by Laura Strietmann, Associate Director, Pregnancy Center East, Cincinnati, Ohio
When I began serving clients in crisis at Pregnancy Center East in Cincinnati, Ohio over 7 years ago, I noticed that besides time, love, and an ultrasound, there was another powerful tool in assisting a woman in the choice of life for her unborn baby.
This was an outdated grainy VHS tape, entitled Abortion Techniques. Non-graphic in content, but real and compassionate, each
time this tape was viewed by a client considering abortion, she left with a different mindset. The client usually moved from being abortion-vulnerable to choosing life for her baby.
Carol Everett, a former abortion
clinic owner and operator, turned pro-life warrior, had filmed Abortion Techniques in 1993. It was a 25-minute video showing abortion through illustrations, actual tools, and Carol’s personal testimony. Many centers throughout the country use this video in teaching pregnant women the realities of abortion. Today, abortion has been made to seem as if it is equivalent to having a mole removed, as a “necessary” aspect of healthcare. Abortion Techniques showed how far these perceptions are from reality. One day several years ago, while working at PCE, our copy of the video broke. After searching for an updated replacement for this worn tape, I discovered that the industry lacked a current video with the most recent abortion methods sensitively presented in such an effective manner.
I decided to contact Carol Everett, now very busy as an internationally known pro-life author, speaker, and lobbyist for the state of Texas. Had she thought of making a more updated version of the video? Did she realize the number of babies’ lives saved by this tape? Would she see it was time to make a new film? Several months of persistent emails, Facebook inbox messages, and finally a phone conversation before Carol conditionally agreed to the project.
Having never met
in person, only through internet and phone lines, Carol promised that if I could secure funding for the project, she would journey to PCE and make a new video. She would generously assign PCE the rights to the video as a means for fundraising. Through the generosity of the Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Foundation, PCE was able to secure the funds to film the new version. This was not the answer I thought I would receive in my initial inquiries, but it was an incredible opportunity to affect the lives of the babies at PCE and now throughout the country.
Carol traveled to Cincinnati and Greg Schlueter, a Catholic moviemaker, and staff member for the Diocese of Toledo, OH filmed the video. On the afternoon of February 15, 2013 just as filming was wrapping up at PCE our doorbell rang. With a CLOSED sign on the door, two women still rang our bell desperate for help. As I opened the door and they noticed all of the filming equipment, the client begged for assistance. Stepping inside the Center, the client shared she was already well into her second trimester, but had finally just told her sister, who then found the Center and brought her for help. The situation was sensitive and the expecting mom was also post abortive.
As the young pregnant client and her sister described the crisis, Carol rounded the corner and heard the story. Right there in the lobby of PCE Carol listened to this young client and through a beautiful conversation offered so much understanding and hope. Carol counseled the client with sincerity and love. This client stayed in PCE’s care throughout her pregnancy and a perfect baby was delivered this summer. Mom is overjoyed with how everything has worked out. This was the first miracle of life from the updated video being brought to reality.
An Informed Look at Abortion Techniques is the new 14-minute modern life-saving tool. Using modern colors and graphics Mertz Design Studios completed this version to also include information on Plan B as well as RU-486 abortions. The initial launch of the video took place in April 2013 at the Heartbeat International Conference, selling over 100 copies to centers as far away as Alaska, Africa, Austria, and Germany.
After viewing the video in Dallas at the Conference, Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, shared, “Every pregnancy center should be showing this movie to clients.” Reviews from center directors throughout the country are calling it “powerful,” the “best tool next to an ultrasound in reaching hearts and minds in the decision for life.”
On the day I write this article one absolutely abortion determined mom sat in PCE with a volunteer and viewed An Informed Look. The decision for life was made then and there while watching the video, even before the ultrasound. The client was astounded by the reality of abortion procedures. What happens to her body as well as the unborn baby’s was shocking to say the least. Even in a non-graphic manner, seeing how an abortion is performed is devastating enough. When making the biggest decision of her life a woman deserves to have complete information. Carol’s testimony is riveting.
Hearing the sorrow of a post-abortive women provides another enormous window to the reality of abortion. Viewing this film allows a woman, in the words of Carol “To make her decision fully informed.”
We hope to get this tool in the hands
of thousands, including pregnancy resource centers, high school educators, and politicians. We will be distributing the video at future Catholic and pro-life conferences. Please visit us in Washington, D.C. during The March for Life convention. The video will continue to be sold through www.HeritageHouse.com, as well as directly through the Center, at 513-321-3100.
This story was sent to Heartbeat from Josephine Shoo, Executive Director of Options Pregnancy Clinic of Tanzania.
This child (pictured left) is albino. She almost lost her life before she was born, because her mother didn't have a true commitment to her father, and her family tried to force her to abort.
Herocially, she completely refused to do so!
After her birth, the father was so happy because the baby was albino, he came and suggested to the mother that they could cut her fingers or hands and sell them, so they could become rich and live forever happily together.
This is a lie of the enemy that has been going on in our country for many years. The spirit of death and the Culture of Death have far too often prevailed. Thankfully, this mother--again, heroically!--refused, and ran to our maternity home for rescue.
As for this precious little child, her life was in danger before and after her birth. But, she is now a big girl, and she just joined our school this year.
