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Davenport's Adventure Christian marks Mothers Day dedication

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Press release submitted by Women's Choice Center


Adventure Christian Community Dedicates a Mother's Healing Meditation Garden

Outdoor sanctuary offers quiet place for mothers who've lost children to pray, remember, mourn and heal.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 8, 2013) – Adventure Christian Community invites the public to attend the dedication of Adventure's Healing Meditation Garden, an outdoor sanctuary dedicated to mothers who have lost children to abortion. The garden will be dedicated Sunday, May 12th at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony following Adventure's church services. The event will be attended by representatives from the Women's Choice Center, and other local organizations dedicated to helping in the healing from abortion, including Operation Outcry, a global group that gives voice to the millions of women who have undergone abortions and have later come to regret their decisions.

Every day in America more than 3600 women choose to end their pregnancies, most expecting it will be a quick fix to an inconvenient or problem pregnancy. The reality of the consequences of their choice may come years or decades later, and can be both physically and emotionally crippling. On holidays like Mother's Day, thoughts of what might have been can be inescapable. Tony Liston, pastor of Adventure says, "We created this very special place as a memorial to the children and parents whose lives have been lost or changed forever." Liston has counseled dozens of women over the years for whom healing has been difficult in the aftermath of their abortions. "We hope this place will inspire women who are suffering in silence to take further steps toward healing and experience the freedom that comes from true healing from abortion."

Vicki Tyler, Executive Director and certified counselor with the Women's Choice Center in Bettendorf has counseled hundreds of women in the past five years who have come to her clinic seeking help to come to terms with their abortions. "Many women never tell anyone about their abortions. It's a secret that can eat away at her ability to form and maintain healthy intimate relationships. Some women become so fearful of someone discovering their secret they have difficulty allowing themselves to get close to anyone."

Adventure's Healing Garden, which features a pond with a beautiful solar-powered fountain, brick walkway, cement benches and a privacy hedge of poplar trees was the vision of Tony Liston and designed and created by Judy Heath of Bettendorf, a local artist, stylist and member of Adventure. Judy and her husband, Duane designed and led volunteers in building the park-like setting, at the southeast corner of the church.

Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide in the U.S., abortion-rights advocates have held firm to a mantra that abortion must be kept "safe, legal and rare" to prevent so-called "back-alley abortionists" from taking advantage of desperate women. But recent events have called the claims of 'rare' and 'safe' into question.

Abortion RARE? According to PolitiFact.com, abortion is now the fourth most common surgical procedure in the U.S., not counting the millions of medical terminations with the abortion pill, RU-486. An estimated 40% of American women will undergo an abortion during their lifetime, and some will undergo multiple abortions. The recent murder trial of a Philadelphia abortionist, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, whose filthy clinic was described by grand jurors as a 'House of Horrors' raises questions about the "safety" of even some legal abortions for the mother.

Those following the Gosnell trial were subjected to grizzly daily accounts of third trimester (24+ weeks) abortions in which staff testified that babies regularly survived only to have their spinal cords 'snipped' with scissors by clinic staff to 'ensure fetal demise.' The Gosnell case is triggering greater scrutiny on the regulatory oversight of abortion clinics, which in many states became virtually non-existent due to either limited resources, politics or both. Post-Gosnell scrutiny renewed inspections in some states, resulting in the closure of two clinics in Illinois, one in Rockford. The salacious details of the Gosnell trial were in such striking contrast to commonly held beliefs about abortion, it drew little national coverage, until a photo of a completely empty media box in the courtroom ignited outrage directed at the virtual media blackout of the trial.

ABORTION: SAFE AS IT'S BILLED? A 2011 Chicago Tribune investigation found the number of deaths and injuries resulting from abortion had been seriously underreported. Reporters found six deaths resulting from legal abortions and 4,000 injuries that were not reported which resulted from abortions in Illinois.

"Abortion is NOT a reset button. It is not a benign procedure for the woman, or for the baby's father….and certainly not for the baby. We hope Adventure's Healing Meditation Garden will offer a space for personal reflection and conversations that will help heal the pain of those who struggle as a result of their abortions." says Pastor Liston. "God doesn't want us to remain stuck. He offers his love, forgiveness and hope to all who choose to accept it."