Petition Ministries welcomes you to our new blog. I’m Desiree Figg, Executive Director and Founder. I am an author, Bible Study teacher and was a Post Abortion Volunteer Peer Counselor for over 10 years. This blog is designed to inform readers regarding the difficult after-affects of abortion and offers Hope, Healing and Closure for those wounded by it. We will provide you with resources, information and encouragement across a broad spectrum of issues related to abortion and its lingering effects. We pray that your hearts will be comforted, your eyes will be opened and that many will be equipped to address the pain, shame, guilt and anguish that affects others around them.
Our first subject comes on the heels of a horrifying scandal involving Planned Parenthood. In working with clients whose lives have been devastated by abortion, one of the first items on my agenda to help them begin healing is to get them out of the initial stage of denial. While God intended for denial to help us deal with immediately devastating circumstances, He never intended for us to live in that place.
Unfortunately, since the abortion issue has usually been relegated to a simple category of “personal choice,” the denial stage is not only prolonged, but it can become entrenched in the psyche of its victims. The statistics are currently estimated at approximately one abortion in every 4 women.
“Half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. •Twenty-one percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. • In 2011, 1.06 million abortions were performed, down 13% from 1.21 million in 2008. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred. • Each year, 1.7% of women aged 15–44 have an abortion . Half have had at least one previous abortion. • At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and at 2008 abortion rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45.”
These very sad statistics mean that many women and even men (it takes two!) could be suffering. The grizzly nature of the undercover videos that have embroiled Planned Parenthood in a firestorm are enough to turn the stomachs of even the most innocently pro-abortion advocates. What that means to me is that there are people who may never have experienced regret or grief who are now wondering about their “Choice” regarding abortion.
Petition Ministries comes at the abortion issue from a different perspective than some other religious organizations. While we abhor and denounce abortion and its subsequent side effects, we recognize that those people who were caught in a Crisis Pregnancy were often lied to, coerced and usually misled. In other words, full disclosure was not involved in the decision making process for many people.
That leaves millions of post-abortive souls suddenly realizing, perhaps for the first time, that the “tissue” they eliminated by having the abortion REALLY WAS A BABY with all the valuable organs and intrinsic parts that all humans have. This devastating realization slices into an old scar that never healed properly from the beginning – from the inside out. Healing needs to take place. We want to help.
If you have suddenly found yourself in that predicament, we want you to know there is hope, healing and closure available to you. The Lord Jesus Christ paid for your sin through His sinless death on the cross. He loves you no matter what you have done and He wants you to repent, confess what you did wrong and receive the boundless grace and forgiveness He holds out to you.
For those of you who may be utterly disgusted by the videos that have come out, please know this means the Lord is turning the tide on the issue of abortion in our nation. That gives me hope! And I hope it gives you a desire to help those who may be hurting around you. If you know someone who is having a difficult time, your grace filled tenderness can reach out to them with the love of Jesus. Your non-judgmental arms can offer His comfort and your willingness to be used by the Lord could save a life. To find out how you can help, please visit our website for more information. www.petitionministries.org
The abortion scandal with its shocking revelations of apparent selling of innocent baby’s organs and body parts has affected us all profoundly. Whichever way it has hit you the hardest, we understand and want to encourage you or support you any way we can. Please sign up today for our email list so we can offer you resources and help you stay informed. As a thank you for signing up, we’ll send you a free PDF file of the 5 R’s of Healing. Click the link below for this free offer and other valuable information. Email Sign Up Form
Thank you for stopping by our new blog. We hope you will check back again for more information. We are here to help you and to help you help others. May the Lord bless you and comfort you with His great love!
Always in Jesus,
Petition Ministries Executive Director