Tuesday, September 30, 2014
 
Our Efforts in Abortion Recovery

Abortion Recovery InterNational is an advocate for abortion recovery efforts in the US and around the world.  With millions of men and women affected by abortion, it is our goal to encourage and provide healing opportunities to those that are hurting.

In our culture, there's a lot of discussion about women's rights, but for many a "pro-choice" became a "poor-choice"!  The risks of abortion are largely ignored.

What Society Doesn't Know...

  • 64% of American women who have had abortions felt pressured by others
  • Even though the majority felt rushed, 67% received no counseling; 79% were not told about alternatives
  • Abortion is often a woman’s last choice, but an abuser's first choice
  • America's teens are at risk for health injury and suicide.
  • Many who pushed family or friends to abort were also deceived – by experts, authorities, even pastors – about fetal development, alternatives and risks.
  • The overall death rate of women rises 3.5 times after an abortion.
  • Suicide rates are 6-7 times higher after an abortion.
  • 65% report symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder they attribute to their abortions.

For further statistics on how abortion is affecting families, click here.  

Abortion Recovery InterNational was established to assist in the field of abortion recovery, to aid those hurting and to bring to society an awareness of the devastation that abortion was having on families on an international basis.  Here's a quick glimpse of our goals for the organization and what we're doing:


ENCOURAGE and EXTEND Healing Opportunities to Those Hurting

Abortion Recovery InterNational works to encourage and provide healing opportunities to those hurting after abortion by providing easy access to information and counseling. Our efforts in this arena include:

  • Building the first and only centralized database of active Abortion Recovery Care Centers around the globe on our website: www.abortionrecovery.org
  • Establishing a toll free number: 1-866-4-My-RECOVERY to allow easy access to our Abortion Recovery Specialists.
  • Networking with numerous abortion recovery agencies, religious groups and professional therapy organizations as a resource for abortion recovery care.
  • Using online mentoring to help establish the relationships needed to ask for help from a past abortion.
  • Providing after abortion care to women, men, sibling, couples, grandparents, medical personal, inmates and others who might be affected by abortion. Helping over 100 people a day find the help they need.
  • Partnering with Optionline and Pregnancy Decision Line , as well as 400 other websites... to provide Counselors access to our database and abortion recovery phone counseling program as well as assistance to those looking for after abortion assistance.

ENLIGHTEN Society on the Affects of Abortion on Individuals and Families

Abortion Recovery InterNational works to enlighten society on the affects of abortion on individuals and families. Our awareness efforts currently:

  • Reach out to those who have been involved in abortion with the focus on recovery and how it will heal individuals as well as families through our recovery focused website:  www.abortionrecovery.org
  • Educates the public about after abortion trauma through our abortion recovery websites and speakers bureau.
  • Distributes "eVOices" a bi-monthly newsletter to anyone interested in abortion recovery efforts: individuals, pro-life agencies, religious organizations, professional therapist, etc.
  • Communicate with ARIN Affiliates and Advocates through the ARIN Blog - "empoWEr"
  • In 2005 ARIN founded April as Abortion Recovery Awareness Month and encourages all other Christian organizations to acknowledge the month in celebration of recovery.
  • Provides awareness products through the ARIN Store to help promote healing opportunities: bracelets, clothing and other merchandise.
  • Partners with the 40 Days for Life Campaign, Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Operation Outcry to provide healing opportunities to those who might be hurting after abortion.
  • Promotes "Un-March" activities which raise awareness of abortion recovery counseling opportunities around the globe.
  • Has established an new national awareness campaign called: We are The VOice. The WATV mission develops a national presence in April each year to promote activities, common talking points and ways to promote abortion recovery opportunities.
  • Is developing ARIN CARE Teams (Compassionate Abortion Recovery Efforts) in local communities across the United States to connect those that are hurting from abortion with those that are providing healing opportunities, while simultaneously enlightening the community on the need for expansion of abortion recovery opportunities.

 


EDUCATE Affiliates and Those Working in Compassionate Abortion Recovery Efforts

Abortion Recovery InterNational educates our affiliates through awareness opportunities, extended education, conferences, specialized training and by exchange of ideas and resources. We're currently:

  • Host the ARIN SHARE Symposium, Leadership Sessions, Seminars and Webinars for our Affiliates and Advocates.
  • Partner with Master's International School of Divinity to offer a Certifcated program in Abortion Recovery Counseling.
  • Offering training / conference opportunities for individuals, abortion recovery centers/program, pregnancy resource centers, health clinics, professional therapists and other organizations.
  • Helping agencies establish an Abortion Recovery Care Center or Abortion Recovery Care Program for their local area.
  • Distributing a bi-monthly e-blast called "eVoice" to educate and network those working in the field of abortion recovery.
  • Hosting panel discussions, open and collaborative dialogue between its members and other related community members.
  • Providing phone and email consultation for ARIN affiliates.
  • Offer a New Partner/Mentor Program, which partners a new abortion recovery center or program with a more seasoned agency.
  • Providing consulting and training for those establishing and expanding Abortion Recovery Care Centers and programs across the United States.
  • Offering on-site affiliate training and consultation by ARIN staff provided to affiliates.
  • Providing International networking meetings each year at Abortion Recovery InterNational's Leadership Symposium.
  • Has co-sponsored the Heartbeat International Conference where we offered all Abortion Recovery tracts during their 3 day convention.

 


ESTABLISH and EQUIP an International Association of Recovery Efforts United In Mission

Abortion Recovery InterNational works to establish a professional world-wide association of compassionate abortion recovery efforts united in mission, cohesive in nature and similar in practice.  Our efforts to date include:

  • Providing comprehensive information about various Abortion Recovery Care Centers and Programs.
  • Collecting and providing studies about what works when it comes to abortion recovery efforts.
  • Uniting the abortion recovery community to be more effective and have a greater impact locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Providing Resource and Research Departments for the most up-to-date information in the field of abortion recovery.
  • Is developing Abortion Recovery CARE Teams and Abortion Recovery CARE Centers around the globe to unite community efforts with a message of healing for those hurting after abortion.
  • Offering website design services for abortion recovery centers and programs: in order to spread the opportunities for abortion recovery assistance.
  • Is developing: abortion recovery counseling codes of conduct, best practices, standards of care, principles of recovery and language used.
  • Is working to have after-abortion trauma officially acknowledged by mental health organizations.
     

 

        


Abortion Statistics in U.S.A.

Nearly half of all pregnancies to American women are unintended; four in 10 of these end in abortion.


About half of American women have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and at current rates more than one-third (35%) will have had an abortion by age 45.


Overall unintended pregnancy rates have stagnated over the past decade, yet unintended pregnancy increased by 29% among poor women while decreasing 20% among higher-income women.


In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million abortions in 2000.


Nine in 10 abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.


A broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions:
56% of women having abortions are in their 20s;
61% have one or more children;
67% have never married;
57% are economically disadvantaged;
88% live in a metropolitan area; and
78% report a religious affiliation.


For EVERY woman who experiences an abortion, there is a man and family associated. 

Each abortion, through a ripple effect, may touch the hearts of 40-50 people in a lifetime.
 


 

ARIN, Inc. and our affiliates encourage individuals and families affected by reproductive loss to have completed a recovery program PRIOR to
involving themselves in any type of speaking, leadership, legal, research or activism opportunity. See our Principles of Care for further information!


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