baby. Others hope to “replace” the life that was lost during the abortion.
Fear of Infertility — A common reaction after abortion is to worry about being able to get pregnant again. Many fear they have aborted the only child they will ever have. Others suspect the abortion could have mutilated their body in some way.
Unable to Bond with Present or Future Children — Some post-abortive people live in fear that children they had before or after the abortion could easily die. This fright can lead these parents to overprotect their children at an unhealthy level.
Eating Disorders — Episodes of anorexia or bulimia is common for people who have chosen abortion. Some get fat or thin to avoid anyone wanting them at a sexual level as that could lead to another pregnancy decision. Eating is also something an individual can personally regulate when their life feels beyond their control.
Alcohol and Drug Use — Drugs and alcohol often serves as a tranquilizer to help keep the memories of an abortion at a distance. They can help calm anxiety and promote sleep. Sadly, the overuse of these elements can lead to other problems at a mental and physical level.
SOURCE: Help for the Post-Abortive Woman by Dr. Paul and Teri Reisser and Ramah International 2013 “Post Abortion Stress Syndrome”
If you or a woman you know is suffering in silence from these symptoms due to a past abortion, please know that complete forgiveness and healing is possible. CONTACT IVCL AT email@example.com FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEXT ABORTION RECOVERY WEEKEND. It is time to let go of the guilt, the shame, and the pain. Please note that in order to maintain complete confidentiality, information about the location of the event will only be given to those who will attend. Men’s confidential abortion recovery is also available, contact Norm Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The staff and management of KGBA FM 100.1 thank you for your efforts to prevent Planned Parenthood from opening an abortion clinic here in El Centro. In case you were not aware, Planned Parenthood has built and opened a clinic on 4th street near Ross avenue in El Centro. In contrast, as a pro-life community and a part of the Imperial Valley Coalition for Life, KGBA, churches, businesses, ministries, and individuals came together to host the Baby Shower for Life! What a fantastic outpouring of love and support for the mothers in the Imperial Valley who have chosen life for their babies. A large trailer was filled to the brim with diapers, wipes, carseats, strollers, baby and maternity clothes, baby bottles and all sorts of baby shower items! These donations will help ministries like Birthchoice, and the Real Hope Center meet the needs of mothers in our community! Thank you so much for your generosity! We encourage you to continue to support those ministries with your donations and baby care items as the needs continue throughout the year! It is our plan to make the baby shower an annual event!
Below is an update from the IV Coalition for life:
Dear fellow fighters for life,
I want to give you an update on the Planned Parenthood (PP) clinic situation, as today was a very eventful day…
We were blessed by having Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece, an outspoken, well-known pro-life activist with a long list of impressive credentials, to address local pastors and pro-life leaders at an encouraging luncheon and then address the El Centro City Council. She had a powerful and inspiring message! We had an incredible turnout and outpouring of gifts at our Baby Shower for Life – wow – what an awesome testament to how much our community cares! At the same time, there was a ministry fair with local organizations that had booths displaying and distributing information on what they do to help women facing unplanned pregnancies. Thank you to all who came out tonight and prayed and brought gifts – it was fantastic!
So where does the issue stand now?
There is good news and there is bad news.
The bad news is that at the El Centro City Council meeting a report was given by lawyers from Procopio, the law firm the Council hired to give them outside legal counsel on what they could do regarding the transfer agreement with PP. In a nutshell, they said that the City Council’s hands are tied because CA state law is so liberal when it comes to reproductive rights and that state law trumps what the City might do. The hospital does have the legal right to refuse to sign the transfer agreement, however, because they receive funding from MediCal and MediCare, the hospital must comply with their non-discrimination rules – and they would interpret NOT signing the transfer agreement to be discriminatory toward women’s reproductive rights and would therefore pull their funding. Also, PP would have grounds for a lawsuit. So it boils down to the choice of $$$ or LIFE for the hospital. Based on this legal opinion, the City Council believes there is nothing that can be done but that the community should continue their efforts to provide alternative resources.
The good news is that the Coalition is still not 100% convinced and is going to have the ADF attorneys in CA review this. The other good news is that God is still on the throne and when man’s abilities fail, the law fails and the government fails to be able to come through – that is when God has room to do a miracle and get all the glory for it. And we are still believing that PP can be put out of business due to a lack of business (since they are only in it for the $$$)!
The bad news is that it is our understanding that PP has opened its doors for business. The issue of the fire chief not approving their final inspection and their need to do significant upgrades like sprinklers and a roof is still on the table. However, because of PP’s threatened lawsuit over this, the City Council has requested that the State Fire Chief give his opinion, which he has 30 days to render. In the meantime, PP can operate under a conditional occupancy permit from the City, meaning they can open for business but cannot perform any surgical procedures that require sedation. However, they can still give out the RU-486 abortion pill, along with plenty of bad advice. So we encourage anyone who is available to go there to pray and to take part in the 365 days for Life prayer vigil. You can sign up for vigil time slots at our website www.ivcoalitionforlife.com.
The good news is that we can still overcome this evil with good! The key is to NOT get discouraged and to NOT back down now. Now more than ever it is critical to be vigilant in prayer and support. Part of this good news is that we are working to start a mobile clinic and eventually, a regular clinic in a building, at a property that is being purchased strategically close to PP. While PP is providing “low-cost healthcare,” Stanton Healthcare will provide FREE quality (life-affirming) healthcare for pregnant women.
There are several ways that you can get or remain engaged in the pro-life movement in order to promote a culture of life in the Imperial Valley and combat the culture of death PP is attempting to bring here.
1. PRAY – we are working on having people committed to be there to pray every single day that they are open. Please sign up for times/days that work for you to be there to pray on the sidewalk outside of the clinic. Click here to register for the 365 Days for Life prayer vigil
2. SERVE – get involved with one of the ministries serving this need in our community – there are so many different opportunities and needs – contact us for more information.
or visit our website: http://ivcoalitionforlife.com.
a. The Real Hope Center – support for women and men who choose to keep their babies in difficult circumstances; offering a learn-to-earn program where a mother may earn diapers, car seats, baby clothes etc. in exchange for attending classes such as parenting or Bible studies. They also offer confidential post-abortive counseling for both men and women.
Address: 548 W. Main St.
b. Birth Choice – crisis pregnancy counseling center, providing education and support services to women and men dealing with unplanned pregnancies, and providing pro-life educational resources for the community.
Address: 229 S. Eighth Street, Suite C El Centro
c. WOVEN – women’s ministry, serving a variety of needs, including confidential post-abortive counseling for men or women, and parenting classes.
Address: 235 Main St, Brawley, CA 92227
Phone: (760) 344-0411
Address: 212 S 6th St, El Centro
Phone: (760) 353-1244
d. Youth for Christ’s Parent Life – program mentoring teen parents.
Address: 395 E. Main St. El Centro
Phone: (760) 352-7070
e. Amaris Ministries – foster care and adoption; placing infants and children regardless of ethnicity, age or special needs into loving homes.
Address: 585 W. Orange, El Centro
Phone: (760) 337-9444
f. CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates who represent the interests of children in family court situations and who stand up for abused and neglected children to help them find safe and permanent homes..
Address: 229 S 8th St, El Centro
3. GIVE – We are going to need to begin serious fundraising efforts for the Stanton Healthcare clinic. You can make checks payable to the IV Coalition for Life.
The key is to not get discouraged and to instead be more prayerful, passionate, and engaged than ever!