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Post-abortive woman upset by post-abortion e-cards

By Matt Abbott
Op/Ed
Catholic Online

Post-abortion e-cards are in the news.

Thanks to Exhale - which "believes abortion can be a normal part of the reproductive lives of women and girls" -- you can now send a woman (or girl) who procured an abortion a nice, supportive e-card.

Ain't that sweet?

Post-abortive women can also call Exhale's "After-Abortion Talkline," which "is available to women and girls who have had abortions and to their partners, friends, allies and family members. All calls are completely confidential and counselors are non-judgmental."

Yes, and did you know that Exhale provides links to other "non-judgmental" organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation?

Imagine that.

But Caron Strong, a post-abortive woman who is the national director of Operation Outcry (www.operationoutcry.org), is furious at Exhale's "ministry" and their "non-judgmental" after-abortion greeting cards.

"It is absolutely tragic to affirm life in one card and support the taking of life in another," says Caron.

"Of course, one cannot be strictly pro-life and counsel at Exhale - typical for a so-called support group comprised of abortion supporters."

Caron calls Exhale's outreach "one big lie."

"On one hand, 'You did the right thing,' on the other, 'I'm sorry for your loss.' What contradictions!

"Can you imagine sending a woman a greeting card for murdering her five-month-old son or daughter? No moral absolutes whatsoever. How can they claim to be truly helping post-abortive women when they will say whatever the woman wants them to say?"

Concludes Caron: "It's infuriating!"

I'll second that.

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(Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management from Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He is the former director of public affairs for the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League and the former executive director of the Illinois Right to Life Committee. He was a contributor to The Wanderer Catholic newspaper and had numerous letters to the editor published in major newspapers, including the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.)

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