There has been a lot of discussion regarding Beijing’s recent replacement of the one child policy with the two child policy. This discussion has brought to light another related topic: the plight of the so-called “illegal” children now in China; those second children born to parents who managed to escape the mandatory birth restrictions and forced abortions. A recent New York Times article pointed out their dilemma. Although Chinese citizens, they face life in China without official residence permits and identity cards and because of that they cannot go to school, access health care, get a good job or get married. Although technically illegal, local officials have used such methods to punish parents who did not follow the rules and fearful parents have not gone forward to register their second child fearing fines. Although second children are now allowed, there is no indication from the Chinese government to retroactively recognize these children as legitimate leaving them officially in limbo. Unfortunately, there will continue to be “illegal” children as some parents will want a third or fourth child. Children always need to be recognized as a gift from God no matter where they are within a family. Caring Network counselors work with women day after day, overcoming their fears and enabling them to see their children as unique and special and worthy of life. As partners in saving lives, we are grateful for your support.
What a blessing to help a grieving aborted woman finally realize that she is a forgiven child of God. That’s what happens in Caring Network’s Restore healing groups for both men and women. Recently one of the participants had a breakthrough. She had struggled through much of the Restore program not knowing God’s love and forgiveness. Finally, after much struggle, it came to her in a flash! “I am forgiven! Since God forgives me, that means I am free to forgive myself!” That realization was a life changer. She now understands who Jesus is and what He did for her. She can now go forward in her life walking in the peace and joy of forgiveness. What a huge blessing Caring Network has been to this young woman’s life.
Eva had succumbed to the pressure and taken the first abortion pill in the three part series. Realizing that she had made a mistake, she immediately attempted to reverse the procedure by taking a prescription of progesterone designed to counteract the mifepristone in the abortion pill. Did it work? One week later she had a visit with the Dr. and had an ultrasound that showed that she was still pregnant, about 5 weeks and everything appeared normal. Two weeks later another follow-up appointment indicated a strong heart beat. The doctor’s comments to Eva greatly encouraged her, “This only works in 1 out of 6 or 7 reversals, so God clearly meant for this to happen. God has given you a gift, your child is meant to do things in this world.” As Eva met with her Caring Network counselor, her joy was palpable. “From the moment you called me on the day of the abortion and you offered to pay for the reversal, I knew this wasn’t just a coincidence. I knew this was meant to be!” Praise to God for His blessings!
God sometimes brings women to us who are in such desperate circumstances just to demonstrate His power and glory. Such is the case with Eva who came to Caring Network pregnant and under terrific pressure to abort her baby. Eva had a difficult past. And here she was in one of Caring Network’s counseling rooms pregnant. Wanting to have her baby, her boyfriend scheduled an abortion for 9:00 a.m. the following day. Eva’s counselor worked with Eva through a tearful session and a beautiful ultrasound. However, the pressure proved too great and Eva kept her appointment to take the abortion pill. Immediately afterword, she called her Caring Network counselor, saying she regretted it and could not forget the ultrasound. Her Caring Network counselor met her at the pharmacy to pay for the abortion pill reversal. Will it work? More to follow.
John Stonestreet, Caring Network’s recent banquet speaker, believes that the pro-life movement is making enormous gains in our culture and laying groundwork for political change. “These are heady times for the pro-life movement. In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken at several pro-life gatherings. Each time, I can feel the energy in the room. The stalwart defenders of life sense that momentum is shifting our way.” Mr. Stonestreet cites some examples:
Following the recent Planned Parenthood videos and according to a recent CNN poll, a solid majority of Americans, 58%, now oppose most or all abortions.
Pregnancy care centers outnumber abortion clinics in the U.S. by a 2-1 ratio offering pregnant women in need hope and compassion.
The pro-life movement has made great use of technology particularly ultrasound to show women how beautiful and real is life in their womb.
Many churches acknowledge the horrible affect of abortion particularly on women and are now offering healing opportunities through the ministries of their churches.
Stories such as the one about Kevin and Nicole (last week’s blog) that demonstrate the love we have for all people and our desire to make a difference.
As we move forward toward greater impact, Christians must continue to live a pro-life ethic that demonstrates to our neighbors the caring and love deserved by each person in our community. In that way we hold up the love of Christ and inspire the next generation to continue to care for the vulnerable among us.
