Ever since Janet Morana, the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign publicly gave her testimony of the grief caused by contraceptive use, more and more people are beginning to realize the complexity of grief after contraceptive use. While Christians must grieve for any sin that is committed, grieving for the sin of contraception is especially important because a woman does not know whether she has inadvertently aborted a child.
Along with Dr. Theresa Burke, the director of Rachel's Vineyard retreats for post-abortion healing, Janet has written a book called “The Contraception of Grief.” It explains in detail the devastation caused by extended contraception use or sterilization.
When abortion first became legal and many women subjected themselves to this horror, little was known about post-abortion grief or suffering. Many women who were obtaining abortions were not aware that their child was growing and developing or that they were even pregnant with a child. This is a sad reality of the public knowledge of unborn life: women were (and still are) encouraged to abort a child while at the same time being told that it is not even a child yet.
The same is true of the use of chemical contraceptives. When “The Pill” was first invented, women were kept in ignorance as to the functioning of the chemicals contained in it. Through medical research and honest physicians, educators and ministries, women are beginning to realize exactly how devastating the use of contraceptives has been, and that they most likely have aborted one or more children while on the pill. This is the cause of much grief, and that grief needs to be recognized. As long as the Planned Parenthood and mainstream medical practice are lying to women, the pro-life movement needs to step forward to recognize their hurt and help them come to peace and healing in Jesus Christ.
Yes, all mortal sins are to be mourned. Along with that mourning should also come the realization that human life was destroyed through the sin, and this loss should be mourned as well.