There Is Help During And After A Pregnancy!

You probably know there is an ongoing battle in the overturning of Roe VS Wade. Actually, that battle has been going on for 50 years. This isn’t to spark an argument, but rather to bring to light the VAST services that are available to men and women who have an unplanned pregnancy.

To be transparent, I am a Catholic, white male who is Pro-Life. I know the white male part makes me the most evil person on earth right now. And when you throw in Catholic and Pro-Life, well, that is just an explosion. Although Catholic and Pro-Life should go hand in hand, that is a battle going on in the church. That being said, I will never apologize for standing up for the lives of the unborn.

Those who are for abortion make the argument that no one cares about the mom or baby after the birth. As a proud catholic, one thing I feel the Church has done a horrible job with is sharing the incredible services available to those who are expecting a baby, and single moms who are struggling. The amazing part is these services are available to anyone in need, not just Catholics. I have a link to all of these, such as Birthright and Our Ladies Inn, at the end, but this needs to be shared with all!

Putting that aside, there is an important part of women’s health that is ignored. I understand that making the choice of aborting a pregnancy is probably the most difficult decision a woman and man can make. I know there are those who have made that decision who end up regretting it for the rest of their lives. Where can they go to get help? Does planned parenthood have a program? This seems to be dismissed. Fortunately, there are programs in the Catholic church that address that specific issue.

Project Rachel is that program available to ALL women!

  • Project Rachel, a women’s only program through our archdiocesan Abortion Healing Ministry, provides healing and hope to women wounded by abortion through the following: 
  • Referrals for confidential, professional counseling from compassionate and trained clinicians
  • Spiritual direction and healing prayer  
  • Monthly spiritual support group meetings (every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m.)
  • Retreat opportunities
  • Women’s Bible study 
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation

Project Rachel is for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Women are welcome to participate, regardless of how long it has been since the abortion experience. Confidentiality is key to Project Rachel and your privacy will be respected. 

Project Joseph is a program geared toward men and getting them help after an abortion.

  • Project Joseph is for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Men are welcome to participate, regardless of how long it has been since the abortion experience. Confidentiality is key to Project Joseph and your privacy will be respected. 
  • Referrals for confidential, professional counseling from compassionate and trained clinicians
  • Spiritual direction and healing prayer 
  • Monthly spiritual support group meetings
  • Retreat opportunities through Rachel’s Vineyard (for both men and women) 
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation 

Rachel’s Vineyard is a fairly new retreat that is available to help husbands and wives who are struggling to deal with having an abortion.

  • 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.

The mental well-being after an abortion is something that will only get worse. I feel that young women, especially in high school and college, are given the wrong message that it is not a big deal to have an abortion. In fact, it has to do with women’s health. This is such a bad message as it is a HUGE decision and all aspects should be addressed. One of those is what happens when a young girl has an abortion, as she thinks it is nothing, then comes to the realization that she ended a life. That can be devastating. Again, even if you are pro-abortion, knowing that you can share a service that can help those dealing with mental issues down the road should not be disputed.

Walking With Moms is a wonderful site to go to find many organizations that will help moms-to-be! If you know of more, please share!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

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