Dear Friends of Life, Welcome to another edition of Frontlines!
Silent No More Takes Manhattan Again!

"You’re in the wrong town”. Such was one of the shout outs from passers by as we did our fifth Silent No More in the middle of midtown Manhattan on 6th Avenue and 49th Street on September 18th.

Thanks to the hard work of our coordinator, Colleen Barry, and Janet Morana of Priests for Life, we once again managed to bring our message into the streets of Manhattan to literally hundreds of ears in a short span of time.

I have been involved in Silent No More from its beginnings and have participated before the Supreme Court after the January, March for Life in Washington, DC.  I have been doing post abortion work for over fifteen years, and have given my witness at countless venues; churches, schools, college campuses, you name it. But no matter how many places I have spoken, or how much hostility has come my way, witnessing on the streets of Manhattan, the capital of the world, is always a unique experience.

Days before we venture out, I find myself thinking of a million excuses as to why I can not go. Gitters never fail to form in my stomach the morning of the event, and as I have told many people I know, I actually have to do violence to myself to get there.

There is something about standing on the streets of New York City in the middle of a lunch hour with literally hundreds and hundreds of people walking by, while holding a sign that says “I Regret My Abortion”.

In a town where people are rushing around and everyone seems to be a stranger, many stop, as we grab their attention and share our most intimate sin. People look in shock, some nodding their heads as we speak of our sorrow and thanking us, others tell us to “shut up” or “mind your own business.” I have heard people make phone calls telling others, “You are not going to believe what is going on down here”, and I have seen those shedding a tear because we remind them of their own abortion pain or the pain of someone they love.

It is both intense and humbling.

I may never figure out why exactly it is that I hate doing Silent No More in New York so much, but it really does not matter. All that matters is that I continue to go in spite of myself so the message gets out there that abortion hurts women and men, that God heals, and there is hope and healing after abortion.  In my opinion New York City is just the “right town” to do this. 

Theresa Bonopartis
Lumina/Hope & Healing After Abortion
www.postabortionhelp.org
lumina@postabortionhelp.org

1877-586-4621 

 
  
Colleen Barry, Coordinator of the event

 

Eric

Kathleen

Jody
 
Theresa Bonopartis (left) with Janet Morana


Robert
Passersby read the signs


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