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!
Just One of Those People, Who is Divinely Forgiven...
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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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Associate Director, Ministry Services
If your gifts lie in supporting the life-saving community of pregnancy help service providers, we invite you to use your passion for the movement to serve Heartbeat's affiliates in the role of Associate Director!
The Associate Director conducts training and consultations, and assists in the development, planning, orchestration, and evaluation of Ministry Services departmental programs and resources. The Director oversees communication with affiliates and related pro-life centers and organizations to promote, implement, and evaluate the HB affiliate programs, resources, and services, in addition to supervising select Ministry Services staff to support Heartbeat International’s pro-life mission and vision and Christian core beliefs and core operational values. 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 duties here.
Please send resume and cover letter to Betsy Wetherby at email@example.com.
Option Line English and Bilingual (Spanish) Consultants
If you're good on the phone, and you're prolific 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.
Horizon Pregnancy Clinic is a non-profit, faith-based medical clinic whose mission is to provide hope, help and healing to women facing a crisis pregnancy and offer alternatives to abortion. We are currently seeking a full-time Clinic Manager to join our team of committed individuals. Experience in a crisis pregnancy or other crisis intervention ministry or organization preferred; equivalent experience will be considered.
Essential functions include:
computer skills are requiredfluency in spoken communication and needs analysisexhibit strong self-starter qualities with the ability to function in a changing work environment and/or under uncertain conditions; ability to interact effectively with clients, staff and volunteers; ability to start and persist with specific courses of action while exhibiting a high motivation and a sense of urgency; willing to make personal sacrifice in order to reach goals.
CHOICES Women’s Resource Center has an immediate opening for a part-time Nurse Manager, 20 hours per week. This position requires a current Nursing License in good standing with California Board of Registered Nursing. The Nurse Manager provides support and care to the clients and maintains professional standards of care, following the ANA Code of Ethics. Under the general supervision of the Medical Director and Executive Director, the Nurse Manager is responsible for immediate supervision of a wide variety of clinic functions, planning and performing direct and indirect nursing interventions, and is responsible for supervising, organizing, planning, assessing and monitoring the medical services provided by CHOICES Women’s Resource Center. The Nurse Manager also works in conjunction with physicians, nurses, and lay counselors to assure that patients are receiving the best medical, nursing, and psychosocial care possible. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required. We would love to have someone who is skilled in clinic management, ultrasound scanning, and has a great bedside manner. If you are bilingual, it is a real plus!
For a complete job description and to submit your resume, please contact Cori Shuster at firstname.lastname@example.org. (7/30/18)
Imagine using your talent and experience to help save unborn lives and bring hope to women and men in our community. You have that unique combination of being a highly skilled medical professional, along with a compassionate personality and possess strong communication skills and attention to detail. You want to make a difference in your community.
Turning Point PRC is seeking a Part-Time Nurse Manager to oversee the provision of client care and medical clinic operations of our growing non-profit clinic.
Experience: Must be a Licensed Registered Nurse and have experience in a clinical setting.
Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center’s mission is to provide hope, help and healing to women facing an unplanned pregnancy. (4/9/18)
The Resource Center for Pregnancy & Personal Support, a faith-based non-profit, is looking for an experienced Registered staff nurse to fill three important shifts for this life-affirming ministry: Thursday evenings in Greeley from 2:30 to 7:00 pm and two (2) three-hour daytime shifts at our Windsor satellite office. Days of service in Windsor may change as patient numbers increase. Excellent organizational and people skills are a must. This job requires a strong commitment to life and a decisive Christian testimony. Training in limited sonography for cardiac confirmation will be provided. STI testing for both male and female clients are regular services we also provide.
Click here for a complete job description. Call 970-353-2673 and ask for Cindy for more information or to apply. (8/14/18)
Life Choices is looking for part-time volunteers and interns for its Education Department. This would be an 8 month commitment with opportunity to continue for years to come. Education Presenters go to schools across Northern Colorado and present a Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) message to middle and high school health classes. We help teens see the positive benefits of delayed sexual debut, educate them on the prevalence of STI/STD's, help them set personal boundaries, give them tools to identify healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and encourage them to set goals for the present and future. We are looking for reliable, enthusiastic, and relational people who have a passion for youth!
