Saturday, August 1, 2015

Planned Parenthood Expose' and Memories




Once again I will be addressing the videos that recently exposed Planned Parenthood’s heinous and inhumane practices.  Hopefully, the recent injunction against the release of future videos will be determined unjustified and the public will finally see the “real” Planned Parenthood.

Watching the videos is heartbreaking and causing significant emotional turmoil.  It is also unveiling more memories of my abortions that I believe God now feels I can handle. (He has more confidence in me than I have!)

More memories surfaced after I felt compelled to contact a friend who was around when I had my abortions.  I couldn't recall (more like blocked out) if my second abortion was at my health provider 's outpatient clinic or Planned Parenthood.  She remembered not only where, but how I described the experiences. I was thrust, once more, into a period of self-loathing, grief and sadness.  Sadly, she still believes I did the right thing, but then just like many others who encourage abortion, she may just be hiding her own pain.  (I pray, in time, our conversation opens her eyes and heart - I'll be there for her.) 

My first abortion was provided by my OB/GYN.  I have always remembered not being advised of possible emotional or psychological side effects and a total absence of compassion.  What I hadn't remembered was the fact he invited two male interns into the room to observe the procedure.  He asked my permission, of course, but I didn’t want them in there … I was already frightened and embarrassed.  Did I say no?  Nope.  I was afraid he would get angry and do something that would hurt me.  I know now that wouldn’t have happened, but I feel he took advantage of my vulnerability for a “teaching” moment.  I remember them conversing about what was going on amongst themselves, while I laid on the table humiliated and exposed.  As I left the office there was a sense of relief I was no longer pregnant, but that feeling only came after I had a few drinks under my belt.  

The second abortion was provided by Planned Parenthood in Seattle, Washington.  My friend said I chose that route because of my first experience and because they were “specialists” in abortion, I expected more compassion and understanding.  WRONG   Again, I was not advised of the possible side-effects.  The only assurance I received was when they told me it was a “simple” procedure and the line they are best known for…..”It’s just tissue.”  No one held my hand, gave me any comfort at all, and as I share when I speak at pro-life events … they treated the procedure more like having a splinter, not a baby removed. I left the clinic once again feeling dirty and worthless. 

Deep in the recesses of my heart, I knew what I was doing was wrong, but forced myself to believe the rhetoric of the pro-abort community to assuage my guilt and shame. By hiding from the truth I suffered the consequences for many, many years….alcoholism, depression and promiscuity which eventually led to my becoming suicidal. 

Through God’s grace, I was guided to a healing program and inspired to help other women and men that are suffering from their decision to abort. 

So, in effect, although watching the videos arouses more pain and remorse, I am grateful the truth is being revealed to the public as well as myself.  Recalling more detail of my abortions strengthens my resolve to do whatever it takes to not only share the love and mercy of God to those who made or supported the decision to abort, but once and for all stop the annihilation of innocence. 
 
 

Welcome C.L. Wells to "An Author Speaks"!


C.L. Wells is a JANE-OF-ALL-TRADES, with a passion for writing and animals. She lives in Kansas with her family, which includes a fat doggie who is not named Toto and a cat who moonlights as an escape artist. Feel free to ask her about the ‘escape artist.’ She plans to write about it someday. She would love hearing from you.

 

What five words describe you?
 
Hi, Patti! Thanks so much for the invite! Five words... I would say opinionated but open-minded. I like to hear all sides and gather facts, but then I will have an opinion... for sure. About everything. Passionate and Compassionate-I love people. I love animals even more. Helping, doing, making a difference... those are the things that make me happy. And I'm creative. :)

What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?

It is the sequel to my debut novel, Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God. This one picks up nine years after the first book. Since I just published last month, I'm hesitant to go into too many details. It will give away too much of the first book and I'm still learning how to market and promote to obtain sales, so I'm still searching for my audience. In my debut novel, my main character struggles with cutting. It's a taboo topic for many and so people tend to shy away from it when they really should give it a chance. Most people have someone who self-harms in their life and don't realize it. 


Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your
most recent book?