Kevin and Nicole Cook lost a baby to miscarriage almost two years ago and have been struggling with infertility every since. The recent Planned Parenthood videos broke their heart and they were moved to action. Kevin sent out a call on his blog to mothers considering abortion. “If anyone out there reads this and is considering abortion, I will take your baby. My wife and I will gladly take all your babies! I’m completely serious. If you are pregnant and don’t want your child, we will. It’s not a fetus. It’s a blessing. Life matters.” Carrying it further, Kevin and Nicole joined a group of Christians praying outside of an abortion clinic in Lexington, Kentucky. Carrying signs that read “God loves you and your baby” and “Please don’t abort . . . . we will adopt your baby. Come talk to us!” They had their picture taken and shared the photo and their dream to adopt on Facebook. Friends and family shared it and it went viral. They began to hear from pregnant moms messaging them about adoption. According to the couple, many of these women who contacted them want to choose adoption over abortion—but they just don’t know where to go. Pregnant women in need deserve more than just the choice of abortion. Caring Network compassionately reaches out to these women with real solutions to their problems that give them the ability to choose life for their child. Caring Network counselors are adoption specialists that can answer a woman’s questions about the process and make referrals to adoption agencies based on her desires for her child. What a difference a little knowledge can make!
As our culture continues to sink into an abyss of excess and immorality what is the role of the church? Should it only be concerned with evangelism and saving souls or does it have an obligation to address the obvious decline in Christian living in our culture. This is an old argument that merits reexamination in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage that threatens to undermine the religious liberty of Christians. The answer is really quite simple. Christ is sovereign over all. That includes the church and the culture. And although we can’t impose our beliefs and values on non believers, we can suggest that such beliefs and values are worth consideration. Christian values are a guide for life and as such they need to be introduced and maintained in the marketplace of ideas. The church throughout the ages has always impacted the culture by offering provocative counter cultural ideas such as the sanctity of human life for one. Most importantly the church has always been about the business of ministering to individuals that are in danger or hurting from the consequences of a culture run amuck. As president of Caring Network, I am grateful for the many churches that work side by side with us, helping women in need, saving lives, and offering the eternal truth of Christ to women desperate for hope in their lives. Caring Network is in the business of impacting both the culture and the eternal lives of women in need. Caring Network is about the work of the local church in our communities.
DuPage County suffers from 3 abortion clinics within its borders plus a Planned Parenthood mega-center in Aurora. Together they account for almost 2,000 abortions performed on DuPage County women every year. Only 3 out of 100 women who walk into a Planned Parenthood facility for an unplanned pregnancy choose life for their child. 97% choose abortion. At Caring Network, we see a very different outcome. Three out of four women continue their pregnancy after visiting a Caring Network center! When women are offered real alternatives and solutions to real problems, life is their choice! How is Caring Network working to reach the women who turn to Planned Parenthood for help with an unplanned pregnancy? Answer: Caring Network is increasing outreach through strategic marketing initiatives designed to reach women in need first. We know it makes a difference. • By building connections with those people who are influential in a woman’s life such as healthcare professionals, teachers, counselors and social agencies. • By increasing our online presence through search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, and social media campaigns. Internet technology is the best way to reach women searching for abortion. All of these efforts will increase Caring Network’s name recognition and help us compete for the lives of women and their unborn children. We are grateful for your support.
China recently abandoned its one child policy that between 1979 and 2013 took the lives of 330 million unborn Chinese babies. One has to wonder if Chinese politicians anticipated some other results of this restrictive and repressive policy. • Millions of Chinese women experience severe physical and mental health problems. • Roughly 200 million Chinese women have been sterilized. • According to the U.S. State Department, the birth limitation and cultural preference for sons has resulted in a skewed sex ratio of 118 boys to 100 girls. The lack of females will likely increase sex trafficking and forced prostitution. • By 2030 it is projected that 25% of Chinese men in their late 30s, largely living in the rural areas of China, will never have married. The result will be a growing demographic of unmarried, underprivileged and discontented young men. • By 2040 it is projected that the Chinese working population will drop from 817 million today to 696 million while the Chinese population over 60 will increase to 411 million up from 171 million today. The economic consequences of such a population shift will be profound. China’s one child policy resulted in the loss of millions of innocent lives. But what about our country? What unintended consequences are occurring because of our forty plus years of legalized abortion?
A war of exhaustion defeats an opponent’s will to fight. This kind of war affects all sorts of people or nations. It plagues Christians involved in upholding the sanctity of life, religious liberty and the family. We have all seen or experienced its results . . . . . . discouragement, a sense of weariness, and failure. The biggest challenge is dealing with a war of exhaustion in a God pleasing manner. The Bible teaches us that we may need to rest and find refreshment in God’s Word. Or sometimes what we need is a boost of confidence, not as the world gives, but as God gives. We need to remember that what we are fighting for is God’s truth and that the ultimate victory is in eternity-we have won! What we can’t do is give up! The work of Caring Network is challenging and never ending. Lives hang in the balance. The battles fought with love and compassion are sometimes lost, the enemy of life wins, and lives are taken. But we rejoice in the many lives saved. To be part of a pregnant woman’s story that begins with despair and ends with hope is truly a blessing. At Caring Network, we experience God’s grace and goodness everyday by working in His world, saving the lives of women and their children. As Caring Network partners, you are part of the same work. On behalf of the women and their families that we serve, thank you for standing with us!