I’m a Minister and a Mother—and I Had an Abortion

Originally published by The Daily Beast.

Read the full article here:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/12/i-m-a-minister-and-a-mo...

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I am a minister and a mother, and I have had an abortion. I was serving in a congregation in New England at the time I realized I was pregnant. I was far away from family and friends. I had always imagined I would have a second child and I knew that it would be a struggle on our family financially as well as add to the stress of our marriage, which was starting to fall apart. I didn’t want to bring a baby into the world that would feel it was a burden—and I prayed to God to help me make the best decision I could in a situation that seemed impossible.

As you are well aware, we don’t generally associate people of faith with abortion, much less a clergy. That has led to my 12 years of silence on this reality. But, in fact, faith doesn’t need to be a dividing line on abortion. Instead, faith can help us open important conversations about the role of abortion in our lives, including the lives of religious women.

 

The truth is, the majority of women who have abortions are religious. 

 

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Originally published by The Daily Beast.

Read the full article here:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/12/i-m-a-minister-and-a-mo...

 

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