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This was an outdated grainy VHS tape, entitled Abortion Techniques.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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We are seeking an individual to perform general bookkeeping, administrative tasks, and payroll working as part of our Operations team. All activities/functions of this position are to be consistent with and in support of Heartbeat's pro-life mission, vision, and Christian values. See complete listing here of duties here. Please send resume and cover letter to Betsy Wetherby at email@example.com.
Major Gifts Officer
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.
Chief Executive Officer
The primary areas of responsibility are leadership and staff -development; public relations and fundraising; planning and corporate development.
SPIRITUAL OVERSIGHT - Provide prayerful, biblical leade-rship, spiritual nurture, wise counsel and godlydiscernment. Maintain Biblical stewardship of all resources and a Biblically sound and professionally run para-church ministry.
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. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field. 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. Publicize activities of the ministry, its programs, and its goals. Oversee the execution of fundraising strategies.
STAFF - Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid and volunteers. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total mission of the ministry. Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
BUDGET & FINANCE - See that the ministry operates within budget guidelines. Nurture donor relationships and build support base to ensure that adequate funds are available. Comply with all legal requirements, ECFA recommendations and audit results.
The Kimberly Home has been serving pregnant women for over 37 years within Pinellas County, Florida. We are a pro-life (anti-abortion), a non-profit organization located in Clearwater, Florida. Our motto is to be “A Place of Hope & New Beginnings”.
Qualifications that are helpful in this position: pro-life, deeply compassionate, non-judgmental approach to young women and children in need, especially those who have experienced trauma, demonstrated experience in a similar role or organization, patient and not easily flustered, ability to diffuse tension, organized, the mentality of teaching rather than just doing it for them, some experience or willing to learn as it relates to infants and pregnant women, the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with the highest level of professionalism. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and listening skills. strong attention to detail.
PURPOSE: The position of the Kimberly Home House Mother has two critical roles: To offer emotional support to our pregnant mothers and their little ones through the day to day management skills to enforce the policies and rules in the residential program. Since the Kimberly Home is a non-profit, all Kimberly Home Staff are devoted to assisting in the fundraising efforts from time to time.
Full-time Registered Nurse
Hope Woman's Centers is seeking a full-time Registered Nurse. Candidates must be committed biblical Christians who hold a pro-life position as well as compassion and empathy for women and men experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. As a registered nurse for Hope Women's Centers, your responsibilities will include: providing limited obstetric ultrasounds (will train), STI results & treatment, fetal development patient education, adherence to policies & procedures, strong interpersonal skills, commitment to team work, and ability to be flexible. Qualifications also include appropriate state and professional licensing. Experience with limited obstetric ultrasound or in a pregnancy center is a plus.
Hope Women's Centers is seeding a part-time Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Candidates must be committed Christians who hold a pro-life position. As a sonographer for Hope, you will provide limited obstetric ultrasounds for our patients according to the policies & procedures defined by our Medical Director. You may also assist the Nurse Manager in the completion of other clinic duties as needed.
Qualifications include: appropriate state and professional licensing, compassion and empathy for women and men experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, adherence to policies and procedures, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to function well in a sometimes busy and fast-paced environment. Experience with limited obstetric ultrasound or in a pregnancy center is a plus.
The position of Sidewalk/Client Advocate provides a unique opportunity for interaction with women walking into the abortion clinic adjacent to our pregnancy center, reaching out to them with our life-affirming services, with the ultimate goal of bringing the women into our center for further counseling and an ultrasound.
Client Advocate, Westside Center
The Client Advocate assists in the daily operations of the Center, working with clients and providing them with the support and tools they need to choose life for their unborn babies. The Client Advocate also works with Center volunteers, and supports the Center Director, as needed. This is a part-time position.
