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It's normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion.
It can form a hole in one's heart,
a hole so deep that sometimes
it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.
Superior Catholic Herald - Dec. 11, 2013
Abortion is about three things, according to
In 1984, Thorn founded Project Rachel, a post-abortion ministry, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Currently the executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, she has trained thousands to counsel those grieving in the aftermath of abortion.
Today’s young men and women were raised without the support of the extended families that once protected children in dysfunctional and broken homes, she said. Largely untouched — starved for physical affection in the era of “stranger danger” — they often turn to sex to feel loved. Much of their communication is computer-driven.
“The more social media they use, the less they are connected to humanity,” she added. “We’re losing this ability to really communicate with people about what’s really going on in our lives.”
Meanwhile, parents are often overprotective of their children, who are not allowed to take risks and gain confidence. This keeps them emotionally immature deep into their 20s and even 30s, according to Thorn.
“We say how resilient they are — they’re not resilient,” she said. “They’re not resilient in general because they are not allowed to face the challenges we were in the past.”
Thorn reviews generational traits in her training sessions because she wants counselors to “understand the wounds of the people we work with.” Teens often act on impulse, she said. Human brains aren’t fully developed until age 25, and drugs, both prescribed and non-prescribed, are also affecting the physiology of their brains. READ MORE
The document Project Rachel Ministry: A Post-Abortion Resource Manual for Priests and Project Rachel Leaders was developed as a resource by the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations and by the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).