Our friends at Rehumanize International are organizing a conference to take place October 18-20 at Loyola University in New Orleans. Secular Pro-Life is pleased to participate as both sponsor and presenter. In fact, we are on the schedule twice; SPL president Kelsey Hazzard will reprise her “Secular Case Against Abortion” speech, and will also moderate a workshop entitled “In Search of Secular Abortion Recovery Resources.”
We need your help to make the workshop successful! Most abortion healing resources currently available are explicitly Christian. The exceptions, such as the wonderful Abortion Changes You (who will have a representative in attendance at the workshop), are smaller and do not offer more costly programs like retreats. The reasons for this are numerous. A slim majority of abortions (54%) are obtained by self-identified Christian women. Church-based projects have a built-in source of financial support. And the doctrines of Christianity—promises of forgiveness and eternal reunification with the aborted child—are a strong source of comfort for many.
That said, 38% of women having abortions are religiously unaffiliated, and 8% belong to a religion other than Christianity. Conversion should not be a prerequisite to their healing. To that end, what can we do in our communities to make abortion recovery more accessible without regard to religion? That is the topic for discussion.
If you (1) are not religious, (2) regret your abortion, and (3) are able to get off work and join us in New Orleans on Saturday, October 19, please contact us! Unfortunately, item (3) has been an issue for many of the people we have asked. We want to make sure your voices are heard and your experiences are centered.