Vicki Thorn is the foundress of Project Rachel and the executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. She is a bereavement facilitator trained by the American Academy of Bereavement and a prenatal loss facilitator certified by Resolve Through Sharing Prenatal Loss. She also holds a certificate in Trauma Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a long time member of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and an invited workshop presenter.
Vicki is an international speaker and author on the topics of abortion’s aftermath in women, men and others as well as the process of post-abortion healing. She also speaks internationally on the biology of bonding and attachment. She has spoken in Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Ukraine, Italy, Austria, Poland, Chile, Slovakia, Romania, Sardenia, Spain, France, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong and China.
She has written articles on Project Rachel and the aftermath of abortion in women, men, family members and the healing process. She has a book on Project Rachel published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the Vatican publishing house), which was released in December, 2009. Additionally she has written and spoken about the sociological changes in society since 1960 and the spiritual and psychological wounds carried by Gen X and Gen Y as a result of those changes. She has also written about the role of stress in making abortion decisions, and ways to help women in crisis pregnancies. Recently she has been doing presentations to high school groups, college students and adult groups on her recent research on the Biochemistry of Sex or the Biology of the Theology of the Body.
She and her husband, Professor William Thorn are the parents of 6 children, ranging in age from 25 to 36, and are the proud grandparents of 5granddaughters and one grandson. As a couple, they were inducted into the Pontifical Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in October, 2008 as Knight and Lady. In August, 2009 she received the People of Life Award from the Pro-Life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for her pro-life service to the Church. In November, 2010, she received recognition as a “Woman of Faith” from the Sisters of the Divine Savior. She is a Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.