Steven Tyler's Odyssey v. Double-Edged Swords

May 27, 2011 09:00 AM

It may have taken the rock star 30 years to deal with his demons, but Steven Tyler—Aerosmith lead singer and American Idol judge—has recently revealed the intense pain he has gone through following his tragic decision to abort his own son. 

As Rachel’s Vineyard cofounder Kevin Burke, writes, 

Long before he won accolades as an American Idol judge, Steven Tyler was a bona fide rock star, with all that that implied. In 1975, when he was in his late 20s and the lead singer for the band Aerosmith, Tyler persuaded the parents of his [16]-year-old girlfriend [see], Julia Holcomb, to make him her legal guardian so that they could live together in Boston.

When Miss Holcomb and Tyler conceived a child, his longtime friend Ray Tabano convinced Tyler that abortion was the only solution. In the Aerosmith “autobiography,” Walk This Way (in which recollections by all the band members, and their friends and lovers, were assembled by the author Stephen Davis), Tabano says: “So they had the abortion, and it really messed Steven up because it was a boy. He . . . saw the whole thing and it [messed] him up big time.”

But this tragic reflection, while testimony to the awful nature of how abortion destroys a person’s innermost peace, also brought forth the other side of the story. Amazingly, Tyler’s former girlfriend, Julia Holcomb, is now a happily married Catholic mother of 7 who is “fiercely pro-life.” 

In Holcomb’s reflections on her past and the horror of her abortion, she writes these words:

Our nation’s young girls, especially those like me, who have experienced trauma and abuse, and are vulnerable to exploitation should not be used as sexual playthings, scarred by abortions to free their male partners from financial responsibility, and then like their unborn children, tossed aside as an unwanted object.

Marriage and the family are the building blocks of all virtuous societies. I learned this lesson in a trial by fire that taught me to trust God’s plan no matter what occurs. I pray that our nation may also find its way back to God by respecting the life of unborn children and strengthening the sanctity of marriage. 

With this story of public repentance and renewal, and the newfound respect for the preborn baby, it is shocking to read stories like the one below out of Indiana. Involved with Planned Parenthood Federation are allegedly religious figures who have the audacity to say, when referring to pro-life signs exhibiting the remains of children murdered by abortion, 

“I think those signs are there to shock and scare people, to make people feel shame and guilt about decisions they may make about their childbearing,” Meagher said. “And I think when the extreme faction wants to show pictorial images, I think they’re trying to shame and scare people and make people feel guilty, and like they’ve created a sin, and what they’re doing is wrong.”

The quote comes from Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice interim president Carolyn Meagher. What is shocking about this statement is that it defies the Tyler experience of 30 years of pangs of pain that finally resulted in a public confession. Either Planned Parenthood’s religion is steeped in evil or the truth of abortion is coming to the forefront in ways that Planned Parenthood cannot stand.

There is a double-edged sword at the core of Planned Parenthood’s strategy. It cuts painfully either way: A baby dies and the parents of that dead child suffer and, oftentimes, bury their guilt—in this case for more than 30 years. One should ask the purveyors of death: What if Steven Tyler and his girlfriend had seen the image of an aborted child or looked at their baby on an ultrasound screen?

Planned Parenthood won’t answer that. It doesn’t want these parents to know. It doesn’t want them to see the humanity—the beautiful and innocent life—growing inside the womb.

Though Planned Parenthood will not answer that question, it is hoped that you already know the answer. These images do make a difference. They save precious lives. Be a testament to life by stopping this organization from destroying lives. Work with us to cut Planned Parenthood off the federal dole. Our tax dollars should not be subsidizing the religion of death.

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