Prenatal diagnosis is now much easier and safer than ever before. But, these advances also exist within a mix of conflicting and sometimes hidden agendas. January is Birth Defects Prevention Month, so there's no better time to examine the topic and focus on the critical role PHC/PMC’s play in preventing birth defects.
The education we provide to our clients may be the determining factor in preventing a child from being born with birth defects, but this fact raises a great dichotomy to the surface: On one hand, we desire all mothers and babies to be healthy, and we should proactively educate them on how to achieve this. On the other hand, however, we must carefully construct our instruction in a way that avoids negatively influencing a client to seek an abortion if she should learn of a negative diagnosis regarding her baby.
Fetal problems are a serious rationale for considering abortion in our current culture, spurred in part by diagnosis of these abnormalities with the increased use of ultrasound, amniocentesis, and other tests in pregnancy. Ultrasound studies to determine fetal anatomy are often done at 18-20 weeks, so abortions done as a result of these scans are late abortions. But ultrasound is imperfect and analysis of the images can result in inaccurate interpretations.
Pregnant women who have declined abortion for fetuses diagnosed by ultrasound with fatal birth defects have sometimes ended up giving birth to normal babies. Other parents have resisted recommended abortions for serious anatomical problems, and had their babies undergo surgical repair after birth.
A great example of this truth comes from, Is Late-Term Abortion Ever Necessary?, an article by Mary Davenport, M.D., published on the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists website:
C. Everett Koop, M.D., the former surgeon general and renowned pediatric surgeon, was asked during the partial-birth abortion hearings if he had treated children “born with organs outside of their bodies” (omphalocele). Dr. Koop replied, “Oh, yes indeed. I’ve done that many times. The prognosis usually is good….the first child I ever did, with a huge omphalocele much bigger than her head, went on to develop well and become the head nurse in my intensive care unit many years later.”
For fatal birth defects, abortion is sometimes presented as the only option. But a better alternative is perinatal hospice. This involves continuing the pregnancy until labor begins and giving birth normally, in a setting of comfort and support until natural death occurs. It is similar to what is done for families with terminally ill children and adults. Karen Santorum, a nurse and the wife of former Senator Rick Santorum, was faced with the prospect of her own son, Gabriel, being born with a fatal birth defect. She describes how Gabriel lived only two hours, but how in those two hours “we experienced a lifetime of emotions. Love, sorrow, regret, joy—-all were packed into that brief span. To have rejected that experience would have been to reject life itself.” The sense of peace and closure felt by families experiencing neonatal death in a hospice setting contrasts markedly with the experience of families undergoing abortion for fetal anomalies. Couples who have had abortions for birth defects may suffer from adverse long-term psychological effects and prolonged grief reactions. Children who learn that their mothers aborted their siblings can suffer feelings of worthlessness, guilt, distrust and rage.
Non-fatal birth defects can be more challenging. The most common prenatal diagnosis resulting in mid-trimester abortion is Down syndrome. There has been an aggressive campaign by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to use new technologies to detect Down syndrome in younger women through measurement of fetal neck-fold thickness and first trimester blood tests, now that prenatal diagnosis and abortion have succeeded in eliminating 90 percent of Down babies in women over 35. After diagnosis of Down syndrome, families are often not presented with an honest discussion of parenting their Down syndrome child, or the possibility of their Down syndrome child attending school and leading a semi-independent life. There are couples who are willing to adopt children with Down syndrome or other birth defects, but genetic counselors frequently do not give patients this information. Diagnosis of a child with a fetal anomaly is life-changing and a major stress, but many families rise to the occasion and are able to cope with a disabled child. Although parents choosing abortion may allege that the disabled child is better off not existing, disabled adults would contest that assertion. When surveyed in numerous studies, no differences have been found between disabled and “able-bodied” people as to their satisfaction with life.
A sad depiction of the haste to abort children with birth defects is captured in the following story, from LifeSiteNews.com:
GIA LAI PROVINCE, VIETNAM (May 16, 2012) --- A family is in grief after aborting a child erroneously reported to have congenital defects. The child died shortly after being born following a failed abortion. The mother, Nguyen Thi Thu T., had undergone two ultrasounds that falsely reported birth defects – one in her native Chu Se District and another in Ho Chi Minh City. She chose to abort the baby in the seventh month of her pregnancy. However, as the family gathered to bury the child, they found the baby was still alive and had no such defects. Although they rushed the child to Gia Lai Province General Hospital at 9:30 Sunday morning, it was too late.”
Dr. Gerard Nadal offers some hopeful encouragement to this discussion. He says that, while some are fearful that the newer diagnostic tests for Down syndrome will lead to a higher number of abortions, the already-staggering number of 90-93 percent of unborn Down syndrome babies being aborted can also offer a glimmer of hope.
