Abortion is such a hot button issue that I think sometimes it is easy to argue the facts and forget the people involved in the issue itself. For this post, I want to focus on specifically on women who have had abortions and offer a resource for those women in search of peace and healing in their lives. This post goes back to the original reason I began this blog. I truly believe what I said in my original post that “when one heart stops, another one’s broken.” If I could accomplish one thing in this blog, it is to provide a resource to women who are struggling with their abortion. These next few posts will be about post-abortion healing and they are going to be a mix of resources that include both religious resources and secular resources. To begin, I am going to share a little bit about Rachel’s Vineyard. Watch introductory video below:
Rachel’s Vineyard is a Non-Profit Organization, established in 1995, that offers weekend retreats across the United States and Canada for both men and women who are struggling after an abortion. The goal of Rachel’s Vineyard is to help these people find peace and inner-healing. The weekend retreats are three days long and men and women are joined by counseling staff, other men and women who have experienced abortions, non-judgemental lay people, along with a priest or minister. People have found this retreat very effective and are able to live their lives at peace with themselves. It’s a journey but no one should ever feel alone or like they have nowhere to turn. Below are some of the responses people have had after attending the retreat.
I think it amazing that people have devoted their time to help people struggling with these unresolved feelings post-abortion. If any knows of anyone struggling with this, I have provided links to the website for Rachel’s Vineyard and a link to the page where you can search for retreats in your area. Like I said before, no one should ever feel alone or like they have nowhere to turn. There is a place for hearts to heal and as a country and as a world, we need to lead those people to a place where they can find peace.
“He heals the broken hearted” Psalm 147:3.