Prenatal diagnosis is now much easier and safer than ever before. But, these advances also exist within a mix of conflicting and sometimes hidden agendas. January is Birth Defects Prevention Month, so there's no better time to examine the topic and focus on the critical role PHC/PMC’s play in preventing birth defects.
The education we provide to our clients may be the determining factor in preventing a child from being born with birth defects, but this fact raises a great dichotomy to the surface: On one hand, we desire all mothers and babies to be healthy, and we should proactively educate them on how to achieve this. On the other hand, however, we must carefully construct our instruction in a way that avoids negatively influencing a client to seek an abortion if she should learn of a negative diagnosis regarding her baby.
Fetal problems are a serious rationale for considering abortion in our current culture, spurred in part by diagnosis of these abnormalities with the increased use of ultrasound, amniocentesis, and other tests in pregnancy. Ultrasound studies to determine fetal anatomy are often done at 18-20 weeks, so abortions done as a result of these scans are late abortions. But ultrasound is imperfect and analysis of the images can result in inaccurate interpretations.
Pregnant women who have declined abortion for fetuses diagnosed by ultrasound with fatal birth defects have sometimes ended up giving birth to normal babies. Other parents have resisted recommended abortions for serious anatomical problems, and had their babies undergo surgical repair after birth.
A great example of this truth comes from, Is Late-Term Abortion Ever Necessary?, an article by Mary Davenport, M.D., published on the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists website:
C. Everett Koop, M.D., the former surgeon general and renowned pediatric surgeon, was asked during the partial-birth abortion hearings if he had treated children “born with organs outside of their bodies” (omphalocele). Dr. Koop replied, “Oh, yes indeed. I’ve done that many times. The prognosis usually is good….the first child I ever did, with a huge omphalocele much bigger than her head, went on to develop well and become the head nurse in my intensive care unit many years later.”
For fatal birth defects, abortion is sometimes presented as the only option. But a better alternative is perinatal hospice. This involves continuing the pregnancy until labor begins and giving birth normally, in a setting of comfort and support until natural death occurs. It is similar to what is done for families with terminally ill children and adults. Karen Santorum, a nurse and the wife of former Senator Rick Santorum, was faced with the prospect of her own son, Gabriel, being born with a fatal birth defect. She describes how Gabriel lived only two hours, but how in those two hours “we experienced a lifetime of emotions. Love, sorrow, regret, joy—-all were packed into that brief span. To have rejected that experience would have been to reject life itself.” The sense of peace and closure felt by families experiencing neonatal death in a hospice setting contrasts markedly with the experience of families undergoing abortion for fetal anomalies. Couples who have had abortions for birth defects may suffer from adverse long-term psychological effects and prolonged grief reactions. Children who learn that their mothers aborted their siblings can suffer feelings of worthlessness, guilt, distrust and rage.
Non-fatal birth defects can be more challenging. The most common prenatal diagnosis resulting in mid-trimester abortion is Down syndrome. There has been an aggressive campaign by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to use new technologies to detect Down syndrome in younger women through measurement of fetal neck-fold thickness and first trimester blood tests, now that prenatal diagnosis and abortion have succeeded in eliminating 90 percent of Down babies in women over 35. After diagnosis of Down syndrome, families are often not presented with an honest discussion of parenting their Down syndrome child, or the possibility of their Down syndrome child attending school and leading a semi-independent life. There are couples who are willing to adopt children with Down syndrome or other birth defects, but genetic counselors frequently do not give patients this information. Diagnosis of a child with a fetal anomaly is life-changing and a major stress, but many families rise to the occasion and are able to cope with a disabled child. Although parents choosing abortion may allege that the disabled child is better off not existing, disabled adults would contest that assertion. When surveyed in numerous studies, no differences have been found between disabled and “able-bodied” people as to their satisfaction with life.
A sad depiction of the haste to abort children with birth defects is captured in the following story, from LifeSiteNews.com:
GIA LAI PROVINCE, VIETNAM (May 16, 2012) --- A family is in grief after aborting a child erroneously reported to have congenital defects. The child died shortly after being born following a failed abortion. The mother, Nguyen Thi Thu T., had undergone two ultrasounds that falsely reported birth defects – one in her native Chu Se District and another in Ho Chi Minh City. She chose to abort the baby in the seventh month of her pregnancy. However, as the family gathered to bury the child, they found the baby was still alive and had no such defects. Although they rushed the child to Gia Lai Province General Hospital at 9:30 Sunday morning, it was too late.”
Dr. Gerard Nadal offers some hopeful encouragement to this discussion. He says that, while some are fearful that the newer diagnostic tests for Down syndrome will lead to a higher number of abortions, the already-staggering number of 90-93 percent of unborn Down syndrome babies being aborted can also offer a glimmer of hope.
The regrettably high number of Down syndrome babies being aborted means "there is not much room for (those numbers) skyrocketing", Dr. Nadal points out, and the advances in amniocentesis, which can diagnose Down syndrome as early as the 10th week, may actually offer parents more time to come to terms with the diagnosis and seek alternative advice earlier in the pregnancy than previously available.
Helping the parents come to terms with the reality of their child’s special needs ahead of time is critical for bonding. As those called to serve these parents, it is essential for pregnancy help medical personnel and peer counselors to understand just how devastating a negative diagnosis can be, so that we can provide help during a difficult time. The earlier the diagnosis, the more time we have to help them.
Still, there is a disturbing eugenic flavor to the fact that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and other groups are now recommending Down syndrome screening to all pregnant women. Many physicians are beginning to recommend that clients undergo non-invasive prenatal screening for fetal abnormalities, with a particular emphasis on Down syndrome.
As Steve Calvin, M.D., said in an article posted at AAPLOG.org January 11, 2007, “Women are reporting both subtle and overt pressure to undergo prenatal screening and to have an abortion if DS is found.”
