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Shockwaves – abortion’s rattling impact

The trauma of abortion spreads beyond the baby, to the couple, siblings, family, and other relationships – even to workplaces and broader societal circles. Yet, only the healing power of Christ soothes its distress for good.

Abortion is never an isolated incident. There are relationships affected in addition to the baby who was denied a chance to live and the mother who lives with regrets, whether buried or on the surface. The shockwave-effect from each abortion is one of the reasons so many Legates are passionately involved in pro-life causes. The other reason is that God is pro-life. Thus, it leaves faithful Catholics with no other moral choice.

For Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and member of the Orlando, Florida Legatus chapter, her life is dedicated to the pro-life cause. Since 1989, she has held various local and national leadership roles in the movement and has assisted Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, since his ordination in 1988. In 2009, Legatus International awarded Morana the Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-life Hall of Fame Award.

Her latest book, Shockwaves: Abortion’s Wider Circle of Victims, shares personal accounts of the wounds left by abortion. “Since the early days, I’ve focused on the damage abortion does to women,” Morana explained. “In October of 1990, I prayed outside an abortion clinic for the first time and saw women with visible baby bumps going in to destroy their babies.” She was shocked to see women so far along in the pregnancy aborting their babies.

“Father Frank and I had the idea to make signs saying: ‘Abortion hurts women,” Morana said. “It’s always been on my heart from the beginning to help women who would tell us how they’ve been hurt.”

On November 11, 2002, Morana founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign as a joint venture with Priests for Life and the Anglicans for Life. It offers post-abortive support and a platform for testimonies. The “I Regret My Abortion” signs first began appearing at their events.

Currently, there are 18,240 people registered with the Campaign, representing 77 countries. A survey among members shows that more than half of them waited over 20 years before seeking healing, although that time varied from one month to 36 years.

“In 2004, we had the first man give his testimony at the March for Life in D.C.,” Morana said. “And we’ve started having more people come forward like grandparents and siblings.”


Shockwaves is the outgrowth of these testimonies, giving a glimpse into the wound our nation has suffered after 45 years and over 59 million have been lost to legalized abortion.

“Abortion hurts people psychologically, physically, and emotionally,” Morana said. “And sometimes later in life, the women are unable to have more children.” She said that she wrote the book to reveal the extent that abortion’s shockwaves have affected society while also offering healing through support and resources.

Before we can heal, Morana explained that we need to understand what ails us. “Denial begins with the professionals,” she said. “The American Psychological Institute doesn’t even acknowledge abortion trauma.”

Her book contains a myriad of stories that demonstrate the shockwaves. For instance, in the chapter “Fatherhood Forever,” men reveal the painful aftermath of losing a child whether it was what he thought he wanted at the time or not.

John changed his mind about his girlfriend getting an abortion while sitting outside the facility in his car. He ran in, hoping to stop the abortion but was too late. “How could they do this to my child… Why was this child sacrificed because of our stupidity?” he cried. “I stopped seeing Janet. I was too filled with rage, anger, and grief to even look at her.”

When Paul Marshall’s girlfriend became pregnant in high school, their families insisted on abortion. Another pregnancy followed but Paul and his girlfriend turned to Planned Parenthood for parenting classes, hoping for a better outcome. “When we asked about taking classes, a clinic staffer told us that was the most foolish thing we could do and that we should have an abortion,” he said. The couple was told the baby was not even human yet.

Later when Paul came to realize he had destroyed his children, he turned to alcohol, burying his feelings until he heard there were other men hurting from abortion and attended an abortion-recovery program for men. “I am now the president and executive director of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central New York, and we are committed to educating individuals with the truth about fetal development,” he explained. “I was lied to at Planned Parenthood and we know they are still lying about the humanity of the child in the womb.”

Stephen shared his testimony: “Clearly, I let her know it was her responsibility, not mine. Years later I realized she had the abortion for me.” More than 25 years after the abortion, Stephen was in the seminary, deep into prolife work. He contacted his old girlfriend to apologize for not being stronger and learned only then that he had not lost one child, but two—twins.

