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This was an outdated grainy VHS tape, entitled Abortion Techniques.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.
If you have a heart for the ministry of abortion recovery, then you share the Lord’s desire to see women and men healed and restored from an abortion experience.
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.
If you have a heart to open a pregnancy help organization then you are among the many that have a desire to meet the need of women facing unexpected pregnancies. Many pregnancy centers exist today because of the vision that God placed in the heart of an individual like you.
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 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 pregnancy help organizations include medical services like ultrasound to confirm pregnancy, abortion pill reversal, and STI/STD testing. These are considered pregnancy help medical clinics.
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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Jobs are listed alphabetically by state below the Heartbeat International job listings. Dates at the end of each listing show the original post date for each position.To submit notice of an open position, fill out this online form.
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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 8-hour shift. In order to be considered for a role of Rescue Hotline Team Consultant, you must be available to cover a minimum of two 8-hour shifts per month. Based on location (time zone), the shift options are as follows: 6am - 2pm or 2pm - 10pm PT; 7am - 3 pm or 3 pm - 11pm MT; 8am 4 pm or 4pm - 12am CST; 9am - 5 pm or 5 pm - 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.
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.
Nurse Manager oversees medical services of client care. NM follows OSHA, CLIA, HIPPA standards. Oversees HSM and MSDA manual for all employees/volunteers. Holds a current RN license in good standing with the state medical board.Must be skilled at teaching and be a pro-life advocate for pregnancy. Medical services are pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing & treatment. Center open 4 days weekly, works 32 hours weekly. Must be a team player and collaborate with other agencies.
RN Nurse Manager
We are looking for an RN to help us finalize the conversion of our center to a Clinic. We're almost there - but we need someone to help us complete the process - and then serve as our Nurse Manager once we're licensed. Please see our website for more details!
Marketing and Development Manager
Lamb of God Maternity Home is seeking a full-time manager to oversee its marketing and development program for residents, donors, and volunteers. This individual must be pro-life and committed to promoting the message of open adoption.
-Bachelors (or equivalent experience) in Marketing, Communications, Entrepreneurship, or Business-Experience in a Non-Profit environment or Community Outreach-Strong, effective oral and written presentation skills-Experience with website management (required) - Square Space, Google Drive, Social Media platforms and Microsoft Office-Experience with QuickBooks (preferred)-Willing to work occasional evening and weekend events-Coordination of Fundraising logistics-Self-motivated with an ability to work both independently and as a team
We may be biased, but we think MPC is a stellar place to work!And we are hiring for a part-time Registered Nurse.Job duties include patient care, prenatal ultrasonography (peeking at the babies!), patient education, and more. Qualified applicants must be willing to work 25 hours/week and have open availability from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Ultrasound experience not required (we will train you!).
Ministry Work - $20-$30 per hourJob Type: Full Time (32 hr per week)Reports to: Chief Executive Officer and Medical DirectorProfessional Qualifications:
Education: 2+ Years Allied Health degree (required)License: RN, RDMS, NP, PA in Colorado (required)Required Qualifications:
Be a committed ChristianExhibit strong commitment and dedication to the pro-life positionExhibit skill in written and verbal interpersonal communicationStrong counseling/ development skillsStrong leadership skillsExhibit strong interpersonal, communication, and administration skillsPreferred Qualifications:
Have two years of experience in Ob/Gyn nursingHave current Certification in Sonography - Limited Obstetrical UltrasoundEssential Functions/ Duties
Salary and Compensation: ACPC offers paid sick leave, vacation/personal leave, and holiday pay to all employees working 20 hr or more each week. In addition, ACPC participates in Supplemental insurance through Aflac and Colonial Life for which employees may benefit.
$20.00-$25.00 per hour / 32 hours per weekClinic is open (M-Th)Ten paid holidays + One personal day each yearAccrued Vacation timeAccrued Sick leaveColonial Life benefits package available – employee registeredAflac benefits package available - employee registeredAnnual Staff Retreat / Regional ConferenceTraining and In-Service opportunities – Professional DevelopmentChristian Work place – Spiritual DevelopmentFamily focused – flexibleAppreciation Events and Receptions
Click here for a complete job description.
Candidates will be required to participate in a background check.
Applications will be accepted through August 3, 2020.