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by Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., President of Heartbeat International
The common names used for a pregnancy help center during the last 30 plus years tell a lot about where we’ve been and where we are going. The earliest names used were Birthright and EPS (Emergency Pregnancy Services), and then came PPC’s (Problem Pregnancy Centers), then CPC’s (Crisis Pregnancy Centers), and then PRC’s (Pregnancy Resource Centers). Now we also have “A Woman’s Concern Health Centers” and “Life Choices Medical Clinics” among a host of other medical and professional-sounding names.
The burgeoning numbers and types of alternatives to abortion services and affiliating organizations also tell much about our history. The first printed (i.e. mimeographed) directory of contact names and semi-organized centers in the United States contained about 75 entries. The latest Heartbeat International Directory contains about 3,400 entries in the US. Approximately 2,300 are pregnancy centers (about 350 of which have added medical services), and about 80% of those are members of one or more of 10 affiliating organizations. The rest of the entries are professional social service agencies, such as Catholic Charities, also known for providing alternatives to abortion (about 500), Christian maternity homes (about 350), non-profit, Christian adoption agencies (about 160), some hotlines (about 30), and some freestanding post abortion programs (about 50).
The names and types of organizations reflect our response to the women, girls, and families who have been coming to us for help for over 30 years, the clients who are, in a sense, “products” of a decaying culture, sometimes now called a Culture of Death. In the late 60’s and 70’s we presumed these women were in short term crisis (hence the name EPS). Now we recognize them as the walking wounded who need much more than simple crisis intervention. In the 70’s, we thought our culture was in a short-term memory lapse and would soon return to our Judeo-Christian values. Now we realize we need to teach those values anew to a generation that has hardly heard of them, a generation with the scars to prove it.
The Original Vision: Mother-and-Baby-Centered Service
The birth of pregnancy centers in the U.S. was not a result of Roe v. Wade but of the earlier movement to liberalize abortion laws state by state. Concerned people realized that with the carefully crafted message that abortion was sometimes the reluctant, humane, even loving choice; some women would be influenced to abort their babies unless they had help and support. (At that time, most pro-life people did not fully comprehend that the movement to liberalize abortion laws was an integral part of a well-orchestrated strategy to break down traditional family and religious values and replace them with hedonistic and atheistic ones.)
Catholics, especially medical professionals and mothers, with their firm tradition of welcoming children and consistent teaching on the sanctity of human life, were in the forefront of a movement to start alternatives to abortion services, although they rarely saw this as a Catholic issue, or even a uniquely Christian mission. It was simply part of who they were. The work was generally seen as service, a humanitarian effort, an outreach of one caring individual to another, although the motive was from deeply held religious values and beliefs.
The first formal alternatives to abortion service organization was Birthright, founded in Canada in 1968. Centers using the Birthright name soon spread to the United States. A strict Charter, established in 1971, is still followed by all Birthrights. Their vision was that you could not save the baby without “saving” (or serving) the mother, and vise versa.
A similar woman-and-baby-centered vision was held by the Alternatives to Abortion, formed in 1971 (soon renamed Alternatives to Abortion International and called AAI) in the United States. The founders established a loose federation of independent organizations that could network with and learn from each other, rather than a “franchise” model. This seemed right for the entrepreneurial United States, where a variety of small organizations had already sprung up, starting in the late 60’s, from California to New York, some operating out of pro-life doctors’ offices, churches, or even homes. (Interestingly, both the loose federation and the franchise model still exist among the 10 pregnancy center membership organizations 30 years later.)
While AAI often called itself the “service arm of the pro-life movement,” they and Birthright considered themselves quite distinct from Right to Life, the lobbying and educational arm. The service organizations seemed cautious about losing their coveted 501(c)(3) status, so they shied away from any lobbying. Their role was primarily “crisis intervention.” Once the woman knew she had a friend and could be connected, by referral, to a variety of services in the community (medical care, housing, material aid, and social services), the presumption was that their work had been a “success.” The mother was safe, and therefore the baby would be safe.
Both Right to Life and the service organizations agreed on one thing: the pro-life issue should be presented as a civil rights issue (for AAI, a “humanitarian” or “service” one), not a religious issue. The theory was that this would gain wider acceptance of the tenet that each human life is valuable, and pro-life would not be marginalized as a “Catholic issue.” The presumption also was that our religious beliefs and Judeo-Christian values were a “given,” shared by most of America, so they did not need to be explicitly stated within our centers.
By the 1980’s and certainly in the 1990’s, as abortions continued and affected not only women but everyone connected with them, as the culture became more accepting of “sex for recreation,” as sexually transmitted diseases surged and AIDS emerged, as marriage declined and the disintegration of the two-parent family continued, and as our culture became more obviously hedonistic and amoral, the “disconnect” between the original theory and reality was evident. In response, new values and visions within the pregnancy center movement emerged.
The Baby-Centered Vision
The first influence was the baby-centered approach. It soon brought centers, in general, into disrepute, but eventually led to a movement from within toward real credibility. In the late 1970’s, perhaps due to frustration that the lobbying and educational branch had not passed a Human Life Amendment and abortion numbers were skyrocketing, a more pro-active influence came into the pregnancy center movement. Centers were urged to advertise alongside abortion clinics in the yellow pages (the phone book indexes referred readers to the same headings, such as Clinics and Birth Control Information, for both abortion services and abortion alternatives), show slides to clients of fetal development and aborted babies, and, in general, use every possible method to save the baby at risk for abortion. A small number of “Problem Pregnancy Centers” influenced by this approach emerged.
