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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I can not un-choose, and I can not forget.....

and that is why I will be Silent No More.

While I didn’t actually go on the March for Life (yes, I’m just a lazy sod who doesn’t believe in marching) but I did however swing by the Silent No More demonstration outside the Supreme Court on Monday evening.
It was one of the most moving events I have ever been at. Any woman who has had an abortion, and regretted it, can speak – I saw about 10 women speak, including Dr Alveda King. She is Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece and she spoke about her involvement in the civil rights movement, and how she was campaigning for civil rights, she violated the civil rights of 2 of her children by abortion. One of her abortions was involuntary – her doctor told her she didn’t need to be pregnant and performed a D&C, without her consent. The second one was because the father of the child pressured her into it.
She spoke of her guilt and anger that persisted years after her abortions, her need for healing and how all her children would one day be together in heaven.

The title and first line was from one of the other women who spoke. Their stories were varied- they were of different ages – from 60s to early 20s; from different parts of the country, some married, more single when they felt they had no other choice than abortion, but their stories were the same. Their abortions wounded them and they found the promise of choice an empty one. And they vow to be Silent No More.      

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Blogger EWI said...

She is Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece and she spoke about her involvement in the civil rights movement, and how she was campaigning for civil rights, she violated the civil rights of 2 of her children by abortion.

I think you (she?) actually mean human rights.

January 31, 2006 11:25 p.m.  

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