Contact Beth Russell at 719-539-7436 for more information or to apply. (7/13/20)
Relief Housemom. Perfect part-time job to supplement your social security. Two days a week, from 8:00 A.M. Monday to 8:00 A.M. Wednesday OR 8:00 A.M. Thursday to 8:00 A.M. Saturday. Responsibilities would include taking girls to appointments when necessary, overseeing chores, helping prepare dinner, occasionally assisting with a fussy baby, and possibly run ministry related errands. Lifeline Family Center, located in Southwest Florida, is a Christian home for pregnant young women and single moms. We provide GED preparation, career training, job placement, parenting and life skills and discipleship training in a Christian family atmosphere. To qualify, you must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, have organizational skills, energy and a sense of humor. You would receive a stipend of $100/day.
More than a Receptionist! This position, in a pro-life Christian Ministry, requires someone who is great at multitasking, can keep a sweet disposition in a busy environment, and is totally organized. Responsibilities include answering phones, processing mail, maintain birthday card lists, record and acknowledge “in kind” donations, data entry, typing thank you letters, interacting with volunteers and Board Members, and coordinating bulk mailings.
Please send resume and a one page Christian Testimony to Lifeline4moms2b@lifelinefamily.org. (7/2/20)
Lifeline Family Center is looking for a married couple who are empty nesters that are being called by the Lord to work with young women and their children as live in houseparents in southwest Florida. We are a Christian home for pregnant young women and single parents. We provide GED preparation, career training, job placement, parenting and life skills and discipleship training in a Christian family atmosphere. The right couple will make a difference in these young women’s lives that will have eternal consequences. To qualify, you must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, have organizational skills, lots of energy and a sense of humor. Experience as houseparents or foster parents is helpful. This is a live-in paid position. Salary is determined by amount of experience and/or training. Benefits include paid vacations, personal/sick days, and a Health Insurance stipend.
Please e-mail a one page Christian testimony plus a letter of interest or resume to email@example.com or fax (239-242-7248) Website: www.lifelinefamilycenter.org (7/2/20)
Pregnancy Resource Center of SW FL seeks an Executive Director, as our 7-year incumbent faces a family relocation out of state.
We are a network of three pregnancy clinics and education centers providing clear and truthful medical based pregnancy confirmation and education for men and women facing an unplanned pregnancy or sexual health crisis. We stand on the truth that every life has a divine purpose and every human being is endowed with precious dignity and worth. We believe a real choice involves knowing all the facts and no one should be forced to make a decision because they lack support and encouragement.We serve all women without discrimination.
Our Mission is simple: To prevent abortion and present eternal truth. We have a lengthy track record of not only saving the unborn, but also in transforming the lives of birthparents by openly sharing the Gospel message, walking alongside these women and men, and bridging them into Christian community. Educational programs range from parenting skills to post-abortive restoration.
Please follow this link for more information.
The Grace House Pregnancy Center Board of Directors is seeking an Executive Director to continue our mission offering life-affirming options and the Gospel to people facing unplanned pregnancies. Our three centers are located in Volusia County, Florida. The successful applicant will have demonstrated a passion for serving God and building His Kingdom as well as for the sanctity of human life. Experience in pregnancy center work as well as non-profit development and management is preferred.
Registered Nurse Executive Director
This is a permanent, full-time position. The Director has full responsibility for the implementation of policies and procedures approved by the Board of Directors within the parameters of the budget. The primary areas of responsibility will be administrative, direction of medical services, ministry development, community and public relations.PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL, & SPIRITUAL BALANCE1. Committed Christian and pro-life advocate, who demonstrates a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.2. In full agreement with this ministry’s Vision, Mission, Statement of Faith, Policies and Procedures.3. A minimum of a bachelors degree RN. Some management experience preferred.4. The ability to balance job demands with personal and family life.5. Attend seminars when possible for professional, personal, and spiritual growth and renewal.6. Maintain flexibility and positive relationships with management, staff, Board, volunteers, and the public.7. Active member of a local church and devotes personal time to prayer and Bible study.8. Exhibit skills in interpersonal communication, public speaking and problem solving.
We serve a rural community in the north Georgia/south NC mountains.
Our website: gmpcmedical.org9. Be able to develop and implement strategic plans and goals for the Center.10. Be able to provide spiritual leadership, discipleship and support to the volunteers.11. Be able to carry out responsibilities with little or no supervision.
