Building on the success of our first express center in Elmhurst, CareNet is beginning to look for a location to expand services in the northwest quadrant of DuPage County. Long an underserved area of the county, CareNet 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. CareNet’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 CareNet 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 CareNet.
CareNet counselors saw more clients intent on abortion than ever before in the ministry’s history increasing the opportunities to save lives.
CareNet’s medical team performed a record number of ultrasounds.
Through the end of November, targeted advertising brought through CareNet’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.
CareNet’s new Elmhurst Express Center grew exponentially,demonstrating the viability of CareNet’s vision for the future.
Multiple sets of twins were saved.
God has been gracious providing CareNet 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 CareNet 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 CareNet 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 CareNet. 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 CareNet 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 CareNet 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, CareNet 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, CareNet’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. CareNet counselors help pregnant women see babies as blessings rather than burdens. When that happens, choices change and lives are saved.
According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, the most commonly reported STDs, increased between 2014 and 2015, reaching an all time high. According to the report, syphilis rose by 19 %; gonorrhea by 12.8 % and chlamydia by 5.9%. Of the more than 1.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, young people 15-24 years old, accounted for nearly two-thirds of the new cases and of the 395,216 new cases of gonorrhea, young people accounted for one half. It is estimated that about half of the nearly 20 million new STD cases reported annually are among 15-24 year olds. “We have reached a decisive moment for the nation,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, said in a written statement, “STD rates are rising, and many of the country’s systems for preventing STD’s have eroded. We must mobilize, rebuild and expand services-or the human and economic burden will continue to grow.” CareNet has been a promoter of abstinence until marriage for young people for many years both in our counseling rooms and DuPage County schools and churches. As the sexual revolution continues to take its toll on our young people, we will continue to uphold Biblical principles of sexuality to woman and men struggling to make good decisions for their lives.
Restore, CareNet’s healing program for women and men who have experienced abortions, is restoring hope and changing lives. Many people have multiple losses in their lives and Restore has been instrumental in helping them deal with the grief and pain. One woman who lost both her father and mother while in the Restore program wrote:
“I can say that through all of these trials, Restore counseling was very helpful. It helped me to restore my faith and know I don’t have control over this life. . . . Because of the Lord and the help I have received by Restore, I know that I am forgiven by the Lord for my abortions. I have learned to forgive myself for wrong choices I have made in my past. . . . My desire is to be a Godly steward to God and pass on what God has given me. I may have my grief, but I know God carries me each day.”
What a wonderful story of redemption. It is a privilege for CareNet to be instrumental in the lives of wounded people who are in desperate need of God’s healing and forgiveness. Thanks for being part of their lives.