News from the Worldwide Pregnancy Help Movement

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Meet Ellen Foell, International Program Coordinator

unnamed 14Ellen Foell, J.D., Esq., who previously served as Legal Counsel to Heartbeat International, has recently rejoined the Heartbeat Ministry Services team as International Program Specialist. Ellen’s introduction to pro-life work came as part of a team that defended peaceful, pro-life protesters. Ellen worked as a trial lawyer for many years after graduating from Case Western Reserve University. As legal counsel for Heartbeat, she was instrumental in laying the groundwork for several international initiatives, including our Europe Pregnancy Help Leaders Summit.

Ellen’s heart for the international program at Heartbeat is fueled by her family connections to Asia and Europe, and she is familiar with several languages. We’re thrilled to have Ellen working with the Heartbeat team again, so we decided to do a quick interview to share our excitement!

What did you do before with Heartbeat and what do you hope to do in your current role?

My last “gig” with Heartbeat was as Legal Counsel, a position now well-filled by Danielle White, Esq. I was in the position just under 5 years, and it was a wonderful experience. I had the chance to meet with lots of affiliates, do lots of legal reviews, do some teaching, and basically do all things legal for Heartbeat.

I always loved the mission and vision of Heartbeat, so when I had the chance to come back in a role with even more contact with affiliates, I was really excited. I see the pregnancy help movement across the globe is growing more and more. Look at what just happened in Ireland, a country where we never thought legalized abortion would come, and it did. Heartbeat is in a position to come alongside the pregnancy help centers where the political climate is changing. We have a lot to offer, and a lot to learn from these new organizations starting out, trying new things in new places.

What did you do with yourself between 2015, when you concluded your time as Heartbeat’s Legal Counsel, and now?

I finished writing a book and started getting it ready for publication. I have been doing some work representing ministries and nonprofit organizations. I’ve also been doing some court-appointed work.

I did court-appointed work because I have such a long history of desire to help children. When you do this here, you often get appointed to represent either parents, children, or the best interests of children in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases. I really like it because you get to look at all the facts, and help the court find out what’s in the best interest of these children.

At the same time, it’s like putting band-aids on this incredible cultural systemic problem. It’s frustrating because you can put the band-aid on, but you’re not dealing with the foundational piece, which is life is sacred. God sees the life of this child as sacred, and God sees the lives of these parents, regardless of what they’re doing, as sacred.

One of the reasons I really wanted to take this position is that Heartbeat really deals with the foundational issue – that life is sacred. You can apply a billion band-aids, but if you have not addressed the foundation piece, if you’re not trying to help create and transform the pro-life gospel in a culture, you’re gonna be applying band-aids for the rest of your life. People need to do that anyway until Jesus returns, but I really want to make the years I have left count, and I think this is the way to do that.

What’s one thing that you’ve already really enjoyed coming back to Heartbeat?

I love being a part of a team. It’s encouraging to be with like-minded people again. It’s encouraging to be with people who have a vision to see a world in which abortion is unthinkable.

2018 European Pregnancy Help Summit



Pregnancy help heroes are championing life every day across the European landscape. The venues for such life-affirming efforts vary from telephone/email/hotline/and online to actual office space.  The daily, compassionate outreach to women and men dealing with an unexpected pregnancy is affected by but far removed from the political wrangling. Those called to this work are facing great challenges in answering the call to save and defend life. We invite all pregnancy help workers, and especially leaders, to gather together to share information and understanding as well as to gain insight from others. 

Who should attend?  Anyone involved in life-affirming pregnancy help – direct service to women facing an unexpected pregnancy – is welcome. 

Along with plenary sessions that will inspire and inform, there will be breakout forums on vital topics that challenge all pregnancy help efforts – issues on leadership, fundraising, client care and the use of technology to more effectively reach clients and donors. These breakouts will be participatory in nature; as you plan which ones to attend, please come prepared to share your knowledge and experience as well. 

English will be the primary language for plenary sessions and breakout facilitation.


2018 European Pregnancy Help Summit


What: Pregnancy Help Summit for anyone involved in life-affirming pregnancy help across Europe.

When: 17-19 October 2018

  • 17 October: Registration opens at 1700 with the evening introduction and plenary session at 1800, followed by dinner. 
  • 18 OctoberAll Day Summit
  • 19 October: The Summit schedule finishes with lunch on Friday for ease of travel that afternoon. 

Where: The Crystal Hotel, Belgrade, Serbia 

Click here to download a printable European Pregnancy Help Conference flyer.

