Resources on Post-Abortion Issues

The following is a list of resources which you may turn to for personal study, and lists of organizations to whom you may refer women and men for counseling or additional information. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement.

This list will be periodically updated. If you, your ministry, or your congregation develop materials which may be of help to others, please let us know. This list is by no means comprehensive, so we apologize in advance to all of the organazations that are not included.

Post-Abortion Counseling and Training

Please note: Since the Elliot Institute is a research and education organization only, we are not qualified to evaluate the counseling services offered by the following groups. We do, however, recomend that anyone seeking counseling get a referral for a person who has had specific training and experience in post-abortion counseling. Many professional counselors are unaware of, or even hostile to, post-abortion issues. Some may insist that the “real” problem lies elsewhere, not with the abortion. Such counselors may actually make a woman’s problem worse. She should get a referral to a qualified post-abortion counselor.

Finally, please be aware that many of these groups have different philosophies and approaches to post-abortion counseling. The person seeking counseling should ask lots of questions about the counselor’s approach in order to find someone he or she feels comfortable with. In all cases, the counselors should be non-judgemental and supportive. Post-abortion counselors are very understanding of the reasons why women have abortions and what they go through afterwards.

Abortion Recovery Network at http://www.abortionrecovery.org. National toll-free hotline at 1-866-4-MY-RECOVERY (1-866-469-7326). A network of ministries that provides information and counseling for those suffering after abortion. Their web site helps locate post-abortion ministries both in the U.S. and internationally. Also provides help to men, family members, medical personnel and those in prison who have been affected by abortion.

Abandon, c/o LeDona Leitz, 5060 Horseshow Bend, Colorado Springs, CO 80917, (719) 570-9628. A Judeo-Christian 12 step program which parallels the Alcoholics Anonymous model.

CARE NET, 109 Carpenter Drive, Suite 100, Sterling, VA 20164, (703) 478-5661. Noted for its widely used “PACE – Women in Ramah” program.

Conquerors, 1515 E. 66th St., Minneapolis, MN 55423, (612) 866-7643. 24 hour hot line: (612) 866-7715.

Fathers & Brothers, 350 Broadway, Suite 40, Boulder, CO 80303, (303) 494-3282. Post-abortion ministry for men.

Healing Hearts Ministry, 2717 York Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60521, (630) 990-0909 or (888) 217-8679. Grace Kern, Coordinator. A post-abortion healing ministry sponsored by Lutherans for Life of Illinois.

Heartbeat International, 665 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 440, Columbus, Ohio 43229-3245(614) 885-7577. Materials and training.

H.E.A.R.T., Inc., PO Box 54783, Cincinnati, OH 45254-0783. Post-abortion hotline: (513) 469-6565. Hot-line counseling, and developing book, “How to Begin a Post-Abortion Recovery Outreach.”

Institute for Pregnancy Loss, 111 Bow Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819, (603) 431-1904. (See also Research and Education).

IPLCARR, PO Box 27103, Colwood Corners, Victoria, B.C. V9B 5S4 Canada, (604) 391-1840. (See also Research and Education).

Knowing Heart Ministries, 5705 Quivira St, Shawnee, KS 66203. Traveling speaker: Nancyjo Mann. Specializes in ministry to women who aborted in second or third trimester.

Last Harvest Ministries, PO Box 462192, Garland, TX 75046, (800)-422-4542 or 888-HOPE-4-ME. Support materials and training.

National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, PO Box 07477, Milwaukee, WI 53207-0477, (414) 483-4141 and 800-5WE-CARE. National referral network and training in post-abortion counseling. Coordinates Project Rachel programs in Catholic dioceses.

National Memorial for the Unborn, 6230 Vance Road, Chatanooga, TN 37421, (800) 505-5565. A healing site where names of children lost to abortion can be placed on a 50-foot granite wall. Also offers some telephone counseling and referrals to local counseling.

MARC Ministries, c/o Wayne Brauning, 237 S. 13th Ave., Coatsville, PA 19320, (610) 384-3210. Post-abortion recovery for men. Support materials and counseling.

Open Arms, PO Box 9292, Colorado Springs, CO 80932, (719) 573-5790. Support materials and training.

Our Healing Journey, c/o Project Rachel, Diocese of Lansing, 300 West Ottawa Street, Lansing, MI 48933-1183, (517) 342-2464. Materials and training video.

Post-Abortion Ministries, PO Box 281463, Memphis, TN 38168-1463, (901) 837-3343. Support materials and training.

Project Rachel. (See National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing.)

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, 743 Roy Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406. toll free: (877) 467-3463. Counselor Training. Also sponsors weekend retreats for healing after abortion at over 50 sites in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Victims of Choice, PO Box 815, Naperville, IL 60566-0815, (630) 378-1680. Support materials and training.

Steps to Healing from Abortion Click here for some steps that may be helpful in recovering from an abortion.

