Healing…Forgiveness…Hope….after the experience of an abortion.
Without a doubt, abortion is one of the most traumatic experiences for an individual, not only for the woman who undergoes the abortion, but also for the unborn child’s father, grandparents, relatives and friends. The pain of abortion can be intensified by a sense of alienation from God and Church.
There are several possibilities for those who have had an abortion to experience healing, forgiveness, and hope. The archdiocese offers Project Rachel, a confidential, one-to-one ministry, whereby the individual meets with someone who will walk with them through some steps toward healing. If desired, Project Rachael includes the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the Catholic who wishes to receive it.
The archdiocese can also refer to neighboring dioceses in Kentucky for a weekend retreat experience, Rachel’s Vineyard. Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center has recently begun offering a scripture study, “Forgiven and Set Free” which is a ten week, small group process for women. Although the program is not specifically Catholic, the group will be facilitated by Catholic women who have been trained and volunteer at the Center. Together, these ministries become part of a “menu” of healing ministries available to those who have experienced abortion.
One unspoken tragedy of abortion is that in many ways, the one who has experienced it, “loses” her own life as well, to feelings of shame and hopelessness. The first step on the road to healing is realizing the need for healing. The Church stands ready to extend the Lord’s love and mercy to those who seek it.
To speak to someone confidentially about an abortion and to discern a healing option, please visit the Archdiocese of Louisville Family Ministries website or call 502-471-2155 or email ProjectRachel@archlou.org.