Pro Life Intern
Join The Little Flower Maternity Home for a season of service! Interns live in the home and directly assist us in serving mothers and babies. Intern commitment is for 12-16 weeks. Exact dates are flexible. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 21 years of age at the time of service. Benefits include all room and board, use of a company vehicle, gym membership, and a small monthly stipend. Responsibilities include living in community with pregnant mothers, new moms, newborns, and staff members; participating in community functions; providing daytime and overnight house coverage; and assisting with managing donations and house operations. Must be pro-life practicing Catholic in full communion with the Church.
Home Missionary Position for a married couple who are empty nesters. Lifeline Family Center, located in Southwest Florida, is a Christian home for pregnant young women and single parents. We provide GED preparation, career training, job placement, parenting and life skills and discipleship training in a Christian family atmosphere. The right couple will make a difference in these young women’s lives that will have eternal consequences. This is a live-in position. To qualify, you must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, have organizational skills, lots of energy and a sense of humor. This is a live-in paid position. Salary is determined by amount of experience and/or training. Benefits include paid vacations, personal/sick days, and a Health Insurance stipend. Please e-mail a one page Christian testimony plus a letter of interest or resume to email@example.com or fax (239-242-7248) Website: www.lifelinefamilycenter.org (7/23/18)
Clinic Nurse Manager
Lake Wales Care Center is seeking a Registered Nurse with a passion for ministry to manage their health programs including the Lake Wales Free Clinic and Choices Pregnancy Care Program. This position is part-time with potential for full-time including benefits. Lake Wales Care Center is a community service organization who’s mission is to demonstrate Christ’s love by building bridges between people in need and people with a desire to serve. The Free Clinic provides primary care to uninsured, low-income adults. Choices Pregnancy Care Program provides support and diagnostic services to women and families facing unintended pregnancy in an effort to provide alternatives to abortion.
Monday and Thursday evenings - Free ClinicTuesday and Wednesday 10:00AM to 5:00PM - Pregnancy CareAdministrative office hours are scheduled around clinic operating hours
Salary: $25.00 /hour or commensurate with experience
Join our JMJ family as we serve women in need of spiritual and material support in the Orlando area.
The President, as chief operating officer of JMJ Pregnancy Center, is responsible for providing leadership, focus and structure that supports achieving JMJ’s mission. The President leads the effort in raising funds and increasing the financial support of JMJ through networking in the private and public sector. He/she is the primary spokesperson for JMJ to reporters, donors, government representatives, and members of the community. The President is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to establish an affinity with the work that is performed by center personnel daily, i.e. advising and ministering to abortion minded women, pregnant women, from all walks of life; and to have the ability to understand the daily spiritual battle that our center volunteers, center directors and assistant directors face. This individual must be able to understand, articulate and defend the sanctity of life in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Supervisory oversight of Operations director, center director and assistant directors, business manager and community liaison.
We are looking for an experienced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to supervise and control all strategic and business aspects of the company. You will be the first in command in the company and responsible for giving the proper strategic direction as well as creating a vision for success.
To thrive as a CEO you must be a prudent manager and an inspiring leader. The ideal candidate will have a business mindset and will be able to see the “big picture” in a variety of settings.
The overall goal of the CEO is to drive the company’s development towards sustainable growth and success with a Catholic perspective.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides client support including in-processing, advocacy, data entry, follow up, and other administrative support to the Clinic and the Mobile Clinic if applicable.
Perform reception duties, check-in and data entry into Waycool for clientsPerform client advocacy per guidelinesPerform pregnancy tests (if authorized) and acts as chaperone for ultrasoundsProvide appropriate referrals and resources to clientsPerforms adequate and timely follow-up with clientsAssist with translations of documents and assists with Spanish speaking clientsPerforms set-up and tear down of Mobile ClinicProvides support for issues relating to the Mobile Clinic such as site identification and review and contact with local businesses, volunteer scheduling and trainingProvides support for performance of inventoriesProvides support for maintaining calendars and logs for maintenance activitiesProvide support to fund-raisers, health fairs, ministry fairs by providing Mobile Clinic tours and support at tables to include responding to questions regarding the mission of both ClinicsProviding quality control of client data as requested or assignedContinuing education on issues relating to abortion, adoption, and parentingComply with all clinical policiesPerform any additional duties requested by supervisor
Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in social services or counseling.
