Years ago, I spent time volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, then later on, I worked there as their client services director. Of all the women I counseled who had an abortion, not one was grateful for it; they all regretted it. My heart broke for them because they beat themselves up every day because of their choice. It’s not something you get over easily. They realized they became a mother when they got pregnant, so their choice regarding their child becomes life-altering for both. Men are not exempt from regret. In many cases, they pay for the procedure because they don’t want to be tied to that particular woman for the rest of their lives or for other reasons. Little did they realize that it would alter their lives forever because of their participation. If they are Christians and ask, God forgives them because Jesus paid the price on the cross, but the problem is that they have a hard time believing that he would forgive them and an even harder time forgiving themselves. At the center, we had counselors and groups to help with the healing process. Being pro-life is not just about saving babies; it’s about protecting women and men from having to live with regret for the rest of their lives. It’s compassionate and loving to help them choose life, but also to help them heal from their decision.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13