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Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Ashli has collected a number of thoughts on post-abortion healing. For folks who adopt a critical posture toward post-abortion ministries, I'm curious to know whether they feel that the world would be a better place without these ministries.

If someone was raped by her dad growing up, and starts to confront this past as an adult, I would expect this to be a long process of recovery. It would surprise me if this woman attended a group therapy program for, say, ten weeks, and at the end of that time was upset at the group therapy program because she continued to suffer.

If the leaders of the group therapy program had promised her, "At the end of this ten-week program, you'll be as good as new. It'll be as if your dad never raped you" then, sure, it makes sense to be upset at them for creating false hope. Although, even then, the real focus of this woman's energy, I would think, should be the fact that her father raped her. That's a far worse betrayal, surely creating far worse damage than a program that led her to expect a full recovery in ten weeks.

Similarly for those who are upset at post-abortion ministries. To me, it seems a bit like shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic to parse whether a ministry created a false hope by using the word "healing".

Doesn't it make more sense to focus on ways that one can learn, grow and heal, rather than feeling resentment toward a support group or a ministry that didn't click?

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