The regrettably high number of Down syndrome babies being aborted means "there is not much room for (those numbers) skyrocketing", Dr. Nadal points out, and the advances in amniocentesis, which can diagnose Down syndrome as early as the 10th week, may actually offer parents more time to come to terms with the diagnosis and seek alternative advice earlier in the pregnancy than previously available.
Helping the parents come to terms with the reality of their child’s special needs ahead of time is critical for bonding. As those called to serve these parents, it is essential for pregnancy help medical personnel and peer counselors to understand just how devastating a negative diagnosis can be, so that we can provide help during a difficult time. The earlier the diagnosis, the more time we have to help them.
Still, there is a disturbing eugenic flavor to the fact that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and other groups are now recommending Down syndrome screening to all pregnant women. Many physicians are beginning to recommend that clients undergo non-invasive prenatal screening for fetal abnormalities, with a particular emphasis on Down syndrome.
As Steve Calvin, M.D., said in an article posted at AAPLOG.org January 11, 2007, “Women are reporting both subtle and overt pressure to undergo prenatal screening and to have an abortion if DS is found.”
This problem is further seen in the fact that most genetic conditions can be identified in the womb—including Down syndrome—yet, there are no available cures or therapies that can be administered before the child is born. Thus, a predominant purpose of prenatal screening is to offer parents the option of aborting “defective” babies. An estimated 70 percent of pregnant U.S. women will choose to have prenatal screening tests. A certain combination of screening results, though not definitive, can predict DS with up to 90 percent sensitivity.
Let us remind ourselves of the dignity and value of every person, who are all made in the image and likeness of God. Remember too that perfect health and a normal IQ are not required for happiness, friendship, and love of life. Rather than offering parents ways to eliminate their unborn child, we can provide them with more resources and support.
In her article found at PhysiciansForLife.org, Down Syndrome and Abortion, Susan W. Enouen, PE, wrote:
A Harvard study found that mothers who chose to continue their pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome did so for personal reasons such as conscience and religion, but also because they had gotten information about Down syndrome, either in printed materials or from talking to a parent of a child with DS. However, most of the mothers felt that their doctors did not explain DS adequately and in a balanced fashion.
This is where we can have a dramatic impact with a client who is facing a negative diagnosis. Let us become knowledgeable about the issues, develop resources for the client and extend to her the love, compassion, and prayerful support she so desperately needs.
A pregnant woman called the ARIN CARE Line one evening at 11:30pm. She had found our website on the Internet and was calling to schedule her first abortion recovery counseling appointment. Oddly enough, she had not yet ended her pregnancy. She was scheduled for an abortion the next day! My skin got goose bumps when she said....
“I know I’m going to need some help. After the procedure tomorrow, I’ll be one of ‘those people!’”
I lovingly explained to her, that I too was one of those people! That actually there were quite a few of us! It seemed to bring her comfort when I summarized just who we ALL were....
Those people, I explained, are the women, men, siblings, grandparents, and extended family who have chosen an abortion in the past, or been associated with someone who has. Those people are your neighbors down the street, your pastor or his wife, your nephew's teacher, or your son's coach. Those people are your daughter's best friend, your work-out buddy at the gym, your grandmother or friend from school. You're eating lunch with those people at work, studying the Bible with them at church, watching them on TV, listening to them on a CD, or seeing them run for public office. They are those whom you’d never predict would make a choice like abortion.
Those people are individuals who chose abortion when it was legal, or when it was illegal. Either way, those people were deceived into thinking it was the ONLY way out of an unplanned or medically challenged pregnancy. Then realizing, it was too late! Those people ARE EVERYWHERE! And they are suffering in silence around the world! WHY? Because they are too ashamed and too frightened that they will be classified as "those people" when they ask or search for help. I thanked her for calling and for reaching out.
When people, affected by abortion, have physical or spiritual complication we often don't know how to reach out to them as a pregnancy center, society, church or even as a family member. Unfortunately, those who made a "poor choice," don't often know what to do themselves when their world seems to be crashing down around them. ONE abortion, through a rippling effect, can touch as many as 40 people throughout a lifetime.
Some of those affected may choose to do nothing, stuck in denial for years! Others may take a courageous step and seek outside help!
What do we do when approached by the post-abortion client? How do we treat them? Do we grant them complete compassion or quietly scold them with contempt? So we lash out in passive aggressive anger? Or reach out in Christ-centered love? Do we grieve with them differently than a family who mourns a child lost to miscarriage or stillbirth?
Hmm… something we should think about...
Do our volunteers know how to speak to the client who has an abortion in their past? Are our websites friendly to those clients? Or does our web presence create additional triggers and sensitivities that would further push those hurting away? Have all of our staff, who have experienced an abortion, completed an abortion recovery program? Do we promote a "recovery first" position?
Let’s work together to make it easier and more acceptable for people to get the healing they need. Let’s make it safe to talk with them at school, at church, at home and even within our families. Okay... but HOW Stacy?