This problem is further seen in the fact that most genetic conditions can be identified in the womb—including Down syndrome—yet, there are no available cures or therapies that can be administered before the child is born. Thus, a predominant purpose of prenatal screening is to offer parents the option of aborting “defective” babies. An estimated 70 percent of pregnant U.S. women will choose to have prenatal screening tests. A certain combination of screening results, though not definitive, can predict DS with up to 90 percent sensitivity.
Let us remind ourselves of the dignity and value of every person, who are all made in the image and likeness of God. Remember too that perfect health and a normal IQ are not required for happiness, friendship, and love of life. Rather than offering parents ways to eliminate their unborn child, we can provide them with more resources and support.
In her article found at PhysiciansForLife.org, Down Syndrome and Abortion, Susan W. Enouen, PE, wrote:
A Harvard study found that mothers who chose to continue their pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome did so for personal reasons such as conscience and religion, but also because they had gotten information about Down syndrome, either in printed materials or from talking to a parent of a child with DS. However, most of the mothers felt that their doctors did not explain DS adequately and in a balanced fashion.
This is where we can have a dramatic impact with a client who is facing a negative diagnosis. Let us become knowledgeable about the issues, develop resources for the client and extend to her the love, compassion, and prayerful support she so desperately needs.
A pregnant woman called the ARIN CARE Line one evening at 11:30pm. She had found our website on the Internet and was calling to schedule her first abortion recovery counseling appointment. Oddly enough, she had not yet ended her pregnancy. She was scheduled for an abortion the next day! My skin got goose bumps when she said....
“I know I’m going to need some help. After the procedure tomorrow, I’ll be one of ‘those people!’”
I lovingly explained to her, that I too was one of those people! That actually there were quite a few of us! It seemed to bring her comfort when I summarized just who we ALL were....
Those people, I explained, are the women, men, siblings, grandparents, and extended family who have chosen an abortion in the past, or been associated with someone who has. Those people are your neighbors down the street, your pastor or his wife, your nephew's teacher, or your son's coach. Those people are your daughter's best friend, your work-out buddy at the gym, your grandmother or friend from school. You're eating lunch with those people at work, studying the Bible with them at church, watching them on TV, listening to them on a CD, or seeing them run for public office. They are those whom you’d never predict would make a choice like abortion.
Those people are individuals who chose abortion when it was legal, or when it was illegal. Either way, those people were deceived into thinking it was the ONLY way out of an unplanned or medically challenged pregnancy. Then realizing, it was too late! Those people ARE EVERYWHERE! And they are suffering in silence around the world! WHY? Because they are too ashamed and too frightened that they will be classified as "those people" when they ask or search for help. I thanked her for calling and for reaching out.
When people, affected by abortion, have physical or spiritual complication we often don't know how to reach out to them as a pregnancy center, society, church or even as a family member. Unfortunately, those who made a "poor choice," don't often know what to do themselves when their world seems to be crashing down around them. ONE abortion, through a rippling effect, can touch as many as 40 people throughout a lifetime.
Some of those affected may choose to do nothing, stuck in denial for years! Others may take a courageous step and seek outside help!
What do we do when approached by the post-abortion client? How do we treat them? Do we grant them complete compassion or quietly scold them with contempt? So we lash out in passive aggressive anger? Or reach out in Christ-centered love? Do we grieve with them differently than a family who mourns a child lost to miscarriage or stillbirth?
Hmm… something we should think about...
Do our volunteers know how to speak to the client who has an abortion in their past? Are our websites friendly to those clients? Or does our web presence create additional triggers and sensitivities that would further push those hurting away? Have all of our staff, who have experienced an abortion, completed an abortion recovery program? Do we promote a "recovery first" position?
Let’s work together to make it easier and more acceptable for people to get the healing they need. Let’s make it safe to talk with them at school, at church, at home and even within our families. Okay... but HOW Stacy?
We can start by making sure our physical buildings and web presence is a gift to those who ache from a past choice. WE can be the one person who opens our arms, our hearts and our centers to welcoming those people who just might need our unconditional acceptance. We, at ARIN, wish to help! Our goal for 2013 is to have every pregnancy center reaching out to individuals and families impacted by a previous choice.
Abortion Recovery InterNational (ARIN) has been honored to partner with Heartbeat for the past 10 years. Our affiliates, many Heartbeat affiliated themselves, minister to approximately 40,000 post-abortion clients each year through our CARE Directory and CARE Line. Many of those hurting found our CARE Directory through the Option Line web-link. Many journey through a recovery program and then go on to receive further healing through our Recovery Encore brochure and website.
Whether you have an active abortion recovery program, need some help bringing yours up-to-speed or are prayerfully considering starting one; we are more than happy to help get YOUR program and center ready for ready for the individuals and families impacted by abortion. Phone consultations, center walkthrough, literature and web reviews are all something we enjoy doing to help pregnancy centers, medical clinics and other counseling agencies open their doors, and hearts, to the client who’s abortion affected.
"Abortion Recovering International, Inc. has been a HUGE help in getting our abortion recovery program and website up and running. We were really having a hard time trying to decide if we should renew our membership with ARIN because we felt like we were not getting any response from people needing help. However, ARIN helped us see that there were women seeking help but our approach and website was not "welcoming" to them. ARIN offered a lot of valuable information as well as their time to help us know what direction to go. I am so glad we decided to renew our membership!"
~ Melissa Howard, Sound Recovery, GA
Our goal is for those people impacted by abortion is to find personal peace for their heart, mind, soul and spirit. We’d love to help YOU reach those hurting in your community!
Just One of Those People, Who is Divinely Forgiven...
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In Fishhoek, South Africa, "Marc and Veronica" hold their newly adopted baby girl and praise God that, after six long years of waiting, He has answered their prayers.
