Rachel’s Vineyard offers help to siblings who have experienced the loss of abortion

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Survivor’s guilt.

Are you the sibling of one of the 55 million children who have been aborted in America since 1973? According to Dr. Philip Ney, there is probably at least a 50% chance that you are:

Approximately: 50% of younger North Americans, 60% of Russians, 90% of younger Chinese are abortion survivors.

Why does it matter? Because many siblings who were allowed to live when their siblings were not given the same chance experience survivor’s guilt that permeates their entire lives. Dr. Ney says of surviving siblings that they have “lifelong struggles about existing” because their existence is based on the arbitrary condition of wantedness. Their parents wanted them, and not their other siblings, who may have had similar DNA but who, for some reason, were not fortunate enough to fall into the category of being wanted. If this flimsy criterion – wantedness – is enough to determine the difference between life and death, it is no surprise that survivor’s guilt has led to widespread problems, such as unresolved grief and poor bonding with parents.

A condition that was formerly relegated to the likes of Holocaust survivors and soldiers is now understood to affect mass portions of the American population. This reality calls for a healing that is as widespread and powerful as it is. And Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries is poised to provide the means for achieving this healing and setting abortion survivors on the path to wellness.

Rachel’s Vineyard is an international ministry dedicated to helping everyone who has been involved in an abortion find healing and peace. They offer retreats all over the world, and hundreds of testimonies affirm their efficacy. If you are the sibling of an aborted person (maybe you have known forever, or maybe you just found out), consider turning to the confidential support of Rachel’s Vineyard to face the emotions or questions that you may be facing. If you identify with any of the symptoms enumerated by Dr. Ney, but haven’t necessarily associated your struggles with post-abortion grief, you can still seek healing with Rachel’s Vineyard and see what it has to offer you. Find their international schedule of current retreats here (just select your country to begin).


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