For more information please contact Kathy Davis at 706-745-0051. (8/26/20)
Clinic & Program Director
PIC seeks a nurse sonographer for the role of Clinic & Program Director (CPD). This person is the heart of our organization as the one who most directly interacts with women facing a pregnancy decision. The CPD provides patient care and manages clinic & education center operations.
Aid for Women is seeking a full-time Staff Nurse for our pregnancy care centers. The Staff Nurse is a licensed Registered Nurse, who is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Aid for Women by providing life-affirming alternatives to abortion. The Staff Nurse provides support and care for clients and maintains professional standards of care.
Under the general supervision of the Medical Director and Clinic Manager, the Staff Nurse is responsible for a variety of clinic functions: assessing, planning, direct and indirect nursing interventions, evaluating care, organizing and performing medical services provided by Aid for Women. The Staff Nurse also works in conjunction with Physicians, Nurses and Client Advocates to ensure that clients are receiving the best medical, nursing, spiritual and psycho-social care possible.
Aid for Women is seeking a full-time Client Advocate for our pregnancy care centers. Client Advocates are 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. Client Advocates 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.
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.
Vitae Corps Members (Live-In Volunteer Staff)
Aid for Women is seeking Vitae Corps members (VCs), recent female college graduates who volunteer 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 includes 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. See Vitae Corps
President & CEO
It is with great pleasure that we announce our search for the next President and CEO of Caring Network of Illinois, formerly CareNet of DuPage.
Changing hearts and saving lives, Caring Network is a Christ-centered, front-line ministry called to love and serve in the fight for life on the outskirts of Chicago in beautiful DuPage County and beyond. Stable, well supported, and poised for growth, we are seeking a visionary leader who is prepared spiritually and professionally to lead this vital, life-saving ministry.
Focused on serving the Chicago suburbs through its six centers, Caring Network welcomes women with unconditional love, Christ-centered counsel, and critical resources that offer the light of hope and truth. Often a first step for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, the ministry has honed its innovative approach over nearly 40 years and brings the very best tools and services into the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy—the latest in ultrasound technology and counselors skilled in intervention, addressing the complex issues that compel a mother to seek abortion as her answer. In almost four decades, Caring Network has been used by God to save many thousands of lives!
Working with Caring Network’s interim president and board, DB&A Executive Search is eager to identify, recruit, and support a visionary new president who embodies the values, passions, and mission of Caring Network—one who will lead the ministry into its next season of growth and impact in DuPage County and beyond.
Vice President of Development
We are pleased to announce the opening of our search for the next Vice President of Development for Caring Network of Illinois based at the Christ-centered ministry’s headquarters in the beautiful Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn. The VP of Development will be the senior fundraising leader for Caring Network, responsible for providing leadership to and supervision of all development functions while playing a key role in supporting the President. This individual is a key member of the senior leadership team and will be responsible for providing the leadership, direction, and management of all income streams.
Called to serve women most at risk of choosing abortion, Caring Network is the first step for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. With nearly 40 years of innovative service, its team has honed its skills, bringing the very best tools into the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy—the latest in ultrasound technology and counselors skilled in intervention, addressing the complex issues that compel a mother to seek abortion as her answer. Over nearly four decades, Caring Network has been used by God to save many thousands of lives!
This position will focus on achieving fundraising goals and maintaining relationships with existing donors, supporting the President and Board in their fundraising responsibilities and working with the President to design and implement strategies to attract a new, next generation of donors for the ministry.
Clarity is seeking an EDUCATION DIRECTOR to lead our Sexual Risk Avoidance Education team, which provides abstinence education to ~90 schools & churches in Columbus, IN and surrounding communities.
This person will be responsible to maintain the excellence of Clarity’s educational programming by ensuring it remains grounded in truth, medically accurate, age appropriate and culturally relevant. Clarity is in the midst of a 6 year Program Impact Evaluation (PIE) Project to provide an evidence basis regarding the effectiveness of our IDFM curriculum. Working alongside several PhD researchers, the Education Director will keep this project on track.
Competitive pay & generous paid time off!
Do you want to lead a dynamic, passionate team and drive growth for a mission-minded organization?Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices is a 503(c) non-profit organization that exists to empower women and men considering abortion to choose life for their child and life for themselves in Christ. BCPC is the only life-affirming pregnancy resource center in downtown Boston, serving a vibrant, diverse city as a faith-based organization that is non-denominational, non-political, and non-judgmental. BCPC currently is run by a team of six passionate staff members and operates with a $500k annual budget. The new Executive Director will drive the major strategic initiatives for the center: Establishing a partnership with a licensed physician on-site in order to provide free ultrasounds to our clients, providing comprehensive services to men, and implementing a new volunteer-based operating model.
