Woman Who Had Abortion is 'Silent No More'

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Prolife advocates gathered in Germantown, Md., Friday to take part in "The Summer of Mercy 2.0," rally against LeRoy Cahart's late-term abortion practice.

Summer of Mercy's objective is  to "bring awakening to our nation and end  abortion," the organizers' website says. 

Kelly Stauffer, a member of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, was one of the rally's featured speakers. 

Years have passed since Stauffer had an abortion at the tender age of 14, but she still remembers the pain of that day. 

"Hi," the 29-year-old began simply. "My name is Kelly Stauffer, and I lost my virginity at 13 years old."

Click play to hear Stauffer's full testimony.

What followed was a pregnancy that, at the behest of her parents, doctor and pastor, ended brutally at five months gestation. 

Visibly emotional, she described to the audience her post-partum trauma. 

"My body was very confused because I had gone through the whole process of having a baby, but I didn't have a baby to care for," she recalled.  

Kauffer added that afterwards she was "depressed. I was suicidal. I had no self-worth."

"Even though I know God forgives me, that pain will never go away," Kauffer said. "So that is why I am silent no more." 

The Summer of Mercy leadership team announced Friday that prayer and witnessing, originally scheduled to end Sunday, has now been extended through Aug. 8.

"As men and women of faith, we are compelled to remain at our post. We will stay in Germantown begging for God's mercy, until the killing ends for good," said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. 

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