In a Twitter thread, a former abortion clinic worker claims that “tons of women who claim to be anti-abortion get abortions” and justify it through “a neat mental trick.” It’s a reminder that abortion touches the lives of practicing Christians and non-Christians alike, but for those that have participated in abortion, there is hope and redemption.

Under the Twitter name Annoyed Cicada, the abortion clinic worker shared her experience with women and family members who claim that they are pro-life.

The thread begins, “Anyone who has ever worked in an abortion clinic knows that tons of women who claim to be anti-abortion get abortions. They do a neat mental trick where *their* abortion is justified.”

It continues, “At the clinic I worked at we used to put a pink sticky note on their charts to give a heads-up to the back-office staff. That way you’d be prepped for the hostility. I had a woman tell me I would burn in hell as I held her hand during her abortion…Another woman refused to wait in the same waiting room as the other patients because she didn’t think she was ‘irresponsible’ the way they were. We obliged to protect our other patients from her hostility.”

“Yet another woman laughed and told the doctor performing her procedure that she thought he should go to jail. After he had performed the abortion, of course.”

Annoyed Cicada concludes, “My years working in the clinic made me realize that a lot of ‘pro-life’ people are willing to make exceptions for themselves or their loved ones. They just lack the empathy to understand that everyone seeking abortions has the same need that they do.”

It should be no surprise that individuals, even Christians, who proclaim their pro-life beliefs have participated in an abortion or have had an abortion at one point in their life. According to the Guttmacher Institute, approximately one in four women have had an abortion by the age of 45, some have even had more than one.

It’s a sobering statistic and a reminder that despite someone’s beliefs and convictions, the fear that women and families experience during an unplanned pregnancy is real, overwhelming and may lead to a decision that many regret. For those of us in the pro-life movement, it’s an opportunity to reach out to help and support those struggling with an unplanned pregnancy or those who have previously made an abortion decision.

“You know, I’ve sort of changed my verbiage when it comes to talking about abortion,” Candace Owens said in See Life 2020, which is debuting on Focus on the Family tomorrow, Saturday September 26 at 8:00p.m. Eastern. “In laymen’s terms, we would say that abortion is murder. But I think that the discussion that we need to be having as conservatives and as teachers needs to be more compassionate. A lot of these young women who head to an abortion clinic are not doing it because they believe it’s murder, they believe it’s a clump of cells and they are getting to this clump of cells before it becomes a baby.”

“And the best thing that we can do as conservatives and being on the side of truth is to have compassion for these young women,” Owens said.

If you’re struggling with an abortion decision, no matter how many years it has been, there is hope and redemption through Jesus Christ.

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