Stories include grandparents wanting to “fix” the problem and pressuring their children, friends thinking they are being supportive, former clinic workers and even former abortionists themselves. The extent of the shockwaves reveals just how very wounded a country that legalizes abortion becomes.

Healing Needed

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, the director of the Institute for Marital Healing outside Philadelphia, addresses the effect that previous abortions can have on marriages in his forthcoming book with Ignatius Press on strengthening Catholic marriages. According to him, mistrust, feelings of betrayal and anger can emerge from the trauma of a previous abortion, requiring the work of forgiveness. Sometimes, however, the painful memory causing the conflict is buried so the couple does not even realize it is the source of much of their trouble.

“Spouses report being greatly helped by taking the post-abortion pain to the Sacrament of Reconciliation,” Dr. Fitzgibbons said. “Also, participation in a post-abortion healing programs, such as Project Rachel, has helped many spouses find healing.”

A priest once related to him that he often discovers there is a past abortion for couples with excessive anger. Dr. Fitzgibbons began discovering the same situation when he started asking about it.

“The most severe post-abortion psychological consequence that I have seen is the total loss of trust in a spouse which can progress to the development of paranoid thinking which requires antipsychotic medication,” he said. “I have also treated single males involved with a number of abortions who later developed bipolar disorder with grandiose delusions that were an unconscious attempt to escape from their guilt.”

“The awareness of the shockwaves from abortion is essential to breaking this silence and transforming the ministries of the Church and the health care profession,” Morana explained. Her book also offers a list of resources and explains the healing initiative game plan at AbortionShockwaves.com.

“We are making a difference,” Morana said. “I see people healing and going to Christ to stop the abusive behavior and be made new in Him. There are now three to four more pregnancy centers than there are abortion facilities. We are gaining.”

PATTI MAGUIRE ARMSTRONG, who wrote the newly published book, Legatus @ 30, is an award-winning author and Catholic journalist, TV and radio commentator, and mother of 10.

Janet Morana, Northern New Jersey Chapter

Janet Morana has been a pro-life leader on the local and national stages since 1989. She co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign — the world’s largest mobilization of women who have had abortions. She is a weekly guest on EWTN Global Catholic Radio with Teresa Tomeo, is seen on EWTN’s Defending Life television series, and she co-hosts The Catholic View for Women, also on EWTN.

Janet Morana

Morana’s 2013 book Recall Abortion: Ending the Abortion Industry’s Exploitation of Women exposes the myriad ways in which abortion harms women and calls for a national recall of the procedure. She spoke with Legatus magazine staff writer Brian Fraga.

How did you get involved in the pro-life movement?

Basically, it was through Fr. Frank Pavone. He was my parish priest and it was his involvement that made me aware of how bad the problem is — and it gave me the desire to get involved. I started assisting him with activities in Staten Island, N.Y. Then when he went off to be the national director of Priests for Life, I continued to help him while I worked full time as a teacher and a mother. In 2000, I decided to leave public school teaching. Later I became the executive director at Priests for Life.

What did Fr. Pavone say that got you interested in the pro-life apostolate?

As a parish priest, he would preach often on the subject, so we got to learn a lot about it, and he invited everyone in the parish to be involved. I was a participant in life chains and praying in front of abortion clinics. It was praying in front of an abortion clinic for the first time that opened my eyes. Seeing women with noticeable baby bumps going in to destroy their child, it became a harsh reality for me.

Is there enough societal support for women in crisis pregnancies?

The pro-life movement has really stepped up to the plate and has expanded its outreach to women. There are more than 2,500 pregnancy health centers nationwide, but the sad thing is that not all women know the health care and support that’s available.

If you can, visit your local pregnancy center and see how you can help. The more we can be ambassadors of the good news to let women know that we’re here for them and here to help them, the better we can do at spreading the good news of the pro-life message.

Do you think Roe v. Wade will ever be overturned?

For me, it’s not just whether abortion is illegal or legal. My goal is to make it an unthinkable choice for any woman in an unexpected pregnancy. Having abortion legal gives permission. Some women would never have an abortion if it was illegal, but let’s face it, many would.