We are opening a new center in Trenton, NJ. Timeframe: Late Nov/Early Dec. A center director is urgently needed. Some center experience is necessary. This role will be about 30 hours per week. Time will be split between client time and development work. Director will be supervising the nurse manager and volunteers. This role reports to CEO who works in Cherry Hill, NJ office.
RN Sonographer to preform ultrasounds for our MD Joseph A. DePra, Physician PLLC. in our Bath offices with available to travel to our other offices. Candidate must celebrate and love life, be self-motivated and enjoy educating and engaging clients with their unborn child. They must have good communication skills to speak with area OB/GYN's and other community agencies. Computer skills experience necessary. Training available.
Ashland Pregnancy Care Center, an evangelical Christian, life-affirming ministry is seeking a part-time Nurse/Clinic Manager to provide support and care to the patients and maintains professional standards of care. Under the general supervision of the Medical Director and Executive Director, the Nurse/Clinic Manager is responsible for planning and performing direct and indirect nursing interventions. The Nurse/Clinic Manager is also responsible for a variety of other clinic functions: performing limited obstetric ultrasounds, supervising, organizing, planning, assessing and monitoring the medical services (pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, medical education, and future services). Training in sonography available for applicants without prior ultrasound experience. Position eligible for generous PTO, flexible work schedule, and employee retirement plan. Position is 20 to 24 hours/3 days per week.
Click here for complete job description. (8/24/20)
Connections Coordinator (Hotline)
The Connections Coordinator is responsible for extending compassionate and timely direct client care to include crisis intervention via 24-hour hotline and online consultation. Connections services are intended to meet clients at their point of need, often as their initial contact to PDHC.
The Coordinator assists center and administrative staff with client outreach, multi-center scheduling needs and organizational communication.
This position is a full-time positions which requires regular evening and weekend availability. The Coordinator primarily works remotely but may be asked to provide Center staffing coverage as needed.
Family Life Center of Auglaize County is currently seeking a part-time Center Director to provide Christ-centered leadership to a vibrant, non-profit ministry.The Family Life Center of Auglaize County is a non-profit pregnancy resource center. Our outreach is the following:
The Board of Directors of Aim Women’s Center in Steubenville, OH is conducting a national search for our next Executive Director. Aim seeks to provide no-cost support to vulnerable women and children in our community within a loving, Christ-centered environment. Our mission is to be the first place a woman, seeking an abortion, turns when faced with an unexpected pregnancy.
Aim is blessed to have a generous community of donors who whole-heartedly embrace our ministry’s mission of supporting women and protecting the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
Through this generosity, Aim has strategically grown its reach and impact within the Ohio Valley and beyond, building a team of professional staff and volunteers while increasing our visibility within the community.
Aim has experienced significant growth over the past 3 years and is seeking the right person to guide it into a new stage of growth.
Key Qualifications Include:
- Demonstrated ability to raise funds through a variety of fund-raising channels- 5+ years experience managing a small to medium size team of employees- Effectively communicate through public speaking and one-on-one with stakeholders- Relationship building and community networking- Collaboratively develop and execute on strategic plans- Non-Profit Development or Leadership experience strongly preferred- Fully embrace the Optimization Model
Supervise and nurture pregnant mothers 18 and over needing a safe place to live Work on goals, needs and wants with the individual for she and her child/family.
Contact Yvonne Huck (740) 516-0737 for more information or to apply. (11/12/20)
Clinic Operations Director
Seeking a registered Nurse to oversee the operations of our Brick & Mortar and Mobile Clinics. Provide supervision of all clinic staff. Also responsible for knowledge of Federal, State and Local standards for application into Policies and Procedures. Full job description available upon request.
Center Manager - Redmond
The Center Manager (CM) is responsible for ensuring the mission and vision of the Pregnancy Resource Centers of Central Oregon (PRCCO) is realized through effective management of their assigned Center and service excellence to all clients that walk through our doors (women, men and children). The CM will direct general day-to-day operations, as well as provide management, leadership, recruitment and development of volunteer staff. The CM will oversee delivery of client services, supporting resources and materials needed to meet the client’s needs. The CM is accountable for working with the Operations Specialist to provide ongoing care of the center necessary to create a warm and welcoming environment. The CM will also serve as the “face of the ministry” to the community; engaging and educating churches, civic organizations and individuals with our mission to transform one life at a time in Central Oregon.
