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Steven Tyler’s Ex-Fiancée will be Silent No More about her Abortion

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

For 36 years she has kept quiet about her relationship with the rock star Steven Tyler and the abortion he talked her into in 1975, but Julia Holcomb will be Silent No More.

Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, co-founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, have announced that Ms. Holcomb has joined the Campaign that gives women and men a platform to speak about the way abortion has harmed them and millions of others just like them, and to let those who are still suffering in silence know that healing and redemption is possible.

Ms. Holcomb’s incredible story is proof of that.

Now a married mother of six sons, Ms. Holcomb is setting the record straight about her relationship with the Aerosmith frontman. “I had decided I would never talk about Steven, but he continues to talk about me, including in his two books,” Ms. Holcomb said. “I decided it was time for me to tell the truth about our relationship.”

An interview with Ms. Holcomb, taped last month during her visit to Priests for Life headquarters in New York, can be seen at silentnomoreawareness.org/ and priestsforlife.org.

LifeSiteNews has its own video interview with Ms. Holcomb, which can be seen at lifesitenews.com

Ms. Holcomb and her husband contacted Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, after she read an article Burke wrote for National Review about the regret Tyler has expressed about the abortion.(www.priestsforlife.org/articles/3633-post-abortion-trauma). She then wrote her own story, which was published in May by LifeSite News. (www.priestsforlife.org/testimonies/2155-The-Light-of-the-World—the-Steven-Tyler-and-Julia-Holcomb-story)

“Julia’s story is an incredibly powerful witness to the healing available to everyone who has been wounded by abortion,” Burke said. “She escaped from a place of darkness and emerged whole, strong and ready to fight for women and men who are still struggling to find the light.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, said he hopes Ms. Holcomb’s courage and commitment to life will urge other women and men hurting in the aftermath of abortion to seek healing.

“So many are suffering in the very same way that Julia Holcomb suffered,” he said. “Our task is to let them know that the healing can begin now.”

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video! The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website:

SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Saturday is World Suicide Prevention Day

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Experts in Finland report that the risk of death from suicide within a year after an abortion is more than seven times higher than the risk of suicide within a year after childbirth.

Sometimes the mother sees suicide as the only way of being reunited with her child, and escaping the daily pain that the abortion brings. I deprived my child of life, she thinks, and therefore I don’t deserve my own.

But while abortion ends the life of a child, God’s powerful grace enables the life of that mother to go on. As she regrets striking out at the life of her child, she also realizes that she has no right to strike out at her own life.

Both lives belong only to the Lord.

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Huge Study Confirms Link between Abortion and Mental Health Problems; Validates Silent No More Women

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

A study published today by Great Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists concludes that women who have had abortions have an 81% greater chance of subsequent mental health problems. Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC), the world’s largest network of individuals harmed by abortion, say that the report validates what many post-abortive women already know.

“This is not just another study. It’s historic,” said SNMAC co-founder Georgette Forney. “It combines the results of 22 studies conducted over a 14-year period in six countries involving 877,181 women. And it confirms what Silent No More members have been saying all along – abortion harms women.”

The study is the first meta-analysis of research conducted on abortion’s impact on mental health. It found that post-abortive women are 37% more likely to suffer depression, 110% more likely to engage in higher alcohol use, and 155% more likely to engage in suicidal behavior.

“This report is devastating to those who try to deny the hurt and anguish women suffer from abortion,” added Janet Morana, another SNMAC co-founder. “The cruelty of those who lie to pregnant women about abortion’s impact is compounded by the heartlessness of abortion industry propagandists who dismiss post-abortive women’s pain as non-existent. After this enormous scientific study, abortion’s apologists should apologize to the millions of women they’ve tried to marginalize.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, SNMAC Pastoral Director and National Director of Priests for Life, expanded on the report’s impact. “What I pray will be one of the major results of this study is that more women will realize that they are not alone. The pain they’ve been internalizing, perhaps for years or decades, is not uncommon; in fact, it’s quite normal. There is help and there is healing. I urge them to contact SilentNoMoreAwareness.org.”

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Father Pavone to open Summer of Mercy 2.0

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

 

 

GERMANTOWN, MD

LeRoy Carhart has been in the business of murdering late-term babies for decades.

