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(LifeSiteNews) — An American politician’s recollection of a forced abortion highlights the post-abortive woman’s need for healing.

Last week, Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush revealed her coerced abortion experience, saying that abortionists ignored her pleas to stop.

Angelina Steenstra, founder of the Silent No More Campaign and co-founder of Second Chance Ministry, told LifeSiteNews this week that coerced abortions are hard for women to process and heal from because they are especially traumatic, having a major impact on the bereft mother.  

“There is another level of trauma because your will is being violated,” Steenstra said. “It’s one thing to feel as though you have no choice… but it is another thing to try to get out of it and somebody not let you. That’s a violence to your bodily person and to your will.”  

In her statement about her forced abortion experience, Bush revealed that she told the nurses repeatedly that she did not want to go through with her abortion, and yet they did not listen to her.  

“I thought I was ready,” she said about the second abortion. “I lay there and started to think, well, one, I didn’t tell the father that that was about to happen…And I just felt like I needed more time. So, I said, ‘No, you know what? I’m not ready.’ And the nurse…wouldn’t listen to me.” 

READ: Democrat congresswoman recalls forced abortion, says nurse ignored her requests to stop 

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UPDATE (01/30/23): Mark Houck has been AQUITTED on both charges!

Thanks be to God LifeSiteNews can report that Mark Houck has been found "Not Guilty" on all counts today. 

In a statement to LifeSiteNews, Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania spokeswoman and Houck family friend Ashley Garecht said “We rejoice and celebrate that Mark Houck has been found not guilty on all counts.”

“This case was always about a father’s right to protect his son, and never had anything to do with the FACE act,” she said. “We are grateful to the judge for his integrity, and to the jurors for their thoughtful deliberations. We are grateful to Mark’s attorneys who labored so diligently in his defense. And we are grateful for all of those who surrounded and supported Mark and his family in prayer through this challenging ordeal.”

“Most of all we praise and thank God for his protection and provision,” Garecht added. “To Him be all the glory.”

The Thomas More Society is set to hold a press conference today on the 6th street side of the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia.

Monday’s verdict came after a tense weekend wait following a deadlocked jury on Friday.

Several hours into Monday’s deliberations after the jury reconvened,  an alternate was chosen to replace one of the jurors. Just before 3:00 p.m. EST, the jury delivered its verdict, acquitting Houck on both charges.


Mark Houck, a pro-life Catholic father of 7, became the latest victim of an FBI raid and arrest on the morning of Friday September 23 — for supposed “FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) Act” violations — at his rural home as his children looked on “screaming.” 

The arrest and raid stems from an altercation with a Planned Parenthood worker.

According to Mark’s wife Ryan-Marie, a “pro-abortion protester” would verbally harrass Mark's 12-year old son — hurling vulgar and derogatory statements. 

When the protestor encroached in the boy's space, Mark defended his son. At that point, “Mark shoved him away from his child, and the guy fell back,” Ryan-Marie recounts.

The protestor was not injured, but he tried to sue Mark Houck for the assault but his case was thrown out of court in the early summer. 


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If convicted, Houck faces up to a maximum of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines of up to $350,000, according to the Justice Department. 

Additional conservative pro-life leaders have weighed in — this is why we need your support ASAP. 

“Just in the last few days we’ve seen some pretty glaring examples of what appear to be instances of DOJ [Department of Justice] overreach. You’ve got a Catholic father of seven who formed a group designed to encourage young men to be faithful to their commitments, arrested in front of his seven children just recently. You’ve got all these instances of overreach. It’s deeply concerning to us all. These are all things we’re gonna be looking into.”  — US Senator Mike Lee

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Steenstra told LifeSiteNews that the process of healing from abortion is like a journey, but that it must begin, primarily, with getting rid of one’s denial.  

“Abortion is the death experience of a child,” she said. “Whether it takes place surgically [or] chemically, it is the loss of a child.” 

Steenstra said that a woman often does not heal from her abortion because she does not recognize where her hurt and grief are stemming from: namely, the death of  her child.  

“Oftentimes people do not get to deal with the aftermath of abortion because their presenting problem is medicated but the underlying root is the unresolved grief of the death experience of a child, one’s own child.” 

“People could end up with a presenting problem that they take to a doctor and get medicated for their presenting problem but the root is not getting dealt with,” she continued, explaining that the underlying grief, which presents itself in other ways, is often misdiagnosed and left untreated, leaving the woman in pain.  

“For a person to break their silence is already a help,” she added.  

Steenstra also mentioned the various resources available to women who need post-abortive care, including through Rachel’s Vineyard and the Sisters of Life. She stressed that forgiveness, both of oneself and of others, also plays a huge role in a woman’s journey towards healing. However, it is the truth that truly set women free.   

The goal for healing to happen is to ascertain what the truth is,” said Steenstra.  

“What you know inside is true,” she continued.  

“The point of post abortion healing is to validate what people know to be true. The natural law is the law that is written on our hearts, and we violate it by permitting or participating in the death of another human person. It’s not until someone says what you know is true that the healing can start.”  

While Cori Bush is a professed supporter of abortion who argues that limiting abortion “access” is a form of “medical discrimination,” Nancy Flanders of LiveAction expressed hope for her change of heart, saying that “perhaps one day Bush will seek healing for the trauma she endured from her abortions and begin to help other women avoid the same fate.”