This is a part-time position working 28 hours per week in our Redmond Center. All applicants will be required to complete the Employment Application and submit a resume and cover letter (note all 3 documents are required to be considered for the position). If you have questions, please send an email to Executive Director. Position is open until filled. We look forward to receiving your application package!
Center Manager - Bend
This is a part-time position working 28 hours per week in our Bend Center. All applicants will be required to complete the Employment Application and submit a resume and cover letter (note all 3 documents are required to be considered for the position). If you have questions, please send an email to Executive Director. Position is open until filled. We look forward to receiving your application package!
Registered Nurse Sonographer
The Registered Nurse Sonographer has responsibility for the day-to-day operations of medical services provided at the Pregnancy Center. This includes performing ultrasounds and pregnancy tests, Options Consultation and mentorship for clients, and assisting the Center Manager with education of staff/volunteers. The candidate must have a current professional license as an RN or RDMS. Experience with 1st trimester ultrasounds is preferred but not required.
This is a part-time position working 8 hours one day a week in our Prineville Center. Hours may increase as needed for meetings or coverage at other Centers. Please go to our partner website to complete the Employment Application and submit a resume and cover letter (note all 3 documents are required to be considered for the position). Access our partner website by clicking here.
Nurse Sonographer for mobile ultrasound unit
Undefeated Courage is in the process of deploying The Undefeated Courage Mobile Ultrasound Unit to abortion clinics to change the way abortion-minded women look at their pregnancy — forever. It will change hearts and minds — and save babies. The mission of Undefeated Courage is to help women choose life - for their baby and themselves. Undefeated Courage is a sidewalk advocacy organization in Central Pennsylvania that provides prayer, pregnancy testing, education on pregnancy, referral to local pregnancy care centers and other social/legal services all right outside of abortion clinics all at no cost or judgement. A free ultrasound is an obstetrical tool used to evaluate the health of the pregnancy and can be a method for abortion-minded women to make informed decisions about their pregnancy after reviewing their ultrasounds. Nurses are needed immediately to staff this valuable and charitable resource to women in an unplanned pregnancy. Shifts available M-F 8am-4pm, FTE: PRN with no maximum hours. Hourly rate: $22. PA RN license is required for this position. Must be trained in limited obstetric abdominal/transvaginal ultrasound — or open to training. Please visit our website for more information and application by clicking here.
The Staff Nurse will provide limited obstetrical ultrasounds and STI testing and treatment in accordance with Choices Pregnancy Resource Center’s established policies and procedures. Additionally, duties of the position will include but are not limited to- administering pregnancy tests and providing the community with public health education and disease prevention services. This will be accomplished by providing education in various settings such as university health fairs, community centers, churches and sexual risk avoidance conferences; preparing and reviewing reports; acting as a liaison between medical providers and patients; linking patients to community resources and services; implementing new medical programs to the medical center as need arises.
The Executive Director has full responsibility for New Beginnings Life Ministries (NBLM) which includes the implementation of the Policies and Procedures approved by the Board of Directors, within the parameters of NBLM’s budget. The primary areas of responsibility will be overall ministry leadership (strategic and administrative decisions), fundraising, and community/public relations.
The Elizabeth House Maternity Home (EHMH) primary areas of responsibility: leadership & staff development; public relations and fundraising; planning and corporate development.Board Responsibilities - Responsible to the EHMH Board to fulfill the organization’s mission. Build a Christ-centered culture for the house consistent with the EHMH mission Program Development & Administration - Develop, maintain, and execute strategic and operational policies and plans to fulfill the ministry vision and achieve its objectives. Maintain official records and documents to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Promote active and broad participation by volunteers.Communications - Represent the ministry, its programs, and its point of view to the community. Establish sound working relationships with agencies, organizations, and the public. Oversee the execution of fundraising strategies.Staff - responsible for recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid and volunteers. Encourage staff and volunteer development, education and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total mission of the ministry. Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, & motivates a diverse staff of top-quality people.Budget & Financial Development - operate ministry within budget guidelines. Nurture donor relationships & build support base to ensure adequate funds.Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Please see our website for complete Job Description.Elizabeth House is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, nationality or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age or disability, except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification.
