From CitizenLink.com (a Focus on the Family site): ‘For Such a Time as This’

‘For Such a Time as This’

Leslee Unruh has been used mightily in the fight to ban abortion in South Dakota. As voters prepare to decide whether the ban will stay, she said the state has been chosen

Leslee Unruh has been an advocate for family values for more than a decade. She ‘s the founder of The Abstinence Clearinghouse — a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing “a central location where character, relationship and abstinence programs, curricula, speakers and materials could be accessed.”

But life experiences moved her toward an additional calling — to educate women and men about the reality of abortion: how it hurts women and kills a human life. Now working with VoteYesForLife.com, Unruh is fighting for the preborn.

South Dakota lawmakers passed a law earlier this year to ban the procedure, and Gov. Mike Rounds signed it into law in March. The only exception is if the life of the mother is in jeopardy.

Rather than taking the usual route of a court challenge, abortion backers chose to place the fate of the law on the fall ballot.

If the ban holds, it will surely then be challenged in court and may ultimately end up in the U.S. Supreme Court in a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

CitizenLink spoke with Unruh about the days and years that led her to fight for the preborn and about her heart for reaching the abortion industry with the message of the Cross.

Q. Leslee, tell our readers a little bit about yourself. What brought you to this place of fighting for the preborn?

A. Well, I’m a post-abortive woman, and I suffered for a lot of years with shame. I felt like there was really nowhere to go. You don’t want to go to the church, because if you go to the church you feel like there’ll be shame, and you’ll hear things you can’t accept, you can’t handle. So you stuff it. And I did stuff it for a lot of years.

But I was finally able to go to the Cross.

It’s a simple thing that happened. I was sitting alone one day and my mom called me and said, “Why don’t you listen to Focus on the Family? They’re having someone on who’s talking about abortion.”

Dr. Dobson made the comment that day about offering a cold cup of water and meeting people where they’re at and just accepting them and not judging them on the past, but pointing them to the Cross.

That was the beginning of a journey back. There was a hope put in my heart that day, and that’s the only way you can grow is not to despair — but to hope.

For the first time in America, post-abortive women are not being dismissed, we’re being heard.

How long ago was it that you had your abortion?

I was in my late 20s, and it was between my third child and my fourth child. It was the most painful time in my life, and it was a time of making a decision based on a lot of rhetoric that you hear: “It’s your body, it’s your choice, you can make the decision and it’s legal.” And so many women make that decision not being informed and later wake up, and it’s a nightmare.

In the last few years you helped bring about legislation that banned most abortions in your state. Tell me about what you’ve been doing?

I simply went as a woman to testify.

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