Silent on abortion

Aug 17, 2015 by

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I enjoyed a wonderful day at the Mennonite World Conference assembly, but something was missing. I searched the program, reviewed the workshops, read What We Believe Together. I listened to three of the 15 speakers and asked visiting friends from Nicaragua and Ecuador, but I could not find it: Mennonites For Life. How do we discuss peacebuilding, violence against the land, gender challenges, sexualized violence and transgenerational transmission of trauma without even a whisper for the unborn or the grief that follows an abortion

Parental ambivalence that at times leads to the child’s termination creates deep psychological conflicts. The unresolved conflicts are debilitating, not only for the parents but also for the siblings of the lost unborn. Is there any violence that more deeply damages? Yet this “peace church” was silent about the unborn.

I returned to my corn fields with a sad heart. Does anyone else sense that perhaps the core issue for today’s violence is what we do with our unborn? I wish to connect with you: hopealivepa.org.

Karen Yoder
Belleville, Pa.


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