- Catholic News Agency - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A pro-life organization is aiming to highlight how men are affected by abortion – and offer hope for healing and renewal – through a new video called “The Apology.”

“The pain of regret is one of the hardest things to deal with, because it is a constant reminder that we let down God, we let down others, we let down our child,” stated one of the men featured in the video.

The film was released by Heroic Media, a life-affirming multimedia organization, and produced under the direction of John Blandford, one of the men featured in it.

The short video showcases three men, all Christians from different backgrounds, who admit that they have been involved in an abortion in the past. Noting that approximately one in three people “in the church” have participated in an abortion, the men confess that the post-abortion struggle is hard, lonely, and often heartbreaking.

“I conceded to an abortion. And even as a pastor, that decision still haunts me today. What would that child look like? Would it be boy? Would it be a girl? Their first steps, saying ‘daddy,’ watching them grow - but those are just dreams, and dreams which often leave me heartbroken,” one man said in the video.

“I was 28. I didn’t know God – I called myself a Christian though, at the time. I would go to church a couple of times a month, and I just started dating this gal, and she got pregnant,” Mr. Blandford noted in the film, saying that he should have “manned up, but I didn’t.”

Apologizing to all aborted children that no one was there to save them, Mr. Blandford stated that he was sorry that women were subjected to abortion, and all that it entails.

The other men in the film also apologized to those who have had abortions, while offering hope that the current generation would turn to forgiveness and the love of God.

“As someone who had been on both sides, I am telling you keep contending for life. That is my hope – it is my hope to see a generation who will stand up and say ‘no more’,” one man reflected.

“If you have had an abortion, I am so sorry. I am sorry for not taking a greater stand in this area. Someone should’ve been there to rescue you,” another stated.

“But we find hope, we find peace in Christ, you don’t have to live in shame and darkness, you can run to God’s light, and forgiveness and grace and mercy,” he continued.

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