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From UPI today comes news that a team of researchers, including the Guttmacher Institute, are looking into the issue of abortion’s stigma. Here is a new front in the abortion war. In many ways, it is the vulgar inverse of post-abortion healing ministries such as Lumina and Rachel’s Vineyard.

CINCINNATI, June 29 (UPI) — U.S. and British researchers say they are examining the social issues surrounding abortion and the stigma sometimes associated with terminating a pregnancy.

Danielle Bessett, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati, and colleagues at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Cincinnati, the University of California, San Francisco, the Guttmacher Institute in New York, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Center for the Study of Women, University of California, Los Angeles, say there is little research on abortion stigma.

“What does exist focused on women who have had abortions and on their experiences,” Bessett says in a statement. “We’re looking at stigma in a broader context.”

Each researcher is exploring a specific group that could be affected by stigma, such as healthcare providers who perform abortions, supporters of women who have had abortions, the male partner of a woman who had an abortion, women’s experience in pregnancy after previously having had an abortion and women’s self stigma after suffering miscarriage, Bessett say.

“This is new territory into research around the social issues surrounding abortion,” says Bessett, who adds the research will be conducted in both national and international settings, including the United States, Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mexico, Brazil and countries in Europe.

“Understanding abortion stigma will inform strategies to reduce it, which has direct implications for improving access to care and better health for those whom stigma affects,” the study authors say.

It will be interesting to see what their data have to say. The intent, however, is pretty dark, and is contained in the last line of the report. The researchers wish to reduce stigma with an eye toward improving access to “care,” which is proabort-speak for “abortion.” The goal here is to identify the stigma and then embark on a new campaign of verbal engineering in order to preemptively deaden the collective conscience.

This new campaign will be the most perniciously evil to date. The first wave of verbal engineering sought to distort and deny the scientific truth of the embryo’s development. Sonogram technology has since demolished those lies and shifted the momentum to the pro-life side. Post-abortion healing ministries such as Lumina, Rachel’s Vineyard, and Silent No More have similarly done severe damage to proaborts through the ever-increasing numbers of post-abortive women and men flocking to them for healing.

The cat is out of the bag.

Since the proaborts can no longer deny or suppress the truth, they can only acknowledge that abortion does indeed hurt women, and then begin to spin like mad in the newest attempt at distortion. Knowing their evil, it should come out sounding something like this:

There has been confusion surrounding the stigma of abortion. Abortion is nothing more than a medical procedure that terminates a pregnancy. While it is true that the human embryo is indeed a human animal in its earliest stages of development, much of the stigma comes from the mistaken notion that the human embryo is somehow to be equated with a sentient human being, that is to say, a human person. Reinforcing these notions are religious belief systems which claim that there is no distinction between the single-celled zygote and the newborn baby at its mother’s breast.

In a world increasingly overpopulated, with an environment increasingly devastated by human activity, with climate change accelerating out of control, with famines and wars over economic resources, it is worth pointing out that institutions such as the Catholic Church that encourage indiscriminate reproduction by stigmatizing access to reproductive freedom (contraception and abortion) should be held up to appropriate criticism. Those who advance the cause of responsible reproduction and a greener planet need to be lauded as the true heros and responsible individuals.

The stigma, then, is a misplaced sense of responsibility, both personal and global. The role of the counselor is to reorient the focus of the pregnant woman and abortion clinic staff.

If that sounds too far-fetched, consider this week’s quote from that scientific luminary, former Vice President, Al Gore:

“One of the principle ways of [stabilizing the population] is to empower and educate girls and women,” he said, as reported by the Daily Caller. “You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children to have, the spacing of the children.”

“You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important — you have to educate girls and empower women,” he continued. “And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.”

Get the rest of Gore’s story here.

Lost in all of this is the truth of the human person, the truth of who we are. The stigma of abortion will never be programmed out of the human soul. At best, all that will be accomplished is that the researchers will add to people’s confusion, but in the end, the pieces just won’t fit together. We are either integrated, or disintegrated as humans. These folks will add to the disintegration, but will never kill the conscience.

They can’t. We’re made in the image and likeness of God.

Thoughts?

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From the St. Louis Review:

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is launching a new ministry to reach out to men affected by abortion.

Project Joseph will provide free, confidential professional counseling, spiritual direction and retreats for men who either have been directly involved in an abortion experience, or affected by a loved one’s previous abortion experience. The first daylong retreat will take place in St. Louis next month.

Project Joseph is being coordinated by the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate, in cooperation with the permanent deacons of the archdiocese.

Read the rest here.

This is absolutely wonderful news! What the healing ministries such as Lumina, Project Rachel, Rachel’s Vineyard, and others have done for post-abortive women, I believe Project Joseph will do for men. There is a whole story not yet told about men that is soon to be revealed through project Joseph, and that is the tender hearts of men. I’ve known many men who panicked when their girlfriends became pregnant and lived to regret, deeply regret, pushing them into abortion. They eat their hearts out and suffer mostly in silence.

For men and women both, guilt and shame borne in silence begins to leak out sideways through failed relationships, drugs, alcohol, depression, violence, and often, suicide. These healing ministries are vital to men and women in helping them with a framework for mourning the death of their children, for mourning lost motherhood and fatherhood, for coming home to God and accepting His love, mercy, and forgiveness. They open the way to reclaiming lost and battered dignity, and help people to LIVE, fully live life for the first time in a long time.

The loss of a baby is only the first of many, many losses for the parents. May God, through the intercession of the Holy Family-Jesus, Mary and Joseph, abundantly bless this new ministry and all who call upon Him through it. And may its success spread like wildfire!

UPDATE: Many thanks to Theresa Bonopartis of Lumina for reminding me that Lumina has been reaching out to men with programming for three years, and to Martha Shuping, M.D. for reminding me that Rachel’s Vineyard has been ministering to men as well for some time now. Dr. Shuping’s book, The Four Steps to Healing (A must read!) is listed on the side bar under “Essential Books”. Lumina (along with the other healing ministries) is listed on the side bar “Healing Post-Abortion”. Please see both of their comments below, for more info. I think that I’ll now have two panels in the side bar for Healing Post-Abortion– one for women and one for men. How wonderful that men’s resources have grown that much. Many thanks to Dr. Shuping and to Theresa Bonopartis for your life’s dedication to healing post-abortive women and men.

UPDATE #2: Speaking today with the folks at Project Joseph, they tell me that the retreats are based upon the Entering Caanan model developed by Theresa Bonopartis and the Sisters of Life Community. Way to go Theresa!
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.H/T Deacon Greg Kandra

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