We can start by making sure our physical buildings and web presence is a gift to those who ache from a past choice. WE can be the one person who opens our arms, our hearts and our centers to welcoming those people who just might need our unconditional acceptance. We, at ARIN, wish to help! Our goal for 2013 is to have every pregnancy center reaching out to individuals and families impacted by a previous choice.
Abortion Recovery InterNational (ARIN) has been honored to partner with Heartbeat for the past 10 years. Our affiliates, many Heartbeat affiliated themselves, minister to approximately 40,000 post-abortion clients each year through our CARE Directory and CARE Line. Many of those hurting found our CARE Directory through the Option Line web-link. Many journey through a recovery program and then go on to receive further healing through our Recovery Encore brochure and website.
Whether you have an active abortion recovery program, need some help bringing yours up-to-speed or are prayerfully considering starting one; we are more than happy to help get YOUR program and center ready for ready for the individuals and families impacted by abortion. Phone consultations, center walkthrough, literature and web reviews are all something we enjoy doing to help pregnancy centers, medical clinics and other counseling agencies open their doors, and hearts, to the client who’s abortion affected.
"Abortion Recovering International, Inc. has been a HUGE help in getting our abortion recovery program and website up and running. We were really having a hard time trying to decide if we should renew our membership with ARIN because we felt like we were not getting any response from people needing help. However, ARIN helped us see that there were women seeking help but our approach and website was not "welcoming" to them. ARIN offered a lot of valuable information as well as their time to help us know what direction to go. I am so glad we decided to renew our membership!"
~ Melissa Howard, Sound Recovery, GA
Our goal is for those people impacted by abortion is to find personal peace for their heart, mind, soul and spirit. We’d love to help YOU reach those hurting in your community!
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In Fishhoek, South Africa, "Marc and Veronica" hold their newly adopted baby girl and praise God that, after six long years of waiting, He has answered their prayers.
Cradling their daughter, "Jenna", in their arms at the site where she was left by her birth mother, the beaming parents know firsthand the value of the work Baby Safe International is doing.
For Marc and Veronica, the thought of Jenna’s probable fate without Baby Safe’s life-saving innovation is unimaginable. At just a day old, Jenna would likely have been a victim of infanticide—infant exposure—had it not been for the availability of Baby Safe’s deposit box, which empowers desperate mothers with a real choice to preserve the life of their baby.
In South Africa, “baby dumping,” as it is called, is an increasingly common occurrence in both rural and urban areas. Some babies are found in plastic bags in rubbish heaps, others in storm drains, abandoned fields, ditches, alleys, or even in rural homemade toilets.
Some of these children are found, thankfully, alive, while others are found dead—upwards of 500 in the Western Cape of South Africa in 2010 alone—and still more are never found. This sad fact tells us that baby dumping is, by its very nature, widely unreported.
Baby Safe, a nonprofit Heartbeat International affiliate, specifically targets this injustice in its region, just outside of Cape Town, by producing and distributing “baby safes,” where mothers can leave their babies anonymously as a real alternative to the horror of infanticide.
The box has a variety of safety features to insure that proper care will be given to the baby who is left by his or her mother. When a baby’s weight is detected inside the safe, a team of dedicated staff are immediately notified, while a safety backup system assures the baby will be promptly rescued by Baby Safe volunteers.
Through the production and distribution of these boxes, Baby Safe is carefully building a network that enables desperate mothers to choose life for their babies. This network is spreading throughout South Africa, and has broken through the northeastern border to Swaziland.
While its visible efforts are focused on providing an alternative to infanticide for desperate mothers, Baby Safe’s long-term vision is to connect with at-risk women before they reach the point of dumping their babies, with holistic direction that includes Bible studies, parenting classes, nutrition education, and even exercise and dance classes.
To learn more about Baby Safe, and to find out how you can help, visit TheBabySafe.org.
Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit was the first circuit court to rule on government mandates requiring pregnancy centers to post disclaimers and disclosures, declaring that such mandates violate freedom of speech, a constitutional right.
“The Fourth Circuit Court’s decision is a victory for Centro Tepeyac and other Heartbeat International affiliated pregnancy help centers that are rescuing children who were once at risk of abortion by providing practical help and emotional support to mothers who often have been abandoned and abused,” said Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. “This decision upholding our freedom of speech affirms the life-saving work of pregnancy centers and the importance of providing alternatives to abortion.”
The first case ruled upon by the court was Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County; Montgomery County Council, et al, No. 11-1314 (4th Cir. 6/27/2012) in which the county passed a resolution requiring limited service pregnancy centers to display a sign bearing two statements: “The Center does not have a licensed medical professional on staff. Montgomery County Health Officer encourages women who are or may be pregnant to consult with a licensed health care provider.”
The second case, Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns et al v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, et al, No. 11-1111 (4th Cir. 6/27/2012) originated from Baltimore, which involved a city ordinance mandating pregnancy help organizations to post signage in two languages that “the center does not perform or refer for abortions or birth control services.”
