Yesterday’s tabloids were heaving with reports of Josie Cunningham’s recent appearance on Loose Women and her ‘shocking abortion confession‘.
The mother of four spoke quite openly about her broken past, and in particular, her announcement in October 2015, that she had an abortion because her doctor was unwilling to perform plastic surgery on her nose whilst she was pregnant.
Tearfully, Miss Cunningham said, “I deeply regret going against my own morals and beliefs. I’m disgusted with myself.”
Whilst pregnant Josie claimed that she was now “on the up” after receiving counselling, and was looking forward to the birth of her baby, her trauma was evident. She was a woman in pain.
Josie Cunningham is not, however, the only celebrity who has opened up about the hurt caused from abortion.
In an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine in December 2014, Nicki Minaj spoke about the abortion she underwent as a teenager; “I thought I was going to die…It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through… It has haunted me all my life.”
Nicki Minaj’s comments echo that of Sharon Osbourne, who previously stated, “I had an abortion at 17 and it was the worst thing I ever did.” Mrs Osbourne later suffered three miscarriages which she attributed to damage caused to her cervix during the abortion.
Despite media propaganda tirelessly seeking to portray abortion as nothing worse than a tooth extraction, we at Life, have a very different perspective. Unfortunately, the question which presents itself to us time and time again, is “if it was nothing, why do I feel this way? If it wasn’t a baby, why am I still hurting?”
Whilst the pro-abortion lobby claim to be champions for women everywhere, those who regret their abortions are sidelined as they are seen as damaging the cause. These women are edited out of the feminist picture, swept under (a rather large) metaphorical rug, or are accused of being ‘anti-abortion extremists’ in disguise. None of these caricatures are fair, compassionate or loving. Women who have undergone abortion need as much love as those facing crisis pregnancies, if not more. Absolute compassion and honesty are vital in their search for peace.
Online for Life, a US based pro-life organisation, have created an abortion memorial; a safe place for mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other family members to remember children who were lost to abortion. The platform not only provides a place for healing and encouragement, but overwhelmingly demonstrates the mass suffering and psychological impact caused by abortion.
Yet, whilst the grief of many is very real, there is hope. Life has over 40 years’ experience of helping women find peace after abortion. If you or a loved one have been affected by abortion, do not hesitate to contact Life’s care service where you will be able to talk to our experienced counsellors and skilled listeners who can help you work through your feelings in a safe place.