GRANDVIEW - Believing there is a link between depression and post abortion trauma, the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center is preparing to launch its fall series of post abortion counseling and education (PACE) classes.
In 2003, 900 women in Benton and Yakima counties underwent abortions, but most of these women received no counseling for dealing with their decision, according to Jan McDonald, a spokesperson for the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center.
"Many women are dealing with post abortion stress and are in need of help to deal with the pain of their decision," she said.
McDonald said the PACE classes are designed for women who have been involved in the abortion decision.
The program offers help coping with and finding forgiveness. The counseling is extended to women who are dealing with emotional effects of abortion, explained McDonald, who is the executive director of the Grandview agency.
"PACE classes give the women a place where they are allowed to find healing," she explained.
McDonald said the impact of the abortion decision often hits women 10 or 15 years after the fact. "It causes a variety of problems for women, from the end of long-term relationships to eating disorders," she explained.
"We don't want to judge these women," McDonald said. "We just want to let them know they don't have to go on hurting," she added.
The 12-week PACE classes are Bible-based study programs. "This is one place where women can find support and learn they are not the only ones struggling," McDonald said.
The Lower Valley Pregnancy Center is one of 780 centers nationwide which make up the CARE Net, a national organization bringing awareness to the long-term impact of abortion, McDonald explained.
Women interested in registering for PACE classes or who want to talk with someone about post abortion issues may call the pregnancy center at 882-1899.
Pregnancy center hosts October fund-raiser
GRANDVIEW - Tickets are on sale for the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center's "Celebrate Life" fund-raising dinner set for Thursday, Oct. 14.
The banquet will be held at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene, 500 N. Elm St., Grandview. Christian comedian Mike Williams will be the featured speaker. The dinner and program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. An opportunity to make a financial gift to the center will be extended.
Those interested in supporting the mission of the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center are asked to RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 7 (882-1899).