Cradling their daughter, "Jenna", in their arms at the site where she was left by her birth mother, the beaming parents know firsthand the value of the work Baby Safe International is doing.
For Marc and Veronica, the thought of Jenna’s probable fate without Baby Safe’s life-saving innovation is unimaginable. At just a day old, Jenna would likely have been a victim of infanticide—infant exposure—had it not been for the availability of Baby Safe’s deposit box, which empowers desperate mothers with a real choice to preserve the life of their baby.
In South Africa, “baby dumping,” as it is called, is an increasingly common occurrence in both rural and urban areas. Some babies are found in plastic bags in rubbish heaps, others in storm drains, abandoned fields, ditches, alleys, or even in rural homemade toilets.
Some of these children are found, thankfully, alive, while others are found dead—upwards of 500 in the Western Cape of South Africa in 2010 alone—and still more are never found. This sad fact tells us that baby dumping is, by its very nature, widely unreported.
Baby Safe, a nonprofit Heartbeat International affiliate, specifically targets this injustice in its region, just outside of Cape Town, by producing and distributing “baby safes,” where mothers can leave their babies anonymously as a real alternative to the horror of infanticide.
The box has a variety of safety features to insure that proper care will be given to the baby who is left by his or her mother. When a baby’s weight is detected inside the safe, a team of dedicated staff are immediately notified, while a safety backup system assures the baby will be promptly rescued by Baby Safe volunteers.
Through the production and distribution of these boxes, Baby Safe is carefully building a network that enables desperate mothers to choose life for their babies. This network is spreading throughout South Africa, and has broken through the northeastern border to Swaziland.
While its visible efforts are focused on providing an alternative to infanticide for desperate mothers, Baby Safe’s long-term vision is to connect with at-risk women before they reach the point of dumping their babies, with holistic direction that includes Bible studies, parenting classes, nutrition education, and even exercise and dance classes.
To learn more about Baby Safe, and to find out how you can help, visit TheBabySafe.org.
Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit was the first circuit court to rule on government mandates requiring pregnancy centers to post disclaimers and disclosures, declaring that such mandates violate freedom of speech, a constitutional right.
“The Fourth Circuit Court’s decision is a victory for Centro Tepeyac and other Heartbeat International affiliated pregnancy help centers that are rescuing children who were once at risk of abortion by providing practical help and emotional support to mothers who often have been abandoned and abused,” said Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. “This decision upholding our freedom of speech affirms the life-saving work of pregnancy centers and the importance of providing alternatives to abortion.”
The first case ruled upon by the court was Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County; Montgomery County Council, et al, No. 11-1314 (4th Cir. 6/27/2012) in which the county passed a resolution requiring limited service pregnancy centers to display a sign bearing two statements: “The Center does not have a licensed medical professional on staff. Montgomery County Health Officer encourages women who are or may be pregnant to consult with a licensed health care provider.”
The second case, Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns et al v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, et al, No. 11-1111 (4th Cir. 6/27/2012) originated from Baltimore, which involved a city ordinance mandating pregnancy help organizations to post signage in two languages that “the center does not perform or refer for abortions or birth control services.”
The Fourth Circuit Court slapped down both government mandates as violations of free speech, applying strict scrutiny to its analysis of both laws.
The Court applied the same reasoning to both laws:
These rulings signal a strong victory for pregnancy help organizations, not only in Maryland, but across the country, as challenges are raised to similar attempts in other jurisdictions.
The gospel of life in China is taking root. Lofty prayers are being answered!
Because of the nature and scope of this effort, Heartbeat International is releasing Executive Director of Global Advancement John Ensor to begin a new labor, called PassionLife Ministries. Though independent of Heartbeat, PassionLife will seek to work collaboratively with us in our life-saving mission when it officially launches Oct. 1, 2012.
PassionLife is a global missions initiative created to spread the gospel of life and expand the pregnancy help movement in especially difficult places and among people plagued by abortion, infanticide and gendercide. PassionLife will seek to use God’s Word to open the eyes of the Chinese people to the beauty of human life and the ugly truth of abortion.
All of us at Heartbeat are excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing as He expands His work in especially needy areas like China. When God's people respond with a desire to start a pregnancy help organization, Heartbeat’s goal is to provide leadership training and support to assist in equipping those that have been called. John has played an integral part in our movement for nearly 20 years, first as founder and president of a Heartbeat affiliate in Boston, then as a key member of the Heartbeat International Board. He served as a Heartbeat staff member for the past six years before being called to devote his time to bringing God's life-saving message to China.
It is our honor to help launch this new organization, and we greatly anticipate working closely with Chinese leaders who emerge, helping them plan and implement pregnancy help organizations in their own communities.
Please join us as we continue to pray for John's work, and for PassionLife.
May the Lord continue to bless this great and heroic outreach!
In the U.S. the politics of abortion has involved every aspect of government – executive, legislative and judicial branches; state houses and city halls; Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court; even school boards and health officials. After all of the political wrangling of the past four decades the issue is still far from settled.
Yet, the girl who walks into our care isn’t thinking about the “right” determined by seven justices in 1973. She isn’t considering the legal definition of personhood that would apply to her unborn child. She’s focused on a choice that she will carry the consequences of for the rest of her life. The politics are not even remotely a primary concern.
Kind-hearted, compassionate, pregnancy help folks often similarly eschew the politics and the public arena to focus their energies on this non-political client. They are not expecting to change a law at the nation’s capital, but instead are intent upon touching the life (lives) sitting in their counseling room. And while the inconclusive debates rage in far away capitols, the clear result of a baby being born shows the everyday effectiveness of our compassionate efforts.
Yet, the politics of abortion has spilled over into direct legislative attacks on pregnancy centers, and now abortions will be funded through state and national healthcare. For many it has been easy to avoid the politics and focus on the clients. Unfortunately, the politics has come now to us. Nathan Burd, former Public Policy staffer at Heartbeat, said it this way, “You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you.”
