Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekend

Retreat Facilitator for Winnipeg, Manitoba: Cathy Vanstone

Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where you can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. Silver Lion Ministries via Cathy Vanstone is the sponsoring organization for Rachel’s Vineyard in Winnipeg. For additional information from this international ministry, see: www.rachelsvineyard.org. If you wish to consider registering for a retreat in the greater Winnipeg area, or just need additional local information, you may contact us at: silverlion@live.ca.


 

Post Abortion Stress Syndrome: Two women’s stories

By Gaylene Dempsey

Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) is not yet officially recognized by the medical community but it is a real experience for women who’ve had abortions.

I’m one of those women. I consider myself a poster child for the negative effects of PASS. By the time I was 26, I had undergone three abortions.

As harsh as it sounds, the first time I got pregnant, abortion just seemed like the logical choice. I was a child of the 70s feminist movement and with Henry Morgentaler getting all the media attention, abortion as a teen pregnancy solution was all the rage among my friends and peers. My parents were appalled at my decision and unfortunately intimated that if I had an abortion, God would turn His back on me. I was already angry because the baby’s father – a French Catholic boy I’d had sex with just once - never called but sent messages through friends about how “disappointed” he was at me even considering abortion. So I went ahead and did it and my attitude became “well then screw God and screw you all.”

I remember very little about the experience except that I recuperated in a friend’s home. I decided that I was just going to act like everything was okay and even went out and partied the next night.

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Donations for Rachel's Vineyard

Those who wish to sponsor a parent  who has lost a child to abortion in their healing journey at a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Weekend may donate here. (All Canadian donations over $50 will be receipted for income tax purposes)