Thursday, December 8, 2016
Pro-Life Leader: I’m Pro-Life Because I Once Took the Life of My Child in an Abortion
And for many, abortion becomes personal in very literal way when they or a loved one experience it first-hand. It was this first-hand experience with abortion which ultimately led Jeff Bradford, the Vice President of Human Coalition, into the pro-life cause. Last month, Jeff shared his story with the GPS: God, People, Stories radio program of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association.
Jeff shared that in the early 1990s, he and his then-fiancée, Tricia, were busy planning their wedding when Tricia became pregnant with their first child. “We were not serving the Lord at that point the way we should have been,” said Jeff, “and we got pregnant… Before you knew it, we were at Planned Parenthood. And we took the life of our first child.”
Jeff shared that he and his fiancée saw abortion as the only viable choice in their situation. “When you’re in that situation and you don’t have someone standing in the gap to really counsel you that this is a life and that you can do this,” Jeff said, “we felt like that was the quick decision — to not shame our parents at the wedding [by] coming to the wedding pregnant… We didn’t feel like we had any other choice, and we didn’t have the right people speaking into our lives at that time.”
The couple got married and welcomed four more children, but never confronted the heartache of their abortion until many years later. Jeff shares that they were visiting a Christian counselor for a marriage “tune-up” when Tricia revealed the secret pain that she had carried for so many years because of the abortion. The experience spurred a redemptive process for both Tricia and Jeff, and the miraculous healing of the couple’s abortion wounds opened the doors for their own subsequent involvement in the pro-life movement. . . . Read More
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