Meg's Story: Redemption After Adoption and Abortion
MEG'S STORY: REDEMPTION AFTER ADOPTION & ABORTION
I grew up the youngest of four children in a middle class home. I was raised Catholic and Catholic educated through 12th grade. Although my family was religious, my childhood was tumultuous. Verbal and physical abuse were prevalent in our home and I became a Survivor of sexual abuse at a very young age. Despite the chaos, God was the one stable force in my life. Even at a young age, I loved Him fiercely and was devoted to Him. At the age of 15, on my first date, I experienced my first rape. It was at this age that I developed an eating disorder, which would last for 30 years. The pain resulting from all of these traumas through the first 15 years of my life began eating away at my Faith and my intent to follow God and live a pure life until marriage. I felt absolutely worthless as a human being. It is also at this age that I began to abuse alcohol. After graduating from high school at 17 I entered the Military and became a United States Marine at the age of 18. Within months I endured two more sexual assaults – both alcohol related. A relationship with a fellow Marine followed and resulted in pregnancy and I lovingly made adoption plans for my firstborn son in 1985. My adoption was a Closed Adoption and was not handled well during the pregnancy, or after. The loss of my son to adoption was devastating and once out of the Military, I really just wandered aimlessly and wrecklessly, without focus in my life. By age 28, and by the Grace of God, once again, I was able to get my life back on track. I went back to school and began a career in TV News. First as a reporter, then a Producer and Executive Producer. I worked all over the country, eventually landing in Miami, Florida. It is there that I met my first husband and we were later married. Two years after our wedding, we decided to start a family. The first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 7 weeks. Months later I would learn we were expecting again. This pregnancy was a success and resulted in my son, who was born in 2004. Unfortunately, two more pregnancies ended in miscarriage. I lost one child in December 2005. My next pregnancy, which was twins, followed in the Spring of 2006. I lost the first of the twins at 7 weeks; the second at 9 weeks. While I was losing the second of those babies, I was also going through an unexpected, painful divorce. Newly divorced and a single Mom, I moved from Florida back to Ohio. Months after settling into a new home, a new job, I began a relationship with someone and at age 41, found myself pregnant again. I was anxious, but happy about the pregnancy, however the father was not excited and told me he would not support me emotionally, or support us, financially. He insisted that I have an abortion. Feeling trapped, both spiritually and emotionally, I quickly made the decision to get an abortion and pushed to have it done as soon as possible. I aborted my daughter just before 8 weeks of pregnancy in July of 2007 at the Women's Med Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. A decision I regretted before the abortion ever began. I attempted to go on with my life, got remarried and started a new business, but my shame and my pain – the loss of my daughter, were unbearable. The grief and shame unspeakable. After living with the sin of abortion on my heart for nearly 6 years, in what I call “the darkest night of my soul”, I had a supernatural encounter with Jesus on December 16, 2013. I gave my Life to Christ on that day and have never looked back. That encounter with Jesus Christ at the Foot of His Cross changed everything for me! Today I live in Freedom and am following God’s call on my Life, passionately sharing my testimony of Salvation in Jesus Christ as a Pro Life Speaker in schools, Churches, and other organizations addressing topics including abortion, adoption, unplanned pregnancy, purity, eating disorders, rape/sexual abuse, and forgiveness. I am also the Regional Coordinator for Silent No More Awareness Campaign in the City of Cincinnati, educating Churches, schools, media, about the damage that abortion does to women, men, babies, families, and societies. I am making my Pain my Platform. To God be ALL the Glory!
Meg has such a compelling story to tell. Her heroic witness showed the beauty of life and the darkness of abortion. You could hear a pin drop in the room when she spoke!” - DJ Hueneman, Chastity Speaker/Educator
"There was an ancient custom of puncturing ornamental figures upon the hand, forearms, and forehead and coloring the punctures with indigo as a reminder, a badge. But our culture resists embracing scars. Scars are not considered attractive, nor highly sought after. These are opposing ideas on the value of scars. Meg Perez has taken her wounds, both those inflicted upon her, as well as self-inflicted, and embraced them as the scars they are. Scaring indicates healing and hope. The resurrected Jesus held out his hands to Thomas to ignite his belief. It is by the stripes, the scars on Jesus’ flesh that we have been healed. Meg Perez has taken her wounds, both those inflicted upon her as well as self-inflicted and embraced them as the scars they are. Scaring indicates healing and hope.. Meg’s story of deep trauma, wounding her body and her soul, is actually a story of healing and hope. This juxtaposition of hurt and healing tells a story that every man, woman, boy and girl should hear." - Lynda Lunn, Academy Principal, Miami Valley Christian Academy
"God Bless you Meg as you continue to take a stand for the unborn. Your ministry has brought hope, that God loves and wants the best for each of us to be all we can be, as Created in His Image" - Pastor James Bondurant, Old Cedar Baptist Church