Worse yet, limiting ourselves to only championing non-political compassion service efforts to reduce abortion is to gravely miss the reality that politicians are intent on increasing abortion through the legislative process. Even amidst the recent move of a majority of the populous to self-identify as “pro-life,” abortion is no longer just a “right” that is allowed by a Supreme Court decision, but it has become a healthcare option that must be funded and supported by everyone.
What we want less of, we tax. What we want more of, we subsidize.
Subsidies for abortion are set to increase at exponential levels in the U.S. through new health care laws. The recent Supreme Court decision clarifies that a tax will be levied against those who fail to buy insurance that must cover abortifacients. (Not even religious organizations are exempt.)
This must motivate our pregnancy help movement to get even more involved with political process. It is hypocritical for the interventionist to miss an opportunity for prevention.
Intervening with compassion will always be our primary calling. Yet missing the opportunity for prevention by influencing politics is to virtually guarantee that we will only have an increasing number of people in our counseling rooms who need our intervention. True compassion is doing both – intervening with those who are in the valley of decision and preventing others from ever needing our intervention.
Can we be non-political? Perhaps it is possible at an organizational level where we purposefully avoid certain “political” activities due to our tax status or for public relations positioning. But it seems less and less possible in this era for each of us individually where politics is not only coming to our door but poised to dramatically increase the number of clients that we might serve.
I have always been a planner, and the birth of my first child was no exception. I had been married for 7 years, graduated college, and had a high paying job in the IT industry. We had remodeled a bedroom into the perfect nursery, and purchased pretty much every piece of baby equipment sold – we were ready!
After our son was born we felt so fulfilled by our little family that we weren’t really sure if we would have more children. Then 3 years ago, I was laid off from my job. It was also the start of the recession that hit the housing industry hard and my husband’s remodeling business was suffering as well. As a result of the layoff, we not only lost income, but also our health insurance.
It was at this point that we decided we definitely were not going to have any more children. We would not be able to afford it, and we had no medical care. So we sold the crib, gave away the baby clothes we had saved just in case, and instead spent the next years focused on trying to survive a very tough economy.
Last spring, our son was about to turn five and I had plans to enroll in a master’s program in the fall to help me pursue a new career - and I found out I was pregnant. At first I was in denial thinking this isn’t possible, this can’t be right.
Then the denial turned to anxiety. How we could possibly afford a new baby? With no insurance, the hospital bills alone could bankrupt us. I worried about how difficult it would be to go back to school with a newborn and felt dread about “starting over” again; waking up in the middle of the night, hanging diapers, hauling around a stroller. It all seemed overwhelming.
Without a doctor, I didn’t even know where to begin, but I was able to receive a free ultrasound at our local pregnancy help center to determine how far along I was in the pregnancy.
Then she said, “You are pregnant with twins.” I just burst into tears!
The anxiety I felt before the ultrasound turned into complete panic. We couldn’t afford one baby, how could we possibly afford two?
I panicked over what it would be like to carry twins – the chance of medical complications, or having to be on bed rest, perhaps for months. I worried about the likelihood of twins begin born premature and everything that would mean – from extended hospital stays, to astronomical medical bills, to the possibility that a premature birth could lead to a baby with special needs.
I worried about everything. Our house wasn’t big enough, my car wasn’t big enough, I couldn’t possibly go back to school with two newborns. How could we afford cribs, highchairs, car seats, everything times two! Not to mention the cost of diapers alone? There was no way we could have two babies. Without health insurance, it felt irresponsible to do so. I was unsure if we would be able to provide for them, and I knew we could not afford medical care for them.
I was so overwhelmed; my body was shaking, and seeing my distress the volunteer asked if she could pray for me. Then another volunteer came in, and another, and they formed a circle of prayer, and thanked God for the blessings of the babies. But, it did not feel like a blessing to me. It felt like an impossible situation with only one solution.
But I believe it was their prayers led me to the StandUpGirl.com website and what I read convinced me that it was possible and there was another alternative to abortion.
The stories that impacted me the most were from unmarried, teenage girls who hadn’t completed their education. Here I was: 35 years old, college educated, happily married. If these young girls could do it, we could too! I realized that we had to make this work; we had to make a new plan - one that included the lives of our two babies!
On Dec. 12th of 2011, I gave birth to identical twin boys; both very healthy and weighing over 7lbs each. They are a blessing.
StandUpGirl.com and our local pregnancy help center played such an important role in the decision making regarding my pregnancy and I cannot emphasize enough how important I think it is for StandUpGirl.com to list and make available access to the local pregnancy help organization on their home page.
StandUpGirl.com shows us that we can stand up and say “no” to abortion, and the pregnancy help centers provide on the ground support in our own neighborhoods.
At one point it seemed impossible to imagine having twins in our life, but thanks to all the young women who shared their stories on StandUpGirl.com, I could never image our lives without them.
By Angela, devoted mom of 3!
The StandUpGirl Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing pregnant adolescent and young adult women with alternatives to abortion. The mission is to change hearts and save lives by educating young women on the development of the unborn child and alternatives to abortion.
For a listing of Pregnancy Help Centers, see the Worldwide Directory--an online directory of life affirming service providers around the world.
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NXL Programmer/Developer - Seeking a talented IT professional to grow our Next Level CMS Program
If your gifts lie in design, implementation and maintenance of a powerful software solution, and you share our passion for the unborn and their mothers, we invite you to consider an opportunity to be part of our Next Level team.
