Heart-wrenching Testimony on the Power of Forgiveness Following Abortion

Mixed among the thousands of Americans marching in Washington, D.C., Friday were a handful of women whose paths to the nation's capital city were marked by the very action being protested: abortion.

Mingling among the masses were Mary and Shawna, two women who spoke with CBN News during Friday's March for Life about the regretful choices they'd made in their respective pasts, and why it was important to each of them to march from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

"I had an abortion when I was 18 and, at this point, I really am marching on behalf of my child, who was not born and I want women to know—and I want others to know—that there were a lot of ramifications to me after I had the abortion," said Mary. "I thought I was taking care of a short-term problem, but really, it was not as positive as I was led to believe; it was really a very negative experience."

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Like many women, Mary said she was coerced into believing an abortion would be the right decision that would, in some way, correct the trajectory of her life.

Abby Johnson, a former executive for a clinic with Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, has recounted she and others within the organization were encouraged to "sell" more than 1,000 abortions per year, because terminations are the biggest moneymaker for the business.

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"Abortion is not a good thing," Mary said Friday. "I did kill my son, and I'm sorry. I regret that. And I want other people to know that, for the inconvenience of the relatively short time of pregnancy, you can give your child life. And there are a variety of ways of taking care of that child. If you cannot, there are others who can. I'm hoping you have hope for healing if you have had an abortion."

To those who might be considering abortion, Mary urged those women "to reconsider that" and reach out to crisis pregnancy centers instead.

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