Caring Network’s vision is to increase the number of pregnant women coming to us for help through increased internet advertising and by providing access to Caring Network services at more locations around the county. 2016 saw significant strategic growth for Caring Network in these areas.
Caring Network’s first express center in Elmhurst, a partnership with Pathway Community Church exploded this year-seeing 8 times as many clients as in 2015.
Marketing records indicate that more clients than ever came to Caring Network through internet advertising. A 62% increase over 2015.
Other record setting events in 2016
The Naperville office set a record of seeing over 300 clients in 2016; 56% more than were seen in 2015.
Caring Network saw more pregnant women considering abortion or in danger of choosing abortion than ever before in its history. An increase of 24% over 2015.
Caring Network maintained its focus on reaching those women actively looking for abortion, increasing those numbers by 66% in 2016.
Twins being born, babies saved and moms choosing to give their lives to Christ are among all of the exciting gifts that God gave to Caring Network this year. We are grateful for being able to serve God here in DuPage County and look forward to the opportunities He will provide in 2017.
The Guttmacher Institute reported that approximately 926,200 abortions were performed in 2014, down 12% from the 1.06 million performed in 2011. This number follows a downward trend in the number of abortions performed in the US that began in 1983. The abortion rate in 2014 was 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44,lower than the 16.3 abortion rate in 1973, the year that abortion was legalized. This certainly is great news! Certainly a testimony that when vulnerable pregnant women are met with love, compassion and real solutions to real problems, decisions change and babies are born. Abortion is a decision many women make when they believe they have no other choice; however, when their needs are met by coming to Caring Network, lives are saved. Although we are grateful for the decline, let’s pray and work so that this number, which is still too high, continues to decline. No woman should have to make the decision to lose her child.
Building on the success of our first express center in Elmhurst, Caring Network is beginning to look for a location to expand services in the northwest quadrant of DuPage County. Long an underserved area of the county, Caring Network plans to open an express center in the West Chicago area. This area of the county has seen significant population growth both in DuPage County and also in adjacent Kane. Caring Network’s nearest locations are in Glen Ellyn and Wood Dale, too far to be accessed by women in need in the northwest part of the county. This new express center would provide services for these women plus serve as an outreach for women along the Fox Valley corridor. Through our ministry friends God has provided the initial funding for this new venture. Watch for more information on this exciting new Caring Network strategic outreach. God is good!
In 2009 President Barack Obama overturned the Mexico City Policy by Executive Order. This policy prevented the US from funding groups that promote or perform abortions overseas. At issue is about 400 million in federal funds, part of which was used to fund International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International. The purpose of the policy was to insure that family planning funds would only go to groups that would agree to not do abortions or lobby foreign nations to overturn their pro-life laws. This policy was originally activated, by then President Ronald Reagan, in 1984. Through executive order, President Trump has reinstated the Mexico City Policy. Any defunding of the domestic-based Planned Parenthood must go through Congress. We are grateful for this meaningful victory in protecting lives around the world.
The March for Life has been held every year beginning in 1974 to commemorate the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion on demand in our country and the babies that have died since then. The first march was held by founder Nellie Gray on January 22, 1974 on the west steps of the Capital with an estimated 20,000 supporters in attendance. The March has grown consistently since then with an estimated crowd being drawn in 2013 of 630,000, a record high. Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney estimated that about half of the marchers are under the age of 30, a sign of strength within the pro-life movement. Various organizations hold events before and after the March; church services, conferences, and dinners. In addition, many attendees also take the opportunity to visit their elected representatives and lobby on behalf of life. This year’s march will be held on Friday, January 27th beginning at 11:45 with a musical opening. The rally will begin at noon and the march at 1:00. Speakers have not been announced, but past speakers have included pastors, elected officials, pro life leaders and even presidents. If you have never attended a national March, consider it. Walking arm to arm down the streets of the Capital with a sea of other pro-life people is an experience not to be missed.
Mark your calendars now for this important event, Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams Street downtown. Featured speakers include Gianna Jessen, Rev. Matthew Harrison of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Pat McCaskey, joint owner of the Chicago Bears, U.S. Rep Dan Lipinski and more. March for Life Chicago is supported by an ecumenical group of churches and a wide variety of pro-life organizations. Conferences are scheduled all day Saturday proceeding the March as well as a Rose Dinner Saturday evening. If you can’t go to Washington, take time to shown your support for the babies. More information can be found at MarchforLife-Chicago.org.
