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Surrender the Secret: Letter to Lawmakers

by Anna Higgins

February 19, 2013

Surrender the Secret “Letter to Lawmakers” highlights the government’s serious abdication of the duty to protect the fundamental rights of all citizens:

Some of the very first words written upon the conception of the United States immortalized the universal truth that all men are equal and are have the inherent right to life. As this right is given by God alone, it is not within the power of any man to infringe upon it. The Declaration of Independence goes on to note that the purpose of government is to make sure that these fundamental rights — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — are protected. It was for these very principles that our founders and the first American citizens, in reliance on “the protection of divine Providence,” pledged their “Lives, Fortunes, and sacred Honor.”

These founding principles, so integral to the development and success of our nation, have been eroded over time as fewer and fewer of our leaders and citizens understand that the future success of this country depends on the adherence to those principles. Power, entitlements, and the almighty dollar have replaced our dedication to the protection of life and liberty. The consequences are devastating.

In the fourth episode of Surrender the Secret, KnockTV’s groundbreaking abortion recovery reality show, the women participating in the recovery Bible study reflect on anger they have dealt with following their abortions. While all the letters are incredibly moving and poignant, one particular letter stands out in that it addresses the failure of our nation’s leaders to protect women and children from the evils of abortion. The harm that has been done is immeasurable.

The woman addresses this letter to all lawmakers who participated in the passage of legislation legalizing abortion. She begins by asking the question why these lawmakers believe that what they have done is right. She then addresses the fact that many women and men have been deceived by the pro-abortion propaganda that is often touted by legislators and that massive emotional and psychological devastation have resulted. Part of the letter focuses on the many lives lost as a result of abortion and asks, “Have you ever thought about the children who were not allowed to be born? What their lives might have been like? What kind of people they might have been? … Maybe you have, maybe not. For whatever reason, what you have felt has not been strong enough to influence you to do the right thing by choosing life.” She ends the letter by emphasizing that this child they call a “fetus” is actually a human being, completely separate from his mother, and as such, has a right to life. She signs the letter, “Sincerely, still grieving after 25 years — Mother of an aborted child.”

This letter is profound in its simplicity. It obviously comes from the heart of this grieving mother and it reflects what we all know to be true if we are honest with ourselves — that abortion ends innocent life and destroys women. We will never know what the future would have been for the precious lives already taken, but we can make sure that no other life is robbed of possibility.

It is time that our leaders, past and present, address this failure to protect the most innocent of American citizens as well as the failure to acknowledge the harm that has been perpetrated on women and families in the name of “choice” and “reproductive rights.”

The fear of admitting fault is what has kept many of our judicial and legislative leaders from addressing this injustice, at the expense of millions of lives. There is no life goal, dollar amount, or legislative gain worth the price of one innocent life - let alone millions of lives. The protection of life and liberty was so important to our founders that they were willing to give their lives in pursuit of it. Are we not willing to pay even a fraction of that price? Yes, it may cost an election, a powerful position or the ability to live a life of ease and comfort, but that cost pales in comparison to the chance to put an end to the greatest human rights abuse of our time. This is a cause to which we should all be willing to pledge out lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Surrender the Secret - New Christian Reality Show Addresses Post-Abortion Healing

by Anna Higgins

January 16, 2013

Since abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, January 22, 1973, over 54 million babies have been aborted in the United States alone. This tragedy is compounded by the emotional scars carried by women who have experienced abortions.

Between 35-40% of women in the U.S. have had an abortion. The grief and guilt a woman carries with her after an abortion can be overwhelming. Abortion has been linked to an increased risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal attempts or thoughts. Even the Supreme Court has acknowledged that some women come to regret the choice they’ve made to “abort the infant they once created and sustained… severe depression and loss of esteem can follow,” (Gonzales v. Carhart 550 U.S. 124, 159 (2007)). Even so, a majority of women never receive counseling or support following an abortion. One study notes that two thirds of women reported not receiving any counseling related to their abortion.

In light of the prevalence of post-abortion suffering, it is imperative that we focus on helping women heal from past abortions by showing them the love and forgiveness offered by Christ. Many Pregnancy Resource Centers and other Christian groups now offer hope for healing from past abortions through counseling and Bible studies created specifically for women who have experienced abortion. One such Bible study, Surrendering the Secret, by Pat Layton, LifeWay Press, 2008, has been widely used by counselors and pregnancy resource centers as they minister to women hurting from past abortions.

The Surrendering the Secret Bible study will be featured this month in Christian reality series, aptly titled Surrender the Secret, by the groundbreaking new internet Christian television network, Knock TV. The ten episode series premieres on January 22, 2013, marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It will follow five women who tell their stories of past abortions and embark on a journey toward healing together. Surrender the Secret touches on the serious topic of post-abortion healing with grace and compassion as well as high quality production one would expect from a more established television network.

KnockTV, headed by President and CEO Geoffrey Rogers, was created to “redefine what Christian television means to America,” by offering programming that is “interesting, relevant, exciting, education and what Christians want to watch.” Surrender the Secret will be the first of several planned shows offered by KnockTV. You can watch the show weekly, beginning January 22, on www.knocktv.com.

We must remember that post-abortion suffering is real and prevalent in our society. It is important that we reach out to lovingly support women on their road to healing and offer alternatives to abortion. KnockTV is playing a part in bringing awareness to post-abortion suffering through “Surrender the Secret.” For more resources on post-abortion healing, visit Operation Outcry, an organization established to “end the pain of abortion in America and around the world by mobilizing women and men hurt by abortion who share their true stories of the devastating effects of abortion.” You can find a link to the Surrendering the Secret Bible study on knocktv.com, and learn more about post-abortion suffering by downloading FRC’s resource booklet, “Post-Abortion Suffering, A Psychiatrist Looks at the Effects of Abortion.”