Step 1: Watch the Video
This video provides an introduction to the Abortion Industry in America by way of historical research on its origins and the Eugenics Movement, a former abortionist’s testimonial on the abortion industry, as well as footage from private investigations.
Source Video Outline
Step 2: Review Important Principles
Created Beings: All humans are precious because they are made in the image of God.
“Could it be that when we said that we would no longer sit in the back of the bus, a place was being reserved for us down at the abortion clinic?”
- MLK’s Niece Alveda King
Step 3: Practice the Role-Play
Scenario #1: Racism Roundup
It’s lunchtime and someone near you mentions a recent rally where there were apparently actual KKK members participating. “I thought that group disbanded years ago,” comments a peer nearest you. He continues, “Their history is so tainted—killing people just because they were Black and talking about the ‘white race’ being supreme.
I didn’t realize there were still people who thought that way.”
Scenario #2: Mythical Math
“We don’t want to think of people just in terms of categories: black, white, Hispanic, gay, bi, trans, or whatever else. We want to think of people as persons.”
-Rev. Paul Scalia
Allow about two hours (one hour for video, one hour for role playing). One parent presents the video program to three or four teen friends with youth in the front of the room and their parents in the back of the room. After presenting the video, move to another room and act out the role playing scenarios. Give each teen a chance to read the “You” part of each script. Parents take the roles in the scripts opposite of “You.” The role playing was a primary motivation for developing the T2 : Tough Topics programs. Youth in the parish wanted not only to learn about a tough topic but also to get practice articulating the principles underlying the Christian response to the topic.
13+ years old, defer to parent’s judgement. A segment of the video program contains strong and explicit material unsuitable for pre-teens.
Prerequisite: Some sex ed covered by parents.
See other age appropriate recommendations in Raising Children of Light.
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Project Rachel is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. In addition to referring for Sacramental Reconciliation, the ministry provides an integrated network of services, including pastoral counseling, support groups, retreats and referrals to licensed mental health professionals.
It's normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one's heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness. Be assured that there is forgiveness, hope and healing – many women and men have participated in diocesan Project Rachel Ministries and returned to a loving relationship with God.