In 1987, an orchestrated effort by Planned Parenthood resulted in television and magazine exposes on these centers. Stories, written by undercover reporters posing as clients and using hidden cameras and tape recorders, ironically faulted the centers for not being totally “upfront” and transparent.
Congressional hearings were held, but pregnancy centers were forbidden from testifying in their own defense, so, in the public arena, pregnancy centers had a “black eye.” Many involved in centers felt the embarrassment and shame, and supporters began to wonder if their own center was operating unethically. Centers began to be suspicious of each other. The boomerang effect even caused some to think they needed to “warn” potential clients, in ads and on the phone, of their pro-life values. Client numbers decreased in many areas.
Legal attacks also resulted from this public relations effort to discredit centers. State Attorneys General tried to dictate center advertising and phone scripts. Individuals, organized by the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) filed suits against some centers. Court findings often went against these centers and some were forced to pay damages and even close.
The attacks resulted not in the end of pregnancy help centers, the intention of our opponents, but eventually in strengthening of the centers. In 1993, NIFLA, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, was founded specifically to provide legal education and training to help centers become more professional and protect themselves from frivolous tort claims (such as assault and battery for touching a client without her permission), and NIFLA spearheaded the development of the first insurance program to protect centers for “counselor liability.”
The Medical Vision
Some centers in California had been accused of “practicing medicine without a license” for providing urine pregnancy tests, and pro-choice wordsmiths began to label all centers “fake clinics.” Meanwhile, in the medical field, ultrasound was emerging as a new diagnostic tool for pregnancy. NIFLA soon envisioned real clinics not only doing pregnancy testing but also using ultrasound to diagnose pregnancy, and pioneered a medical model for centers either licensed by the state or working under the license of a private physician. The potential of ultrasound to help abortion-vulnerable mothers bond with their babies was clear.
More and more centers today are adding ultrasound services for abortion-vulnerable clients. True to their entrepreneurial nature, centers are taking the original model even further, with some adding STD testing, pap smears, natural family planning, prenatal care, birthing centers, and even well baby care. Some are becoming “hub” medical clinics and encouraging other centers to refer clients to them for ultrasound and other medical services. We are beginning to see a ripple effect, influencing the medical community in contact with our pregnancy centers, as we partner to bring a more pro-life and holistic approach to the care of women.
Predictably, our new strength has led to a second NARAL effort, starting in 2000, to close down pregnancy centers, fourteen years after the first. This new attack accelerated the growing unity among pregnancy centers, and the national affiliating organizations quickly responded. A united legal and public relations strategy, orchestrated by the Christian Legal Society, resulted in the withdrawal of subpoenas filed by the New York Attorney General against eight pregnancy centers, an attack that followed the strategy outlined by NARAL. Again, attack has led to strengthening, but the ultimate outcome of this new wave to discredit our centers has yet to be seen.
Ironically, the original baby-centered approach, that provided ammunition to discredit centers, eventually led to more professionalism and credibility. Ironically too, our opponents certainly hoped to eliminate all baby pictures. Instead, still pictures have been replaced by images of “live action” ultrasound provided by licensed medical personnel that allows women not only to have an accurate diagnosis of pregnancy at a very early stage (thereby helping their decision-making process), but also to bond with their babies in utero.
The Christian Vision
In the early 1980’s, Evangelical Christians came into the pro-life movement in large numbers, and they were a “breath of fresh air” to those who had been carrying the ball since the late 60’s. Christian Action Council (CAC) had been formed in 1975, primarily as a pro-life educational and lobbying organization, and it soon saw the need for pregnancy centers. Their first pregnancy center was opened in 1980. CAC’s “crisis pregnancy centers” had a mission to evangelize the woman with a crisis pregnancy. Thus, their vision was woman centered and baby centered, but primarily Christ centered.
For Evangelical Christians, abortion was and is, first and foremost, a religious issue (rather than a civil rights or humanitarian one) and a call to action for Christians. In 1984, CAC launched Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on the Sunday closest to January 22, in an effort to educate and motivate Evangelical churches nationwide.
The service arm of this organization eventually took priority, the education and lobbying arm of CAC was eliminated, and CAC was renamed Care Net to emphasize their network of renamed Pregnancy Care Centers.
The value of the work of pregnancy centers as ministries has been enhanced by the involvement of Focus on the Family, which, in the 1990’s, developed a program to support pregnancy centers with educational materials and a ministry office.
The mix of Catholics and Protestants of various denominations has strengthened centers nationally. Most now seem to consider their Christianity a part of their work in some way. This could be entirely through “service” (the root vision), sometimes called “being Christ” to a client, and/or through direct evangelization, “sharing Christ” with a client, or a combination of both. The former take their inspiration from the Biblical directive, “Whatever you do for one of these the least of my brethren, you do it unto Me.” The latter from the Great Commission, “Go forth, therefore, and teach all nations.”
There is currently an effort to unite Christians within our movement, especially Catholics and Evangelicals, by developing materials, conferences, and other gatherings that focus on what we have in common, rather than on the theological differences that have divided Christians for centuries. Mutual respect is developing within and among very different organizations, evidenced at the national, state, and city levels.
The Healing Vision
In the early 70’s, we had begun to see clients who had already had one or more abortion and were thinking of another, and we had begun to be approached by post abortive women who wanted to help other women avoid the tragic mistake they had made. The term “post abortion syndrome” had not yet even been coined. When we consulted professional counselors for help, they either denied that abortion had any ill effects or they cautioned us, as volunteers and nonprofessionals, not to get involved for fear that post abortive women might become suicidal.
