Sunday is Mother's Day – a time in which Americans honor and celebrate their mothers' influence on the family and on society at large. But as Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League points out, the holiday is a painful reminder for others.
"As we celebrate our own mothers, as the mothers among us receive the appreciation of their children on this special day, let us remember also all the women whose lives are filled with sorrow because they've lost a child, especially through abortion," he suggests.
Many women suffer emotional scars after an abortion once they realize that they have taken an active role in the destruction of their own innocent child. He says that realization sometimes may not surface until years after the procedure.
Scheidler goes on to recognize another person to consider.
"We want to be mindful of all those men who are thinking about the children that they lost to abortion, the mothers who aborted the babies that they maybe wanted to father or maybe the women who were forced by them or pressured by them into getting an abortion," the pro-lifer says.
Scheidler encourages people to approach those women and men with love and complete compassion and to continue to remember them in prayer.
Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. The first Sunday is International Bereaved Mother's Day — a chance to reach out to the mothers who have suffered devastating loss and to grieve with those who grieve.