We are seeking a Programmer/Developer who will help us evolve our Next Level center management software to the next level. All activities/functions of this position are to be consistent with and in support of Heartbeat's pro-life mission, vision, and Christian values. See complete listing here of duties here. Please send resume and cover letter to Betsy Wetherby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rescue Hotline Team Consultant - Seeking dedicated healthcare professionals to serve in our ministry of life through support of women seeking reversal of chemical abortion
The Rescue Hotline Team Consultant is a function that is part of our Abortion Pill Rescue Program. The position is performed remotely. Consultants are engaged as contractors with Heartbeat International and are compensated for services performed at the rate of $100.00 per 16-hour shift. In order to be considered for a role of Rescue Hotline Team Consultant, you must be available to cover a minimum of one 16-hour shift per month. Based on location (time zone), the shift options are as follows: 6am - 10pm PT; 7am - 11pm MT; 8am - 12am CST; 9am - 1 am EST. Extensive training is provided via Academy, Heartbeat International's online continuing education portal for those in the pregnancy help community, and successful completion of this training is a prerequisite for working as a Rescue Hotline Team Consultant. All activities/functions of this position are to be consistent with and in support of Heartbeat's pro-life mission, vision, and Christian values. See complete listing of the job duties here. Please send resume and cover letter to Betsy Wetherby at email@example.com.
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Managing Editor (PH News)/Content Writer (HBI) - Seeking a gifted writer
If you are an advocate for life, are talented in putting pen to paper, and have the skills to lead others, we invite you to use your gifts to serve and promote a great cause – Life!
We are seeking a Managing Editor (PH News)/Content Writer (HBI) for a part time role, 20 - 25 hours per week, that will be an integral part of our Communications and Marketing team. All activities/functions of this position are to be consistent with and in support of Heartbeat's pro-life mission, vision, and Christian values. See complete listing here of duties here. Please send resume and cover letter to Betsy Wetherby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Join the Medical Network - If you are a physician, physician midwife, nurse practitioner or physician assistant and are interested in joining the Abortion Pill Rescue network and help women who want to reverse the effects of the abortion pill, please fill out this form. Fields marked with an asterisk are required.
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Option Line English and Bilingual (Spanish) Consultants
If you're good on the phone, and you're proficient in English or Bilingual (Spanish), here's your opportunity to utilize those skills to serve and promote a great cause – Life!
Heartbeat's Option Line is a 24/7 pro-life hotline. Calls and electronic communication come primarily from women who are facing unplanned pregnancies or who are seeking help to address other highly personal lifestyle, pregnancy or abortion related concerns. Heartbeat's Option Line Program Consultants are responsible for responding to telephone, electronic communication, and instant messages received by Option Line, including communication in Spanish for Bilingual Consultants. All activities/functions of this position are to be consistent with and in support of Heartbeat's pro-life mission, vision, and Christian values. Columbus area applicants preferred. See complete listing here.
The Pregnancy Resource Center for Southwest Arkansas (PRCSA) is currently seeking a full-time Executive Director (ED) to provide Christ-centered leadership to a vibrant, growing non-profit ministry. The ED will be responsible for implementing the mission and vision of the PRCSA, overseeing the management of programs and ministries, supervising an effective fundraising program to support the work of the organization. The ED will be under the authority of the Board of Directors and shall supervise and direct general day-to-day operations of the PRCSA, providing management, leadership and development for paid and volunteer staff as well as in the area of operations, client services, resource development, fundraising and public relations. Some qualifications required are:
Develops, plans, and orchestrates all marketing, public relations, and fundraising programs that will encourage, maintain, and increase philanthropic and community support to meet the short-term and long-term needs of CHPC. These activities shall be consistent with CHPC's pro-life mission and vision and Christian core operational values and beliefs and shall reach individuals, corporations, foundations, as well as churches and related organizations, where appropriate.
Fundraising and Resource Development1. Assists the executive director in developing/designing a fund-raising plan in relationship to the overall organizational strategic plan.2. Oversees and evaluates all donor relations programs in conjunction with the strategic plan. Possesses a good understanding of the organization’s finances when setting goals and action plans. Devises and implements creative and unique strategies to; develop donor prospects and promote and/or assist with development of relationships with individual donors, community partners and foundations; cultivate these relationships to strengthen and expand the ministry’s donor base. Offers prayer support as requested and appropriate.3. Devises and implements creative strategies for fundraising events and activities. Oversees all fundraising events and activities. This includes direct mailings, baby bottle campaigns and Walk for Life. Sets goals, trains staff (paid and volunteers), evaluates effectiveness and determines when to add, remove, and change strategies.4. Assists the executive director in developing and maintaining strong relationships with key contacts within churches, other pro-life and Christian organizations, community groups and pro-life minded corporations/businesses.5. Develops church partnerships and events and activities to attract volunteers.6. Oversees grant writing research, preparation, and submission of grants for appropriate for pro-life funding.
Successful candidate will work in tandem with Executive Director to oversee day to day operations of a very busy faith based pro-life office/clinic. Front desk w/heavy phone. Prior team oriented management with strong leadership skills needed.
Position is paid hourly. 1 week vacation after 90 day probation and 24 hours sick lv. No insurance benefit
Oversee daily operation, Supervise 4 additional paid staff with 30 plus volunteers. Communicate with donors and community through monthly letter, quarterly newsletter, speaking in the community as invited and planning/implementing/ overseeing major events.
Client Services Director
Manage all aspects of Client Services to include supervision and in-center training of volunteer client advocates, parenting coaches, and receptionists; provide peer counseling when needed and oversight to client case management and client database. Network with community resources and referrals.
We are looking for an experienced bookkeeper with excellent administrative skills to join our team! Click on the link below to see the details of the position and to apply online.