Early attempts were made in some AAI centers to create post abortion programs that were “nondenominational and nonsectarian.” Remember, the early concept had been that the centers were not ministries, but rather “service” centers for mothers and babies. However, when centers were confronted with the need for post abortion healing programs, many moved from the service model to a ministry model, realizing that they had to choose a basis for their “counseling” and the obvious choice was a Biblical one.
So, pregnancy centers have been pioneers in developing post abortion programs for men and women, most of which take the form of support groups, Bible studies, or one-on-one counseling. Organizations have formed whose sole mission is to provide and promote post abortion programs, many of which have their roots in pregnancy centers.
We have also come to realize in pregnancy centers that almost all of our clients have broken sexual integrity. They are wounded by casual sex and broken trust, sexual abuse, incest, date rape, and/or abortion. By the 1980’s and certainly by the 90’s, most of our clients had grown up in a post Christian era (certainly, most were born in the “quaint” time when abortion was illegal and marriage was the default option if there was a crisis pregnancy). Crisis intervention alone is sometimes effective in keeping such clients from jumping off a cliff (i.e. not choosing an abortion), but they are still left with broken limbs and severely damaged internal organs, like broken hearts and souls. Life change and healing are necessary. Our centers have sometimes become “revolving doors,” where clients come back time and again for pregnancy tests. Providing on-going support, education, and healing is becoming a priority in our movement, and new programs are being introduced in an effort to provide healing and restoration so clients can actually regain their sexual integrity.
The Prevention Vision
Abstinence education, like post abortion healing, also had its beginnings in pregnancy centers, since we had to develop a counseling approach when the client had a negative test, a more common result than the positive test. In the 1980’s, as we witness more and more clients with multiple sexual partners and sexually transmitted diseases, it became clear that we needed to move the abstinence message outside the counseling room, and especially into the schools, to counter Planned Parenthood’s dangerous sex education messages. All over the country, entrepreneurial center volunteers who had a heart for prevention began to give classroom presentations and inspirational assemblies. Abstinence curricula and speakers began to proliferate and many centers started abstinence education programs in schools and in the community and consider “prevention” a major part of their mission.
A boon came in the early ‘80’s when a small amount of federal dollars was appropriated through Title XX in the Department of Health and Human Services to develop national “model prevention programs” based on abstinence. During the current Bush administration, federal funding has grown dramatically for abstinence until marriage education through Title V, the welfare reform bill, and SPRANS grants (Special Programs of Regional and National Significance). As a result, tax-funded abstinence education programs, including at least 40 based within pregnancy centers, have expanded dramatically and reached more and more schools and communities (and teen pregnancy and sexual activity rates have declined!). Federal funding for programs that do not “prostelitize” has helped participating centers “grow up” quickly and develop stronger infrastructures. Some centers, on the other hand, have refused all federal funding, either because they are afraid of “strings” or because they believe it will weaken testimony that the church, not the government (in the form of tax supported programs), was ultimately responsible for turning the tide on abortion and sexual promiscuity.
So, pregnancy centers have also been pioneers in the abstinence field. Many centers now have a prevention program that is equal to or even greater in scope and funding than their crisis intervention program, and some of the best national abstinence education programs have their roots in our centers.
The Marriage Vision
We have not ignored the growing evidence, placed before our eyes in the person of our client, that the deterioration of marriage in our culture over the past 30 years has led to a dangerous situation for single mothers and their children. The statistics are overwhelmingly convincing that children raised with both biological (or adoptive) parents do best in terms of economics, education, physical and mental health, and many other factors related to security and happiness. Children do the least well in all of these measures when raised by single mothers.While we have always upheld the value of adoption and marriage, many of our centers fell, through the years, into complacency about promoting them, being happy, at least, that a client chose not to abort her baby. The result is that few of our clients choose marriage or adoption. A recent study by Family Research Council, Adoption: The Missing Piece, has challenged pregnancy centers to examine our attitudes and programs (where only about 1-2% of clients choose infant adoption, about the same as in the general population) and make needed changes so that we can make adoption a core value in our centers. We are just now starting to examine how we can encourage our clients to consider marriage. For many of them, raised in an era in which divorce is rampant and co-habitation is common, marriage is a foreign concept. At least, many centers are experimenting with programs and materials to get the fathers committed to being involved during the pregnancy and after the baby is born. We are taking “baby steps” at this point in our history, but we are committed to trying to help turn the tide back toward marriage (or adoption) and more security for children.
The Future Vision
So, where is the alternatives to abortion movement now? What have we learned in the past 30 years, and where should we be headed in the future?
We have grown tremendously in terms of numbers and kinds of centers, of professionalism, of breadth and depth of programs (prevention, intervention, healing). But, in a sense, that’s the bad news. Our growth has been only partly in response to attacks from our opposition and bigger vision from within. It has mainly been due to the increasingly devastating effects of abortion (and related sexual mores) in our culture, as more and more wounded and scarred women (men and children) seek us out for help and we respond to the needs. The entire pro-life movement has been unsuccessful in winning the war against abortion on demand, and we are seeing more and more casualties in our pregnancy centers.
The service arm has almost always considered itself “separate,” but we must find ways to work with the other arms of our movement (political, legislative, educational, research, etc.); if each branch continues to function independently, without a unified strategy, we will continue to win some skirmishes, but the war will continue and the carnage will grow. To do this means, at least, giving up issues of pride or ownership for the “greater good.”