The goal is to absolutely overturn Roe v. Wade, but at the same time we have to work to change hearts and minds. It doesn’t matter what the law is if nobody will want to do it. Yes, abortion is an evil. It’s bad for your health. We’re going to work to make it illegal, but my basic goal is to make it unthinkable so nobody would ever want an abortion.

How can pro-life voters discern their choices in this election year?

The first thing I challenge them to do is go to our special website: PoliticalResponsibility.com. We have a comparison of the party platforms. If you look at the Democratic and Republican platforms on a whole host of issues, it’s a stark difference. To me, it makes it crystal clear how to vote when you look at the platform because the party does matter.


Taking it to the next level

Legate KATHLEEN EATON BRAVO rebrands Birth Choice as Obria Medical Clinics . . . .

Legate Kathleen Eaton Bravo has long been a trailblazer in the pro-life pregnancy center movement, but now she is taking her vision for ending abortion to a new level.


Kathleen Eaton defends the unborn at the 2012 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

What’s in a name?

On Feb. 1, the Birth Choice Health Clinics Eaton Bravo had led for 28 years were rebranded as Obria (pronounced OH-bree-uh) Medical Clinics. The change, part of a strategy to offer life-centered sexual and reproductive health care to young women and men in a secular, sexualized culture, was sparked by a decline in Birth Choice’s patient numbers.

Birth Choice responded in part by closing and relocating several clinics, but in the process it became clear that the name wasn’t working.

“When we did focus groups, they didn’t like ‘Birth Choice,’” Eaton Bravo said. “They didn’t know if it was pro-life or pro-choice.” Some thought the name reflected an agenda and others thought Birth Choice was a birthing center. By contrast, the name Obria Medical Clinics resonated positively with both men and women.

To supporters who didn’t like the new name because it didn’t mean anything to them, Eaton Bravo explained that in the world of marketing, meaning is less important than effective branding. “I said, ‘What does Apple have to do with computers? But we all know what it is.’”

From their work in the hospitality industry, Orange County Legate Steph Busch, vice chair of the Obria board, and her husband Tim know the trend is to use more neutral names.

Justin Alvarez

Justin Alvarez

“People are looking in all aspects of their life for something unique that meets their needs and applies to them,” Steph Busch said. “I think Obria offers that possibility.”

Of the 10 names presented to Birth Choice by Breviti, a company that has successfully branded more than 900 organizations, Eaton Bravo liked Obria right away.

Her reasoning was simple: Obria starts with “OB,” suggesting an emphasis on women’s health, although the clinics will treat men as well. The root of the name is from the Spanish “obra,” which means “to work,” and the insertion of the letter “I” reflects personal responsibility. Eaton Bravo, a member of Legatus’ Orange Coast Chapter, said the new name incorporates the good work the organization does for the sanctity of life, both in and out of the womb.

Key to choosing Obria, she added, was that no one owned the name and all the web addresses attached to it. “In today’s world you don’t just think up a name,” she explained. “Every word that you could imagine that sounds good, somebody owns.”

Taking on the beast

With the rebranding of Birth Choice in California as Obria, Eaton Bravo hopes eventually to expand outside the state, developing Obria nationally as a competitive health-care model for serving young women and men who are not only facing a pregnancy but are in a lifestyle that could result in one.

To reach abortion-minded clients, Birth Choice clinics since

2006 have offered services that compete directly with Planned Parenthood, the nation’s No. 1 abortion provider. These include STD and HIV/AIDS testing, plus well-woman and prenatal care.

“We do everything Planned Parenthood does minus contraception and abortion,” Eaton Bravo said.

As part of the rebranding, she envisions Obria working with existing medical clinics, starting new ones, collaborating with faith-based primary-care community clinics and supporting local pregnancy resource centers in converting to a medical model. With the help of a $500,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Obria plans to develop a network of 25 clinics in California, where the abortion rate is 40% above the national average.

nextlevel-1Obria also will be launching an Internet-based telemedicine program that will offer access to counseling services, health education and other pro-life educational materials in more than 20 states through partnerships with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and Students for Life.

“If we don’t do something now,” Eaton Bravo said, “10 years from now the pregnancy center movement has a chance of becoming obsolete. We might still be serving and providing baby clothes, but not with a cutting-edge, faith-based model that reaches the patient instead of the donor.”

