Abortion and the Church

posted October 12, 2016

Originally published in SALT
Read the entire article here: http://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/abortion-and-the-c...

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I grew up in the church.  My father is a minister and from a very early age I believed that I could bring all of who I am to the church.  As I got older, this belief was shaken to its core.

When I watched the church struggle to include gay and lesbian folks in Christian community, and go back on its commitment to ordain women in ministry, I felt the deep pain of exclusion.  It also taught me that the church wasn’t always a safe place for me to bring my whole self.

I felt this acutely after my abortion 12-years ago, which is why I didn’t tell anyone about it for many years.  

But, I’m talking now.

Recently, I told my story – as a mom and a minister who has had an abortion - in Parents Magazine.  I’ve also shared it in three sermons I’ve given at different churches around the country as part of a Pro-Voice Tour in partnership with an organization called Exhale.

I’m sharing my story because I have met many women of the Christian faith who lived in shame and silence around their abortion experience and who questioned what their congregation would think of them.  I want them to know that they are not alone.

I was pastoring a church when I got pregnant.  I was married and the mom of an 18-month old son when I discovered I was pregnant.  After many conversations with my husband and lots of prayers and tearful nights, I made the decision to end my pregnancy.  I knew I could tell no one.

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Originally published in SALT
Read the entire article here: http://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/abortion-and-the-c...

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