We should remain diverse, entrepreneurial, and, therefore, creative. We have constantly reinvented ourselves as we perceived and responded to the challenges. Centers in the future may be anywhere on the continuums of woman centered, baby centered, medical centered, healing centered, prevention centered, evangelization centered, and family centered. But we must guard our developing unity and be more passionate than ever about our life-affirming missions. Pregnancy center affiliating organizations need to work even more closely together, for example, sharing statistics and research, and bringing all centers under one or more “umbrella” so that we can stay “on the cutting edge” and to protect ourselves from outside efforts to close us down.
But unity, worldly wisdom, and professionalism will not, in and of themselves, protect us. We need to pray for the continuing protection of God upon our work. We must acknowledge that we are fundamentally Christian (although some centers describe themselves as “non-denominational and non-sectarian” and sometimes think of that as “secular”). We must acknowledge that we are being used mightily, at the beginning of this millennium, in the struggle of good vs. evil that has gone since sin entered the world.
Heartbeat International sees it as part of our mission to help pregnancy centers develop around the world, and we hope to export the Christian model and the model of unity within diversity. I see forming around the world (especially in Africa and Eastern Europe) strong networks of service providers mirroring the kinds of organizations we have in our US network: faith based, life-affirming resource centers, medical clinics, maternity homes, and adoption agencies. We must share resources even more generously with centers overseas and work with them to end abortion in their countries. While abortions number about 1.2 million per year in the U.S., an estimated 55-60 million abortions occur annually worldwide.
Government funding is a blessing and a temptation. We should learn how to benefit from new government funds that are becoming ever more available to faith-based organizations, but we must be careful to use them wisely, only for the social service and public school portions of our mission, so we can be free to truly minister and share the Gospel in other programs. Let us not become like some of the early faith-based organizations that now cannot be distinguished from secular ones (like the Red Cross) or that have even become leaders in secularizing our culture (does anyone remember that Harvard University was founded by Christians?).
I see our movement beginning a “paradigm shift.” Our prime service has been the free pregnancy test. With home tests and now abortion by pill, some wonder if we may become irrelevant. But, we have constantly responded to challenges and we will continue. Our medical clinics may transcend Planned Parenthood clinics to become centers for women’s true reproductive health. To our STD testing, prenatal care, natural family planning, abuse recovery, and post abortion programs, we may begin to add other services such as pap smears and infertility treatment (thus adding to the healing programs needed as a result of the effects of STD’s and abortion), and even well-baby care. Medical services may combine with counseling and spiritual healing in certain centers, or we may have stronger networks of centers each having a specialized mission (some medical, some counseling, some support, some healing, some spiritual).
I see our centers as places that can retrain and re-envision the medical, counseling, and social services professions (maybe even churches!). Professionals are working more closely than ever with us. When their training clashes with what they see in the lives of our clients (e.g. in the effect of casual sex), there is often cognitive dissonance that leads to transformation. More of what we know needs to influence academic coursework and professional continuing education programs.
What ties all of the diverse centers together in the alternatives to abortion movement is sexual integrity (whose absence is the root of abortion). God’s plan is that sexual relationship, unconditional love, marriage between man and woman, children, and God to all go together. If we try to remove one of these from the equation we have almost all the modern social ills (abortion, but also rampant divorce, co-habitation, fatherlessness, gay sub-culture, STD’s, loveless marriages, promiscuity, child abuse, and more). Sexual integrity is what all pregnancy centers are all about: prevention (so sexual integrity is protected and valued), intervention (when crisis occurs because sexual integrity is not being lived out), and healing and restoration (so sexual integrity can be restored). If and when the right to life is restored to the unborn (and our elderly and sick are protected), our centers will still need to exist to help re-teach and restore value of sexual integrity.
Heartbeat International, formerly Alternatives to Abortion International (AAI), has published an annual Directory of life-affirming service providers since 1971, to help those in need find services and to facilitate networking worldwide.The Directory is available from Heartbeat International, Columbus, OH, 1-888-550-7577, and on the web at www.heartbeatinternational.org.
Baptists for Life, Grand Rapids, MI; Birthright, Atlanta, GA; Care Net, Sterling, VA; Christian Life Resources, Milwaukee, WI; Heartbeat International, Columbus, OH; International Life Services, Los Angeles, CA; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, Fredericksburg. VA; National Life Center, Woodbury, NJ; Sav-A-Life, Birmingham, AL; and North American Mission Board, Alternatives for Life, Alpharetta, GA.
Birthright was founded by the late Louise Summerhill in Toronto, Canada.The Birthright USA central office is located in Atlanta, Georgia.
AAI was founded in Toledo, Ohio, by the late John Hillabrand, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist, and Mrs. Lore Maier, an immigrant from Germany who had served as a court reporter at the Nuremburg Trials following World War II.Now called Heartbeat International, the central office is in Columbus, Ohio.
Identifying pro-life as solely a “Catholic issue” was an early tactic of the pro-abortion effort. RCAR, Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights, lobbied almost every major Protestant denomination to sign statements depicting abortion as sometimes necessary and even the “Christian” response to a woman with a difficult pregnancy.Most early speakers on abortion could be discredited with the rhetorical question, “You’re a Catholic, aren’t you?”
