March 8th was International Women’s Day, a day when women around the world celebrated the existence of women and honored the many prominent women in their lives who had contributed so much to society. Unfortunately, there were some celebrants who took this opportunity to express their belief that easy access to abortion was the only way to truly empower women to enjoy a prosperous and meaningful future. Really? Is that what true empowerment is all about? Many young pro-life women don’t believe that. They believe that women are empowered when they can choose to pursue a career or education without being asked to sacrifice their motherhood and allow someone to end the live of their child. Their lives are not an either or, but a both and. CareNet exists to give women “both and” decision making capabilities. By providing answers to the problems women face in carrying their pregnancy, CareNet truly empowers women to choose a life with their child. CareNet does not believe that any woman should be required to sacrifice the life of her child to enjoy a meaningful future. We are glad that with your support thousands of women who came to CareNet for help have been empowered to choose life for their child.
Dr. Seuss had it right. In his famous book, Horton Hears a Who, Dr. Seuss relates the tale of Horton the Elephant who discovers a tiny planet on a speck of dust entitled Whoville. Tiny microscopic creatures called Whos live there. Horton agrees to protect Whoville and courageously defends The Whos by proclaiming to the world, “A person is a person no matter how small.”
The same can be said for an unborn baby in the tiniest stage of human development, a blastocyst. According to an article by Ana Maria Duitru entitled, “Science, Embryonic Autonomy and the Questions of When Life Begins,” an unborn human exhibits all of the characteristics of a living person even at the blastocyst stage. How? Because a blastocyst in a Petri dish will automatically begin to divide and grow when stimulated in a Petri dish. It exhibits “embryonic autonomy” because it grows independent of a location within a mother. Why is this important? If a pregnancy is just a clump of cells and does not exhibit embryonic autonomy, the mother can choose to get rid of the cells as if they were a cancer. However, if these “clump of cells” exhibit autonomy and behave like a living organism, abortion would destroy an independent person.
These are good arguments in defending the right of even the littlest human being to live, but CareNet knows that women need more than just good arguments to encourage them to choose life for the littlest human being that is dividing and growing inside of them. They need love, compassion and real solutions to the many problems they may face in finding a way to give life to their child. Thanks for helping CareNet provide do just that!
In an article written by Moira Weigel, published in The Atlantic, the author asserts that the images seen on an ultrasound screen are no different from the “rapidly dividing cell mass” of early pregnancy. Any parent or grandparent who has seen ultrasound pictures of their unborn child or grandchild knows that this statement is false. The development of an unborn child as witnessed by viewing both an early pregnancy ultrasound and one in the last trimester is profound. The article entitled “How Ultrasound Advanced the Idea that a Fetus is a Person” asserts that ultrasound is being used to deceive women and convince them that the fetus is a human being. She even goes so far as to criticize expectant parents who post ultrasound images of their unborn children on Facebook or Instagram as participating in the “popular enthusiasm for fetal images.” There is no doubt that the advancements in ultrasound have made a huge positive difference in the work of pregnancy centers. At CareNet, a majority of women who see their unborn child on ultrasound, choose to carry their pregnancy. This advance in technology has given pregnant women the opportunity to see the miraculous miracle of life that is going on their bodies. Ultrasound is not political but reality.
Following President Trump’s executive order reinstating the Mexico City Policy that denied federal funding of organizations that promote abortion internationally, many countries have decided to contribute their own funding to organizations such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Lawmakers in the Netherlands proposed the creation of a new global abortion fund to make up for the money the U.S. no longer provides. The Netherlands have contributed 10 million dollars as well as Australia, 7.5 million. Other countries currently involved are Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland and Cape Verde. A meeting is being planned to organize this new global abortion fund and representatives from 50 countries have been invited. Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced her country’s contribution recently claiming the money will support women and girls world-wide. “It’s the right thing to do, it’s a matter of principle,” stated Bishop. “It’s also the smart thing to do as improving gender equality promotes economic prosperity.” Interesting statement. How does the abortion of unborn baby girls improve gender equality? It is estimated that about 50 million abortions take place around the world annually. It is a blessing to know that due to this executive order our country is no longer contributing to the destruction of unborn human life around the world.
The Illinois Department of Public Health recently released its 2015 abortion statistics indicating a significant drop in the number of abortions performed in DuPage County. Abortions dropped to a low of 1600 or 5% over the previous year. Significant is the fact that abortions in DuPage have declined by a total of 20% over the last 3 years. Even more encouraging is that the decrease in abortions in DuPage County is double the state-wide decline. God is using CareNet to bring hope and life to pregnant women who believe that abortion is their only solution to an unplanned pregnancy! Please continue to pray for the women that come to CareNet, their CareNet peer counselors and the many conversations that take place every day. We thank God for the lives that have been saved and the many opportunities He has given us to share the love of Christ to hurting women and families. With your help, CareNet is making a powerful difference-right here in DuPage County
Since being founded in 1981, CareNet has saved tens of thousands of lives by reaching women devastated by an unplanned pregnancy with compassion, the love of Christ, and resources that empower them to choose life. Now CareNet is working hard to bring our life-saving work to an underserved area in the northwest portion of DuPage County. This new center would serve the women in western DuPage, Kane and northwest Cook County. We are looking for a counseling, medical practice or like-minded business in the West Chicago area with whom we might share space to establish a CareNet Express Center. Specifically we would like to find a location with proximity to major thoroughfares such as Route 59, North Avenue, Roosevelt Road, or County Farm Road. The center would need two rooms plus access to a bathroom. The new location also must be zoned for medical use for ultrasounds. If you know of someone who may be interested in hearing more, please contact Beth Rockouski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-493-1340 x 5240 for more information. Thanks for your help in furthering God’s work here in DuPage County.
CareNet’s vision is to increase the number of pregnant women coming to us for help through increased internet advertising and by providing access to CareNet services at more locations around the county. 2016 saw significant strategic growth for CareNet in these areas.
CareNet’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 CareNet 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.
CareNet saw more pregnant women considering abortion or in danger of choosing abortion than ever before in its history. An increase of 24% over 2015.
CareNet 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 CareNet 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 CareNet, 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, 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.