Maia Mitchell and Victoria Justice both have the 'look.' The perfect acting would be a combination of Kirsten Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. My MC's personality is dry- humored, monotone, and quiet in the beginning of the book. But as things move along, Jennifer Lawrence's amazing talent for the dramatic would need to kick in.


If you could have been the original author of any book,
what would it have been and why?

The Hunger Games~Not because of the success, but because of the story. Honestly, an amazing job was done with the movies, but a movie can rarely beat the book. The books are amazing.
 What is the hardest thing about writing?

Having the time to sit down and write. I still work full-time. Having just released my first, I spend every spare minute networking, marketing, studying marketing, and fanatically checking to see if I had any sales for the day! It's exhausting. 

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writers block?

Sometimes you just have to step away. Other times, you open a new page and start writing something else... anything else. A memory, a short story, or even a letter. It all gets the juices flowing. Just know when to take a break.

Where would your dream location be for writing?

On the beach with a laptop immune to sand. I'm not sure why God didn't allow me to be born somewhere coastal. I guess he just wants me to have something to look forward to.

When creating characters, are they based on people in your life?

Oh yes. My MC is a real girl. Someone very close to me whom I love with all my heart. At least half my characters are inspired by someone I've known or met. Some are completely built for their purpose in the story. But I love them all.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes. I only have seven on Amazon right now and I've read them over and over. I'll never respond to them, good or bad. I don't feel it's appropriate. The customers should be able to have their say without repercussion from the author. Whenever I get my first bad one, I will probably cry, get a little angry, make a list of why their wrong, and then I'll get over it... eventually.

If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?

Someday, I hope to operate a no-kill animal shelter. I want to have at least five to ten books under my belt before I head down that road.
 
What would you tell your younger self that would have
helped you in your writing career?

Oh my goodness! I love this question. I think we've all traveled this path in our heads, lol. I would tell myself to get school out of the way first. It's okay that you've just spent your entire life there, keep going. Time goes by so quickly, before you know it, you'll be all done. Seize every opportunity while it's in front of you. Don't be scared.

Where can we buy your work? 

Everywhere. It's on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, Kobo, and more. Soon I will start trying to get them into stores locally and then branch out.

How can we keep up with you?

 My website is theclwells.com and it has all my contact info. I would love to hear from people! My author page on facebook is under C.L. Wells and my twitter handle is clwellsauthor.

 

Friday, July 24, 2015

There is Hope



This past week I was honored to be a guest on “Setting Things Right” on Immaculate Heart Radio to discuss the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practice of selling body parts of aborted babies.  One issue discussed was whether we should even be talking about the videos as they might be re-victimizing those who have had or participated in an abortion. 
Granted, the content of the videos is deplorable.  I am sure, based on my own reactions, they are re-traumatizing those who have attended post-abortion healing and bringing stuffed emotions to the surface from those who have not.  However, the purpose is life-saving.  Exposing Planned Parenthood for who and what they are is necessary to end the barbarity once and for all, and it will also guide those now struggling with the pain, remorse and regret towards healing and hope.

Along with the Planned Parenthood discussion, there were two other guests on the show: Incredibly courageous angels of mercy - Jacqueline Isaac and Dr. Yvette Isaac of Roads of Success.
Their non-profit organization empowers girls and women in the Middle East who have suffered the barbaric actions of ISIS (enslavement, torture and rape).  It also deals with other human rights controversies including female genital mutilation, child marriage, women’s rights, spousal abuse, discrimination, lack of higher education and health issues, such as eating disorders, hunger and malnutrition, sanitation, disabilities, childbirth, child rearing, sex slavery and disease such as HIV/AIDS. 

God entrusted them with this mission of hope and they could definitely use help reaching out to those in need.  Click HERE for information on their organization and how you can help. 

With Kent Peters, Jacqueline Issac and Dr. Yvette Issac at
the St. Francis de Salles studio.


Listen to the broadcast HERE

Thank you Kent Peters - Director,  Linda Arreola - Asst. Director, Deacon Jim Walsh and Maria Valencia - Administrative Asst.  of the Office of Social Ministry and Immaculate Heart Radio's "Setting Things Right" for bringing truth, hope, and the love of God to so many.