Click here for a complete job description. (1/25/19)
The Resource Center for Pregnancy & Personal Support, a faith-based non-profit, is looking for an experienced Registered staff nurse to fill three important shifts for this life-affirming ministry: Thursday evenings in Greeley from 2:30 to 7:00 pm and two (2) three-hour daytime shifts at our Windsor satellite office. Days of service in Windsor may change as patient numbers increase. Excellent organizational and people skills are a must. This job requires a strong commitment to life and a decisive Christian testimony. Training in limited sonography for cardiac confirmation will be provided. STI testing for both male and female clients are regular services we also provide.
Click here for a complete job description. Call 970-353-2673 and ask for Cindy for more information or to apply. (1/25/19)
Event Planning/Administrative Manager
Writing and creating the quarterly newsletter- Publisher programBulk mailingsUse FundRaiser software system for donor inputCommunications with donors and volunteers by email and/or hard copyBankingSome FilingPreparation and mailing of membership appealHelping to develop new websiteFundraisingAssist with Baby Bottle BoomerangEvent planning, advertising and preparationRetreatVolunteer picnicAnnual Dinner/Silent AuctionCoordinate Thursday VolunteersMaintain office suppliesPrepare necessary documents for Board meetingsProficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PublisherSolicit donors, volunteers and sponsors
Position is basically 40 hour a week with flexibility to allow for special events
Minimum qualificationsBe a committed Christian who demonstrates a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and LordExhibit strong commitment and dedication to the prolife position and sexual purityAgree with and be willing to uphold the Commitment of Care and Competence, Core Values, Statement of Faith and policies of Center.Have a bachelor's degree or higher, preferably in a helping field or related experience equivalent.One year of experience in a helping profession in a position requiring management experience or equivalent.Exhibit skill in interpersonal communication, public speaking and problem solving.Be able to provide spiritual leadership, discipleship and support to the volunteers.Be able to carry out responsibilities with little or no supervision.Essential functions:Administration.Make prayer an integral part of the day to day operation of the pregnancy center.Formulate and revise operational policies and procedures necessary for consistent operation, with Board approval.Handle routine business calls.Interact with Board to relate client or staff needs, progress of center, problems, goal setting and implementation.Provide monthly and year-end client statistical reports to the Board. Oversee the data entry of client information.Conduct written and oral evaluations of staff on a yearly basis.Oversee the yearly evaluations of volunteers.Coordinate an annual appreciation event for staff and volunteers.Public relations, participate in fundraising events. Participate in meetings with other organizations related to needs of clients.Client Services oversee client programs and support services.Training, recruiting, selecting, interviewing staff and volunteers. Supervision of inservice training program.
Vitae Corps Live-In Volunteer
Aid for Women is seeking Vitae Corp members (VCs). Vitae Corps members are recent female college graduates who volunteer (small stipend provided) by living and working together in community at Aid for Women's residential programs, Heather's House and Monica's House. Vitae Corps members must possess a passionate commitment to Aid for Women's vision and mission, which include a strong commitment to pro-life and sexual integrity values.
Vitae Corps members assist staff in providing our residents with safe and nurturing homes. Vitae Corps members play a vital role in affirming and supporting each mother in her decision to choose life - providing her with the emotional, practical and spiritual support she and her baby need while participating in our residential programs. For more information, visit the Vitae Corps web page at www.helpaidforwomen.org/vitaecorps.
Aid for Women is expanding our medical staff and seeking a part-time (10 to 18 hours per week) Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) to work at our pregnancy center medical clinics — primarily at our Flossmoor, IL, location and at our Chicago Loop, Cicero and Des Plaines locations as needed.
The Sonographer, working under the supervision of Aid for Women’s Medical Director, serves as a medical imaging professional providing clinically relevant information to assist the staff with the care and treatment of our clients. The Sonographer’s primary responsibility is to perform limited obstetrical medical sonography services consistent with the sonographer’s education and training, and in accordance with center policies and procedures and applicable professional standards. The sonographer also assists with standard center activities including: client intake, support programs and client follow-up services.
Qualifications for the Sonographer include: 1) A current and active license as an RDMS or a Registered Nurse with a certificate of completion from an ultrasound course that adheres to AWHONN, ACOG, or AIUM guidelines, 2) Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and learning within the industry, including continuing education and staff training, 3) Demonstrated proficiency with computer skills and software programs used for documentation activities and report generation, and 4) OB/GYN experience a plus.
Aid for Women provides life-affirming pregnancy services and care to its clients. The Sonographer must fully support Aid for Women’s pro-life mission and efforts. To learn more about Aid for Women, visit our website at www.helpaidforwomen.org.
Aid for Women is seeking part-time and full-time Client Advocates for our pregnancy care centers. The Client Advocate is responsible for providing abortion-alternative support to Aid for Women clients through crisis pregnancy intervention, development of client relationships and the implementation of client support services. The Client Advocate must possess a passionate commitment to Aid for Women's vision and mission, which includes a strong commitment to pro-life and sexual integrity values.
Client Advocate responsibilities also include: leading client support groups, supervising volunteers, center maintenance, community partner outreach and participation in Aid for Women and other pro-life events. Candidates for the Client Advocate position must have completed a Bachelor's degree and possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
To learn more about Aid for Women, visit our website at www.helpaidforwomen.org.
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Part-Time Position for RDMS - up to 30 hours per week.Must be an RDMS in good standing, graduate of an accredited DMS Program (OB/GYN specialty a plus). Experience in women's health and OB/GYN care preferred, but not required. Exhibits compassion & strong interpersonal skills. Assist with departmental administrative tasks. Can work independently and as part of a team. Flexible hours, some evenings required. Employed as an Independent Contractor; Malpractice insurance provided.
Contact Belinda Guyton at email@example.com for more information or to apply. (3/28/19)
House Parent Assistant
House Parent Assistant (Des Moines & Carlisle) - This part-time position involves supporting clients when the lead house parents are off duty. It includes housing accommodations, meals and transportation while on duty. This position includes access to sensitive and personal information thus requiring a confidentiality agreement to be signed and honored.