For research on the decline of the family and marriage, with attendant social problems, see a variety of papers by The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC,www.heritage.org.For statistics on the rise of sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, see studies by The Medical Institute, Austin, TX,www.medinstitute.org.
A manual, written by Bob Pearson over 20 years ago, which promoted this baby-centered vision, is still quoted extensively by NARAL on its web-site to discredit pregnancy centers, even though most people in the movement have never even seen the manual.
See “The Making of a Controversy: The History of the Conspiracy Against Pregnancy-Help Centers,” a Special Report (vol. Iii, no. 3) by Life Decisions International, Washington, DC.Also available on their web site atwww.interlife.org.
Thomas Glessner, J.D. (chairman of the Board of the Seattle pregnancy center, victimized by the NARAL smear campaign of the 1980’s) founded and still leads NIFLA, which has also published newsletters detailing the court cases brought against pregnancy centers.
NARAL published theChoice Action Kit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Unmasking Fake Clinics, also outlined on their web sitewww.naral.org,in December of 2000.The pregnancy center affiliating organizations responded quickly with their own guide,Serving Clients with Care and Integrity, to outline policies and procedures to help centers avoid attack.The guide also containsOur Commitment of Care, outlining our ethical policies relating to advertising and client services, adopted officially by nine of the ten affiliating organizations.(Birthright declined to sign because they do not participate in coalitions.)A copy ofOur Commitment of Careis available from any of the affiliating organizations.
CAC was founded by a number of concerned Christians, including Dr. and Mrs. Harold O.J. Brown, Dr. C Everett Koop (later U.S. Surgeon General), with the encouragement of the late Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer.
Alternatives to Abortion International changed its name to Heartbeat International in 1993 and now explicitly describes itself as a Christian association of service providers.
Within the Catholic Church, there are a variety of diocesan post abortion programs, loosely called “Project Rachel.”This list is available in the web side of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops,www.usccb.org.Post abortion programs that have their roots in pregnancy centers include those published and available from Care Net and Heartbeat International.National organizations that specialize in post abortion training and programs include Ramah International, Englewood, FL; PAM (Post Abortion Ministries), Memphis, TN; Rachel’s Vineyard, Bridgeport, PA; National Memorial for the Unborn, Chattanooga, TN; National Office of Post Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, Milwaukee, WI; and Hope Alive USA, Bella Vista, AR.
The pioneer in “negative test counseling” is Sister Paula Vandegaer, one of the founders of AAI, now President of International Life Services.In the 1970’s, before we became fully aware of the proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS, early pregnancy centers focused their approach on the emotional and spiritual damage caused by sexual relationships outside the marriage bond, a “heroic” stand given the strength of feminism at the time.Physical health became the major focus of negative test counseling during the 80’s, but we are returning to a more holistic approach focusing on “sexual integrity.”
For example, Abstinence Clearinghouse, the only national organization that tracks and evaluates all abstinence until marriage programs (and also publishes a Directory of these programs and holds annual conferences for abstinence education providers) was founded in 1997 by Leslee Unruh, also founder of the pregnancy center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Heartbeat International is beginning this effort with a distance learning program through the Heartbeat Institute, designed to reach those “in the field,” as well as those in colleges and universities.
As the phone center manager for Pregnancy Resource Center of Gwinnett, Georgia, Lana Duffell has very little time to call her own.
Without the persistent effort put forth by Lana and her co-laborers, the call from a local woman or girl facing the desperate circumstance of an unexpected pregnancy might fall through the cracks, and cause her to choose abortion as the only option she can see at the moment.
So most days, Lana keeps her nose to the grindstone and her ear to the phone.
But when Lana and her staff decided to take time off during this Christmas season, she had no concerns about the calls and contacts that were sure to come in. Lana and her staff had full confidence that, even if they wouldn’t be there to answer the phone, Heartbeat International’s Option Line® would.
While Lana and her staff rested and reenergized for the coming year, the staff at Option Line routed a total of 39 calls and contacts to Pregnancy Resource Center, ensuring that not one woman seeking help fell through the cracks.
“Option Line has been there for us on a 24/7 basis, when we are in meetings and also when our phone lines are overwhelming,” Lana says. “With Option Line, we are at peace, knowing that our callers will get a live person who can offer them information about abortion alternatives or set an appointment so that we can do further counseling.
“Option Line answers our calls when we are not available, making the difference between losing a life and saving it.”
Since it opened shop in 2003, Option Line has answered the call more than 1.5 million times, in addition to 2.5 million unique visitors to its website, www.OptionLine.org.
That translates to a staggering amount of birthdays, which otherwise would never have been. For now, we’ll celebrate just one: Happy 10th Birthday, Option Line!
Since answerering its first phone call in early 2003, Heartbeat International's Option Line® has responded to over 1.5 million calls, text messages, emails and instant chats from women and familes facing unexpected pregnancies. Option Line staff are available 24/7, 365 days per year to answer callers' questions and connect them to pregnancy help organizations within their local communities, utlizing Heartbeat's Worldwide Directory of Pregnancy Help.
In their own words...
"I worked at Option Line for five years, and during that time, I watched it grow to become a premiere resource for women and men in pregnancy crisis. It was a great pleasure for me to work for an organization that believed in the strength and courage of women."
~April, Heartbeat International Ministry Services Specialist, former Option Line employee
"I love being a part of Option Line, and I feel honored to be in a position to reach so many young girls, women, and men from all over the world. I truly enjoy talking with callers and being able to help and support them by showing Jesus' love. Hearing that I've helped someone makes my day!"
