A poll of women found church pews are filled with women who had abortions, and the leader of a ministry says churches need to take action.
The poll by Lifeway Research, done in 2015, interviewed 1,038 women who have had abortions and found 43 percent attend church at least once a month.
An eye-opening 70 percent, the survey found, identified as Christians, The Christian Post reported at the time.
Karen Ellison of ministry Deeper Still, which counsels women after abortions, says those women are still in the pews and looking for help.
“They come back. They feel grief. They feel shame. They feel guilt,” she says. “And they're kind of like, Why am I feeling this? Then they don't know what to do with it from there.”
Ellison says churches need to be the place where the repentant sinner is loved and nurtured, which would first mean surrendering that secret -- to bring it "into the light," she says.
Fifty-three percent of the women surveyed said no one at their church knows they aborted the child.
Ellison also sees a problem if abortion-minded women are attending church and still getting the abortion.
“The study also kind of reveals,” she points out, “that the church itself did not have that much influence on her decision.”
The survey found that 76 percent said their local church had no influence on their decision.
Ellison suggests pastors should be loving but firm on the issue of life.
“Make it real clear for your people: What does God's word say about that?” she tells OneNewsNow. “Because there's a lot of ambiguity, or some people have this opinion and some people have that, and it's not like there's just one voice coming out of the church.”