Two post-abortion stories: one denial and one confession
by Jacqueline Hawkins
A UNC Greensboro student walked up to the Deeper Still (DS) post-abortion counseling table. She told Debbie Picarello that seeing the pictures had “completely undone any healing that I had accomplished until now.”
As Debbie asked probing questions, the young woman said she believed her child would be reincarnated. She reasoned that because of the abortion, she could now help more people, that she was better off, and so on.
This student wound up sharing her justifications with a small group of like-minded female students who had gathered around. They were adamant that Debbie’s approval of the pictures was hurting women. They told Debbie she really didn’t care about them.
But Debbie stood her ground. She said healing comes through Jesus Christ alone. In her words, “Acknowledgment that we murdered our children is essential to being forgiven, because that is how God sees what we did. Our opinions are trumped by His Truth.” Amid much scorn and scoffing, another female student opened up.
Holding back tears, Jackie said she had been raped by a police officer and had an abortion. Debbie expressed her deep sorrow for the young woman, and came out from behind the table to speak with her privately. She asked if she could hug Jackie and the young woman cried even more. The angry, mocking group of girls became silent. Debbie took Jackie off to speak privately.
Jackie is a Christian, Debbie pressed a Deeper Still pamphlet into her hands. Looking her in the eye, Debbie told the young woman that she believed her child is in heaven and holds absolutely no unforgiveness towards her. Her baby looks forward to the day when they will be reunited. The girl allowed Debbie to pray with her. Afterwards, Debbie encouraged her to get help as soon as possible for the rape and the abortion. Jackie’s did not have to carry these burdens by herself; she could find healing through Lord Jesus.
Debbie hopes to see her someday at a Deeper Still healing retreat. Debbie sewed the seeds — and so did you, because your support made this encounter possible — and now we pray for God to bring the fruit.
Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.
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