Guest Author - Suzanne Gregory
I have discussed in previous articles that here is a need for support for women who chose or were forced into abortion and end up traumatized by it. That does not mean I feel the law should be changed or that all abortions end this way, but it is foolish and ignorant to sweep the truth under the rug.
With that said, this article sheds some light on a widely known support group of that kind.
In 1986, Theresa Karminski Burke PhD who began post abortive healing groups founded the center for post abortion healing.
In 1994, a book called ďRachelís Vineyard: A psychological and spiritual journey for post abortion healingĒ was published. It would be in 1995 that the support grew into weekend retreats. Rachelís Vineyard began with 18 retreats in 1999, 35 in 2000, and now has over 700 retreats annually.
Rachelís Vineyard has weekend retreats at 190 sites across the United Stated and 25 countries. 15 week post abortion healing classes are provided all across the United States and Canada and welcome married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted fetuses.
Rachelís Vineyard is a non-profit organization funded largely by private grants, donations and the assistance of the ministry of priests for life, which is part of the Rachelís Vineyard organization.
Yes, you read the last line correctly, priests for life. Now I have no issue with priests. It is, the for life part, I have a problem with. Many of these unsuspecting women have no idea that the very organization who so lovingly wants to help them, are biased to one side. Pro- Life.
It does not end there. All of the Rachelís Vineyard sites are independently operated by a sponsoring organization. Those sponsoring organizations are hosted by church based ministries, counseling outreach programs, project Rachel offices, respect life groups, and crisis pregnancy centers.
The Rachelís Vineyard Organization is part of the pro- life movement. Not a fact most of the women who seek solace there are aware of. They are regular protestors of the right to choose all over the world. These groups including the crisis pregnancy centers are well known not to care at all about the women they are claiming to counsel, but to sway as many as they can against the right to choice, and the changing of the laws that give women that right.