Sexual abuse is so prevelant in our society that I believe it does indeed play a big part in reasons behind abortion.... I'm looking for the specific data that stands behind that....
But hey- regardless of the history of the women, it's definitely not something to take lightly. I think it's absolutely wonderful (and that's putting it lightly- a superlative escapes me at the moment) that your church offers such kind, caring support to women (and men, I'm sure) who have had traumatic experiences and who need a listening ear.
I in no way, no way AT ALL intended to offend you or belittle your or your friends' experiences or grief. And in hindsight, the same way I get testy when posters tell me to "be careful" where I'm getting my information, or when they proceed to tell me what pain I am and am not legitimately feeling. I sincerely owe you an apology for the way my post may have come across. Truly it's a curious thing for me, and that's all I intended to imply. So please accept my apology if you were in any way offended or hurt by my words.
IMHO, and I'm sure others will agree, that this board, particularly this thread, is not a place for passing judgement or asking too many questions of one another. Each person here experiences their own loss and their own pain in a vastly different way, and it's those differences that can help us find strength in each other's anonymous, faceless words. So again, I definitely apologize for sounding snarky if that's the case, and even if it's NOT the case, I could have chosen my words more carefully.
On the subject of abuse, do you think that this possibly includes CURRENT abuse? As in, pregnant as a direct result of abuse by another?