If you or someone you know is suffering from the emotional trauma of abortion here are some resources for both men and women that may help.
"Project Rachel is the name
of the Catholic Church's healing ministry to those who have been involved in
abortion. Its name comes from Scripture:
In Ramah is heard the sound of
of bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns her children,
she refuses to
because her children are no more.
Thus says the LORD:
Cease your cries of
wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow
you have shown shall have its reward...
There is hope for your future.
operates as a network of healing composed of specially-trained caregivers which
may include priests, deacons, sisters, lay staff and volunteers, mental health
professionals, spiritual directors, mentors, chaplains and others, such as
medical personnel. These individuals, often working as a team, provide direct
care to women, men and adolescents who have been touched by an abortion loss,
enabling them to grieve, receive forgiveness, and find peace. Although most
dioceses use the name Project Rachel, some programs are named differently. In
addition to individualized counseling, some programs include support groups and
retreats. Founded in 1984 by Victoria Thorn in Milwaukee, today Project Rachel
programs can be found in about 150 Catholic dioceses in the United States, as
well as in dioceses in other countries." Quoted from their website. Find them on the web at:
"Silent No More Awareness is a Campaign whereby Christians make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women and men. The campaign seeks to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion. The Campaign is a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life." Quoted from their website. Find them on the web at:
The "Resources for help after Abortion" link is located at the top margin. Click on it to see a state by state directory.
*PLEASE NOTE: There is an automatic video of women sharing excerpts of their abortions. If you are not ready to listen, mute your computer before entering site.
"Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.
Rachel's Vineyard can help you find your inner voice. It can help you experience God's love and compassion on a profound level. It creates a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion. You are allowed to dismantle troubling secrets in an environment of emotional and spiritual safety.
Rachel's Vineyard is therapy for the soul. Participants, who have been trapped in anger toward themselves or others, experience forgiveness. Peace is found. Lives are restored. A sense of hope and meaning for the future is finally re-discovered." Quoted from their website. Find them on the web at:
Click on Retreat Schedules and then on USA to find retreats in your area.
Sisters of Life
To call toll free: 866.575.0075
"Those who join this caravan of faith – hundreds thus far – find hope and confidence in the fact that regardless of how long their healing takes, regardless of the battles fought, won or lost, they have a community of people to whom they can turn in time of need, who will be there for them unconditionally, to help them on the way to true healing with patience and love.
Entering Canaan program consists of:
• Beginning the Journey: Monthly Days of Prayer and Healing
• Fighting the Battles: Monthly Gatherings
• The Land of Milk and Honey: Hope and Healing Weekend Retreats
• Celebration: Special Gatherings
All retreats are led by Theresa Bonopartis and other women who have experienced both the suffering of abortion and the joy of healing in Christ; they are directed by faithful priests with a heart for those who suffer and are hosted by the Sisters of Life. They include witnesses of mercy, Scripture sharing, personal prayer and quiet time, opportunity for Sacramental Confession and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass." Quoted from their website. Find them on the web at: