Letter to the Associated Press on "Exhale" reporting
(borrowing some verbiage from Emily's comments in the original post; will finish the letter on the other blog as much of it repeats that post):
Dear Ms. Lisa Leff of Associated Press,(Continue reading and get the legend for the asterisks here...)
The recent Associated Press story about “Abortion Counseling Service Going National” requires some fact-checking and corrections. The founder Baker said, “It's about listening, valuing and respecting." While AP quoted Vicky Thorn of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing (NOPARH), it missed the fact that her group has been doing just that for post-abortive women—in nonreligious and religious settings—for the past 15 years, since 1990. And NOPARH is just the nationwide “hotline” for those seeking help after abortion. They’ve referred perhaps 25,000 people* to receiving actual face-to-face help. In 2004, 350 Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats worldwide, some even ecumenical, have done more than “listening, valuing and respecting,” and that number is tripling every two years. In ten years, they’ve helped Catholics and non-Catholics, even Jews, in the U.S., Canada, Africa, Australia, Chile, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and Russia, each in their native languages. Exhale doesn't refer women anywhere when they need more than a hotline since there isn't such a group.