Reconciliation and Healing
What does the Church say to women who are experiencing the aftermath of abortion?
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) 1995, #99 "I would like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. "If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitely lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord."
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
What is Project Rachel?
Project Rachel is named for the Old Testament figure who wept over the loss of her child. Like Rachel, many women discover that the loss experienced after an abortion leaves them traumatized and inconsolable. In their experience of pain and regret, they long for a merciful and compassionate response from the Catholic Church. Project Rachel is such a response. It is an outreach of the Catholic Church to women who are struggling with the aftermath of abortion.
Who should I call for more information on Project Rachel programs?
To take the first step toward healing, reconciliation and peace, we ask you to contact the Project Rachel by telephone, e-mail, or letter for referral to a priest, companion or counselor. ALL CONTACTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL. A single phone call puts you in touch with someone who can help. Call toll-free in Florida, (877) 908-1212, send e-mail to email@example.com.
See the national Project Rachel website for more information at www.hopeafterabortion.com.
An informational brochure (in English or Spanish) is available upon request.
In addition, Rachel's Vineyard is a retreat program which helps those suffering after abortion in a group setting, usually over a weekend. Retreats often are sponsored by local Project Rachel offices, as well as counseling centers and retreat houses. For information or retreat schedules contact Marina toll-free at (877) 908-1212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit www.rachelsvineyard.org or call the national toll-free hotline at (877) HOPE-4-ME.
National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing
Also, the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing (NOPARH) sponsors a nation-wide referral service for those seeking help after abortion. For a referral contact NOPARH at (800) 5WE-CARE, or access its website at www.noparh.org.
ARTICLES & FACT SHEETS FROM THE USCCB
Post-Abortion Outreach Unveiled, February 3, 2000
List of books and cds that may be borrowed from the Respect Life Department.