Heartbeat International, the largest pregnancy help network in the world with affiliates on every populated continent, is pleased to sponsor this Europe-focused conference in recognition of the importance of growing relationships among all pregnancy help leaders. Pregnancy help leaders can find out more about Heartbeat at

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Life Prevails in El Salvador


Since last year, the left-wing party (FMLN) in El Salvador led by Congresswoman Lorena Peña (currently the majority party in Congress), attempted to legalize abortion. 

Inan international campaign, they claimed that in our women’s prison there are 17 innocent girls who had spontaneous abortions with a sentence of 30 years. This is simply not true. The girls they reference were each sentenced for the homicide of a child delivered at term. The crime was discovered when these girls went to the hospital bleeding and claimed they didn’t know they had given birth. Of course, the doctors had to report them. Killing a baby is murder. Period. 

The new law supported by the FMLN would allow abortion under the following conditions: 1) when the mother is at risk, 2) when the mother is pregnant through rape or “stupor” (pregnant by a family member or someone close to the family). 3) in a case of ectopic pregnancy, 4) when the mother has a terminal illness. 

The FMLN was clearly hoping to gain a majority vote on this issue, but the March 4th elections proved disastrous for the party as they lost 8 seats.

When they saw that the people had voted against the governing party, Lorena Peña decided it was urgent to pass the law before May 1stwhen the right-wing party would take the majority of Congress. Not finding the other votes, Johnny Wright decided to re-write the law with only two allowable cases for abortion:1)Abortion in the first 12 weeks if the mother is a minor and she is pregnant through rape or stupor, with the consent of the parents and the doctors, and 2)when the mother is in danger and the doctor is indicating an abortion. 

When individuals raised their voices to help to approve the law, the silent pro-life people started talking. In the newspaper, you could find the doctors association speaking out saying they did not need the law to try to help the women in difficult situations like pregnancy outside the womb or when the mother is sick because it is already their duty to try to save both patients. They said they were against abortion of any kind. TheGynecologist Association spoke and the Pediatricians too, defending life. Even the Private Enterprise Association spoke up! Different Pastors of all denominations came together to make a march on April 7th where Catholics and Evangelicals marched together. Different columnists wrote in the newspapers, college students also spoke up making a video in social media defending life. 

Two weeks before the new members of Congress would take office, outside congress we had a party! Hundreds of pro-life people got together shouting, “Life yes, death no! Life yes, death no!” That was the day that the law was going to be discussed: April 18! 

Thousands of people were praying that the law would not be discussed. 

That day, a miracle happened. There was no discussion because the congressmen and women who were in doubt if they would give the vote to pass the law, talked and decided they were pro-life.

Every life is important and as our constitution says, we recognize life since the moment of conception. 

April 25thwas their last day in Congress and last opportunity. The pro-life party did not want to take any chances, so, again hundreds of people went to Congress to rally against abortion. Pro-life congressman (and women) congratulated all the crowd for coming and the law was not discussed.

So for now, abortion is not legal in El Salvador and life prevails!


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A Gathering of World Changers


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A Gathering of World Changers


This past week at our 2018 Heartbeat Annual Conference, 21 countries were represented! Attendees included pregnancy help leaders from the following countries: Armenia, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, El Salvador, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, St. Lucia, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, and Zambia. 

The Conference included 65 workshops, 13 In-Depth Day trainings, 7 Keynote speakers, prayer and spiritual refreshment. On Monday night, our international guests had the opportunity to share about their organizations at our International Meet and Greet. On Tuesday night, the Conference opening dinner included the traditional Parade of Nations where each person was able to carry and represent their country's flag. Click here to watch the video footage from the Parade on our Facebook page. The Parade was an incredible glimpse at the wide expanse of the pregnancy help movement -- Heartbeat now has affiliates in over 60 countries!

We had the privilege to educate, encourage and empower World Changers at this year's Conference. Being able to connect with and hear from others from around the globe, our international attendees left rejuvenated and ready to get back to their life-saving work!


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"Estoy indignada" (I'm Outraged) - By Ana Lilian Munguía



"Estoy indignada" (I'm Outraged)

For our Spanish speaking friends, here is an article that Ana Lilian Munguía, Heartbeat El Salvador, wrote regarding the life issue in El Salvador.

Click here to read the article.



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Romanian Pro-Life Group Rolls Out First-Ever "Babies Go to Parliament"



Romanian Pro-Life Group Rolls Out First-Ever "Babies Go to Parliament"

Click here to read the article on Pregnancy Help News.