States and cities have passed laws specifically to keep his particular brand of butchery outside their borders. When he slipped into Maryland, the state with the fewest restrictions on abortion, only pro-lifers noticed. That will begin to change this weekend.

I will deliver the keynote address Saturday at 7 p.m. as the Summer of Mercy 2.0 kicks off. Organized by Operation Rescue, the aim of the nine-day protest outside the abortion mill where Carhart performs late-term abortions, and in various locations nearby, is to make it impossible for his neighbors, and Maryland officials, to ignore what goes on behind those closed doors.

As we have pointed out before, Carhart conducts his risky late-term abortions in Maryland without having hospital privileges. This means that if a patient needs emergency help due to a botched abortion, he has nowhere to take her. This is a violation of medical ethics and safe practice procedures. That’s why he is under investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians. And that’s why pro-lifers in Maryland and around the country are determined to shut him down.

Take part in the Summer of Mercy 2.0 and send an unequivocal message that murderers like Carhart will not be tolerated in our midst.

The kickoff rally and keynote address will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Covenant Life Church, 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Md. Also speaking will be Wendy Wright of Concerned Women of America.

For the full Summer of Mercy 2.0 schedule, visit summerofmercy.com

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Experience Trumps Rhetoric

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

 

 

Do you know someone who has been hurt by abortion, and who wants to do something to keep others from experiencing the same hurt?

If so, please tell them about the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Coordinated by Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, this campaign gives women and men an opportunity to share with others the fact that abortion hurt them. We hold healing services and public educational events. Participants hold signs saying “I regret my abortion” or “I regret lost fatherhood.”

The campaign gives them a loving and confidential network of others who have been through the same pain, and have found healing in Jesus Christ. The effort is interdenominational. Find out more information on our website, silentnomoreawareness.org

Parents deserve better choices than abortion.

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Rachel’s Vineyard Establishes Medical Board

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

MALVERN, PA – The biannual training conference for the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, continued in Malvern, PA, Wednesday with the formal establishment of a Medical Advisory Board.

Rachel’s Vineyard utilizes the services of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other professionals in the mental health field throughout the world. They assist both on the retreats and in the development and analysis of the effectiveness of this treatment model.

The establishment of a special advisory board now formalizes what has been happening all along, but brings the added advantage of being able to present to the medical and therapeutic community a more structured method of communicating about the issues of trauma and healing after abortion.

Some of the initial members of the Advisory Board are shown in the accompanying photo along with Pastoral Director, Father Frank Pavone. They are, left to right, Cynthia Dillard, Ph.D. (clinical psychologist), Martha Schuping, M.D. (psychiatrist), and Karen B. Stevensen, M.D. (psychiatrist).

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.

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Rachel’s Vineyard Releases New Retreat Manual as Record-setting Conference Begins

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Malvern, PA – Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director and Chairman of Rachel’s Vineyard, along with the founders of the ministry, Dr. Theresa and Kevin Burke, released the new version of the Catholic Retreat Manual yesterday to the 250 leaders present for the bi-annual Leadership Training Conference here. Bearing the Imprimatur of the Church, this manual is the official guide on how to conduct a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, and is updated periodically based on input from those who use it.

“We are pleased with the work that was done by so many people over the past year to make the new Catholic manual possible,” Father Pavone said. “As the largest ministry in the world for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard is committed to carrying out its retreats in a way that reflects fidelity to Church teaching as well as the highest therapeutic standards of the mental health profession.

“We are blessed not only with an excellent advisory board of bishops, but with a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other professional counselors who have been carrying out these retreats for many years.”

Workshops continue today, with participants from all over the world. A media training seminar, given by Catholic media expert Teresa Tomeo, will help participants today to utilize the media to spread the Church’s urgent invitation to healing and reconciliation after abortion.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Largest ever Rachel’s Vineyard conference opened yesterday in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

MALVERN, PA – “The Biblical Concept of Healing” was the topic of the keynote speech yesterday morning as the 2011 Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Retreat got underway at the Malvern Retreat Center. This year’s full-to-capacity retreat, with more than 250 participants attending from all over the world, is the largest ever.

