Archive for October 7th, 2010

Last year, in Arizona, I was asked by a friend from Canada to have lunch with the daughter of her friend.  My Canadian friend knew about my involvement in Lutherans For Life and Word of Hope.  She knew a little bit of why Titus 2 for Life grew out of my experiences with women grieving after an abortion.  She also knew that her friend’s daughter was interested in starting some sort of caring ministry for women in her area who were affected by their abortions.

So, under a canopy of blue sky, two older and two younger women gathered around an informal table.  We were there to imagine:  What could be done to welcome, encourage, and heal with the amazing love of Jesus?  It was easy to see the passion in Tessie, the woman who desired to begin a post abortion group.  She wore a genuine heart on her sleeve.  But, more than the passion and heart was her conviction and the courage to speak the Truth  For, you see, without the truth, the passion and heart would not bring hope.

I offered my assistance and prayers to Tessie.  We parted ways, but promised to stay in touch by e-mail.  We have.  Tessie is accountable with her “reports” to me and a few trusted others.

In the spring, Tessie started her first group for post abortive women.    By the end of September, she had led three groups.  All of this was done by word of mouth and little posters in area churches.

I asked Tessie about the diversity of the women.  She replied,

“There have been 18 women from the three groups that I’ve led.  They range in ages from 28 to 60+.  The women are mostly Caucasian, with one Hispanic and two African Americans.  Seven are single.  Three are divorced.  Eight are married.  All of the women claim to be Christians.  Three of the women married the father of their aborted child, but one [of those] divorced years later.  Five have had multiple abortions.  Two were late term.”

The eighteen women that Tessie has encircled remind me of the women God has placed in my life.

At last count, 24 of my friends, relatives, or acquaintances have shared their abortion experience with me.  Many of these are women who came up to me after I had finished speaking about Biblical manhood and womanhood.  One woman admitted that was the only reason she could attend the event.  She said, “If you had come to speak about abortion, I wouldn’t have showed up.  But, I was curious about living as a Biblical woman.”  She went on to explain, “When you shared the story of your friend who had an abortion, how did you know?  You were speaking to me.  That was my story.”

Of the 24 women in my “circle” who have suffered an abortion, 18 are Lutheran.  Two are the wives of Lutheran pastors.  At least three have had more than one abortion.

One of the women is someone I’ve known a long time.  We’ve traveled different paths and, because of that, our experiences have resulted in very different consequences.  One day, quite unexpected, she shared a receipt from Planned Parenthood that she keeps in her billfold.  She also shared a cut-out picture of a little girl that, she explained, may have looked like her daughter.  God has done a healing work on this woman.  She will live with the regret the rest of her life but, every morning, she looks in the mirror to see the Robe of Jesus’ Righteousness wrapped securely around her.

Another woman and I nearly lost our friendship after her abortion.  I think it was the first time I realized how divisive the double-edged Sword of God’s Word really is.  She knew she was living on the wrong side of the Sword, but had to defend herself.  In time, that Sword pierced through the denial to change the heart and mind of a beautiful and forgiven woman.  This friend has motivated me to make myself available to women everywhere — through speaking, writing, and the Titus 2 for Life ministry.

To all of these women, God has Words of promise:

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.  I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound . . . to comfort all who mourn . . . to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes.

(Psalm30:5b; 32:3-5; Isaiah 61:1-3)

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October is breast cancer awareness month.  I’m all for fighting breast cancer.  My mother, aunt, and cousin all died from breast cancer.  I don’t want to.  This summer, my niece discovered she has breast cancer.  I want her to grow beautifully old with grandchildren.

For all these reasons, I’m grateful for cancer research and physicians with resolve to battle the disease.  But, I’m also confused.

Why would organizations known for fighting breast cancer team up with organizations that abort babies and put women at higher risk of breast cancer?

Susan G. Komen is a successful organization that raises awareness of breast cancer as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars for research and hope of finding a cure.  But, Susan G. Komen also gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood (PP).  PP is the world’s largest provider of abortions.

Dr. Joel Brind is a Professor of Human Biology and Endocrinology at Baruch College, the City University of New York and president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute in Poughkeepsie, NY.  He has been conducting research on diseases related to reproductive steroid hormones since 1972.    Dr. Brind links the long history of peer reviewed medical research establishing the breast cancer and abortion link.  Google or Bing Joel Brind.  Watch one of his YouTube videos.  Or, google or Bing David Reardon at the Elliot Institute.  You can order the brochure, “Breast Cancer: Risks and Choices” from Heritage House www.hh76.com

How does abortion ultimately cause breast cancer?  Almost all of the risk factors which are known to increase the risk of breast cancer are associated with some kind of excess exposure to the main female sex steroid hormone, estrogen.  The biggest surge of estrogen occurs in the first tirmester of pregnancy.  Estrogen goes sky high.  That’s okay because although it stimulates the growth of the breasts, toward the end of the pregnancy other hormones kick in that make the breast tissue mature, which also kill off cells that are not needed.  Once the mature cells are ready to produce milk, they aren’t in a growing mode.  They are less likely to be subject to the mutogenic or initiating effects of carcinogens (the substances that produce cancer).  The carcinogens will affect cells which basically can grow.

If a woman has an abortion during the first 32 weeks of pregnancy, she gets all of these growth-promoting effects on the tissues because of the big surge of estrogen.  Without the differentiating and maturing effects of the later hormones, the net result is the opposite of what we would find in a full-term pregancy.  It’s know that a full-term pregnancy early in a woman’s reproductive life is protective against breast cancer.  But an early abortion does not offer that protection and, instead, works the other way and increases the risk.  The extra estrogen ultimately causes abnormal cells to grow into full blown cancer.

A miscarriage, on the other hand, is a natural termination — much different from an induced abortion.  Most pregnancies that end in miscarriage don’t produce the same high levels of estrogen as are produced by a normal pregnancy.  (Read more in “Breast Cancer: Risks and Choices”)

RU 486, the chemical abortion, does nothing to neutralize the effects of pregnancy hormones up until the time of the abortion; therefore, it will have the same effect on future breast cancer risk as surgical abortion.

I hope that women who have had or are considering an abortion will do some research and discover very serious risks to their health.

In the meantime, I’m left wondering.  Why don’t the organizations that fight breast cancer speak up about the risks of abortion?  Why would an organization like Susan G. Komen want to donate large amounts of money to Planned Parenthood?  Why would an organization that wants to save the lives of women not be troubled about donating to a business that ends the lives of babies and puts the mothers of those babies at serious risk of breast cancer?

It doesn’t make any sense.  None at all.

(For a 30-minute video entitled “Komen’s Dark Side,” go to www.lifeissues.org/AbortionBreastCancer/komen/index.htm )

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