Shift: Weekly coverage on Fridays & Saturdays; will include overnights.
Starting Salary: $16,000 to $19,000 per your experience plus $15,000 in benefits including permanent, on-site housing (including days off), health insurance, training and business vehicle use.
A complete job description is available here.
Community Outreach Coordinator
As the face of Rockville Women’s Center (RWC), the Executive Director will have the passion, calling and competence to ensure that the organization’s mission and vision statements are primary in each of RWC’s decisions and initiatives.
MISSION: To empower abortion-vulnerable women to embrace life-affirming decisions.
VISION: To be the first stop for abortion-vulnerable women and a formidable presence for advancing God’s plan for a life affirming culture throughout the DMV.
The Executive Director will provide oversight to all areas of RWC (donor development, patient process, parenting and post-abortive programs) and all levels of operations.
The Executive Director (ED) is the chief operating officer of Centro Tepeyac (CT), responsible for organizational leadership, governance, counseling and other operations, financial management, fund/donor development, and staff management and relations. In these roles, the ED should delegate responsibilities to staff and volunteers as appropriate with necessary follow-up. The ED is hired by and responsible to the Board of Directors, which works in cooperation with the ED to fulfill CT's mission. The ED is expected to demonstrate an example consistent with CT's Catholic identity, Statement of Principles, and Faith Statement. Part-time (25 hours/week). Pay dependent on experience.
More details about this position available here.
Volunteer and Client Services Coordinator
We are currently seeking a life-minded individual to serve as the Volunteer and Client Services Coordinator for our ministry! The person serving in this position would be responsible for the development and implementation of client services, including volunteer recruitment and training. The right person serving in this role is paramount as we take steps in the coming months to expand services and outreach for those in crisis, increase our volunteer outreach, andsecure a location for our growing ministry! The Volunteer and Client Services Coordinator position will be 20-30hrs/week with limited benefits.
Director of Parenting Programs
Currently taking applications for the Director of Parenting Programs. This is a 32-hour/week position. Please visit our website for a complete job description, application and to view our Service Agreement. (https://www.lifechoicescm.com/employment)
For over 13 years First Choice Clinic has been educating and empowering our community to make healthy, life-affirming choices. As a faith based, non-profit organization, all team members do what they love and love what they do. While each person has a particular role, they care about each other and work together to support the clinic as a whole. First Choice Clinic would like to fill these positions through referrals. If you know a committed Christian, passionate about preserving the sanctity of life, please inform them about these opportunities. Complete job descriptions and applications can be found on our website.
First Choice Clinic is seeking qualified candidates for their Administrative Assistant position. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for welcoming visitors by greeting them, (in person or on the telephone) scheduling appointments, assisting the Executive Director with financial data entry, and assisting all staff members in performing administrative duties related directly to the operations of First Choice Clinic (FCC). Hours for this position are 32, Monday – Thursday, 9-5.
First Choice Clinic is seeking qualified candidates for the Executive Director position. The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for First Choice Clinic’s staff, programs, and expansion, with the primary goal of leading the ministry towards living out its mission. An excellent Executive Director is an experienced manager with the ability to influence, lead and motivate. Hours for this position are 36, Monday – Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-1.
Minimum Qualifications-Bachelor’s degree preferred and work experience in:Social Work, Public Administration, Nursing or closely related field.
• Embraces SGP vision, mission and strategic direction• Reports to and advises BOD• Must be a practicing Catholic and support Catholic teachings• Knowledge of homelessness, parenting, housing and social service agencies and programs• Adhere to operating budget• Develop and implement a marketing/communications plan/fundraising and development plan/grant writing • Implement organizational policies and procedures• Be the face of the SGP/High-level networking• Works in collaboration with Committees Volunteer Coordinator/Outreach• Address all licensing requirements and processes• Interviewing/Intake of moms and drug testing • Set schedule for the house• Ability to work independently and exercise excellent judgment skills.
The ideal candidate will have previous experience in human services or a related field with excellent judgement and crisis intervention skills. It is necessary to have the ability to maintain confidential information and have excellent communication skills both verbal and written. Basic computer literacy is essential.
The housemother will report to the Executive Director and work closely with her.Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
● Maintain a welcoming, peaceful, joyful and orderly Christian home. She needs to be passionate about our mission and have a rich prayer life● Assist each woman in developing her gifts and talents by recognizing such gifts and lending encouragement and praise● Minister to the physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs of the moms and babies.● Complete any required documentation eg. progress notes, incident reports● Assist in all aspects of daily residential operations. Support delivery of programs and services in the fulfillment of SGP’s mission, in accordance with its principles, policies and procedures. This includes the maintenance of safe, secure and healthy housing for expectant and parenting single mothers.● Have a valid NH driver’s license
The Counselor has a Case Manager/Social Worker role and will work a flexible 40-hour work week based on each resident’s schedule. She will meet with residents individually at least three times each week for at least one hour a session and maintain daily session records. She will be responsible to assist residents in setting up a personal growth plan and guide them in accomplishing all program and personal goals and objectives. Her additional responsibilities will be to interview prospective residents, teach quarterly life skills classes, provide spiritual and emotional counseling, and facilitate life transition upon exit from the program. The Guidance Counselor must be able to work and thrive in a highly collaborative environment. Performs other duties as assigned by Executive Director.
The Resident Assistant responsibilities include supervising daily house management, creating a nurturing and warm environment for the mothers and babies, ensuring that residents complete household responsibilities, and enforcing house policies by correcting and teaching residents and giving consequences when necessary. The Resident Assistant will mentor and disciple residents as well as educate them in the area of life skills and parenting skills. The Resident Assistant must be able to work and thrive in a highly collaborative environment. Performs other duties as assigned by the House Manager.
