In 1981, abortion was relatively new to our country. Concerned Christians all around the country struggled with how to respond to this crisis. Here in DuPage County, concerned clergy and community leaders decided that they wanted to be boots on the ground and focus on reaching the women who were in an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion. They hoped that through compassion and offering support, women would choose life for their babies. So Crisis Pregnancy Services of DuPage was founded. Volunteer counselors responded to calls made by pregnant women to a hotline that was located in a mechanic’s garage. Although rudimentary, it worked and many women were helped. 35 years later, Caring Network Pregnancy Services has grown from that first hotline to 5 locations in DuPage County. Thousands and thousands of babies have been born and their moms saved from the tragedy that is abortion. Celebrate with us 35 years of making birthdays happen!
We all remember asking a toddler that question. In response a child will normally hold up 2 or 3 fingers representing how old they are . . . How many birthdays they have had. Birthdays are a celebration of life. Cards, candles, singing, balloons and parties tell us that life is good. Caring Network knows all about birthdays. For 35 years Caring Network has been making birthdays happen by rescuing children and saving moms from abortion. Why? Because life is God’s gift and we are called to protect it! So, you are invited to a special birthday party Sunday, May 1st, 11a.m.-2p.m. and Tuesday, May 3rd, 4-7p.m. at Caring Network’s new administration offices at 1200 Roosevelt Road, #114 in Glen Ellyn. We will be celebrating the thousands and thousands of birthdays that have occurred through the work of Caring Network! Throughout this anniversary year we will sprinkle you with stories and pictures of children and whole families that have been impacted through the work of Caring Network. Join us for this celebration of life and of our 35th anniversary year. Consider this your invitation. Looking forward to seeing you! We are saving a piece of birthday cake for you.
God is good! A recent abortion statistics report issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health showed a decline in the number of statewide abortions by more than 2,000. DuPage numbers declined by a little over 100 -down 6.1% to 1,677. But even more significantly, all of the counties that Caring Network serves, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will, showed a decline in the number of abortions. Excluding Cook County, abortions declined by 406 in the other 4 counties or 9% overall. As Caring Network continues to reach out through internet advertising and increased service sites, we are hopeful that the number of abortions will continue to decline in our community. As more vulnerable women learn about Caring Network services and that they have more than one choice, lives will be saved. To God be the glory!
There have been many laws passed at state levels banning abortions at 20 weeks and beyond. These laws are based on the fact that unborn babies can feel pain and it would be inhumane to have them suffer through abortion. The Guttmacher Institute recently stated that it’s objection to laws that ban abortion at 20 weeks post fertilization is based on the “spurious” claim that the unborn can feel pain at that point. Let’s examine what science has to say. According to Dr. Jean A. Wright of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, by 20 weeks gestation, the unborn child has all of the organs necessary to perceive and transmit pain. That is a conservative viewpoint as most scientists believe that pain perception can begin as early as 6 weeks in the womb because at this point in development electrical brain activity has been verified. There is also considerable evidence to support the argument that unborn babies feel pain more intensely than adults. Pain “dampeners” develop later in gestation about 40 weeks. So despite the assertion that the claim of fetal pain is “spurious”, scientific evidence supports that the unborn at a minimum of 20 weeks gestation will experience pain when aborted. Ironically our society continues to protect animals from abuse (and rightfully so), but refuses to recognize that abortion is by its very nature an inhumane procedure that causes immense pain to tiny human beings.
Heeding the calls of Wisconsin citizens, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill redirecting the state’s Title X funding away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to other community health providers. This bill is expected to remove $3.5 million annually from PPWI in tax revenue. Underscoring the importance of this event, Governor Walker signed the bill at a pregnancy center in Waukesha, Life’s Connection. Another bill signed by the Governor only allows Planned Parenthood to bill Medicaid for the actual cost of contraceptives, saving tax payers an estimated $4.5 million. The move to eliminate funding follows the revelation that PP was doing abortions in a way to secure the best prices for baby body parts. Caring Network applauds the citizens of Wisconsin and its elected officials on the passage of this importance legislation.
