The country is observing the 40th anniversary of one of the major Supreme Court decisions of our time - Roe vs. Wade.
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in a 7 to 2 vote that a right to privacy expressed in the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion.
Abortion affects millions of Americans each year, and one East Texas non-profit organization, Christ-centered Abortion Recovery of East Texas, or C.A.R.E., is reaching out to offer help and hope to people affected by abortion.
"It took me 42 years to come to grips with the idea of our abortion," said Glenn Chennault, a facilitator at C.A.R.E.
Glenn Chennault and his wife Jean were newlyweds in 1967 when they became pregnant for the first time - but Jean came into contact with the German measles, and for health reasons, their doctors and pastor recommended they have an abortion.
"What I had to come to grips with was when I signed that paper, I allowed that doctor to kill my child," Chennault said.
Now, the Chennaults have three grown children and many grandchildren, and they are both involved in C.A.R.E.'s ministry.
"Men do hurt, and I know I've experienced it myself, but I think the world as a whole looks at it as being a woman's issue," said Chennault. "And it's not. It is a couples issue."
Cathy Krafve says she kept her abortion a secret from everyone for seven years.
"I felt that if I kept it a secret, perhaps it would go away," she said. "But after seven years of carrying that pain, and having that locked away in my heart and feeling so much shame about it, I realized I had to have help."
She says the birth of her two daughters made her seek help.
"I began to realize the consequence of what I had chosen, that that was something I would not be able to undo," she said.
Krafve has spoken in many churches over the years, saying local pastors have embraced the work C.A.R.E. is doing across East Texas because they counsel so many people who have dealt with the decision of abortion.
"We really want to stay out of the political part of this," Krafve said of the organization. "And the reason is that we see that it affects all women. So we just want them to know there's hope and help, that they can be healed."
C.A.R.E. offers different Bible studies and events and its members have several speaking engagements lined up in the coming weeks to share their message.
For more information about C.A.R.E. and the services they provide, please visit their website.
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:07 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:07:39 GMT
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