The peer mentor is a key staff member position who works together with other staff to develop a community conducive to resident success by encouraging positive attitudes and behaviors. The peer mentor walks beside young women who are striving to make positive life choices that enable them to have a future with hope for them and their babies while providing support and guidance to reach educational, job, parenting, and life skills goals. Peer mentors are to address negative behaviors that are detrimental to the individual, her baby, and/or the community. This is a live-in position.
The House Manager is a key staff member position who works together with other staff to develop a community conducive to resident success by encouraging positive attitudes and behaviors. The house manager is the connection between the case manager, counselor, and executive director and the mentors who walk directly beside young women who are striving to make positive life choices that enable them to have a future with hope for them and their babies. The house manager’s role is to ensure that the home is running smoothly and that all mentor’s and residents are on task. The house manager is a lead mentoring position who will work closely with the residents ensuring accountability and support in following through with their goals and daily plans.
Are you looking to make a difference? Do you have a heart for the ministry of crisis pregnancy - committed to educate, encourage, and empower women who are looking for help? Do you have a call to lead a team...a ministry...a community?
Full Job Description can be found here. (4/16/19)
The mission of Aim Women’s Center is to be the first place a woman, considering abortion, turns when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. At Aim, the staff and volunteers work together to offer relevant services to women at risk for abortion. We strive to erase the need for abortion through effectively serving pregnant women at risk, transforming their fear into confidence. Aim is looking for an Executive Director to lead our team and help raise much needed funds for growth development, as well as, oversee and support the daily activities of the Center.
Please click here to learn more Aim and the Executive Director position. Please contact Josh Miller, PhD. at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to apply. (1/18/19)
Position Objective: To implement and coordinate fundraising efforts and community activities that will encourage, maintain and increase support to meet the short and long term needs and objectives of the center. To raise awareness of the mission and goals of CPC throughout Mifflin/Juniata and Huntingdon counties.
Qualifications: Must be a committed Christian who demonstrates a personal relationship with Jesus Christ with a strong commitment and dedication to the pro-life position and sexual integrity. Exhibit excellent skills in interpersonal communication, public speaking and problem solving as well as be enthusiastic about asking individuals, churches and businesses to join the cause. This is a part time position (20 hours per week)
AlphaCare has the privilege of serving individuals and families in ways that meet critical needs in a time of uncertainty. AlphaCare seeks to prepare and protect mothers and children by providing counsel, education, and resources during and after pregnancy. Though AlphaCare provides medical services and resources, their ultimate aim is to build trusted relationships with everyone they serve and works alongside community partners to help families navigate important decisions.
The Marketing Director drives the organization’s marketing, messaging and design. The Marketing Director plays a critical role in sharing the vision of the organization with clients, donors, and the community. This position requires excellent external relational skills and internal organizational skills. This position will be responsible for creating and overseeing the marketing strategy of the organization for clients and donors, including social media.
The Marketing Director will manage the design and written content for all communication pieces and publications.
Lastly, this position is responsible for leading the creative direction and programming for Choices’ events, in conjunction with the Development Director.
Send resume to Carol Ann Ferguson, CEO; email@example.com; 423-602-9994 (3/6/19)
The right candidate will be an APRN or Nurse Practitioner and will oversee the medical services provided by Choices to promote and support the work of Choices in a manner of excellence and integrity.
Submit your resume to Michele Cheresnick, firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-892-0803, or by mail to 6232 Vance Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421. (1/3/19)
Life Choices is seeking an Executive Director for multi-location center. Minimum Qualifications-Bachelor’s degree preferred Work experience in at least one of the following: Social Work, Management, Ministry, and possibly Nursing
Client Services Manager
Manage personnel and supervise all aspects of PRC Client Services,provide peer-counseling to clients, lead training and in-service sessions, and network with other community service providers.
Full Time; $12 / hour
Oversee pregnancy verification tests, perform limited ultrasound exams (read by an OB/GYN), process urine samples for STD testing(processed by an independent lab), and assist with peer counseling.
Part-Time (1-2 days/week); $15 / hour
Development & Communications Manager
The Development & Communications Manager is a critical position for the life-affirming ministry of Care Net Pregnancy Resource Centers, and is on a team that reports to the CEO. This is an ideal position for someone with at least five years of experience, or someone who is more senior who is looking for meaningful work with Kingdom-impact, and able to do it at a ministerial salary.Tasks and objectives:• Design and implementation of development strategy• Design and implementation of client communications strategy• Desire to stay current on pregnancy center, Christian ministry and other nonprofit industry trends to maximize our effectiveness
Medical Staff Openings at Christian Medical Clinic (RN, APRN, PA, or RDMS)
Assist Pregnancy Center seeks a Clinic Manager (RN, CNM, FNP, or MD eligible to apply) to provide medical services (including pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, and medical education) under the oversight of the clinic’s Medical Director. The Clinic Manager will also play a key role in helping the ministry expand medical services. Join our dynamic team which cares for women from an average of 60 countries each year in the D.C. suburbs. Training in sonography available for applicants without prior ultrasound experience. Position eligible for health benefits, generous PTO, paid holidays, and flexible work schedule. Join a team committed to serving at-risk families, sharing the hope of the Gospel, and making an impact for life! Additional details available here.
The Northwest Center (a Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home in Washington, DC) seeks a part-time Bookkeeper/HR Manager 10-15 hours/week), work-from-home position managing and maintaining financial and employment records of small DC nonprofit (2 full-time, 4 part-time employees). Duties include: managing accounts payable, preparing and processing deposits, reconciling accounts, preparing financial statements, managing payroll, processing employee benefit forms, maintaining employment records, assisting outside auditor with annual audit and tax filings, and assisting staff with recording of donations.
Job Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree (or Associate's Degree in Accounting or related field). Experience working in accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll and payroll reports. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Intuit QuickBooks.
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