December is not yet over, but the ink has already dried making 2016 a record year for Caring Network.
Caring Network counselors saw more clients intent on abortion than ever before in the ministry’s history increasing the opportunities to save lives.
Caring Network’s medical team performed a record number of ultrasounds.
Through the end of November, targeted advertising brought through Caring Network’s doors more pregnant women in danger of choosing abortion than ever before.
All centers (Glen Ellyn, Wood Dale and Naperville) provided more pregnancy tests than the prior year.
Caring Network’s new Elmhurst Express Center grew exponentially,demonstrating the viability of Caring Network’s vision for the future.
Multiple sets of twins were saved.
God has been gracious providing Caring Network with more opportunities to save and change lives. With your help, we have answered His call, reaching and serving more pregnant women in danger of choosing abortion than ever before. Thanks for standing with us. We can wait to see what God has in store for 2017!
Where a woman goes for help with her unplanned pregnancy makes a difference.
Carrie came to Caring Network when she realized she was pregnant. She knew that she wanted to parent her baby, but was very, very nervous, stating that she was “open minded” about abortion. Her boyfriend left after he found out that she was pregnant and even went so far as to terminate his parental rights so he wouldn’t have to pay child support. So Carrie was left on her own . . . just her and her Caring Network counselor that loved her and encouraged her in her decision to parent her baby.
From Carrie to her counselor: “I wanted to again thank you so much for all of your help at the beginning of this journey. Everything here is going well and I am actually getting ready to go back to work in the next 2 weeks. I now have a wonderful, healthy and amazing little boy who is growing bigger every single day!”
One can only wonder what would have happened if Carrie had chosen to go to an abortion provider rather than Caring Network. Her decision to parent would have been questioned, her openness to abortion encouraged, and the abandonment of support by her boyfriend pointed out as an example of how difficult her life would be if she kept her child. Thank God Caring Network was there to walk with her every step of the way affirming her decision and giving her hope. What a blessing to be part of her life and that of her baby.
There is no scientific question that life begins at conception and that excluding abortion and miscarriage; conception usually results in a live birth. How our society views abortion, either as the death of human being or “reproductive freedom” has made a critical difference in public health science and where lawmakers and agencies spend public money.
As a cause of death, induced abortion is extremely consequential both in its entirety and its affect on racial groups. If one takes into account the number of abortions that occur annually in our country, induced abortion becomes the leading cause of death for our entire society, representing 32.1 percent of all deaths. By contrast-heart disease is only 16.7 % and cancer only 15.8%. Looking at racial demographics further-16.4 % of all deaths for whites; 61 % for blacks and 64 % for Hispanics. But the reality is that induced abortions are not reported as a cause of death in U.S. vital statistics. According to some public health officials, this discrepancy leads to sloppy reporting of abortion statistics as well as limiting funding for serious abortion researchers. Can you imagine if our culture treated abortion as they do heart disease and cancer as a health issue that needs to be addressed, funding would follow the vital work of pregnancy centers rather than abortion providers. Resources would help eliminate the reasons that cause women to choose abortions in all our communities. What a difference!
But thank God that Caring Network can provide these services to women free of charge. Without the support of people who know that life begins at conception, and abortion is the death of a human being, Caring Network would not be here. Thank you for all you do for the women and their babies.
Their one child policy initiated in 1979 has led to forced abortions, sterilizations, and a huge demographic nightmare. As the birthrate declined, there are fewer and fewer workers (the backbone of an economy) and its population has aged dramatically. Now China is faced with the problem of a population growing old before it has a chance to get wealthy. Chinese officials are encouraging Chinese couples to produce more children with slogans such as “Get to sleep early, stop playing cards and work hard to produce a child.” But unfortunately it is probably too late – the one child policy has been found to be very convenient – most Chinese couples do not believe that they can afford more children. It is anticipated that the fertility rate will not rise above 1.5 children per couple; not enough to even replace China’s current population. According to John Stonestreet, Caring Network’s 2015 banquet speaker, the problem is one of worldview. “The secular and certainly communist worldviews see children as commodities; subject either to parents’ desires and ‘lifestyle choices’ or to a government’s economic and political goals.” In contrast, “Christianity sees children as gifts of God: the natural, desirable result of the loving, lifelong commitment and physical union of husband and wife.” How we think about people makes a difference in our choices. Caring Network counselors help pregnant women see babies as blessings rather than burdens. When that happens, choices change and lives are saved.