Coerced Abortion Awareness Week
Sunday, April 7 – Sunday, April 14, 2013
Coerced Abortion Awareness Week began in 2011 as a way to:
- Encourage pastors and leaders to preach about abortion and related issues,
- Inform them of important new evidence regarding abortion,
- Reach and save hearts, minds, lives and souls in the short- and long-term,
- Expose abortion’s evil, exploitation, harm and heartbreak while helping those at risk or already affected by abortion,
- Share evidence that most abortions are unwanted or coerced, about forced abortions in America, and about post-abortion issues,
- Encourage outreach for pregnancy help, help for those being abused or pressured to abort, and post-abortion help, hope and healing,
- Encourage pastors to share this new information with others and to preach in a compassionate and unifying way,
- Warn parents about daughters or sons at risk of coercion or serious post-abortion issues, heartbreak or even suicide,
- Encourage compassion, restoration and healing, while also making our churches safe places for individuals and families to talk about or seek help with pregnancy- and/or abortion-related issues.
These resources will help them become aware of the many women, men and families in our church communities who are at risk of abortion — including exploitation or abuse to coerce them to abort — or who have already been hurt by abortion.
They will help remove some of the misconceptions about these issues that can prevent understanding, hope and healing.
Most importantly, these resources will help pastors and church leaders speak and preach about the abortion issue in a compassionate, unifying and healing way that will help their church communities.
Teens, women, men and families in our churches and communities are at risk or hurting.
Many in our own faith communities, neighborhoods and cities are at risk of abortion or have been directly or indirectly affected by pregnancy- and abortion-related issues. These issues include abuse and exploitation of pregnant women and their loved ones; unwanted, coerced, deceptively-sold or even forced abortions; and the physical, emotional and spiritual aftereffects.
Some families have lost not only an unborn child or grandchild, but also a daughter, sister, mother or friend to pregnancy-related violence or death before, during or after abortion. Mothers of all ages and from all walks of life have even been abused, threatened, tortured or killed for resisting an unwanted abortion. (See Forced Abortion in America for more information.)
We want our churches to be safe places.
We want our churches and faith communities to be safe places for individuals and families to talk about these issues or find help, hope and healing. Educating pastors and churches about pre- and post-abortion issues, including associated pain, loss and risk in our own midst and among everyday families, can help. This can also remove some of the shame, stigma or snap judgments that push some away from rather than toward our church communities.
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If you haven’t already, sign up to participate in this project by entering your email address on the form to the right.
Your Church Leader’s Kit includes an electronic copy (no special e-reader required) of The Jericho Plan: Breaking Down the Walls Which Prevent Post Abortion Healing by Elliot Institute director Dr. David Reardon. This guide will help your pastor or preacher speak on these issues from the pulpit.
Let your pastor and people in the pews know:
- Your church community understands that unwanted or coerced abortions are common and unjust;
- Your fellow church members who are facing pregnancy or abortion-related challenges, including those at risk or already hurt and grieving, are not alone;
- They have the support of their entire faith community behind them.
Encourage your pastor or preacher to talk on these issues, during Coerced Abortion Awareness Week or any time. Join your faith leaders and all the members of your church or faith group to participate in Coerced Abortion Awareness Week each April. Many of these resources can also be used year-round.
Your effort will save the life, and change the heart or soul of more than one someone near you!
Downloadable Resources, Ideas and Activities: