Abortion is something people rarely talk about in public. The picture I imagine includes Pro-Life and Pro-Choice activists standing across from each other, lines drawn in the sand, holding angry posters declaring their allegiances. With millions of legal abortions performed in the United States since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, the effect on peoples’ lives is largely a silent holocaust. Women who have had abortions are among the victims, often struggling with deep regret, depression and unforgiveness toward themselves. These are testimonies of hope and forgiveness in that post Roe v. Wade dark landscape.
Mary Poplin walked away from the church experience of her youth and got into transcendental meditation, feminist spirituality and even bending spoons. She liked to say was spiritual, but she didn’t need religion. She was increasingly drawn to radical ideologies and became increasingly adventurous in her personal life. During that time she had two abortions. She was a self-described “radical feminist”, but she grew to grieve those abortions. Through her experiences she came to understand radical forgiveness. This is her story.