Post-abortive youth pastor suffers grief and regret

Mark Bradley Morrow was working as a youth pastor when he impregnated three women, one of them twice. All four babies were aborted, with his approval.

Years later, when he married a woman with a young daughter, he began to suffer from depression and grief over his lost children. He tells his story in his book The Greatest Pretender: 1 Youth Leader, 4 Abortions, 18 Years of Secrecy. He writes about walking his stepdaughter, Ricque, to the school bus stop:

“When she was ready, I walked her out and watched the kiddos of various ages getting on the bus, shouting and playing happily. Suddenly something struck me. My four unborn children should be on this very bus. They should be playing, laughing, and making new friends. I became dizzy under the weight of that thought…

My other four children should be on this bus. I should have their elementary school drawings on the fridge, and they should currently be in middle school, going out for sports or plays. Soon they’d be heading into high school… In a few years, I should someday be teaching them how to drive, discussing dating, taking them to their varsity sporting events… They’d look and act like me in many ways, maybe even be into singing and music. I’d take them to Christian and Oldies concerts, see them go to prom. Homecoming, graduate, help them decide on colleges… I turned from the bus to hide the torrent of tears. My heart ached to realize I would never know them on this Earth. They were truly my invisible children.”

Mark Bradley Morrow and Brad Rahme The Greatest Pretender: 1 Youth Leader, 4 Abortions, 18 Years of Secrecy (New York: Morgan James Publishing, 2019) 179

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Author: Sarah

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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