The Agape Pregnancy Center (APC) is a 30 year ministry, of First Baptist Church Merritt Island (FBCMI, located in Brevard County, Florida. This is a full time position as church staff with benefits, which requires church membership and attendance of FBCMI. The workdays are Monday through Thursday and includes Wednesday evening educational classes for clients. Must be a strong follower of Jesus Christ, spiritual leadership by example, regular training, and create an atmosphere of Christ centered, Holy Spirit directed ministry. Qualifications include proficiency in all Microsoft programs, HIPPA compliance, and management software of clients, donors and volunteers. The duties include being knowledgeable of current laws, following the policy and procedures of both FBCMI and the APC; provide clients and ministry team with high-quality materials, the best community resources, Godly educational tools, and a compassionate, loving environment. The APC offers free ultra-sounds and pregnancy tests, a boutique for clients, a prison ministry, a Spanish/Latino ministry, and the upstart of a men’s ministry within the center. The APC currently has three other paid staff and 30+ regular volunteers. The APC works directly with Pastoral staff and participates in church staff expectations. Website: apcbrevard.com and FBCMI.com
Memberships: NIFLA and Heartbeat International
This newly created position is the result of carefully planned, strategic growth recently experienced by Community Pregnancy Clinics (CPCI), Florida’s oldest, largest and leading provider of free, life-affirming medical services and compassionate care to abortion-vulnerable women. Founded in 1974 as one of the nation’s 13 original crisis pregnancy centers, CPCI serves more than 5,000 women each year and has so far saved over 15,000 babies from abortion. Please visit www.community4life.com for history and mission.
From CPCI’s administrative offices in Naples, the VP-OPERATIONS will lead the entire organization's operations to ensure on a daily basis that CPCI is effectively achieving its mission to save babies from abortion by providing care, compassion and choices to women. As such, the successful candidate will be heavily involved with overall day-to-day operations of the clinics, including management of professional medical and administrative clinic staff, contractors and volunteers, as well as oversight of clinic policies and procedure and Human Resources.
The VP-OPERATIONS will directly report to the CEO. Key responsibilities include: management and leadership of CPCI operations; implementing and assessing clinic policies; financial oversight, planning, and maintaining financial stability; strategic assessment of the organization with recommendations to the board; creating operating budgets and managing the organization within projected budgets; executing a strategic direction which includes planning for growth; and ensuring the organization is effective in achieving its mission. A key challenge will be transitioning the organizational structure to accommodate the new leadership role of VP-OPERATIONS and then reconfiguring that structure to facilitate future growth.
The Operations Manager (OM) is the key person who makes sure things get carried out—in good order, efficiently, in fiscally responsible ways, and with everything needed to serve our mission around the world. This involves sequencing tasks, resourcing, measuring, accounting and communicating clearly to the team.The OM brings to this work business acumen, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple administrative tasks and joy in helping others succeed. In addition, knowledge of management tools such as CRM database applications, accounting software, on-line meeting platforms, and communication tools, etc. is required. Primary responsibilities:1. Coordination and Scheduling. Maintain the Master Calendar, sets time and agenda for team meetings, notes the coordinated and sequenced priorities of the week and month. This includes donor care activities, and mission schedules, securing travel documents, coordinating team travel arrangements, gathering ministry supplies, and facilitating updates from the field.2. Donor Stewardship Ensure that donor records are accurate and secure; that donations are recorded, deposited, and acknowledged; and facilitate PassionLife Fellowship updates.3. Financial Accounting Maintain bank accounts, manage wire transfers and accounts payable, secure needed foreign currency, file receipts and invoices, process Employee Expense Reports (ERs), manage payroll, taxes, and benefits (through a vendor) and provide budget reports as requested.4. Purchasing Oversee materials and inventory, ensuring that all ministry supplies are purchased and delivered where needed, that PL’s decentralized staff has the office equipment, supplies, and training they need to work effectively from home.** Contact POC for additional details and application process.**
ATLMC seeking experienced and licensed CNMs, WHNPs and/or FNPs to serve as medical missionaries, in either paid or unpaid PT positions, in Evangelical life-affirming organization providing comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care and education. ATLMC is a charitable clinic for the uninsured, under-insured and woman at risk for abortion.
Serving low risk OB patients and following midwifery model of care and principles of pregnancy centering, you would work under collaborative agreement with remote Medical Director (Ob/Gyn); provide relevant education; order labs or perform CLIA waived tests; transfer patients to collaborating MFM/HROB, as appropriate; transfer patients to collaborating delivery partners between 28 - 32 weeks; resume care postpartum for minimum of 90 days. Local radiology group would read ultrasound scans.
Currently in city of Dunwoody, GA offering care 1-day per week, Fridays, with possibility of increase in hours/days, up to and including FT employment, with expansion throughout Metro Atlanta, as The Lord leads (possibly in Clarkston, GA as early as November 2020).
Start on or about 3 April 2020 or as able, with consideration toward precautions for social distancing with respect to COVID-19.
Bilingual (Spanish/English) or other language(s), venipuncture proficiency, diagnostic sonography skills and/or pregnancy centering certification would be a plus.
