Respect Life

Post-Abortion Help

Are you suffering after abortion?  There is hope and healing waiting for you.  Many women and men experience deep pain and grief after an abortion and don’t know where to turn. They don’t know there is help available for them.  Project Rachel is the outreach of the Catholic church to those who are suffering this loss. We offer help through the sacraments, retreats, and referrals for professional counseling.

Help and Hope After Abortion: Project Rachel


For confidential information contact:

Sylvia Jimenez

Project Rachel Coordinator
(941) 412-5860 (English and en español)

Help is also available through Support After Abortion: Support After Abortion

“I want to thank you and the Team for a wonderful and most beautiful experience!  God bless all of you for making Project Rachel the opportunity for me to re-connect with God the Father and the Church.  The painful burden I have carried all these years has been unloaded, and now peace has taken its place.  How absolutely amazing was the interaction with all of the blessed souls at our Retreat!  God’s love flowed freely that day, and I am so fortunate to be a part of it!…”

 ~Project Rachel Retreatant

Prayer Service for Forgiveness and Healing

with Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Father Shawn Monihan

Prayer Service for Forgiveness and Healing from Diocese of Venice In Florida on Vimeo.


Please watch the videos below to learn more about Project Rachel


Introduction to Project Rachel

Cheri’s Story

Helen’s Story

Introduction for Priests

Introduccion al Proyecto Raquel

Testimonio de sanacion, La Historia de Cristina


Ramah is heard the sound of moaning,

of bitter weeping!

Rachel mourns her children,

she refuses to be consoled

because her children are no more.

Thus says the LORD:

Cease your cries of mourning,

wipe the tears from your eyes.

The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward…

There is hope for your future.

– Jeremiah 31:15-1


What does the Church say to women who are experiencing the aftermath of abortion?

Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) 1995, #99 “I would 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 a 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. You will come to understand that nothing is definitely lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord.”



What is Project Rachel?

Project Rachel is named for the Old Testament figure who wept over the loss of her child. Like Rachel, many women discover that the loss experienced after an abortion leaves them traumatized and inconsolable. In their experience of pain and regret, they long for a merciful and compassionate response from the Catholic Church. Project Rachel is such a response. It is an outreach of the Catholic Church to women who are struggling with the aftermath of abortion.

Who should I call for more information on Project Rachel?

To take the first step toward healing, reconciliation and peace, we ask you to contact the Project Rachel Coordinator, Sylvia, by telephone or e-mail.  All contacts are confidential.  Call 941-412-5860 (cell) or toll-free 888-456-4673.  You may also send an e-mail to

Project Rachel Resources

Project Rachel Bulletin Ad – English

Project Rachel Bulletin Ad – Spanish


Recommended Websites

Project Rachel
Support After Abortion
Eliott Institute