Ventura-LA North Legate Justin Alvarez, an attorney and Obria board member, said he believes one of the biggest challenges in the pro-life pregnancy center movement is a lack of consistency and differences in quality and approach, something the Obria brand can address.

“If you’re going to create a brand that can compete with Planned Parenthood and other organizations, you must have good quality control over everybody operating within that brand.” For instance, he said, a brand like McDonald’s is successful because of consistency. “It has a good product, it meets needs, and you know what you’re going to get.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and a member of Legatus’ Northern New Jersey Chapter, said she believes the more pregnancy resource centers can move in the direction of medical clinics like Obria, the more they can compete with abortion providers.

“It doesn’t mean other pregnancy centers don’t save babies,” she explained. “Just about everyone does free ultrasounds and pregnancy tests now, but they’re not medical clinics.”

If someone goes to an Obria clinic for something other than pregnancy and has a good experience, Morana said, she is more likely to return if she does get pregnant. “It’s really brilliant. If more centers go in this direction, we would be putting the abortion industry out of business more and more.”

Another benefit to pro-life medical clinics, Busch added, is their ability to reach and help women who are caught up in human trafficking or prostitution. For example, she said, if these women go to a clinic for STD testing, they have the opportunity to talk to a counselor and, in some cases, change their lives. “We really try to rescue some of these women who need some real guidance whether they’re pregnant or not.”

It’s also important, Eaton Bravo said, that pro-life facilities adopt a medical model to compete in and adapt to an environment being influenced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the new law, community-based health clinics are being expanded with the help of government funding under the Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC) model.

However, to receive federal money, clinics must agree to dispense contraception and do abortion referrals. Obria hopes to partner with faith-based clinics that cannot accept these restrictions and help them get funding to continue operating.

Eaton Bravo likens the Obria model to the Gospel image of pouring new wine into new wineskins.

“We have to let go of 40 years and move into this new world of health care under the ACA,” she said. “We need to be wiser, define exactly what we are, and how we do it.”

JUDY ROBERTS is Legatus magazine’s staff writer.

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Implementing the plan for victory

Fr. Frank Pavone says pro-life gains are adding up quickly and victory is near . . .

Fr. Frank Pavone celebrates Mass with Fr. Rob Schenck during the annual Legatus Pro-Life Conference

Fr. Frank Pavone celebrates Mass with Fr. Rob Schenck during Legatus’ annual Legatus Pro-Life Conference

When I became director of Priests for Life 20 years ago, I began visiting national pro-life leaders to learn what they were doing and to offer our help.

This led us to develop a specific plan to end abortion, which marshals the strengths of the pro-life movement against the weaknesses of the abortion industry. We update and implement that plan through networking with leaders, not only through strategic summits but also through spiritual retreats.

I am more convinced than ever that we are winning the fight against abortion. I’d like to explore one of the key reasons why the plan is bearing fruit, and how we can build on this momentum. Two key issues for pro-lifers today are the battles for marriage and religious liberty. Priests for Life was among the first to file a lawsuit over the HHS mandate, and we are confident of victory. But the battle for the defense of life itself will always remain the most fundamental moral struggle, because one can neither be married, religious, or free unless one is first born. Murder, including abortion and euthanasia, takes away these other rights and goods as well.

In the fight against abortion, the words of St. Paul are playing out: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless works of darkness; rather, expose them” (Eph 5:11).

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s trial and conviction exposed abortion to national debate. It opened many people’s eyes to three things: what is done to the child; what is done to the woman, who is often injured and even killed; and the unsafe, unscrupulous environment of the abortion industry, which doesn’t even measure up to the standards in place at veterinary clinics.

As various members of our Priests for Life team attended Gosnell’s trial, reporters would ask us if we thought Gosnell was “crazy.” I responded, “Not necessarily. He is simply following the logic of the abortion industry.”

Roe v. Wade did not deny that unborn children are living human beings, but it did remove their protection under the law. “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins” [410 U.S. 113, 159], the decision said, and at the same time, “the word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn” [410 U.S. 113, 158].

