Abortion and Forgiveness

Abortion and Forgiveness

Steven Tyler, American Idol judge and rock and roll star lead singer of the band Areosmith, recently talked about the abortion of his first son in his autobiography. He was living with a 16 year girl at the time and pressured her to have an abortion, something he deeply regretted. He wrote:

You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated. In my mind, I’m going, “Jesus, what have I done?”

He then goes on to detail his downward spiral into hard core drug abuse.

Kevin Burke of NRO talks about Tyler and post abortive men and women:

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For many post-abortive men and women, the anxiety associated with an abortion can surface at unexpected times, triggered by events such as a subsequent pregnancy, the death of a pet or a loved one, or some other person, place, or thing that in some way connects with the traumatic memory.

But Tyler is not the most interesting part of this sad tale. Now, the woman who he pressured to have that abortion is speaking out. Her story is one of forgiveness, redemption, and healing.

She writes:

I pray that all those who have had abortions, or have participated in any way in an abortion procedure, may find in my story, not judgment or condemnation, but a renewed hope in God’s steadfast love, forgiveness and peace.

Our nation’s young girls, especially those like me, who have experienced trauma and abuse, and are vulnerable to exploitation should not be used as sexual playthings, scarred by abortions to free their male partners from financial responsibility, and then like their unborn children, tossed aside as an unwanted object.

Marriage and the family are the building blocks of all virtuous societies. I learned this lesson in a trial by fire that taught me to trust God’s plan no matter what occurs. I pray that our nation may also find its way back to God by respecting the life of unborn children and strengthening the sanctity of marriage.

How does one go from being a 16 year old rock and roll groupie, doing drugs, having an abortion, and threatening suicide to being a devout Roman Catholic mother of seven that has been happily married for 30 years?

I think we all know the answer to that one. It’s the very last line of her article.

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