Sunday, January 22, 2017
We want to thank the “For Some Women” March for providing material for this blog post.
According to the March’s website: “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us…” “We call on all defenders of human rights to join us.”
Wow! What a mission! We totally agree with it. But, not so fast, Patti and Leslie. You are pro-life, you defend the human rights of babies, so you can’t come. Who, if not the unborn, are more marginalized?
After suffering through Madonna and Ashley Judd’s comments, we can now understand why our country has been in such a miserable state. People actually applauded them! People actually cheered! People actually agreed with them? We have the right to assemble, and to free speech; we will defend those rights to the very end. However, their speeches - fraught with expletives, hate-filled attacks, and downright threats do nothing to promote progress for women, or for anyone for that matter. They were vile, meaningless rants that made them look foolish, childish and frankly, totally ignorant.
We’ve been on both sides of this issue for decades. We used to be radical feminazis angrily arguing about a woman's right to choose...helping elect pro choice candidates, etc. We drank the koolaid of the progressive feminist propaganda for way too long... The aftermath has been devastating to women, men, our families, and our culture. All that sexual freedom had consequences, and many lives have been destroyed. We finally realized we couldn’t live in peace and live a lie. We broke the silence and allowed the truth to set us free and now speak publicly about the regret of our abortions.
By bravely sharing our testimonies, Silent No More brings broken hearts to hope and healing. Please read from the thousands of testimonies on the Silent No More Awareness website. Share it with others who are hurting. To quote Theresa Bonapartis of Lumina, “The one thing that is different is there is more of them...the walking wounded from over 40 years of legal abortion. Women desperate to stay in denial, rationalization, and justification to the extent that they have reduced themselves to their vaginas by wearing "Pu--y hats," some baring their breasts and shouting all kinds of degrading chants."
To the women who marched on Washington, you didn’t march for us, but we will march for you on January 27th.
Patti J. Smith and Leslie Davis-Blackwell
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
This coming Saturday, I will be at the San Diego Walk for Life. The theme for the walk is, “Real People, Real Stories,” and it will be my honor to be one of the real people sharing a real story about abortion. Then five days later I’ll be jetting off to Washington, D.C. to do the same alongside some of my Silent No More sisters and brothers on the steps of the Supreme Court building at the March for Life.
Preparing for these events always reminds me of something that happened while attending the West Coast Walk for Life a few years ago. After giving our testimonies at the pre-walk rally, my friend Leslie and I were asked if we would be willing to join in a panel discussion on Immaculate Heart Radio and talk about life before, but most importantly, after our abortions.
After the segment finished, a priest on the panel thanked us for having the courage to tell our stories in front of so many people then again on national radio. Others have made similar comments, and some have even asked me if I get embarrassed because my past is consumed by so many ugly excesses.
I'm not courageous by any means. I'm a nervous wreck when speaking. I've considered backing out on several occasions, but God is quite persuasive. He has called me to share because, unfortunately, there are many women out there just like me. It's an opportunity to reach out to them and give them comfort knowing they are not alone and no matter how bad they think they are ... nothing is unforgivable in God's eyes.
As far as being ashamed or embarrassed … Yes, I was, but found the more I shared my past; I realized it was a blessing. As a caterpillar morphs into a beautiful butterfly, evil miraculously emerges as good. God saved me from total self-destruction for a reason. He's using me as well as all my Silent No More sisters and brothers as beacons of hope for those suffering in silence - guiding them towards hope and healing.
I pray each and every day I don't let Him down.
“So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.”
2 Timothy 1:8