The Nurse Manager is a registered nurse and full time hourly paid staff member. The Nurse Manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the medical clinic and acts as Safety Officer and Privacy Official. The Nurse Manager also works and coordinates with volunteer advocate and volunteer medical staff to provide clients with the best physical, psycho-social care available within the framework of Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center policies and procedures.
For a complete description, follow the link to a Google Document with the qualifications and responsibilities for the position.
Note: Spanish and sonogram experience preferred and desired but not required.
The Operations Manager is responsible for various operating and financial processes and performs these duties in a manner that demonstrates s/he is an ambassador of Jesus Christ. Some of the core responsibilities include financial reporting and analysis, donation processing, and special projects.
SOME of the QUALIFICATIONS:
31 HOURS per WEEK:M – 9:45AM – 6:00PMTu – 9:45AM – 7:00PMW, Th – 9:30AM – 5:00PM
Nurse/Clinic Manager (BSN, APRN, PA, or MD Eligible to Apply)
Click here for more information. (7/7/20)
Staff Client Mentor
Client Services Assistant
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Live Action’s interns are given a chance of a lifetime to join our fast-paced and driven team for a semester. You will gain real, on-the-job experience working alongside some of the top professionals in the pro-life movement.
Apply today by filling out the form and submitting the important documents as described, via email. Click here to fill out the form. (8/31/20)
Social Media Associate
Live Action seeks a Social Media Associate (SMA) to assist in the day-to-day operations of Live Action’s social media platforms.
The SMA is skilled in messaging, writing, and marketing. They are savvy, resourceful, and professional. The SMA is also exceptionally detail-oriented and maintains the ability to prioritize multiple projects at once. The SMA is up-to-date with current marketing trends, best practices for social media engagement, and is constantly monitoring the news cycle to capitalize on opportunities to promote Live Action content and messaging.
The SMA must be committed to Live Action’s mission and must be inspired to do the best work of her/his life. This position offers potential for growth and the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, growing, and highly productive team. The position location is in Los Angeles, CA, or Arlington, VA.
The SMA’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assistance in the operation of Live Action’s social media platforms.- Research, curation, and creation of innovative content for Live Action’s social media accounts.- Daily posting to platforms and writing error-free and compelling posts that inspire engagement.- Closely track Live Action campaigns, media coverage, as well as pro-life news and current events.- Regular reporting and tracking of key metrics.- Assistance coordinating social media advertising campaigns across multiple platforms.
In your cover letter, please include your position on abortion (1-2 paragraphs).
Click here for a complete job description. (8/31/20)
Founder/ CEO who's been with us 18 years is retiring. This person will be Executive Director of our International outreach ministry. Check out our website: https://www.ladycareinternational.org. Looking for a ministry-minded person (21 years old+) who loves working with internationals in various pro life venues.
The position requires 24 -30 hours per week, supervising volunteers, working with Board, donors, international contacts, various project teams. Currently we teach, counsel (lay) women across No. Africa, middle East and Indian subcontinent.
We hope to expand our outreach in the coming years. Willing to train. Lots of potential for the right person, self starter, not afraid to trust God for provision. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or below. (10/15/20)
Maternity Home Resident Live-In Staff
The Northwest Center’s Maternity Home in Washington, DC is seeking a female live-in staff to provide evening supervision for 3-4 pregnant women and their children. Transitional home located in Adams Morgan. Requires a professional with a pro-life commitment, ability to live together in community, excellent communication skills and ability to maintain boundaries. Part-time position; salary includes room, parking space and monthly stipend.
DFLA is seeking a passionate, experienced pro-life leader to join our team. We are looking for an engaging, high-energy advocate who is passionate about advocating for life in the Democratic Party. If you care about human rights, enjoy responsibility, and are an accomplished self-starter, we want to hear from you.
The Deputy Director will report directly to the Executive Director, serving as a critical member of our team. This is a part-time role at 20 hours per week.
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for someone who is engaging, high-energy, and passionate about pro-life issues, especially from a left-leaning or moderate perspective.