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Impacting Canada through new initiatives: the French Translation Project and Healing Conversations!


 Below is an update from CAPSS, one of Heartbeat International's Joint Affiliation Partners:



Behind the Scenes


At the end of January, we launched the 2018 CAPSS National Conference website! The conference is happening April 17-20 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This is a very important equipping and encouraging time for pregnancy care centre staff, board, and volunteers! We are excited about the speakers and workshops, and we are looking forward to connecting as one unified group. This conference is only possible because of the ongoing support you provide! So, thank you! We will be sure to report back to you on conference in the next newsletter.

     We are also excited about a new opportunity - the French Translation Project! Quebec is a big province, and yet there are only two CAPSS-affiliated pregnancy care centres there. We know there is interest and a great need to establish more. In order to do this effectively and with excellence, CAPSS manuals need to be translated into French. This is a big undertaking, but we know God will provide. You can read more about this project in the Ask Dr. Laura section below!   


Life News

     On any given Sunday, if statistics are even slightly accurate, thousands of post-abortive women are sitting in church buildings across Canada. If abortion is not discussed with mercy and compassion, or not discussed at all, these women can feel silenced and disqualified from having a deeper faith journey.

     So then, "How can the church speak mercy, forgiveness, healing, and grace to the post-abortive woman, so she can embrace the freedom and love promised to all who trust in Jesus Christ?"

     In February, CAPSS released Healing Conversations, a video and booklet created to help pastors and those in the church start conversations on the topic of abortion. These resources are designed to inform and educate on the realities of abortion in Canada, introduce ways the Canadian church can approach this subject, and encourage partnership with local pregnancy care centres.

     The Healing Conversations video is shown below. It can be downloaded here and it is available to view on the CAPSS website, where you will also find an application form to order the booklet. This booklet is an excellent resource on the status of abortion in Canada, post-abortion stress, and how to start the conversation.

     Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or to give feedback on these new resources! 

     We envision that as the church and pregnancy care ministries collaborate, thousands of post-abortive women will find hope, healing, and forgiveness. Thank you for partnering with us to start and facilitate healing conversations.


Making an Impact


     Every year we gather statistics from CAPSS-affiliated pregnancy care centres. We look for impact in areas such as client visits, babies born, material supports, post-abortion counselling, healthy relationship presentations, and clients who were presented the gospel. We are currently collecting this information and will be sharing this with you soon in the CAPSS Annual Report! 

     But even more telling than compiled numbers is the difference your support is making in individual lives. Your support equips pregnancy care centres to provide the best care possible and reach those who are in need of help. Please be blessed and encouraged by the client quotes below, shared by one of our affiliated centres:
  • Thank you so much. The pregnancy care centre is full of wonderful caring people that allow parents to find their own path and help along the way! Without judgment they help many families grow and prosper - thank you!
  • My experience with the pregnancy care centre was excellent. I went there when I was 3 months pregnant. They did great counselling, motivated me a lot, and since it was an unplanned pregnancy, things were different. But through the guidance and counselling things went smooth. Now my baby is 2 months old. So happy to be loved and supported by the pregnancy care centre. Thank you so much.
  • I could say many things about how you welcomed me and made me feel like my son was worthy of celebration; but when it comes right down to it, you helped save his life. Thank you is not sufficient. 
This is the difference you are making. Thank you!


Ask Dr. Laura


Q:  What can you tell us about the French Translation Project?

A:  Many years ago I worked as an au pair in France. It was an interesting year filled with opportunity, hardship, and many lessons in life. Even after living among French speaking individuals for the greater part of one year, I still found it difficult to discuss matters that had emotional depth or nuance. I didn't understand the language well enough.
     We are blessed to live in a bilingual nation. I love and value the diversity of the Quebecois culture and language. Sadly, even though Quebec has approximately the same incidence of abortion as several other provinces, it has very little pregnancy care support for individuals struggling with an unplanned pregnancy.
     Recently, there has been both interest and initiatives that have brought CAPSS into the awareness that we can do more - and we want to do more to help! One of the best ways we can begin this effort is to provide quality French language resources. And so, we have begun our French Translation Project! We have a skilled translator lined up and we have key documents that are being prepared for translation - specifically our Essentials Manual, which is a comprehensive "how to" manual for communities looking to establish a pregnancy care centre.

     We are excited to see what God is doing and how He will change hearts and save lives in Quebec!




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Bahamas Pro-Life Center Brings Crucial Awareness, Help to Secretive Abortion Threat


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Bahamas Pro-Life Center Brings Crucial Awareness, Help to Secretive Abortion Threat

Click here to read the full article on Pregnancy Help News.


