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By Donna Westfall- September 2, 2021

Today marks a major milestone in the fight to protect innocent life in America. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down a landmark ruling that supports a new pro-life Texas “heartbeat” law.

The new Texas law makes abortion illegal after six weeks; it also allows lawsuits to proceed against anyone who participates or aids in doing an abortion after six weeks

Is abortion the holocaust of the innocent and the unborn? Is it mass murder? Does 62 million abortions since 1973’s Roe v Wade make Adolph Hitler’s killing of 6 million Jews and 5 million others look like a drop in the bucket? Are American women going to be compared to Mao Zedong, the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century; killing 65 million in China through execution, imprisonment or forced famine?

On Wednesday evening, September 1, 2021 nearly 24 hours after the Texas Heartbeat Act (SB 8) went into effect in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a surprising 5-4 decision rejecting all emergency requests to block it.

According to a tweet from SCOTUSblog, the five Justices voting to allow the law to stand were Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. 

Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan were joined by Chief Justice John Roberts in dissent.

The pro abortion side has had it’s day. In article after article it will quote a 667 women who did not regret their abortion. But look at the other side:

Testimony of Georgette Forney
Silent No More Awareness Campaign Co-Founder
House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee
February 12, 2020

Hello, Thank you Chairwoman Eshoo, and Ranking Member Burgess, for inviting me to testify
here today. My name is Georgette Forney, and I am here as a woman who had an abortion and
has worked the last 22 years helping others who have suffered the painful consequences of
abortion and regret their choice.

As the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, I am honored to speak on the
behalf of the 19,582 people who are silent no more about their abortions.

We want you to know that abortion is not the panacea that it is so often portrayed as. In fact, it
is often the result of pressure and fear. At Silent No More we help women who regret their
abortions heal through sharing their stories. They, like me, hope that their stories will help
women avoid the aftermath of abortion that we struggled through.

When I was 16, and I found out I was pregnant, I was scared. The baby felt like a threat to my
future, and I feared people would think less of me for being pregnant. I didn’t know what
abortion was, but my friend told me it would fix my problem.

As I drove to the clinic my internal moral compass told me, ‘this feels wrong.’ The fear in me,
said, ‘it’s legal, so it must be OK.’

The law before you, more aptly named the Abortion on Demand Act, furthers the lie that
abortion is just like any other medical procedure. That it is no big deal. That it is a good solution
to an unexpected or difficult circumstance.

That’s what Roe v. Wade told me, but the reality is that abortion erodes our hearts. My own
heart told me that. I wish I had listened.

For 19 years after my abortion, I pretended it was no big deal, but the reality was, I wouldn’t
allow myself to realize the truth. I aborted a human being. Once I made that connection,
everything changed for me.

As long as we stay in that place of denial, we’re pretty much OK. The problem is that something
will trigger us to come out of that denial – the birth of a child, the death of a parent or loved
one, a sonogram.

I can’t tell you how many women contact us because they’re pregnant again, and they want this
child. Suddenly they are realizing what they allowed to be done to their previous child.

At the March for Life last month, 31 women stood up for the first time outside the Supreme
Court and shared their testimony. In 3 minutes, they each told why they had their abortion,
what the procedure was like, how they felt immediately afterwards, what the long-term impact
on their life was, and finally how they found healing and made peace with themselves. Here’s
some of excerpts of their stories:

Chelsea, MD – My boyfriend, friends, and family all agreed that an abortion was the best choice
for my circumstances. I was afraid I couldn’t be a mother alone.

Lynne, NC – I was one month from graduating from college and had just signed my first teaching
contract. Being an independent feminist, there was absolutely no question that I would have
an abortion.

Cindy, LA – The force of the suction abortion was severe. I was told there would be a “tugging,”
like strong menstrual cramps. What I felt was intense pain and as though not only my baby but
also my soul was being suctioned out. I did not see the abortionist before the abortion or after
the abortion.

Kelly, VA – When I went in, I was treated with no compassion, just like a cow going off to
slaughter. “Sit down, be quiet, you need this, it will all be over soon.”

Laura, IA – When I left Planned Parenthood that day, I promised myself I would never think or
talk about this day ever again.

Virginia, TX – Immediately afterwards, I forced myself to shut out the reality of what had
happened. I had taken care of my “problem.”

Cecilia, FL – My life spiraled into a life of self-hatred, drugs, alcohol and relationships. I ended up
having three more abortions…Each time I felt like my life was being sucked out of me. I felt
dead inside, empty.

