Dina Kok
The Interim

In the new book, Sharon Osbourne: Unauthorized, Uncensored – Understood, the trials and tribulations of the famous wife of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne are revealed by author Sue Crawford. Of particular interest is the disclosure of an abortion Osbourne underwent at the young age of 17.

Osbourne was ordered to have the abortion by her mother, who had discovered that her daughter was two months pregnant. She was told by her mother where the clinic was, travelled there on her own, sat with many other young girls who were all terrified and alone and howled her way through the entire procedure.

“Everybody has something in the closet, and I reckon the best policy is always to be honest, then it can’t come back to haunt you,” she says. Osbourne reports that her biggest mistake in life was her abortion. “It was the worst thing I ever did.”

Osbourne joins the ranks of many men and women who are coming forward and sharing with the general public their experiences with abortion. These people, along with their friends and families, are sharing with others their negative and life-altering decisions in the process of personal healing and prevention.

The National Silent No More Awareness campaign, co-founded by Angelina Steenstra here in Canada, has been started in an effort to bring an issue that has been shrouded in secrecy and silence to the forefront and to expose it, so that the emotional, spiritual and physical pain, suffering and regret can be healed. It is this ongoing awareness of expressing regret that has really fuelled the post-abortion ministry movement.

Steenstra hopes the Silent No More campaign has a two-fold result: first, that people will come forward and speak the truth, and second, that people will choose life for their unborn children. “You cannot dispute personal testimony and experience,” Steenstra explains. “It makes it real. When others hear these stories, they become informed and it is my hope that it will influence them to choose life and to choose an alternative for who will raise their child. Most of all, it is my hope that the child will be given life and that the devastation of abortion can be prevented.”

Sharon Osbourne, too, is using her voice and experiences to help guide other young women and parents to choose life and other alternatives to abortion. “I would never recommend it to anyone, because it comes back to haunt you. In life, whatever it is, you pay somewhere down the line. You have to be accountable.”