This leads to what Gosnell did — namely, killing the same babies even after birth. The Journal of Medical Ethics published an article entitled, “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?” (Feb. 23, 2012). The authors state, “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”

Controversial ethicist Peter Singer once said that the “location of the baby inside or outside the womb cannot make such a crucial moral difference,” and that to be consistent, there are “only two possibilities” — “oppose abortion or allow infanticide.”

My recent public letter to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (LetterToNancy.com) caught such national attention because it demanded that she answer a question that we must all answer: What is the difference between killing a baby by legal abortion in the final months of pregnancy and killing the same baby outside the mother’s womb (for which Gosnell is serving life sentences)?

Raising this question has helped legislators to pass legislation that protects children after birth and in the later stages of pregnancy. Some 10 states — as well as the U.S. House of Representatives — have voted to prohibit abortion starting at 20 weeks of fetal age. This is monumental. Pro-lifers are also working with legislators to strengthen state laws that regulate abortion facilities, causing many of them to close. At least 58 U.S. abortion mills — almost 1 in 10 — have shut or stopped killing children since 2011.

These measures don’t represent the final goal; they represent the next logical step. Every abortion is equal in its moral violation, but not in its psychological impact. And regulating an abortion clinic doesn’t make the abortions right. But pedagogically, we take the public and our legislators from the more obvious to the less obvious, and real progress is being made. Just exposing abortion is enough to bring most people to reject it.

As our executive director Janet Morana points out in her new book Recall Abortion, the testimonies of those who have had the experience (and the studies of the damage it does) make the case for the government to protect these women — and ultimately to recall the procedure as harmful to the public. We are closer to that day than ever before!

FR. FRANK PAVONE is the national director of Priests for Life.

Catholic View for Women

Legates bring the New Evangelization to television with a worldwide audience . . .

The Catholic View For Women’s hosts: Janet Morana, Astrid Bennett Gutierrez and Teresa Tomeo

The Catholic View For Women’s hosts: Janet Morana, Astrid Bennett, Gutierrez and Teresa Tomeo

During the recent conclave, a number of mainstream journalists questioned the role of women in the Catholic Church. They angrily asked why women couldn’t be priests and why they weren’t in “leadership” roles.

Informed and inspired

For the last two years, EWTN has provided an answer to these questions — and to some outright misconceptions — through the weekly program The Catholic View for Women.

Hosted by three Catholic female leaders — two of them Legates — the show explores a range of issues specific to women. Topics include: radical feminism vs. new feminism, contraception, women leaders in the Church past and present, and pornography and its effects on women. The hosts speak about living single and challenges facing those who are divorced or separated. And they speak from experience: One of the hosts is single, another separated and another happily married. Their conversation is intelligent, informative, professional, fun — and unlike other similar-format television shows — civil.

“I got the idea about doing this show after meeting Teresa Tomeo in 2005 at the Catholic Radio Cruise,” said Janet Morana, a member of Legatus’ Northern New Jersey Chapter and executive director of Priests for Life. “Teresa and I started doing a radio show together every week after that, and then I thought, ‘Why don’t we do a good and wholesome TV show about women that could be an alternative to ABC’s The View, which is garbage.”

The Catholic View for Women debuted in March 2011. All three of the show’s hosts, it should be noted, were once far from the Catholic Church. All of them can relate to confused Catholics — and non-Catholics — when it comes to the “hard” issues: divorce, an all-male priesthood, abortion and contraception.

“I never had a problem with an all-male priesthood. My thing was abortion and contraception,” said Tomeo, a member of Legatus’ Detroit Northeast Chapter. “Again, I was on the surface. I was a hard-nosed journalist who had never cracked a Church document. Then I had a crisis in my marriage and lost my job. It was then that I realized my life had been built on sand.”

Tomeo’s husband Dominick Pastore came back to the Church and she eventually followed. Since 2000, Tomeo has hosted Catholic Connection, a daily morning radio program. She is an author, motivational speaker and columnist.

Coming home

“I was raised in pre-Vatican II,” Morana explained. “When I reached high school, I left the Church. I felt that women had the right to take the Pill. And the infallibility of the Pope? Why could he tell people what to do? I started skipping Mass and only went to Church for Easter and Christmas.”

