NOTE: Commentary is made as a private citizen and not as Regional Coordinator for Silent No More or Leader of Rachel's Hope, unless otherwise stated.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Martha Plimpton: Praising Abortion - Or Not?

Actress Martha Plimpton made headlines recently by announcing she had her best abortion in Seattle, which isn't surprising.  She has never been coy about that part of her personal life.  In 2015 she told ABC, “For me in particular because I did have two abortions as a young woman, I feel that my ability to access that kind of medical care made it possible for me to live out my dreams and do what I really want to do in life.”

My initial reactions were of disgust and anger that someone could be so nonchalant about ending the life a child.  But, truth be told, her words triggered a flashback that directed those feelings not towards her, but me.  Back in the 70’s I minimized the conduct of aborting twice by spewing pro-choice rhetoric and using my career goals as defense for my actions (coincidentally, both abortions were performed in Seattle).

It is very common for women to not just initially feel relief after ending an unplanned pregnancy, but also identify with and become involved in pro-choice organizations such as Planned Parenthood or the National Organization of Women.  They also immerse themselves in their careers.  Eventually, however, dysfunctional patterns of behavior surface. 

In my case not only was I a workaholic, but also an alcoholic.  Successfully climbing the ladder of success in a government career only temporarily validated the sacrifice of two babies and I was oblivious to the fact my drinking was escalating at the same time.  In actuality, I was numbing the pain and regret of aborting.  Eventually, alcohol dominated my life and affected my work performance, propelling me into a downward spiral that made suicide the only alternative to the overwhelming emotional pain.  Obviously, I survived – but only through rehab, therapy and healing from the psychological and spiritual damage unleashed due to my abortions.

Instead of being angry and disgusted towards Ms. Plimpton, I am empathetic and sympathetic.  She may be unaware or deny it all together, but her pro-choice activism and relentless pursuit of more roles on stage and screen are more than likely a smokescreen --- covering up the same pain and regret I carried for so many years.  I pray she and the countless others living in denial are able see through the smoke and reach out for healing at some point....not just to help themselves, but to stop the rhetoric that misleads vulnerable young women. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

And God Still Loves Me - What They are Saying

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Wow, intense, intimate and inspiring. Wow, from the bar scene to the foot of the cross!!!!  Everyone who has ever been hurt must read your book!!!!!!!!!!! What a great read....thank you!

Pastor Angelo Frazier
Riverlakes Community Church
Bakersfield, CA 

This book shares the incredible journey of hope while walking through the valley of despair. Patti's story gives an individual a source of encouragement and hope when all seems dark. A must read for those who struggle with a difficult past and wonder if they can ever be forgiven or forgive them self. I could not put it down!!!

This book is a must read for anyone who has dealt with the traumas of rape, abortion, or difficult family relationships. I love Patti's candid demeanor, while yet always pointing to the Cross for her healing and redemption! I couldn't put it down!!!

Patti Smith shares with clarity about the lifestyle that she has recovered from through the power of faith in God and Jesus Christ. She wasn't guilty of every sin that was ever imagined, but enough to make a lot of misery for herself and for those in her path. The stories of each step toward the depths and those steps upward that brought Patti to the place of Glory and Love where she walks today. Patti doesn't hide her past, but she doesn't write to shock readers. There's no profanity or salacious tales. Patti takes responsibility for her choices and tells clearly how she has received mercy and forgiveness with healing of body and soul. The mercy and love of God are the foundation of her story for without that she would be just another selfish, willful woman choosing dangerous behaviors.