Aid for Women is seeking a Development Associate to boost our growing organization’s efforts to better
communicate with and solicit our donor base. This new full‐time position with benefits will provide support to senior staff on fundraising tasks, complete important donor cultivation steps and potentially take on their own basket of donor contacts to develop relationships with.
The ideal candidate will have a year or more professional experience in an office environment (not necessarily in a fundraising role) as well as an engaging personality for interactions with other staff, donors, and prospective donors. He or she should be highly skilled at managing priorities and problem solving independently and should be highly adept at building professional relationships in a variety of communication media (written correspondence, phone calls and in‐person meetings). Candidate must possess a passionate commitment to Aid for Women’s vision and mission, which includes a strong commitment to pro-life values.
Due to the urgency of Aid for Women’s mission and the importance of personal contact for our work, significant in‐state travel and evening/weekend hours will be required, especially for special events. As Aid for Women has an “all hands on deck” culture where all employees pitch in during major events and initiatives, flexibility and adaptability are key to the position. The Development Associate will report directly to the Executive Director.
To learn more about Aid for Women, visit our donor/volunteer website at www.helpaidforwomen.org. (11/21/18)
Donor Services Director
The Donor Services Director is responsible for obtaining, maintaining and increasing funding from major donors and corporations through effective identification, cultivation and solicitation. The focus of this position is to identify and deepen long-term relationships built on a firm understanding of donor interests, passions and values.
The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree plus relevant experience.
Corbella Clinic provides a competitive salary, health insurance benefit, paid vacation and holidays. This position requires some weekday evening and occasional weekend hours in addition to Monday to Friday business hours.
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)• Graduate of an accredited DMS program (OB/GYN specialty a PLUS)• Experience in women’s health preferred, but not required • Ability to work independently and with a team • Flexible schedule• Employed as Independent Contractor• Malpractice insurance provided
Submit resume & cover letter via email to Belinda Guyton. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (5/15/18)
We have a full time position open for Center Manager to oversee the day-to-day operation of Clarity Pregnancy Services, implementing approved policies and procedures and managing all volunteers and programs necessary to meet client needs. A complete job description is posted on our website here.
The Executive Director is a full time position responsible for implementation of goals, objectives, policies and plans developed/established by the Board of Directors, cooperating with the Board in fulfilling its governance function, and providing leadership and overall management direction of the organization.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Staff Counselor/Social Worker
Seeking a masters level counselor or social worker to oversee the counseling portion of the ministry. Duties include: individual therapy, crisis intervention counseling, abortion recovery group, healthy relationships group, miscarriage and infant loss group. This position is part time. (4 days per week, 10:00-5:00, 28 hours).
Care Pregnancy Center, a 501c3 organization based in Shreveport, LA, seeks an Executive Director to begin December 2018. The desired candidate must be an individual who possesses leadership ability, excellent communication and administrative skills, and a servant’s heart. This pro-life leader will manage a large, full-time pregnancy center offering limited ultrasounds and a large learning/resource center.
The Executive Director, while developing and overseeing a committed team of staff and volunteers, is expected to engage and educate the local community and to spearhead efforts to meet fundraising goals. Prior experience in administration, budgeting, staff management, and intercession is advantageous.
Development Director (Part Time)
Development Director (a.k.a. Advancement, Marketing, Events Planner) is responsible for activities oriented toward donor relations, event organization, fundraising planning and implementation. Position could include public relations efforts, newsletters, marketing, etc.
This is not the typical position! Because we are small, we get the opportunity to be involved in a multitude of areas!!! This position would manage our helpline process from start to finish. This would involve management of the patient website to ensure that we are targeting our message. Managing our Google AdWords campaign and geofencing. Tracking and analyzing all marketing sources and making necessary changes to make sure we are targeting the right patient. Management of the appointment process, confirmations and analyzing patient feedback. This position would also manage critical donor communication and office administration - insurance, audits process and coordination of our commercial space.
Please call 301-770-4444 or email email@example.com for more information or to apply. (9/21/18)
Part-time Center Director for satellite PMC location. Works independently to manage volunteers and facility, collaborates with main Center Director and Executive Director.