ATLMC vision statement "That the Church lovingly serves those created in the image of God to ensure that neither pregnancy nor childbirth are a death sentence or detrimental to the health of babies and mothers, so both may have the opportunity to experience abundant life in Jesus the Christ".
Clinical Assistant - Medical Missionary
Seeking licensed LPN or higher skilled at venipuncture.
Bilingual with proficiency in both English and Spanish highly desired.
Would report to Clinician/Provider working collaboratively under OB/GYN serving remotely as Medical Director.
Would provide basic administrative, clerical, clinical, and technical supportive services, including but not limited to basic patient care with routine procedures and tasks, (e.g. venipuncture, point of care testing, prepare and log blood, tissue and other laboratory specimens) and assist other healthcare professionals to promote smooth, effective and efficient clinical and office management in nonprofit charitable clinic, providing comprehensive prenatal through postpartum care.
ATLMC is not a PRC/PMC, but rather the next step in the Pro-Life Ecosystem. ATLMC exists to partner with the local church to provide prenatal through postpartum care to women in need, in the Name of Jesus.
Vision: That the Church lovingly serves those created in the image of God to ensure that neither pregnancy nor childbirth are a death sentence or detrimental to the health of babies and mothers, so they have the opportunity to experience abundant life.
First ATLMC Community Prenatal Clinic launching in Dunwoody, GA on 1/31/20 with additional locations to be added throughout Metro Atlanta in the future.
Currently PT Fridays only, but could eventually become FT with expansion.
Paid position or nurses may serve through Georgia Volunteer Healthcare Program with sovereign immunity covering MedMal and earn annual CMEs through service. Could start immediately.
The part-time position of Nurse Manager provides 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 Manager is responsible for planning and performing direct and indirect nursing interventions. She is also responsible for a variety of other clinic functions: performing limited obstetric ultrasounds, supervising, organizing, planning, assessing and monitoring the medical services. Training will be provided.
Pregnancy Clinic Manager
Aid for Women is seeking a Pregnancy Clinic Manager, who is a licensed Registered Nurse dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Aid for Women by providing life-affirming alternatives to abortion. The Clinic Manager provides support and care to the clients and maintains professional standards of care.
Under the general supervision of the Medical Director and Executive Director, the Clinic Manager is responsible for planning and performing direct and indirect nursing interventions. The Clinic Manager is also responsible for a variety of other clinic functions: supervising, organizing, planning, assessing and monitoring the medical services provided by Aid for Women. The Clinic Manager also works in conjunction with physicians, nurses and lay counselors to assure that patients are receiving the best medical, nursing, spiritual and psychosocial care possible.
See link to view and download complete Clinic Manager job description.
Click here for a complete job description. (3/22/20)
Small PRC looking for a part time nurse manager, up to 24 hours/wk. Prefer a nurse trained in limited ultrasounds but will provide training. The center provides free pregnancy testing, first trimester ultrasounds and STD testing for weomen. Nurse manager would be the only paid medical professional.
The Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing all of Pregnancy Center North's fundraising including, major gifts, grants, monthly giving, special events and donor communications. In addition, the Development Director forms relationships with donors, and is responsible for maintaining an accurate database. The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all of these endeavors. Although work days/hours are flexible, the Development Director must report to the Executive Director for scheduling and planning.
Part-Time Registered Nurse
The Catherine Foundation Pregnancy Resource Center is seeking a part-time Registered Nurse. Candidates must be committed Christians who hold a pro-life position. Qualifications include: appropriate state and professional licensing, ability to adhere to policies and procedures, strong interpersonal skills and compassion for patients experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. Responsibilities include: providing limited obstetric ultrasounds, educating patients about fetal development and assisting the Nurse Manager in the completion of other clinic duties as needed. Experience with limited obstetric ultrasound or in a pregnancy center is a plus. Will train for ultrasound competency. Schedule is flexible.
Nurse Sonographer - Nurse Manager
Seeking a Nurse with Sonography experience. Under the general supervision of the Medical Director and in cooperation and coordination with the Executive Director, the Nurse Manager oversees all aspects of the medical services at SouthWest Options for Women (SWOW); performs direct and indirect nursing interventions; and serves as a Client Advocate (including lay counseling and pregnancy and STI testing, when requested by client). The Nurse Manager will maintain a respectful, helpful, working relationship with all SWOW staff and volunteers and will help fulfill the mission of SWOW by utilizing the most current factually accurate information and striving always to become more proficient in each of our service areas.
Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center, Inc. (“Life Choices”) is currently seeking a full-time Executive Director to provide Christ-centered leadership to a vibrant, growing, non-profit ministry. Under the authority of the organization’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for:
• Leading the overall mission, vision, and ministry of Life Choices• Directing the day-to-day operations of the organization including management of programs• Supervising, managing, and overseeing the development of staff members and volunteers• Leading an active, engaging, and effective fundraising program• Managing and aiding in programing, financial processes, client services, resource development, and risk management• Representing the organization through public relations and partnerships• Working alongside the Board, by attending all meetings and communicating directly and regularly with its President• Attending necessary conferences and continuing education classes• Implementing other duties as assigned
Some qualifications required are:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate with board, staff, volunteers, clients, donors, churches, other organizations, government leaders, and the media through a variety of formats such as letters, policies, newsletters, public speaking, etc.• Ability to solicit donations in an energetic, professional, and ethical manner• Proficient organizing, management, problem solving, and program development skills• Excellent office and computer skills to include the use of general office equipment & Microsoft Office software (required), and QuickBooks (preferred)• A strong vision for leading a Christ-centered pregnancy ministry• Preferred: Two years of experience in a pregnancy center ministry or non-profit management• Preferred: Two years of experience in an administrative position with direct supervision of paid staff
Director of Advancement
The EPS Director of Advancement reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for developing, executing, and continuously adapting a comprehensive development plan to advance the mission, brand and impact of EPS across the Greater Omaha Metro area. This plan will lead to annual and ongoing growth in engagement, giving, volunteerism, partnership, and clients served across programs. The Director of Advancement is overseen by and partners closely with the Executive Director and the EPS Board to ensure all advancement efforts are aligned with EPS’ mission, brand, and strategic vision; works collaboratively with internal peers to build a positive and engaged culture that reflects EPS’ values; and leads a team of internal resources, close stakeholders, dedicated volunteers, donors, and community partners who work to serve women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
The Maple Village Manager provides organizational and managerial support to oversee the implementation of the Essentials Process, which includes management of all health and wellness personnel, staff and volunteers. Manager must be a licensed nurse and have the ability to act as a staff nurse and implement nursing responsibilities in the Essential Process for all testing services offered at EPS.
Vice PresidentSalary. Full-Time
Job Description:The Vice President will oversee Public Witness which include 40 days for Life and Sidewalk Advocates for Life-ABQ to effectively reach out to abortion-vulnerable people and redirect abortion-facility bound clients to life-affirming organizations, particularly Women’s Pregnancy Options. VP will work with the President (and other related positions) to develop and implement strategies to ending abortion in Albuquerque as well as redirecting and supporting abortion-vulnerable and abortion-minded clients to life-affirming organizations through volunteer recruitment and placement, hiring employees, and gaining and maintaining community support using a variety of communications and events.
Job Components (Including but not limited to):
Employees/VolunteersOversee the hiring/firing of employees and recruiting volunteers to fulfill ministry requirements and goals as it relates to PDL’s vision and mission.Hold employees/volunteers accountable to their roles and responsibilities. Employees must receive evaluations at least once a year of being hired.Uphold team morale and spiritual health and development.Host at least one training per year to equip new recruits.Community and Donor Communications via email, phone calls, letters, and events.
MarketingDevelop and implement an Annual Marketing and Promotional Plan with the President related to position roles and responsibilities to fulfill mission and vision.Develop, review, maintain, order and distribute outreach brochures and other materialsOversight of all promotional activities including advertising (work with President)Client promotional materials (work with Director of Client Services-DCS) and donor marketing.
FundraisingDevelop and implement a budget/fundraising plan...click here to read more!
Resident Assistant/House Mama
The Resident Assistant responsibilities include supervising daily house management, creating a nurturing and warm environment for the mothers and babies, ensuring that residents complete household responsibilities, and enforcing house policies by correcting and teaching residents and giving consequences when necessary. The Resident Assistant will mentor and disciple residents as well as educate them in the area of life skills and parenting skills. The Resident Assistant must be able to work and thrive in a highly collaborative environment. Performs other duties as assigned by Supervisor.