The Fourth Circuit Court slapped down both government mandates as violations of free speech, applying strict scrutiny to its analysis of both laws.
The Court applied the same reasoning to both laws:
These rulings signal a strong victory for pregnancy help organizations, not only in Maryland, but across the country, as challenges are raised to similar attempts in other jurisdictions.
The gospel of life in China is taking root. Lofty prayers are being answered!
Because of the nature and scope of this effort, Heartbeat International is releasing Executive Director of Global Advancement John Ensor to begin a new labor, called PassionLife Ministries. Though independent of Heartbeat, PassionLife will seek to work collaboratively with us in our life-saving mission when it officially launches Oct. 1, 2012.
PassionLife is a global missions initiative created to spread the gospel of life and expand the pregnancy help movement in especially difficult places and among people plagued by abortion, infanticide and gendercide. PassionLife will seek to use God’s Word to open the eyes of the Chinese people to the beauty of human life and the ugly truth of abortion.
All of us at Heartbeat are excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing as He expands His work in especially needy areas like China. When God's people respond with a desire to start a pregnancy help organization, Heartbeat’s goal is to provide leadership training and support to assist in equipping those that have been called. John has played an integral part in our movement for nearly 20 years, first as founder and president of a Heartbeat affiliate in Boston, then as a key member of the Heartbeat International Board. He served as a Heartbeat staff member for the past six years before being called to devote his time to bringing God's life-saving message to China.
It is our honor to help launch this new organization, and we greatly anticipate working closely with Chinese leaders who emerge, helping them plan and implement pregnancy help organizations in their own communities.
Please join us as we continue to pray for John's work, and for PassionLife.
May the Lord continue to bless this great and heroic outreach!
In the U.S. the politics of abortion has involved every aspect of government – executive, legislative and judicial branches; state houses and city halls; Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court; even school boards and health officials. After all of the political wrangling of the past four decades the issue is still far from settled.
Yet, the girl who walks into our care isn’t thinking about the “right” determined by seven justices in 1973. She isn’t considering the legal definition of personhood that would apply to her unborn child. She’s focused on a choice that she will carry the consequences of for the rest of her life. The politics are not even remotely a primary concern.
Kind-hearted, compassionate, pregnancy help folks often similarly eschew the politics and the public arena to focus their energies on this non-political client. They are not expecting to change a law at the nation’s capital, but instead are intent upon touching the life (lives) sitting in their counseling room. And while the inconclusive debates rage in far away capitols, the clear result of a baby being born shows the everyday effectiveness of our compassionate efforts.
Yet, the politics of abortion has spilled over into direct legislative attacks on pregnancy centers, and now abortions will be funded through state and national healthcare. For many it has been easy to avoid the politics and focus on the clients. Unfortunately, the politics has come now to us. Nathan Burd, former Public Policy staffer at Heartbeat, said it this way, “You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you.”
Worse yet, limiting ourselves to only championing non-political compassion service efforts to reduce abortion is to gravely miss the reality that politicians are intent on increasing abortion through the legislative process. Even amidst the recent move of a majority of the populous to self-identify as “pro-life,” abortion is no longer just a “right” that is allowed by a Supreme Court decision, but it has become a healthcare option that must be funded and supported by everyone.
What we want less of, we tax. What we want more of, we subsidize.
Subsidies for abortion are set to increase at exponential levels in the U.S. through new health care laws. The recent Supreme Court decision clarifies that a tax will be levied against those who fail to buy insurance that must cover abortifacients. (Not even religious organizations are exempt.)
This must motivate our pregnancy help movement to get even more involved with political process. It is hypocritical for the interventionist to miss an opportunity for prevention.
Intervening with compassion will always be our primary calling. Yet missing the opportunity for prevention by influencing politics is to virtually guarantee that we will only have an increasing number of people in our counseling rooms who need our intervention. True compassion is doing both – intervening with those who are in the valley of decision and preventing others from ever needing our intervention.
Can we be non-political? Perhaps it is possible at an organizational level where we purposefully avoid certain “political” activities due to our tax status or for public relations positioning. But it seems less and less possible in this era for each of us individually where politics is not only coming to our door but poised to dramatically increase the number of clients that we might serve.
I have always been a planner, and the birth of my first child was no exception. I had been married for 7 years, graduated college, and had a high paying job in the IT industry. We had remodeled a bedroom into the perfect nursery, and purchased pretty much every piece of baby equipment sold – we were ready!
After our son was born we felt so fulfilled by our little family that we weren’t really sure if we would have more children. Then 3 years ago, I was laid off from my job. It was also the start of the recession that hit the housing industry hard and my husband’s remodeling business was suffering as well. As a result of the layoff, we not only lost income, but also our health insurance.
