“I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly, what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” Pope John Paul II – Evangelium Vitae, 99
It’s common to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness. Be assured that there is forgiveness, hope and healing—many women and men have participated in diocesan Project Rachel Ministries and returned to a loving relationship with God.
Project Rachel, the U.S. Catholic Church’s ministry to those who have been involved in abortion, is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. In addition to referring for Sacramental Reconciliation, the ministry provides an integrated network of services, including specially trained priests, support groups, retreats and referrals to licensed mental health professionals.
The Diocese of Bridgeport is committed to assisting those who are seeking help through the Entering Canaan model of healing. Please contact our confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email for more information.
Articles and Publications
The impact of abortion is far reaching. Sometimes, we are not aware of who it impacts and how. Creating awareness can help bring about understanding, compassion, hope and healing for many.
- Women and How Abortion Changed Their Lives—Society denies the impact abortion has but here is how it changed the lives of some women.
- Male Grief and Trauma Following Abortion—Men grieve after an abortion but are more likely to deny their grief or internalize their feelings of loss.
- Couples and Past Abortions—Can relationships be affected as well? Something to think about.
- Siblings Can Feel the Loss Too—Making sense of something missing and careful consideration.
- More Resources—Here are more articles and publications.
WASHINGTON—For 47 years, people of all faiths, denominations, races and backgrounds have gone to Washington to march for life and stand against abortion. Thousands of pro-life supporters have converged on the National Mall and marched on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.
This year on January 29, because of COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a virtual March. The March for Life leaders are encouraging people to sign up for the Virtual March so they will be able to participate virtually. In order to sign up, click here.
“We marched during the blizzard of 2016, we’ve marched during government shutdowns, we marched after 9/11, we will march again this year,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life. “We’ve marched for 47 years, and no sacrifice is too great to fight this human rights abuse of abortion.”
This year’s theme is “Together Strong: Life Unites” For more information, click here.
Dr. Lenore Opalak, co-leader of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Bridgeport, said that in order to include the large number of people who would usually attend the March but cannot travel this year due to pandemic restrictions, the March for Life has added a virtual component, featuring live-streaming of the pre-rally concert and entire roster of speakers.
“As long as the ultimate human rights abuse of the killing of pre-born babies, sanctioned by the government, continues, the March for Life will continue, providing essential public witness in support of the sanctity of life,” she said.
Because of the problems posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the March will be scaled down this year with the requisite masking/social distancing in place.
“It is so important that we persevere in prayer and make our voices heard in opposition to abortion to protect the lives of babies and help for the mothers who are faced with the decision,” said Maureen Ciardiello, coordinator of Respect Life & Project Rachel for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Project Rachel is a ministry of the Church that offers a program to help post-abortive women in the healing process. For more information, contact Ciardiello by phone at 203.416.1445 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The March for Life will be held on Friday, January 29 on the National Mall in Washington DC between the Washington Monument and 12th Street. The pre-rally concert will begin at 11 am followed by the rally at noon. The march begins immediately following the rally at approximately 1 p.m. and proceeds east from the Washington Monument, between 12th and 14th Streets on Constitution Avenue and ends in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Matthew West, the GMA Dove Award®-winning and GRAMMY Award®-nominated artist/songwriter, will be performing at this year’s rally.
“I am honored to be performing at the March for Life,” West said. “This is an important event, and I look forward to proudly lifting my voice along with thousands of people from all walks of life as we gather together in Washington DC and send this message loud and clear: I believe every life deserves a voice. Every child deserves a chance.”
In addition to West, speakers will include athlete, author and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow; Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of the late Rev. Billy Graham; Elizabeth Eller, student body president at Christendom College, and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, the USCCB Chair of the Pro-Life Committee.
“People from all different walks of life, faiths, colors, and backgrounds are united in the belief that life has inherent human dignity,” said Jeanne Mancini. “This year’s theme highlights diversity as the true strength of the pro-life movement and how our commitment to life has the power to unify. The world today is divided, but the pro-life movement is working for the day that abortion, one of the most fundamentally divisive acts, becomes unthinkable.”
A Prayerful Rosary March will take place on Friday, January 22 from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull. This event, occurring on the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, is an opportunity for those unable to attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. to come together and pray for the unborn.