Pregnancy Support Center is currently seeking a full-time Executive Director to provide Christ-centered leadership to a vibrant, growing, non-profit ministry. Under the authority of the organization’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for:
Nurse Manager Sonographer
Embrace Clinic & Care Center is in search of a Nurse Manager/Sonographer to join our team. This is a part-time, hourly position. The Nurse Manager oversees and administers all medical services offered at Embrace Clinic & Care Center, including assisting with and/or performing limited ultrasounds as needed, as well as overseeing pregnancy verification tests. Candidates must be dedicated to the belief in the dignity, sanctity and worth of every human life. Must be a registered nurse with an active license. Nurses already trained in limited OB ultrasound given strong preference. Please send resume and letter of interest to email address provided.
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:
Pregnancy Resource Centers of Central Oregon (PRCCO) is currently seeking an Executive Director to join our team. The ministry of PRCCO focuses on protecting the unborn and equipping moms and dads through support and parenting education. The ideal candidate is an individual who is a strong believer committed to growing and serving Christ while also being active in their local church and community. The Executive Director leads an organization that is making a positive impact on families in the Central Oregon area. Oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, including managing finances, staff, volunteers and the facilities. The director ensures that programs are high quality and provides leadership, direction, and support to the Board of Directors in developing a strategic plan and organization goals, attaining/allocating and managing resources and establishing policies. Potential candidates must have a desire and a commitment to educate the community about the center’s ministry with the goal of seeking donor participation and involvement. While not essential, an understanding of the culture of Central Oregon will be helpful.
Key responsibilities include:• Administrative• Strategic Planning• Supervision/Training/Evaluation• Development & Public Relations
Located in Central Oregon, a high desert in the heart of Oregon with a good hospital system, St. Charles hospitals, in all the towns where our 3 centers are located. We have a regional airport and are a 2 1/2 hour drive to Portland with many outdoor activities as well as food, arts and culture.
Dove Medical is looking for a compassionate Nurse Practitioner with excellent critical thinking skills. The NP will care for patients and will aid in developing new care paths and expanding our services. The Position is 30 hours a week with Fri off and salaried at 75K a year with benefits.
New Hope Pregnancy Care Center is seeking a homeland missionary, who is a committed, pro-life Registered Nurse, to become a member of our paid staff. If you're an RN looking for a job that allows you to have a significant, positive impact, this may be the job God has for you! All activities/functions of this position will be consistent with and in support of New Hope's pro-life mission and Christian values. This is a 32-hour per week position. Starting salary is $28,000. A qualified candidate will be a Registered Nurse with at least 3 years of experience. We are especially interested in RNs that have sonography training/experience, but training will be provided for a qualified candidate.
The Nurse Manager at New Hope will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functions of our medical clinic, including performing medical clinic patient-care duties such as, but not limited to, conducting limited obstetric ultrasound, administering pregnancy tests and dispensing prenatal vitamins and healthy pregnancy guidelines. The Nurse Manager will also work with our medical director to ensure best practices, and excellent patient care, and function as our safety officer. The Nurse Manager will also be responsible for recruiting/training qualified nurse volunteers to help staff the program.
While we do not have medical or retirement benefits, we do have paid time off for holidays, including 2 weeks at Christmas, plus accrued vacation and sick time. Work week is Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Client Discipleship/SRAE Director
Objectives of the position: To address the spiritual needs Crossroads Pregnancy Clinic’s clients and to promote sexual integrity of the youth of the community, a Client Discipleship/Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Director (a) will provide SRAE to the youth of its community; (b) will disciple women with unplanned pregnancies through support groups by adopting a program such as Embrace Grace; (c) will disciple single mothers through support groups by adopting a program such as Embrace Life; and (d) will provide additional discipleship programs as opportunities arise.
As an ambassador of Jesus Christ, the Client Discipleship/SRAE Director has the responsibilityA. For the overall development, implementation, and operation of Crossroads Pregnancy Clinic’s SRAE program. The program emphasizes a positive view of human sexuality and promotes risk avoidance through practicing sexual integrity, which includes monogamous marriage between one biological male and one biological female or sexual abstinence for singles. The director’s primary responsibilities include (1) providing and supervising the center’s educational programing in schools, churches, and organizations, and (2) modeling and providing student training directly to middle and high school youth.B. For the execution of (1) Client Discipleship programs, and (2) recruiting, training, and managing all support volunteers for Client Discipleship programs.
Residential Core Team Member
In My Shoes is searching for strong, dedicated women with a passion and heart for service to join our Residential Core Team and live in community with mothers and babies who are facing homelessness.The team member will be expected to commit to one year of service. During their year of service, all room and board and other community benefits are included. Team members are given a generous monthly living stipend and health insurance stipend. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a service opportunity, missionary year - specifically geared towards helping women and babies - or a gap year.