It was at this point that we decided we definitely were not going to have any more children. We would not be able to afford it, and we had no medical care. So we sold the crib, gave away the baby clothes we had saved just in case, and instead spent the next years focused on trying to survive a very tough economy.
Last spring, our son was about to turn five and I had plans to enroll in a master’s program in the fall to help me pursue a new career - and I found out I was pregnant. At first I was in denial thinking this isn’t possible, this can’t be right.
Then the denial turned to anxiety. How we could possibly afford a new baby? With no insurance, the hospital bills alone could bankrupt us. I worried about how difficult it would be to go back to school with a newborn and felt dread about “starting over” again; waking up in the middle of the night, hanging diapers, hauling around a stroller. It all seemed overwhelming.
Without a doctor, I didn’t even know where to begin, but I was able to receive a free ultrasound at our local pregnancy help center to determine how far along I was in the pregnancy.
Then she said, “You are pregnant with twins.” I just burst into tears!
The anxiety I felt before the ultrasound turned into complete panic. We couldn’t afford one baby, how could we possibly afford two?
I panicked over what it would be like to carry twins – the chance of medical complications, or having to be on bed rest, perhaps for months. I worried about the likelihood of twins begin born premature and everything that would mean – from extended hospital stays, to astronomical medical bills, to the possibility that a premature birth could lead to a baby with special needs.
I worried about everything. Our house wasn’t big enough, my car wasn’t big enough, I couldn’t possibly go back to school with two newborns. How could we afford cribs, highchairs, car seats, everything times two! Not to mention the cost of diapers alone? There was no way we could have two babies. Without health insurance, it felt irresponsible to do so. I was unsure if we would be able to provide for them, and I knew we could not afford medical care for them.
I was so overwhelmed; my body was shaking, and seeing my distress the volunteer asked if she could pray for me. Then another volunteer came in, and another, and they formed a circle of prayer, and thanked God for the blessings of the babies. But, it did not feel like a blessing to me. It felt like an impossible situation with only one solution.
But I believe it was their prayers led me to the StandUpGirl.com website and what I read convinced me that it was possible and there was another alternative to abortion.
The stories that impacted me the most were from unmarried, teenage girls who hadn’t completed their education. Here I was: 35 years old, college educated, happily married. If these young girls could do it, we could too! I realized that we had to make this work; we had to make a new plan - one that included the lives of our two babies!
On Dec. 12th of 2011, I gave birth to identical twin boys; both very healthy and weighing over 7lbs each. They are a blessing.
StandUpGirl.com and our local pregnancy help center played such an important role in the decision making regarding my pregnancy and I cannot emphasize enough how important I think it is for StandUpGirl.com to list and make available access to the local pregnancy help organization on their home page.
StandUpGirl.com shows us that we can stand up and say “no” to abortion, and the pregnancy help centers provide on the ground support in our own neighborhoods.
At one point it seemed impossible to imagine having twins in our life, but thanks to all the young women who shared their stories on StandUpGirl.com, I could never image our lives without them.
By Angela, devoted mom of 3!
The StandUpGirl Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing pregnant adolescent and young adult women with alternatives to abortion. The mission is to change hearts and save lives by educating young women on the development of the unborn child and alternatives to abortion.
For a listing of Pregnancy Help Centers, see the Worldwide Directory--an online directory of life affirming service providers around the world.
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If you're a numbers person with advanced knowledge of accounting systems and a desire to work with a highly committed team, here's your opportunity to utilize your skills and interests to serve and promote a great cause – Life!
We are seeking a Staff Accountant who will assist with the full range of accounting operations for Heartbeat International which currently includes 14 departments and a 10mm budget. 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.
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NXL Programmer/Developer - Seeking a talented IT professional to grow our Next Level CMS Program
If your gifts lie in design, implementation and maintenance of a powerful software solution, and you share our passion for the unborn and their mothers, we invite you to consider an opportunity to be part of our Next Level team.
We are seeking a Programmer/Developer who will help us evolve our Next Level center management software to the next level. All activities/functions of this position are to be consistent with and in support of Heartbeat's pro-life mission, vision, and Christian values. See complete listing here of duties here. Please send resume and cover letter to Betsy Wetherby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical Impact Office Assistant
If you have great people skills and administrative strengths plus a knack for working with databases, and share our passion for the unborn and their mothers, we invite you to consider an opportunity to be part of our Medical Impact team.
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 email@example.com.
Abortion Pill Rescue Network Team Members
Join the Medical Network - If you are a physician, physician midwife, nurse practitioner or physician assistant and are interested in joining the Abortion Pill Rescue network and help women who want to reverse the effects of the abortion pill, please fill out this form. Fields marked with an asterisk are required.
Join the Rescue Network - If you are a pregnancy help organization interested in joining the Abortion Pill Rescue network and help women who want to reverse the effects of the abortion pill, please fill out this form. Fields marked with an asterisk are required.