~Julie, Option Line employee for 4 years
"Working at Option Line is an adventure! The job is never the same one day to the next, and knowing that what we do here reaches people in more than 100 countries every month never stops amazing me. Sometimes the calls are funny, and sometimes they're heart-breaking, but my favorite kind of call is when we hear back from someone who wants to tell us about their new baby and thank us for being there when they needed help."
~Bri, Director of Option Line Operations, Option Line employee for 10 years
~Chris, Option Line employee for 3 years
Listen to the positive impact Option Line has:
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.
Abortion creates trauma. Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) is the condition occurring in both men and women after the abortion experience due to unresolved psychological and spiritual issues. PAS is actually a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a commonly recognized condition that often follows traumatizing events such as witnessing an act of violence or experiencing a natural disaster. Patterns of long-term emotional disorder include: depression, grief, anxiety, helplessness, despair, sorrow, lowered self-esteem, distrust, hostility, dependency on alcohol/chemicals/food/work, guilt, sexuality problems, self-condemnation, weeping, emptiness, distrust, frustration, insomnia, nightmares, dysfunctional relationships, flashbacks, anger, fear of rejection, bitterness, un-forgiveness, fear of commitment, and the inability to form close relationships.
Theresa Burke, PhD, founder of Rachel's Vineyard and co-author with David Reardon of Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion says the following:
"Post-abortion healing is a specialty unto itself. The average psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or counselor of any other academic stripe who does not understand post-abortion issues can often inflict more harm than good on the unsuspecting woman. Many may believe they have enough insight to help, but unless they have had additional training, they often don't. Certainly, if your thoughts and feelings become so overwhelming that you feel you can no longer cope, seek professional assistance immediately. But generally, I encourage you to take the time to find one of the growing numbers of professional therapists and experienced lay counselors who have received special training in post-abortion healing."
"Post-abortion healing is a specialty unto itself. The average psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or counselor of any other academic stripe who does not understand post-abortion issues can often inflict more harm than good on the unsuspecting woman. Many may believe they have enough insight to help, but unless they have had additional training, they often don't. Certainly, if your thoughts and feelings become so overwhelming that you feel you can no longer cope, seek professional assistance immediately. But generally, I encourage you to take the time to find one of the growing numbers of professional therapists and experienced lay counselors who have received special training in post-abortion healing."
Abortion Recovery helps individuals overcome the emotional trauma and spiritual issues experienced after an abortion. Workshops and programs are usually free and are available through local pregnancy help centers, churches and national organizations. Abortion recovery programs should address the following to help participants heal from an abortion experience; grief, guilt, anger, depression, fear, un-forgiveness, shame and defense mechanisms. Teaching on the love, mercy and grace of God should also be included so that healthy reconciliation can occur.
If you desire to start a workshop or group, you can be very effective in serving as a facilitator with the appropriate training and preparation.
Here are some thoughts to keep in mind if you decide to start an abortion recovery program.
Here are more resources to help you get started:
If you’ve experienced an abortion or participated in the decision making process, you may be struggling. Click here for resources available to help.
Pregnancy help centers are non-profit organizations established by pro-life supporters that work to assist women who have an unexpected pregnancy. Most pregnancy centers are in the United States, however many have been established overseas. They’re usually affiliated with a pro-life Christian organization such as Heartbeat International. The pregnancy help centers provide pregnancy consultation, intervention and support; education and information on pregnancy adoption, abortion, sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs); services and referrals for ongoing needs. Some of the programs and services include medical services like ultrasound to confirm pregnancy and STI/STD testing.
We suggest checking Heartbeat’s Worldwide Directory or going to www.OptionLine.org, enter your zip code to see if/what other organizations exist in your area and network with them as you pursue starting a ministry so as to not compete with funding resources in the area. Often times we find that a group may wish to open a center in an area where another center has been strategically planning and praying to open. You may actually be the answer to another ministries prayer. Many states have coalitions of pregnancy centers and will be a good reference for you as you start, and then as you grow your center.
Heartbeat International is here to assist you. Affiliation is complimentary the first year for brand new start up organizations. Click here to learn more about the benefits of affiliating with Heartbeat International.
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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare Team Manager - Seeking talented healthcare professionals to support our Abortion Pill Rescue Program
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 email@example.com.
Abortion Pill Rescue Network Team Members
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.
Join the Rescue Network - If you are a pregnancy help organization 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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, email@example.com 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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As a front-line life-saver, the care you provide changes the world of each woman and child your center serves day in and day out.
These women and children depend upon you and your organization to faithfully and excellently live out your God-given call. That's why there's no substitute for the kind of training you'll receive at Pregnancy Help Institute by Heartbeat International.
Organized under four intensive tracks (Leadership, Development, New Director, and Ultrasound), Pregnancy Help Institute integrates executive-level instruction in a small-group environment, where you'll have the unparalleled opportunity to process information and strategies with experts and fellow front-line pregnancy help leaders.
At Heartbeat, we realize you've been to conferences before, but this is different.
We have expert facilitators working with you and a small, interactive group on one topic for a full week to make sure you grow in the way you need to most. Just see what some of our 2018 Pregnancy Help Institute graduates had to say about each of the tracks below.
There's simply no substitute for the work you do. And there's no substitute for Pregnancy Help Institute.