While serving at In My Shoes, the team member will be responsible for providing emotional support to the residents, as well as assisting in the daily operations of the house. Team members are expected to participate in and embrace all aspects of community life, which includes community prayer, community dinner nights, house outings, etc. The Team Member is also responsible for ensuring safety and enforcing rules within the house and assisting the mothers in setting and achieving their goals toward self-sufficiency.
This position requires teamwork, excellent communication skills, and the ability to maintain professional boundaries. All Residential Core Team Members will be provided with two weeks of on-site training along with continued training and mentorship during their year of service.
The Communications Coordinator manages communications and marketing for Guiding Star El Paso. In addition to providing accurate, well-written wording for flyers, brochures, letters, etc., the Coordinator writes and submits funding and grant requests across a variety of platforms. Furthermore, the Coordinator creates content for Social Media, Google Ads, and other digital marketing initiatives, in addition to coordinating and creating graphic design for print, events, online media, and other projects as needed. The Communications Coordinator is also responsible for managing and coordinating special events and fundraisers, including the annual Gala or Fundraising Event.
Director of Client Services
The Director of Client Services has the responsibility of the day to day operations of the center with regards to client services and programs, including the management of client services staff and volunteers, and implementation of programs necessary to support client services in accordance with the highest quality possible and consistent with the mission and vision of Guiding Star El Paso (GSEP).
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
The Development Manager is an ambassador of Jesus Christ, who plans, implements, and coordinates community outreach and fundraising efforts, engaging the community with Options for Life in a variety of ways.
SOME of the QUALIFICATIONS:• Excellent communication skills including public speaking• Ability to build and sustain community relationships• Proficient in the use of social media for outreach• Grant writing and fundraiser planning• Previous experience with development preferred
This position is 31 hours per week, Monday through Thursday.
Assistant to Vice President of Gifts & Engagement
ThriVe is seeking someone to serve as the Assistant to the Vice President of Gifts & Engagement. This person will support the VP in the coordination & management of the ministry's donor database, fundraising & celebratory events, mailings, public relations, volunteers, & other administrative duties.
Client Services Director
The Client Services Director is a key role on the Mosaic Virginia team and sets the tone for the way we serve clients and volunteers. In this position, you will provide oversight and leadership to the center’s non-medical client services programs, including training and supervising volunteers. This position is part-time (20-28 hours per week) and reports to the Executive Director.Responsibilities:1. Oversee the day-to-day operations of the center’s advocate counseling program2. Supervise advocate counseling and all client services, model as the lead advocate3. Oversee and facilitate all advocate training; update training materials as needed4. Working with other team leaders, plan quarterly training meetings for volunteers5. Evaluate, select, and maintain needed educational materials and resources for client use6. Maintain and update the referral resources for volunteers and client use7. Ensure commitment to client confidentiality in all aspects of delivery of care8. Maintain, oversee, and expand community referrals.
Contact Niki Mattson, Executive Director 571-831-3840 for more information or to apply. (5/8/20)
The Warrenton Pregnancy Center (WPC) is seeking a full-time Executive Director (ED) to provide management of the organization’s staff, volunteers, and resources and to oversee the smooth and successful day-to-day operations of the Center. The ED will ensure that the Center provides appropriate support systems and responsive, quality client services programs, particularly targeting abortion-minded clients. Supervises governmental, medical, and organizational policy compliance. Plans, implements, and evaluates fundraising, public relations, networking, and marketing strategies and programs to ensure the growth and stability of the Center. Works cooperatively with the Board of Directors to implement programming directives. Demonstrates strong servant leadership by promoting and exemplifying the mission and core pro-life values of the WPC.
*Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in business or nonprofit administration or related field. Master’s degree in related field preferred but not required.
*One to five years’ experience in the nonprofit sector required. Pregnancy center or other pro-life experience preferred.
*Management/administrative experience, including staff/volunteer hiring and oversight.
*Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and social media.
Compass Women’s Center is seeking applications for a part time Executive Assistant. This position is responsible for providing personalized and timely support to the Executive Director. The incumbent will be engaged in a variety of duties including but not limited to: administrative tasks, volunteer development, bookkeeping and office communications.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Be someone who values all people and the Christian faith.Embody the organization’s core values: Refuge, Respect, Relationships and ResourcesBe able to work a part time schedule consisting of 22 hours per weekBe proficient in the MS Office and Google SuiteHave a minimum of 3 to 5 years experience in a similar role
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.
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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 RN.
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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