Seeking Part-time staff nurse for our Detroit satellite location. Will be trained to do pregnancy tests, options counseling and limited OB ultrasound.
PSIC is Seeking an Executive Director. PSIC is a Christ-centered non-profit ministry that provides practical, educational and spiritual support to women, men and children who face planned and unplanned pregnancy in Ionia County. Visit our website: www.psicionia.org. Salary starting at $12/hr with up to 35 hrs a week. Send inquires or Resume by Oct. 1, 2018to PSIC Attn: Paul Lewis, 330 Lovell St, Ionia, MI 48846
Donor Development Director
Employment Type: 30-40 hours per week
The Women's Life Care Center Donor Development Director will be responsible for building and maintaining a major gift catalogue of donors and prospects to meet the financial goals of Women’s Life Care Center. This position will concentrate efforts in our local service area. The right person must be comfortable with a multi-faceted ask to include current fundraisers and donation activities, grant writing and other giving campaigns when necessary. The Development Manager must leverage the skills and duties of WLCC staff and volunteers to achieve goals and increase donor engagement. A large part of this position involves the willingness and ability to interact and meet “face-to-face” with donors and prospects.
Wakota - A Guiding Star Center is seeking an Executive Director to lead the pro-life pregnancy and family resource center in West St. Paul, MN. Wakota is the busiest of Minnesota's Elevate Life centers and Minnesota's only Guiding Star Center, with over 500 pregnancy tests performed last year. We have over 40 years experience in the community and are dedicated to offering life-affirming choices and effective practical support. We have extensive prenatal and postnatal support and training programming.
Donor Relations Manager
The Donor Relations Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the church and community that help to advance the Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center’s mission. We are looking for an individual who is dynamic, optimistic, and committed to excellence, who will expand our growth and carry our message of Purity, Hope, and Life to Barry, Lawrence, and Stone counties. This individual will work closely with the Executive Director and under her direct supervision. This is a part time position.
Key responsibilities include: Implementing donor and church developmentManaging donor databasesEvent organizationFundraising planning and implementationPosition includes public relations effortsMarketing campaignsAssist with any tasks assigned by the Executive Director
The Donor Relations Manager is tasked with expanding the pool of benefactors of the Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center using a variety of marketing techniques.
Candidates should possess:Strong communication skills, written and verbal. Excellent phone etiquette Excellent organizational skills, Fundraising experience Be a self-starter.Strong computer skills with abilities in Excel, Word, Ekyros, and QuickbooksExcellent written and verbal communications skillsA strong faith in God and believe in the sanctity of every human life
Job descriptions are executed in support of the Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center’s pro-life mission and vision and its Christian core beliefs and core operational values.
Objectives of the position: The Executive Director has full responsibility to the Board of Directors, for implementation of the Center’s policies and procedures, supervision of all areas of operation, community and public relations, and fiscal oversight.
Reports to: The Board of Directors
Supervises: The Ministry Management Team who in turn manage support staff and volunteers
Please see the complete job description here.
Licensed RDMS needed for part-time position 16-20 hours per week. Will perform limited obstetrical ultrasound and consult with women in crisis pregnancy situations. Most work will take place in our Sidney, Ohio Women's Center about 35 miles north of Dayton.
RDMS and 2 years' experience in limited obstetrical ultrasound as well as driver's license and active automobile insurance required. Click here for more information.
Client Service Director
We are seeking an energetic, spiritually mature Christian committed to ministry that is a team player. Individual will be responsible for volunteer recruitment, training and oversight. In addition, will have responsibility of client services and programs.
Click here for a complete job description. (9/12/18)
The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing church and donor focused relations and communications, for executing all major fundraising events, and for providing a comprehensive and integrated approach to outreach efforts. Key responsibilities include assisting the Executive Director with donor development and ministry outreach, overseeing events, developing client marketing initiatives, and coordinating other activities under the Executive Director’s guidance that sustain and grow the Center’s financial and community support.
The ideal person would be a hard worker who loves to work with people, and has a passion for life - born and unborn. They would have computer skills with some professional and volunteer experience. This person would have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a part-time (M-F) position that includes greeting patients, answering phones, scheduling appointments, and data entry.