Cancellation Policy: Full refunds may be issued until 12:00 midnight EST June 22, 2019. A 50% refund is available from 12:01 AM EST June 22-July 12, 2019 12:00 midnight EST. No refunds will be issued past 12:01 AM EST July 13, 2019. Method of payment may require additional transaction fees. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to Events@HeartbeatInternational.org.
A limited number of scholarships are still available for New Directors who wish to attend Pregnancy Help Institute by Heartbeat International July 29 - August 2, 2019.
Only affiliates in good standing will be considered for these scholarships.
The Pregnancy Help Institute scholarship application deadline is June 24, 2019, so get your application in today!
If you're a Heartbeat affiliate and are interested in applying, start here!
If you're not a Heartbeat affiliate and would like to become one, click here.
Scholarships are currently only available to affiliates in the United States.
The leadership track went beyond expectations. For the first time in a long time, I was challenged in the area of strategic thinking, and I learned a lot that I will carry with me through life as a ministry leader, mother, and wife.
Woven throughout the Leadership track are concepts developed by Built to Lead. Built to Lead is an executive coaching program that has trained CEO’s, presidents, and ministry leaders nationwide.
Kirk Walden kept us engaged, welcomed discussion but kept us on track, and added a good dose of humor.
Advancing development through a more robust understanding of the nature and ministry of development is at the heart of this track. Anyone with responsibility for donor development and fundraising will benefit from this advanced training. Seasoned pregnancy help leaders provide a foundation and training that goes beyond elementary event planning.
I cannot imagine a more fitting training to kick off this new position. I left challenged, inspired, feeling connected to others in the movement. I am humbled and blessed.
If you have less than three years of experience in directing a life-affirming pregnancy center, medical clinic, maternity home, or nonprofit adoption agency, the New Director training is perfect for you. When you combine the wisdom gained from this training with your calling from the Lord, you are truly prepared to navigate effectively, avoid the pitfalls, and increase your effectiveness as a leader. Facilitated by Heartbeat International staff and consultants with years of experience in pregnancy help leadership, you'll be in good hands.
I love the teamwork that was displayed and the authentic care that was showed to the attendees. In the U/S training, I really appreciated learning things like seeing is believing, pray for the safety of the baby and "Ultrasound brings Light to the Truth." I appreciated the time that Tammy and Bryan took to hear our concerns and answer our questions.
Designed for the new or beginning nurse or sonographer as well as the nurse or sonographer who routinely performs first-trimester scans, this week-long training presented by Tammy Stearns, RDMS and Bryan Williams, RDMS will provide didactic sessions, daily scan labs, and image reviews to sharpen the skills of both the nurse and the RDMS in your pregnancy medical clinic.
This course will include looking at the integration of ultrasound imaging in PMCs, the "hows and whys" of ultrasound physics, identifying artifacts and how to improve images, how to obtain proper measurements, legal and ethical implications and techniques to minimize risk, essential quality analysis/control, and more! This course also meets the AWHONN guidelines for ultrasound training.
Heartbeat International will offer 15 Continuing Education Contact Hours for nurses. Heartbeat International is an approved provider through the California Board of Nursing, Provider Number 16061.
Meet the Instructors
Tammy Stearns, RDMS, RVT, RT(R), FSDMS, MS
Tammy serves as a full-time missionary with Project H.O.P.E. in Nicaragua serving women among the poorest of the poor. In addition to being the director of Women’s Ministry, Tammy does ultrasounds in the field and serves as an adjunct professor with Adventist University in Florida. She assisted in deploying the medical mobile unit at Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield, Missouri and has served as an accredited ultrasound educator for much of her professional career.
Bryan Williams, MHA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS
Bryan has worked in the field of medical imaging for 15 years. He is currently managing a large cardiovascular clinic with multiple providers and multiple non-invasive imaging departments. He lives in Ozark, MO with his wife and two daughters.
Pregnancy Help Institute training qualifies toward the Life Affirming Specialist (LAS) designation.
Airline Arrivals:For those traveling by air, the airport code for Columbus, Ohio is CMH.
Airport Transportation: You can catch a cab/taxi, Lyft or UBER upon your arrival to the Hilton Garden Inn hotel.
Hotel Information: Please remember your Pregnancy Help Institute registration does not include your hotel accommodations so don’t delay in making your hotel reservation.
Hilton Garden Inn, 3232 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43202 – (614) 263-7200.
Book your room online now at: HiltonGardenInn-PH2019
Click the “Book A Room” button, type in arrival and departure dates, click “Continue” to select room type and complete your reservation. If calling, be certain to tell the reservations representative that you are part of the Heartbeat International group to receive our discounted Group Rate of just $111++/night for a Single King room. Use Group Code: PH2019. Your reservation also includes a made-to-order breakfast each morning.
The hotel has plenty of parking at no additional charge.
**Transportation to training offices: Heartbeat will provide daily transportation back and forth from the Hilton Garden Inn to our Heartbeat training facility.**
Monday, July 29, 2019 - Please use this as your travel day.
Tuesday, July 30 – Thursday, August 1 will include all day sessions (typically 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) **Please note: Wednesday evening, 7/31 is a “free evening” so your day ends at 5:00 p.m.**
Friday, August 2, 2019
Weather and Attire:Dress for the Institute will be business casual and comfortable. Although our meeting rooms are air conditioned, consider bringing a sweater/jacket during sessions. Temperatures in Columbus during this week will probably be around 85 degrees during the day and 65 degrees at night. We also encourage you to bring your Bible.
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