Information for Men

Please note: Since the Elliot Institute is a research and education organization only, we are not qualified to evaluate the counseling services offered by the following groups. We do, however, recomend that anyone seeking counseling get a referral for a person who has had specific training and experience in post-abortion counseling. Many professional counselors are unaware of, or even hostile to, post-abortion issues. Some may insist that the “real” problem lies elsewhere, not with the abortion. Such counselors may actually make a woman’s problem worse. She should get a referral to a qualified post-abortion counselor.

Finally, please be aware that many of these groups have different philosophies and approaches to post-abortion counseling. The person seeking counseling should ask lots of questions about the counselor’s approach in order to find someone he or she feels comfortable with. In all cases, the counselors should be non-judgemental and supportive. Post-abortion counselors are very understanding of the reasons why women have abortions and what they go through afterwards.

The web site at www.menandabortion.info includes research, articles, personal stories, information and healing resources for men. It also includes information for counselors and others who provide post-abortion help to men.

The Fatherhood Forever Foundation at www.fatherhoodforever.org/index.html is dedicated to helping men find healing and hope after abortion by creating awareness that abortion does have an impact on men and providing encouragement and resources to those seeking help.

The Men’s Abortion Network at www.lifeissues.org/men/MAN/index.html is a network of researchers, counselors and others who promote healing and create awareness of men’s abortion experiences. The site contains helpful articles and links to counseling resources. A speaker’s bureau is also available.

Rachel’s Vineyard post-abortion healing ministry has information for men on their web site at www.rachelsvineyard.org/men/index.htm. The group provides support for women and men struggling after abortion through weekend retreats and email support. Women or men whose partners have experienced abortion are also invited to attend the retreats with their partner.

The Abortion Recovery International web site at www.abortionrecovery.org lists groups that provide healing services for men, as well as for other family members such as grandparents or siblings who have been affected by abortion.

Ramah International has a men’s page with links to resources on their web site at www.ramahinternational.org/for-post-abortive-men.html. There is also a short page for men whose partners have experienced abortion at www.ramahinternational.org/post-abortive-spouse.html.

Entering Canaan Days of Prayer and Renewal for men, sponsored by Lumina post-abortion healing ministry and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, are held several times a year in New York City. These retreats are for men who have been involved in an abortion and/or whose spouse has had an abortion. For information on upcoming retreats, visit www.postabortionhelp.org.

Men who have been involved in an abortion are invited to participate on an ongoing research study about their experiences. To take part in this confidential survey, visit www.abortionresearch.net. Women, grandparents, and medical personnel who have been involved in abortion are also invited to participate in surveys.

Post-Abortion Research and Education

American Victims of Abortion, c/o NRLC, 419-7th St., N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004, (202) 626-8800. Public education and advocacy.

Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change, c/o NRLC, 419-7th St., N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004, (202) 626-8800. Publishes Research Bulletin, a scholarly review of research on post-abortion issues, six times per year.

Elliot Institute, PO Box 7348, Springfield, IL 62791, (217) 525-8202. Publishes The Post-Abortion Review, brochures, and Pro-Life Clergy Groups & Clergy-Specific Resources

American Life League, Inc., PO Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555, (540) 659-4171. Offers free camera ready copy of Pro-Life Bulletin a monthly insert for church bulletins.

Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, 505 Second Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4916, (202) 547-8105.

Focus on the Family, Pastoral Ministries, 8605 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, (719) 531-3363. Broad range of pastoral support services, led by HB. London, Jr.

“Healing the Wounds,” c/o Pro-Life Activities Office, 215 Centennial Mall South #410, Lincoln, NE 68508, (402) 477-7517. This is a good bulletin insert program called “Healing the Wounds.” In six brief flyers, congregations are educated on how abortion hurts women and how church communities can provide a healing environment for their members. You may find room for improvement, but this set is an excellent first start which demonstrates the power of the bulletin as a vehicle for “soft-sell” healing. These flyers are specifically written for a Catholic audience, but could easily be adapted for other denominations.

National Clergy Council, 601 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004, (703) 361-2086.

National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC), c/o National Association of Evangelicals, 1023 15th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20005, (202) 789-1011.

Priests for Life, PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314, (914)-937-8243.


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One Response to Resources on Post-Abortion Issues

  1. Yvette says:

    Hi there

    This is not a question but rather I wanted to let you know about a song written, titled ‘Unborn’ that you are free to use as you like particularly for ladies who have had an abortion.
    This song may bring healing to many ladies and so there is no cost or copyright to the song. You can freely copy, use and promote it as you like

    For a link to the song: http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/artist_210655?eid=A210655_11562990_

    To read the background on this song: http://triune-echo.com/unborn-new-soaking-song/

    I hope that ladies who hear it may be ministered to and blessed

    Kind regards
    Yvette

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