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"Today I am still healing, I still cry, but I can honestly say I love life ... Abortion not only took my baby's life, but it almost took mine. I am thankful for the Church and Her ministry, for teaching me to love myself, and to live for God." ~ Molly

Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Ministry

“I felt I’d committed the unforgivable sin.”

So many women with abortion in their past have said things like this. They may often feel deep shame, regret, loss, or despair.  The good news is that hope and healing is available to all who have suffered from abortion.[singlepic id=54 w=230 h=230 float=right]

Project Rachel is the Catholic Church’s diocesan-based ministry to those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. The nationwide ministry helps mothers, fathers, family members, friends, and people of faith or no faith who seek compassionate, non-judgmental help. Priests, religious, counselors, and laypeople provide a team response of care that can help to heal those wounded by abortion.

Abortion’s impact is extensive and the need for help is great. About 35 million women have lost one or more children to abortion. In addition, a roughly equal number of men have fathered a child who was then aborted. The grandparents of the deceased child or other family members or friends are often involved.

As pro-life people, we should be aware that we will almost always be near those who have been involved in abortion. By listening to the stories of those wounded by abortion and expressing sorrow for their loss, we can witness to their child’s life and affirm their right to grieve. We should take special care to use words of love and mercy, rather than judgment and condemnation. And we should always be ready to mention the help that is available.

Project Rachel Ministry offers help for all who seek God’s mercy, healing and love. If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, please contact our Project Rachel Referral Line at 1-888-456-HOPE or 419-260-5811 or email Project Rachel Coordinator Kerstin Pakka at kpakka@toledodiocese.org. To learn more about Project Rachel, please visit www.HopeAfterAbortion.org or EsperanzaPosaborto.org.

Project Rachel also offers help for those who supported or participated in an abortion in any way and are suffering as a result.  Please see below for information on AbortionShockwaves.org for how you too can find hope and healing.

Testimonies of Hope and Healing

TOLEDO, OH—Join the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the 40 Days for Life Campaign hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo's Respect Life... Read more

A one-day virtual clinical training event: Healing After Abortion, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Diocese of Detroit and several Michigan Dioceses, will be held Friday, Feb.... Read more

TOLEDO, OH— Join the pro-life community of NW Ohio as we pray for an end to abortion in Toledo. We seek God’s grace more lives than ever will be saved during our ecumenical 40 Days for Life... Read more

Entering Caanan Retreats

Entering Caanan Retreats are offered throughout the year to help anyone who has experienced grief, anxiety, depression or guilt after an abortion to find healing and peace. Separate retreats for women and men are offered to those who have experienced abortions recently or in the past. The retreats include Scripture reflection, prayer and an opportunity to connect with a support system. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available, and pre-registration is required.

For more information about Project Rachel, please call 1-888-456-HOPE or 419-260-5811 or email Project Rachel Coordinator Kerstin Pakka at kpakka@toledodiocese.org.

Shockwaves…The Widespread Fallout from Abortion

You may be a father, mother, grandparent, sibling or even an ultrasound tech. You may have driven a friend to her abortion or said she was doing the right thing.  Maybe you are a health care professional, counselor, teacher or minister who was part of an abortion decision or procedure. AbortionShockwaves.org will help you learn you are not alone in suffering from participating in an abortion.  To speak with someone locally for help, please call 1-888-456-HOPE or 419-260-5811.


If you feel called to serve in this ministry of love and mercy, please contact Project Rachel Coordinator Kerstin Pakka at 419-260-5811 or email her at kpakka@toledodiocese.org.

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