The role of the Deputy Director will be broad-ranging, encompassing the following areas:
Leadership:Support our board and Executive Director in defining DFLA's overall strategyHelp maintain good relations with other pro-life organizations, Consistent Life Ethic groups, and Democratic Party organizationsOperational:Recruit and support our talented and passionate volunteersDefine DFLA's organizational structure, including its committeesProvide guidance to our state chaptersDevelop our state chapter network to expand to all 50 statesHelp create DFLA's National Advisory BoardMotivate and recognize DFLA volunteersSupport our candidate recruitment effortsOrganize DFLA events (e.g., protests, conferences)CommunicationsHelp write and issue communications, including press releasesSpeak publicly on behalf of DFLA, as an official spokespersonDevelopmentIn cooperation with our Development Director, steward critical donor relationshipsDraft an annual report on our activities
Sexual Risk Avoidance Director
Position available to teach a sexual abstinence curriculum in public/private schools. A background in teaching, nursing, or working with teens is preferred with an ability to connect with young people a must. This is a well-established program that touches 2,000 – 3,000 students a year with a vision to reach even more! An evidence-based curriculum is provided. The average work week consists of 30 hours when school is in session and less during summer months.
Director of Development
True Care Women’s Resource Center is seeking candidates for the position of President/CEOWe are a pro-life, Christian medical facility whose mission is to erase the perceived need for abortion in our community through effectively serving pregnant, at-risk women, transforming their fears into confidence. Our vision is to serve women experiencing unplanned, unwanted pregnancies and to see them carry their babies to term. The President/CEO oversees the three departments of the Center: Medical, Patient Resources and Advancement. He/she is also responsible for seeing that the Center’s goals, as outlined in the strategic plan, are carried out. All of this is done in conjunction with the Center’s board, staff and Medical Director. This top leadership position is the public face of the organization, representing True Care to the community and to local churches, and therefore must communicate the highest levels of trust, integrity, and personal character. For the full Opportunity Profile visit www.TrueCareGiving.net and click on Get Involved.
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The Pregnancy Help Institute has provided thousands of pregnancy help leaders with professional training over the years. Over time, this training has been adding key elements vital to the pregnancy help movement as services expand.
And this year is no different. While global circumstances may hinder our coming together in-person this year, Heartbeat International is adapting to bring Pregnancy Help Institute online.
We realize you've been to conferences before, but the Pregnancy Help Institute is different. Organized under four intensive tracks spanning four weeks (New Director, Development, Leadership, and Ultrasound), the 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. This year is especially exciting because you could potentially take more than one track! See details about which track is offered what week below.
Similar to our Reimagined 2020 Annual Conference, we will host our Pregnancy Help Institute in a virtual setting. Unlike our conference, the entire training will be live, with various opportunities to network within your selected training.
*A limited number of scholarships are available for up to two people from a Heartbeat Affiliated pregnancy resource center or medical clinic in the U.S. Click here to learn more.
Early Bird: Register by July 15, 2020
Regular: Register by July 28, 2020
Late: Register after July 29, 2020
An intensive training grant is available to all Heartbeat affiliates in 2020. Click the "Affiliate Registration" button below to login and automatically receive $200 off your registration.
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Pregnancy Help Institute training qualifies for the Life Affirming Specialist (LAS) designation.
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 with years of experience in pregnancy help leadership, you'll be in good hands.
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.
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. Here, you will learn proven techniques on how to lead effectively both at work and in your personal life and practice those methods throughout the week.
With the adjustment to the regularly scheduled program (moving completely online), this year's leadership experience will be one to remember and we strongly encourage alumni to return for this Summer's experience!
This has been personally life changing for me. I will be more prayer focused when I see the clients. Knowing what a spiritual warfare we are dealing with has opened by eyes. And knowing that we have the coverage of prayer through Heartbeat as well.
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 our Medical Impact team of experienced sonographers, registered nurses, and HBI general counsel including Bryan Williams RDMS; Tammy Stearns RDMS; Danielle White; Ashley Vance BSN, RN; Lisa Searle BSN, RN; Karen Lawrence RN, and Christa Brown BSN, RN. Didactic sessions, group discussions, and image reviews will 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, obstetric fundamentals, nursing accountability, essential quality analysis/control, and more! This course also meets the AWHONN guidelines for ultrasound training.
*Please note, the Ultrasound Training Track is designed solely for participants who are a Nurse Practitioner, RDMS, or Nurse.
Heartbeat International will offer 9 Continuing Education Contact Hours for nurses. Heartbeat International is an approved provider through the California Board of Nursing, Provider Number 16061.
There's simply no substitute for the work you do. And there's no substitute for Pregnancy Help Institute.
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