This text was posted on the Mercy Ministries Australia site yesterday:

It is with deep regret and sadness we have to inform you that Mercy Ministries in Australia is no longer in operation. Due to internal circumstances and challenges, Mercy Ministries Incorporated will be dissolved as an entity. We have encountered extreme financial challenges and a steady drop in our support base to the point where we are no longer financially viable. Mercy Ministries has been proud to serve the young women of Australia for nine years and to help hundreds of young women find freedom from life controlling issues. Mercy Ministries is grateful to the many individuals, businesses, and churches who have sacrificed and given over the years to make this program possible.

Margaret Stunt

Executive Director, Mercy Ministries Incorporated

Board Member, Mercy Ministries Incorporated

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It seems that the money and support have finally dried up. I wonder if Mercy had reviewed their treatment regime, produced something based in science and adequate research, as opposed to some extreme right biblical views they might have had a chance.

I am glad that Mercy is gone. I am Glad that they will no longer have a hand in the treatment of mentally ill women.

This happiness is tempered somewhat by the knowledge that the women who sought help and those still seeking it have issues and needs to be met.

Let’s hope another crazy religious institution doesn’t step up to the plate.

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Comment by Sean the Blogonaut on October 27, 2009 at 6:40am
I have not heard from my American contact, I think that life may have got the best of her that and the American media(apart from a couple of good reporters) just don't care. I am also a bit disappointed nothing came from my contact with the Times. Still this may stir up interest.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 27, 2009 at 6:35am
So, kiddo, don't think your work is done. How do we (please read 'you' here) translate this success into closing this hateful mob down in Canada and the US - and can we enlist the help of AN members to do it?
Comment by Sean the Blogonaut on October 27, 2009 at 5:50am
I don't know about principle player. I wrote a crap load of posts but it has been a real team effort - Ruth Pollard from the age, Cameron Reilly from TPN, even Safran on Triple J, the girls who spoke out. I am just relieved they are gone.

Pst keep your eyes open tomorrow in the SMH
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 27, 2009 at 5:15am
Oh, and congratulations to Sean! You were a principal player in holding their feet to the fire.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on October 27, 2009 at 5:14am
Ding dong, the witch is dead!


RIP Nancy dear.

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