Lynne, NC – I became an angry, militant advocate for abortion. But over a year later, the guilt
and horror over what I had done, and resulting the depression, drug abuse, and self-loathing,
started consuming my life. I became driven by those emotions, and they motivated many of my
life choices.

These testimonies reveal the common thread in women’s lives. One of a tragic decision to seek
an abortion stemming from the belief that it is the only or best option and later coming to
deeply regret that decision.

The Abortion on Demand Act forces states out of their historical role of regulating medicine for
the benefit of patients and instead gives abortionists carte blanche to sell abortion to
vulnerable women and girls like me so many years ago.

Instead of enshrining abortion into federal law, you should be considering laws that recognize
the reality that abortion hurts women as well as their unborn children. We know it does and
that’s why so many women are now Silent No More.

The women of Silent No More represent just a sampling of women who bravely choose to
speak publicly about their abortions. So many more women quietly seek recovery.

The Campaign partners with more than 40 different abortion after care programs helping
women nationally and internationally. One program alone – Rachel’s Vineyard – has helped
326,000 individuals. These organizations have grown in response to women who have reached
out via special helplines looking for after-abortion healing programs. We are simply responding
to the people knocking on our doors, and the need is great.

You might think that everyone wants to shout their abortion in joy. The reality is, there are
millions of women – and men, and families – attending programs designed specifically to
address the pain their abortions generated. So many report nightmares, depression, suicidal
feelings, attempts – and some accomplish it – eating disorders, addictions, sexual dysfunction,
and most common a low sense of self-esteem.

If abortion is no big deal, why are all these people going to healing programs? If you want to
discount me, that’s easy. One person. But it’s not just me. There is a line behind me that’s a
million deep. I am representing them here and I am not going to stand by and pretend this is

Abortion is a huge issue. Give me another issue that we’ve been fighting over for more than 47
years. The reality is, these are human beings – not only the babies we are killing but the people
who are wounded and traumatized in the process – the mothers, the fathers, the siblings, the
grandparents, our country.

There is clear evidence for tight regulation of abortion clinics. Consider the now famous filthy
Gosnell clinic where Karnamaya Monger died, or the St. Louis Planned Parenthood that failed
re-licensing inspection last year when DHSS discovered four women who suffered major
abortion complications. Or consider Preterm in Cleveland where a hemorrhaging abortion
patient had to call 911 herself after being kicked out of the clinic because they were closing.
And then there are the women who cannot join us in Silent No More, because they were
forever silenced by deadly complications from abortion.

Your bill’s purpose is to make sure abortion is available all over our nation, without life affirming laws or limits. But, would this bill have protected Cree Erwin-Sheppard, or Keisha Atkins or Tonya Reaves, or Jennifer Morbelli?
For members from New Mexico: Keisha died after an abortion at six months in Albuquerque.
She was in distress for nine hours before the abortionist finally transferred her to a hospital
that then waited almost six hours to bring her to the operating room, where she died. She was 23.

For members from Illinois: A Planned Parenthood in Chicago let Tonya Reaves bleed for hours
after three botched attempts at abortion before sending her to the hospital, where she died.
She was 24 and the mother of a little boy who will grow up without her.

For members from Maryland: Jennifer Morbelli was 33 weeks pregnant when she had an
abortion in Germantown, Maryland. Her abortionist was already in another state, performing
more abortions, when Jennifer went into distress. She was 29.

For members from Michigan: Cree Erwin-Sheppard was the victim of an incomplete abortion at
Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that killed her two days after the procedure. She
was 24.

Tell the families of these women abortion is no big deal. They are missing their mothers, their
wives, their daughters, their sisters. Abortion is a very big deal for these families.

You say abortion restrictions impact women of color, but the inconvenient truth is that the
majority of women killed in recent years have been women of color, like Cree and Tonya and
Keisha. Like Lakisha Wilson and Jamie Lee Morales, Alexandra Nunez and Maria Santiago. Don’t
their lives count?

Instead of legislation to enshrine a right to abortion on demand, why wouldn’t you come
together to write legislation that requires every state to report every abortion, every incident
where a woman was physically harmed by the procedure, every woman killed by legal
abortion? Let’s get the facts.

But this bill doesn’t do that. It aims to unravel legislation that protects women and children
such as parental involvement laws. When I had my abortion in 1976 in Michigan, there were no
parental consent or notification laws. I was able to go into that abortion business and have a
procedure that could have killed me, could have injured me and did traumatize me. When my
parents learned about my abortion 19 years after the fact, they asked how it was possible for
me to have an abortion without their permission.

How disappointing that Congress would even consider revoking common-sense laws like those
protecting kids through parental involvement laws.

Thank you for listening to our stories.

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