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Ireland's Abortion Advocates Don't Know What They're Missing



Ireland's Abortion Advocates Don't Know What They're Missing

Click here to read the full article on Pregnancy Help News.


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AFLA Conference: "Discipling Nations"



Discipling Nations
May 9-11th, 2018


On behalf of the Association for Life of Africa, we wish to inform you that registration and all payments for the upcoming Pan African for Life Conference begins today on the 1st February 2018, and it will close on the 30th March 2018. Kindly, we would like you therefore to have more detailed information to help you register appropriately with us and the following information will be of great help to you:

The theme of our event this year is "Discipling Nations", coming from Matthew 28:19.  This means that the gospel of Life giving too needs to be reached to all Nations. Jesus Christ commanded us to do so. This will be our 5th Pan African for Life Conference, and we are excited to have you be a part of it. AFLA is expecting to have between 250 to 300 delegates from different parts of the world.

The Conference will begin on May 9th and ends on May 11th 2018. This means that you are supposed to arrive on the 8th of May 2018 and leave on the 12th of May 2018.  Checking in will begin at 2PM and checking out will be at 12 Noon. Our planning committee in Nigeria has worked so hard to bring you an exceptional event. You don’t want to miss our Opening ceremonies on 8th in the evenings and our closing banquet on 11th May 2018 in the evening, where Motivational Keynote speaker Rev. John Ensor will share on WHY HUMAN LIFE SHOULD BE VALUED AND WHY WE SHOULD GET INVOLVED.

The conference venue will be at the Daughters of Divine Love retreat and conference center. It is in Abuja, Nigeria. The place has been believed to have hosted very successful conferences and it’s safe.

We will have both international and local speakers conducting workshops whose goal is to meet our ministry and center needs. This year will have more workshops.

We also need to be aware that some of the nations will need Visas when entering Nigeria and we therefore inform you that AFLA will help with invitation letters and all necessary documents for you to secure Visas. So, you may kindly get back to us if you need a letter. Some nations won’t require Visas but you may still need an invitation letter to enter into other countries, so still, kindly you may request for that from us.

Registration for this year’s conference begins today on the 1st of February and ends on the 30th of March. Kindly NOTE that registration and all conference payments begin today and you are therefore being encouraged to go to our AFLA website which is and download a registration form. You will find information on it and we kindly advise you to read carefully before you fill in anything. If you are having difficulties in downloading the form, you may get back to us through this email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will assist you at the soonest time. The full conference registration includes attendance to all conference sessions and exhibits, the welcome reception and social event, and all conference provided meals and refreshments. AFLA is giving you 3 possible ways that will guide and help you in all your payments. Kindly, DO NOT PAY HALF, QUARTER OR IN SHORT, PAY FULL AMOUNT AT ONCE to avoid confusions. The following are the 3 ways that will only be allowed to pay your conference fees:

You can wire the funds to:
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0041087502400001
BRANCH                    : KITWE BRANCH
BANK CODE              : 36204


As soon as you have done payments by any of the 3 methods, kindly quickly email the slip or any document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. showing that you have truly done such payments. If you fail to do that, you may be denied to come to the venue place in May. Kindly do this to avoid any inconveniences. This is NOT exceptional to any delegate, including those that are in Nigeria itself. AFLA would like to make sure that you have a comfortable stay and enjoy the conference without any inconvenience.

No payments will be done after the closing date, 30th March 2018 or during the Conference in Nigeria. This will help both the Local Team and Zambia Team to coordinate properly. Once again, registration and all payments will be done only from the 1st of February to the 30th of March.

AFLA will also be rewarding special gifts to the first 3 candidates that will register 1st to 3rd place. Kindly be encouraged to be among the 3 places! We are excited!

Dress code for most of the sessions will be both traditional and business casual. Please feel free to wear comfortable clothes during the sessions. I would suggest that you bring an extra sweater because the meeting rooms are air conditioned.

Kindly be aware that apart from registration and conference fees, you will be required to sponsor your own bus fares, airfares or any other means that you may chose to use. AFLA will NOT be responsible for any other costs in regard to the above statement. AFLA will always pray for you that the Lord will provide all necessary funds that would be needed for you to come!

Finally, we look forward to seeing you in Abuja, Nigeria. If you have any questions or need clarification on anything, kindly email through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will respond to you accordingly.
Warm Regards!
Barbra Nalavwe Mwansa.
AFLA President
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