After Morana got married and had children, she and her husband moved into a two-family house with her in-laws. Her mother-in-law went to daily Mass and began taking Morana’s children along. One day, Morana went to church — begrudgingly — to light a candle after having been hired during a difficult employment time in New York City.

Her eight-year-old saw her and introduced her to a young Fr. Frank Pavone, saying, “This is my mom, who won’t go to Confession.” Father Pavone wrote down his phone number and told Morana to call him.

“That phone number stayed in my purse for weeks,” Morana said. “Then I found it and finally called him. We met and I told him all my problems with the Church. He listened and then told me, ‘You’re an intelligent woman. You like to read and study. Tell you what: I’m going to give you a document. You read it and we can talk about it.’ He gave me Humanae Vitae.”

Within a few months, Morana had her first Confession in years and began attending Mass regularly. Through her subsequent ministries, she has become one of the most notable Catholic female leaders in the country, recently writing a new book, Recall Abortion.

Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, executive director of Los Angeles Pregnancy Services and vice president of Hispanics for Life and Human Rights, also went through a period of questioning and disbelief.

“I was poorly catechized,” she explained. “I went through 13 years of Catholic school and never once learned about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. My parents separated and I stopped believing in a loving God.”

Gutierrez went to UCLA where she met a group of faithful Catholics who taught her about the faith and Who the Eucharist really is.

Social impact

EWTN reaches 100 million households around the world. Since The Catholic View for Women debuted two years ago, the show has made an impact on men and women from every continent.

“I have received emails from Catholic women in Nigeria, Australia and England,” Tomeo said. “We also have an impact on Protestant women who send us letters. The show makes Church teachings real for women.”

One of the program’s unique features is that the hosts give viewers “homework” at the end of every show: discussion questions and papal documents to read. All assigned readings can be downloaded from the show’s website —TheCatholicViewForWomen.com.

Viewers have also formed Catholic View For Women study groups. They use resources on the show’s website to fuel their discussions, including the ability to watch previous episodes online.

“We have done shows on women leaders in the Vatican — both past and present,” Tomeo explained. “We interviewed Dr. Flaminia Giovanelli, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She is the number two person in this very important dicastery and has been working in the Vatican for 25 years.”

In 2008, Tomeo took part in the international Vatican Women’s Congress and was one of only 270 delegates. She is well acquainted with scores of women who work throughout the Vatican as leaders in their respective fields — as well as Catholic female leaders around the world.

Future topics the show plans to tackle include the contribution of Latinas to the U.S. church and the spiritual values of immigrants. Both of these issues are close to Gutierrez’s heart.

“Our dream is to get this show on the road,” said Morana. “Just like the show Crossing the Goal does men’s conferences, we would like to do women’s conferences.”

If anything, the conclave that elected Pope Francis highlighted an increasing aggressiveness towards the Church — in particular with regard to the all-male priesthood. The Catholic View for Women celebrates Catholicism’s treatment of women — and it explains why. Though this seems counter-cultural, it’s completely natural for well-formed Catholics.

“I once had a TV anchor say to me, ‘Women should be allowed to speak from the pulpit.’ Well I reach more people than the average priest does from his pulpit,” said Tomeo. “I reach people across the U.S. with my radio show — and we reach millions with our TV show. We have to challenge people when they say these things, because they are not reality. We have to keep encouraging people to read Church documents and see how the Church’s teachings are true.”

SABRINA ARENA FERRISI is Legatus magazine’s senior staff writer.

Recall Abortion

Janet Morana exposes the evils of the abortion industry and its harm to women . . .

MoranaRecall Abortion
St. Benedict Press, 2013
232 pages, $21.95 hardcover

New Jersey Legate Janet Morana’s new book, subtitled Ending the Abortion Industry’s Exploitation of Women, warns of legal abortion’s dangers, which are all but ignored by the government, the media and the judiciary.

The executive director of Priests For Life, Morana exposes how abortion risks and degrades women’s health — and she exposes the industry’s lies. She also investigates abortion’s debilitating aftereffects and gives voice to women who have chosen abortion and have regretted it. Their testimonies are a powerful glimpse into the real suffering abortion causes, including depression and lasting emotional scars.

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