Option Line English and Bilingual (Spanish) Consultants
If you're good on the phone, and you're proficient in English or Bilingual (Spanish), here's your opportunity to utilize those skills to serve and promote a great cause – Life!
Heartbeat's Option Line is a 24/7 pro-life hotline. Calls and electronic communication come primarily from women who are facing unplanned pregnancies or who are seeking help to address other highly personal lifestyle, pregnancy or abortion related concerns. Heartbeat's Option Line Program Consultants are responsible for responding to telephone, electronic communication, and instant messages received by Option Line, including communication in Spanish for Bilingual Consultants. All activities/functions of this position are to be consistent with and in support of Heartbeat's pro-life mission, vision, and Christian values. Columbus area applicants preferred. See complete listing here.
Client Services Director
Manage all aspects of CS: training and supervision of volunteer client advocates, parenting coaches, receptionists; provide peer counseling when needed; oversee EWYL coordinator; manage client database, and community referrals. Work closely with mobile and medical clinic teams.
A Woman’s Choice is in need of a part-time RDMS to serve in our pregnancy help clinic. Candidates must be committed, biblical Christians who are church members and hold a strong pro-life position. As a sonographer for AWC, you will provide limited, OB ultrasounds for our patients, according to the policies and procedures defined by our Medical Director. You may also assist the Nurse Manager in the completion of other clinic duties as needed. All of our clinic staff provide medical services and care to our patients, while also reinforcing the sanctity of life message of the ministry. Qualifications include: appropriate state and professional licensing; compassion and empathy for women in crisis; adherence to policies, procedures, and OSHA guidelines; 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. If interested or have any questions, please contact Rebecca Klein, Executive Director, at 863-683-2341. Please send résumés by email.
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.
OB Clinician/Provider as Medical Missionary
Seeking licensed CNM or WHNP, will consider FNP or other APRN with OB experience.
Must be willing and able to enter into collaborative agreement with OB/GYN serving remotely as Medical Director.
Would be primary clinician/provider in nonprofit safety net charitable clinic, ideally utilizing principles of midwifery model of care with low to mid risk prenatal patients, transferring to delivery partner at 32-36 weeks, then providing postpartum care for 6 -12 weeks. HROB. to be transferred to MFM. Onsite OB Sonographer with local radiology group reading scans and Medical Assistant or higher for drawing labs and running tests. ATLMC is not a PRC/PMC, but 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 will eventually become FT with expansion.
Salary negotiable or serve via Georgia Volunteer Healthcare Program with sovereign immunity covering MedMal and earn annual CMEs through service. Could start immediately.
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.
Director of Development
Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers (Granite City, Illinois) is seeking a highly motivated self-starter with strong multi-tasking skills to fill the position of Director of Development. This full-time position is responsible for the execution of three major annual fundraising events, as well as direct mail appeals and ongoing donor relations. The ideal candidate will be highly organized with demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Education/Experience Required: • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management or related field is required. • A minimum of 1 year of related fundraising or development experience is required. • Previous experience in events management strongly preferred.
Mosaic PHC is a Christ-centered ministry with more than 30 years experience providing free and confidential pregnancy & sexual health services in the Metro-East. All employees must be in full agreement with Mosaic PHC’s Statements of Faith, Principles and Core Values.
A full job description and employment application is available on our website by clicking here. Applications must be submitted through our website for consideration. (6/13/19)
Volunteer Coordinator (Part-Time)
Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers (Granite City, IL) is seeking an organized and enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Volunteer Coordinator. This part-time position is responsible for the recruitment, recognition and retention of Mosaic PHC volunteers, as well as assisting with ongoing administrative tasks in the office.
Education/Experience Required: • A Bachelor’s degree in communications, social services or a related field is required. • A minimum of 1 year of related social services or nonprofit experience is required.• Previous experience in volunteer management preferred.
A full job description and employment application is available on our website by clicking here. Applications must be submitted through our website for consideration. (6/13/19)
1st Way Life Center is a life-affirming pregnancy support service in Johnsburg and McHenry, IL.
We have a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) position available -- up to 20 hours per week.
Obstetric Sonography registration required.
Medical Clinic offering compassionate care to pregnant women in a non-judgmental environment.
We perform limited obstetrical Ultrasounds.
Other Services:Pregnancy TestingSTD testingPersonalized Pregnancy Counseling
Friendly staff of Registered Nurses, Patient Services Manager, Nurse Manager and other support personnel.
Low stress clinical atmosphere: No weekends, nights, holidays or on-call.
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.
Financial & Database Coordinator
We are seeking a part-time team member who will coordinate significant amounts of financial and database operations. The requested start date is February 24th and includes flexible office hours. Quickbooks and accounts receivable knowledge, budget management, and maintaining confidentiality are desired qualities.
Job hours: This is a part-time position, approximately 15 hours per week with extended hours before and after major fundraising events.