The international singing sensation, Adele, recently became a mother and promptly put herself at odds with the feminist movement that believes that women cannot achieve their goals without abortion. Adele stated in a recent issue of Vogue magazine that her son “makes me very proud of myself. When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t.” Elissa Strauss of Slate magazine immediately pushed back. “This is a bold, potentially controversial, statement for a celebrity mom. . . . This type of sentiment has backfired for female celebrities before. When Natalie Portman dared to suggest that motherhood might be ‘the most important role of (her) life’ in her 2011 Oscar acceptance speech, she received a lot of pushback. . . . There’s been similar resistance to calling motherhood ‘the most important job in the world.” Although some have been demeaning motherhood as an important profession for many years, women still recognize the critical role of mothering the next generation. Women coming to Caring Network face difficult decisions on their pregnancy.
The pro-abortion feminist movement tells them they can not go on with their lives and be a mother as well. They must choose – their life or that of their child. At Caring Network, we work with women to enable them to choose both – their life and that of their child’s.
We all know that sex selection abortion is practiced in countries that prefer males over females such as China or India, but now it appears that this practice has surfaced in our country among Asian-American parts of the population. A survey of Chinese women between the ages of 23 and 50 in Manhattan’s Chinatown and Flushing found that many women seek abortion in desperation to fulfill their family’s expectations and often against the choice of the mother. One woman stated that when the doctor confirmed the gender of her child, he stated, “It’s a girl. You want to get rid of it? It’ll take just three minutes”. According to interviews with dozens of physicians, community leaders and Asian immigrants in NYC, pregnant women of Chinese and India descent often go to abortion clinics for early stage fetal gender tests. If the fetus is found to be female, some times abortions take place. This practice shows the need to pass bans on sex-selection abortions. Only seven states have passed such legislation and one is pending in New York. Sex selection abortion is another example of how women are coerced into abortion. In this case it is through a culture that dictates that male children are needed for the perpetuation of the family. In other cases it could be through a husband, boyfriend, or parent that demands an abortion to continue a relationship or support. All of these practices demean women. Caring Network exists to equip pregnant women to have choices . . . . Decisions that they can live with.
The death of Judge Scalia certainly leaves a large void in the legal push to protect the unborn. Many would even argue that this could mark the end of the Supreme Court’s ability to end abortion or even put limited controls on the practice in our country. Looking at the present make up of the court, where do people working to end abortion in our country turn to see lives saved from this evil practice? One doesn’t have too look far to see that pregnancy centers across the country are the hope of the pro-life movement. Meeting pregnant women where they are at, filling their needs and enabling them to choose life for their children is the work of ministries such as Caring Network. There are many effective parts to the pro-life movement but pregnancy centers have a direct impact on women as they are making their decisions regarding their pregnancy. Caring Network is on the front lines of the battle for each and every individual little boy or girl whose life is threatened. The battle for life happens everyday in Caring Network’s counseling rooms. Caring Network counselors know that if they fail to connect with a frightened and vulnerable woman, her next stop is the abortion clinic. The reality that abortion may never be stopped by politicians or judges should not lead us to despair because we know that behind the scenes the work of Caring Network will go on-saving lives one at a time. To all of our ministry partners, thanks for helping the women who come to us choose life for their children-we could not do it with out you.
The politicians are all scrambling following the death of this great jurist too either postpone or confirm a new Supreme Court Justice. Time will tell how that all turns out, but there is a real immediate problem that needs to be considered. On March 2, the court heard the case Whole Woman’s Heath v. Hellerstedt, a legal challenge to the Texas law that among other things requires an abortionist to have access to a local hospital and conform to ambulatory surgical center requirements. The law has been very successful and many abortion clinics have closed because they could not meet the new requirements. If there is a 4-4 tie on the court, the ruling of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the law, would stand. In order to get to the 4-4 tie, Justice Anthony Kennedy would have to vote with the conservative block of Roberts, Alito and Thomas. Watchers of the Supreme Court agree that a conservative vote by Kennedy is certainly not guaranteed. In this time of political volatility, let’s pray that God would guide the hearts and minds of the justices as they review this very important case. As before, the lives of many innocent children depend on it. Part 2 to follow.