“The Rachel’s Vineyard model for healing after abortion is highly regarded everywhere, including the Vatican,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and the morning’s keynote speaker. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life. Father Pavone noted that Dr. Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke, co-founders of Rachel’s Vineyard, were invited to address the Pontifical Academy for Life this past February.

The Priests for Life pastoral team is attending the weeklong conference, which this year also offers special resources and workshops for regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Campaign co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will offer classes on public speaking, media and healing workshops. The campaign is for those who have been through post-abortion healing programs and have decided to speak out about their abortion experiences.

Among the highlights of the day’s gathering was a talk by Dr. Burke on “Understanding Repeat Abortions,” and a workshop led by Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana titled “Do Post-Abortion Healing and Pro-Life Activism Mix?”

Rachel’s Vineyard began in 1994 as a unique support group model for counselors treating women who were grieving the loss of their aborted children. Rachel’s Vineyard quickly became a grassroots national outreach. From 18 retreats in 1999, the ministry now offers 700 retreats annually, in 47 states and 25 countries, with many new sites in development.

Several Bishops have attended weekend retreats themselves. Attending this week’s leadership conference is Bishop David Choby of the Diocese of Nashville.

“With this year’s theme, Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope, we are sure all conference attendees will be inspired with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a culture of life,” Dr. Burke said.

Father Benedict Groeschel, founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, has had high praise for Rachel’s Vineyard. “I cannot think of another work of this kind so well done. A most difficult and painful human problem is engaged with faith, psychological insight and trust.”

Visit www.rachelsvineyard.org to learn more about the ministry and to view the conference schedule.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Rachel’s Vineyard 2011 Leadership Conference Draws Record Attendance

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The 2011 International Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Training Conference at the Malvern Retreat Center in Pennsylvania is slated for July 17-21. Rachel’s Vineyard has been offering such Leadership Conferences throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland since 1999. This year’s world conference will be the largest to date with several hundred participants coming from throughout the world. Rachel’s Vineyard is currently growing or germinating in 35 countries and in 15 languages. It’s quite obvious that Rachel’s Vineyard is a dramatic movement of the Holy Spirit, which has inspired over 8,000 volunteers throughout the world.

Every year, the Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference presents speakers who provide a wide range of interesting and helpful topics to assist Rachel’s Vineyard leaders from across the globe with new skills and strategies to engage in successful post-abortion ministry. This year, the speakers include the founders of Rachel’s Vineyard Dr. Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke, MSS/LSW. We are honored to host the Most Reverend David Choby, Bishop of Nashville, TN and the Pastoral Director and chair of Rachel’s Vineyard, Fr. Frank Pavone. Other speakers include Monsignor Michael Magee, Msgr. Mike Mannion, Dr. Cynthia Dillard, Dr. Karen Stevenson, Eugenia Hadley among many other talented and experienced professionals and pastors.

The theme of this year’s conference is Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope. We are pleased to offer a special track for the regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign featuring co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney. Teresa Tomeo will provide media training on the media influence on the culture of death. They will offer specific training for regional coordinators that will include classes on public speaking, media, healing workshops, and more! Another unique addition to the conference this year is an optional day trip to the Amish Country for a tour of a Jewish temple replica and a magnificent Theatre Production of “The Story of Joseph” at the Site and Sound Theater in Lancaster.

This year’s conference participants are coming from far and wide, representing many states and countries, including Australia, Canada, Uganda, Jamaica, and Singapore. This is the first year that RV has had to, regrettably, turn attendees away. With such a large and diverse group joining together next week, speakers and attendees will be sure to inspire each other with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a Culture of Life.

For more information on this topic, please contact Kathleen Corrigan or Amanda Miner at
(610)354-0555.

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Become Educated about Forced Abortion

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

A man in Ohio has been sent to jail for thirteen years because he tried to force his girlfriend, at gunpoint, to continue with a scheduled abortion after she changed her mind. The charges against him are not only because of the gun and the abduction, but significantly, for the attempted murder of the child.

Under Ohio’s 1996 fetal homicide law, a person can be found guilty of murder for killing an unborn child.

In this case the child’s father led the mother at gunpoint to the abortion clinic, but once there, she passed a note to the clinic personnel about the fact that she was being forced, and they called the police.

She has since given birth to a healthy child.

Find out more about efforts to stop forced abortion at priestsforlife.org.

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