Starting date: Approximately Feb 24, 2020
Responsibilities: (specific areas owned by this position)
- Oversee all phases of Accounts Receivable, bank deposits & acknowledging contributions, entering information into QuickBooks and donor database and producing financial reports and analyses as required, year-end reporting, corresponding with donors regarding donations, pledges and collections, and general banking.- Assist Executive Director with budget development, analysis, and strategic financial planning; pursue and implement improved methods of resource stewardship and streamlining work.- Administer/oversee non-profit tax returns and audits.- Update, manage, and protect database of constituent, staff, and client information.- Provide information, research, and reports as needed by Executive Director and other staff members.- Oversee and preserve records (for purposes of recall, audit & future analysis) through to disposal.- Provide support in fundraising, event planning, and outreach.- When working in the office, assist in general office management tasks including answering the phone, assisting incoming guests and potential residents, referring to and connecting with other staff members as required, and attend staff meetings.
A complete job description is available here.
Patient Resource Coordinator (PT)
RWC is seeking someone who is a team player, customer service-oriented individual, with a heart to serve abortion-vulnerable women. The ideal candidate must be able to provide excellent and compassionate leadership and coordination of the various aspects of the patient process as they relate to RWC’s mission, methodology and core values.
Program Responsibilities include but are not limited to:1. Completing and submitting a weekly status and client report to the Executive Director.2. Supervising the volunteer staff of the Patient Resource department.3. Ensuring quality control is maintained for optimal patient care.4. Maintaining patient database.
For more information about this position please email LaToya Ormsby at Latoya@rockvillewomenscenter.com. You may also review our website,www.RWCdonors.com, to learn more about our mission, vision and core values. (11/8/19)
Do you want to lead a dynamic, passionate team and drive growth for a mission-minded organization? Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices is a 503(c) non-profit organization that exists to empower women and men considering abortion to choose life for their child and life for themselves in Christ. BCPC is the only life-affirming pregnancy resource center in downtown Boston, serving a vibrant, diverse city as a faith-based organization that is non-denominational, non-political, and non-judgmental. BCPC currently is run by a team of six passionate staff members and operates with a $500k annual budget. The new Executive Director will drive the major strategic initiatives for the center: Establishing a partnership with a licensed physician on-site in order to provide free ultrasounds to our clients, providing comprehensive services to men, and implementing a new volunteer-based operating model.
The Executive Director (ED) is a full-time, exempt, permanent position, with a compensation package that is in-line with similar non-profits and includes health care benefits and vacation time. The ED has full strategic and operational responsibilities for BCPC’s staff, programs, development, and strategic initiatives. The ED has responsibility for the implementation of the policies and procedures approved by the Board of Directors within the parameters of the pregnancy center’s budget. The ED is a strong leader that is the face and voice of BCPC in the city of Boston, and thinks strategically and creatively to grow the organization.
Nurse Manager Detroit Satellite
Client Services Assistant Detroit Satallite
Seeking part-time Client Services Assistant (CSA) in our Detroit satellite. Strong interpersonal/administrative skills are a must. Manages client scheduling, incoming calls, checking clients in, chaperone in ultrasound room, meets directly with clients for material assistance appointments. Reports to and assists the Detroit Center Director. Heart to share Jesus with others and agreement with Code of Christian Conduct and Statement of Faith is required.
Laura Farrugia, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, contact for full job description. (12/13/19)
Associate Executive Director
Qualifications:1) Be a born again believer in Jesus Christ, willing and able to share faith in Christ with others.2) Be thoroughly pro-life in conscience and practice.3) Maintain a consistent life affirming philosophy and would never refer or advise a woman to have an abortion. (When a situation arises where a woman’s life is at risk the clinic advocates taking measures to preserve her life, hoping that the woman and her child can both be saved)4) Express full agreement with corporation’s Statement of Principle, Statement of Faith, Mission Statement, Articles of Incorporation and By-laws.5) Experience in leading/managing others in a business and/or ministry setting.6) Sincere desire to reach out to abortion-vulnerable and abortion-minded women.8) Have good organizational skills. 9) Respects confidentiality.10) Have a bachelor’s degree.11) Experience with managing people.12) Exhibit skill in interpersonal communication, public speaking, and written communication.13) Be able to carry out responsibilities with little or no supervision.14) Demonstrate a lifestyle consistent with PRC’s Statement of Faith and uphold PRC’s Statement of Principle.
Responsibilities: The main responsibilities of the Associate Executive Director fall into three categories: (1) The financial stability and growth of PRC including overseeing the fundraising/special events, (2) The day-to-day operations of PRC, (3) The management and supervision of all paid staff except the Executive Director.
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
Pregnancy resource center located in Manhattan, New York seeks an executive director to run all phases of the counselling operation. This includes counselling young women facing crisis pregnancy situations, day-to-day office management, increasing center usage, coordinating volunteers, and assisting with fund raising operation. Position requires college degree or equivalent, Spanish language fluency, a demonstrated commitment to pro-life, conversant in youth culture, and a love for NYC. Please reply with cover letter and resume.