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The person in this position is responsible for implementing vision and providing leadership to all aspects of the Real Choices Abstinence Education program with Choices Pregnancy Services. This person would have a passion for working with youth and have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a part-time position that includes scheduling and participating in presentations, maintaining and developing relevant curriculum, and recruiting/training abstinence educators.
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The Nurse Manager is responsible for over-seeing the medical services of all 4 Choices Pregnancy Services locations under the guidance of the Medical Director, including but not limited to the STI testing services, pregnancy testing services, and ultrasound services. The ideal person for this position would have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and love working with people. This is a full-time (M-F) position that includes managerial duties as well as direct patient care.
Foothills Care Center, located in the Upstate of South Carolina is seeking an Executive Leader to fill the role of CEO. Applicants should possess leadership ability, excellent communication skills and a servant’s heart. A complete job description is available here.
The Development Director organizes and oversees community relations and events. This position drives the organization’s communication and involvement with constituents and the community at large and plays a critical role in sharing the vision of the organization, as well as assisting the CEO with fundraising.
Contact Carol Ann Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-892-0803 for more information or to apply. (9/14/18)
Residential Core Team Member
In My Shoes is searching for strong, dedicated women with a passion 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 is included, as well as health insurance. Team members are given a generous monthly living stipend also. This is a great opportunity for recent college graduates looking for a post-grad service opportunity to build their resume, or those looking for a career change.
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.
The Development Associate at Texas Right to Life will be a dynamic individual willing to carry the message of Texas Right to Life to all corners of the state. While most of the training and work will initially be conducted in the Houston State Headquarters, eventually the Development Associate will be required to travel throughout Texas.
For the right person, this will be difficult work, but work he or she will never want to leave. This individual will become a professional Pro-Life warrior who advances the Culture of Life and builds the Kingdom of God.
The Development Associate will ideally have some experience in the Right to Life movement, or a strong personal conviction for the cause.
- The ideal candidate will have a Christian faith or background that matches the motive behind the mission of Texas Right to Life, with a strong personal prayer life and vocalized personal faith conviction and motivation.- He or she will possess a high degree of relational and emotional intelligence, as well as healthy boundaries.- He or she will be a strategic thinker, with business acumen, financial management and leadership skills.-This candidate will have a willingness to live out their faith in their work, their personal life and their community.- The successful candidate will have an ability to lead conversations and drive results.- An ability to integrate into an existing system and offer creative improvements without disrupting an already flourishing system is essential for this position.
Mercy Manor is a non profit, christian, maternity home for women under the age of 18. We are in search of Houseparents; a married, christian, couple to be the "mother and father" of the maternity home.
Mercy Manor provides a safe and loving environment and resources for young ladies who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy. We seek to do this by meeting physical, spiritual, and mental needs as we walk hand and hand with each young lady through her pregnancy and beyond. More information about Mercy Manor can be found at www.MercyManor.com.
Objectives of the Position: The Office Manager promotes a positive first impression of the ministry by receiving and assisting those on the phone and being greeted at the Center. This person is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in performing administrative duties related directly to the operations of the Center. Major duties involve promoting a positive first impression of the ministry and ensuring efficient office procedures.
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
The Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia is seeking a committed Christian to fill the position of Executive Assistant/Office manager. This position is part-time (25 hours) and reports to the Executive Director. Job duties are answer phones, provide daily administrative support to Executive Director and Clinic Manager ,organize and schedule meetings, appointments and events for senior staff, produce and distribute correspondence memos, letters, faxes and forms, develop and maintain a filing system and other job duties as assigned. Associate’s degree or related experience equivalent desired. Full job description available upon request.
The Center Administrator has the responsibility of assisting the Center Director in the day-to-day operations of her/his individual branch of the Care Net Pregnancy Resource Centers (CNPRCs), including the training and management of the center volunteers. This also includes ensuring client services are provided and the management of the center in the Center Director’s absence.
The Center Director has the responsibility for the day-to-day operations of her/his individual branch of the Care Net Pregnancy Resource Centers (CNPRCs), including the training and management of the Center Administrator and volunteers. This also includes ensuring client services are provided, and developing community relationships.
Registered Nurse who is trained in the performance of limited obstetric ultrasounds, administers pregnancy tests, completes test verification form and log, assures medical consent form is signed, completes medical assessment and history forms, documents clinical findings, observations and medical care in patient records.
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