Cradle My Heart Radio | Vicki Thorn interview airs 8-3-14
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Thirty years ago Vicki Thorn couldn’t have foreseen that she would be at the center of a movement involving millions of women and men in need of healing and hope.
She simply knew that people were suffering after abortion and she wanted to do something to help.
It’s a dramatic story of listening to the pain of a friend who shared the hurt she experienced as a teen who had been sexually victimized by a family member. A forced abortion followed. It was too late to think about the moral dilemma of whether or not it would be best to abort the child of a very young teen. But her friend’s pain and grief echoed down through the years and deeply impressed Vicki’s heart.
As it turned out, the abuse was ongoing and there was a forced release for adoption too. But, as her friend said, “The adoption I can live with. The abortion forever broke my heart.”
From that caring friendship, Vicki has been motivated to create a safe place within the church for women and men to seek healing through the Project Rachel outreach. She has also become an expert on not just the spiritual and emotional impact of abortion, but the physiological aftermath as well. You may be surprised at her findings about microchimerism, the physical bond between mother and child which remains even after abortion. You likely have not heard her findings about how hormonal birth control can wreck female desire. But above all, you will definitely be impressed by the caring insights which come straight from the heart.
From Vicki’s bio:
Vicki Thorn is the foundress of Project Rachel and the executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1990, the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, Inc. networks researchers and psychotherapeutic professionals working in the field within the U.S. and abroad, consults on the formation of post-abortion support services within secular and religious settings including Project Rachel, provides training for care providers, maintains a national “800” referral line for those seeking assistance in reconciling an abortion experience, publishes the International Post-Abortion Support Services Directory, produces and vends audio, video, and printed materials, maintains an annotated book list, tracks support group models, and sponsors the Healing Vision conference at Marquette University, the only international conference on abortion’s aftermath and its resolution.
Vicki has a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. She is a bereavement facilitator trained by the American Academy of Bereavement and a prenatal loss facilitator certified by Resolve Through Sharing Prenatal Loss. She is also holds a certificate in Trauma Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a long time member of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and an invited workshop presenter. Vicki is an international speaker and author on the topics of abortion’s aftermath in women, men and others as well as the process of post-abortion healing. She also speaks internationally on the biology of bonding and attachment. Her expertise also extends to the biochemistry of sex, the theology of the body, and the societal change since 1960 and its impact on Gen X and Gen Y. Crowning her many achievements and awards is her family including her husband William, six children and many grandchildren.