Church & Community Champion Coordinator
Donor Development Director
Full time, Salary commensurate with experience!
Patient Resource Director
Works with the Executive Director to ensure the mission of Cornerstone Pregnancy Services is achieved by providing medical services administrative and staff oversight, implementation of medical services policies and facilitation all medical services and health programs.
Corporate Administrative Assistant
Responsible for assisting the Executive Director with the fulfillment of the mission and vision of Cornerstone Pregnancy Services through executive functions, events administration, and donor management. Works with Directors of Finance and Communication and Donor Relations to accomplish marketing and development goals.
Pathway to Hope has been serving our community since 1993 and recently and moved to our newly remodeled center located less than 40 yards from PP in Butler Co. The Director of Development will help us develop, plan and orchestrate all marketing, public relations, and fundraising programs that will encourage, maintain and increase philanthropic and community support to meet the short-term and long-term needs of Pathway to Hope. These activities shall be consistent with Pathway's prolife mission and vision and Christian core operational values and beliefs and shall reach individuals, corporations, foundations, as well as churches and related organizations.
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The Nurse provides support and care to the clients of Palmetto Women’s Center (PWC) and maintains professional standards of care, following the ANA Code of Ethics.
The Staff APRN will manage STD testing and treatment and provide limited obstetrical ultrasounds in accordance with Choices Pregnancy Resource Center’s established policies and procedures. Additionally, duties of the position will include but are not limited to; providing the community with public health education and disease prevention services. This will be accomplished by providing education in various settings such as university health fairs, community centers, churches and sexual risk avoidance conferences; preparing and reviewing reports; acting as a liaison between medical providers and patients; linking clients to community resources and services; implementing new medical programs to the medical center as need arises.
Contact Michele Cheresnick at 423-805-3000 for more information or to apply. (11/12/19)
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.
Position available for RN to work 20-25 hours per week. Must be willing to be trained in sonograms at Center's expense. Will sign a two year contract. Very friendly, warm Center with a family feel, that sees approximately 75 Clients/month. Please respond by email with your resume.
Resource Center Manager
As an ambassador of Jesus Christ, the Resource Center Manager oversees the Resource Center operations and volunteers, Car Seat program, and implements other necessary Resource Center programs to meet client needs.
SOME of the QUALIFICATIONS:• Nurturing demeanor to encourage clients and help teach them life skills• Be a Certified Car Seat Technician or willing to be certified to serve as one at the Center• Have one year of experience in a helping profession serving in a dynamic position requiring initiative and self-motivation
This position is 31 hours per week, Monday through Thursday.
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
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.
ThriVe Central VA Women's Healthcare is a dynamic group of four women's health clinics/pregnancy resource centers in Central Virginia. We have been providing services in Central Virginia for over 35 years! We are searching for two Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS) for a 30-40 hour per week full time position. Would you consider joining our team?
Responsibilities will include providing limited OB ultrasound services, STI education/phlebotomy/sample processing (will train), performing patient histories and vital signs (will train) and working with patient advocate coordinators and volunteers.
Other skills needed include excellent communication skills with our patients and fellow staff, commitment to team work, attention to detail in form completion, basic computer skills, and flexibility.
Candidates need to agree with the ThriVe Statement of Faith and Statement of Principles.
Salary negotiable commensurate with experience. Benefits package provided.
We are seeking a Director with a heart for Christ, and women across North Africa, the middle East and the Indian subcontinent. This person also needs pro life, administrative , fundraising and Board experience.Lady Care is a local (Virginia) ministry with a worldwide outreach.
Over the years we have ministered to thousands of women and their families across Africa and India via short term mission trips. A ministry of Reconciliation based on 2 Cor. 5:18-20 we reconcile, equip and empower women by offering limited health care, crisis counsel (including un planned pregnancy, post abortion regret, abuse, PTSD and post trafficking) and teaching (including women's issues such as fertility, pregnancy and fetal development). Thank you for your interest.
Please see our new website for further information at https://ladycareinternational.org/.
The Pregnancy Helpline and Resource Center of Janesville, Wisconsin, is actively seeking an Executive Director. The Pregnancy Helpline is a Christian pregnancy resource center supporting women and their families before, during, and after pregnancy. This is a part time position reporting to a board of directors. With a commitment to the pro-life mission of the agency, responsibilities include outreach to the Janesville community, ability to network and collaborate with other agencies, management of paid staff and volunteers, review and assessment of service demand and programming, implementation of policy development with a board of directors, involvement with local fundraising efforts, and the ability to communicate effectively orally and in written form.
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by providing a resume including a brief statement describing what attracts you to this position, the reasons you feel you qualify, and professional references from three non-related individuals who know your professional work.
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