CareNet celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. This ministry that began as a telephone line in a mechanic’s garage has grown to be a vibrant ministry that meets vulnerable pregnant women in four separate locations in DuPage County. Unfortunately, our county has witnessed the growth of the abortion industry within our borders. Currently we have four abortion clinics with the largest being the Planned Parenthood mega center in east Aurora. Abortion has been a part of the American culture since 1973 and to many young women it is an acceptable solution to the problem of an unplanned pregnancy. Studies show that 98% of women who visit an abortion center first, will choose to abort. Why? Because they are given no other choice! It is so important that CareNet reach them first. CareNet exists to offer these women hope and a different choice. A choice for life that they can live with. What women need is not abortion, but compassion, love, support and solutions to real problems. They can find all of these at a CareNet center.
CareNet continues to grow. Building on an effective internet marketing strategy that reaches women in the midst of making a decision on their pregnancy, the numbers of women who think that abortion must be their choice who come to CareNet for help has dramatically increased. In the first 7 months of 2016, CareNet served more women considering abortion than in any year ever before. These women come to CareNet intent on abortion, many facing very difficult circumstances. But with love, compassion and the miracle of ultrasound, babies are being saved.
Tanya came to CareNet thinking she was about 11 weeks pregnant. The mother of a daughter already, she was hoping to get back to work now that her daughter was getting older. Abortion seemed like the best solution. But her ultrasound revealed a beautiful image of a 14 ½ week old baby. When asked by her CareNet counselor how the ultrasound affected her decision to abort, Tanya responded, “I think I just fell in love.” Tanya changed her mind and chose life for her child. “I was thinking I didn’t have support and it made it easier to consider abortion. I am so glad I came here.”
CareNet is on the frontlines of the fight for life, reaching women right where they are. Making a difference and saving lives. Thanks for your support!
Grief, anger and self hatred are common emotions felt by women who have experienced abortion. CareNet’s Restore program offers healing and forgiveness by encouraging a continuing relationship with Christ. Many women with no prior religious background begin to find out about God’s love and forgiveness. Many wish to continue to develop their faith after their time with Restore is over.
This young woman acknowledged that her faith had grown during her time with Restore and she wanted to continue to work on developing her faith in God.
“Before Restore, I was in a very dark place emotionally and spiritually. I knew I could not continue my life in this much pain. Restore has brought me out of the darkness I was feeling and I thought would never end. Although at times it made me feel more sad, I am grateful for the healing it has brought to my life. I now know that God has forgiven me and the best thing I have realized is my baby is in heaven with God. “
If you or someone you know would like to talk about their abortion experience, please visit www.restoreafterabortion.com for more information and help.
Recently Christians have heard a lot about the politics of abortion, much of it discouraging. But we forget that the battle for life is being fought one life at a time, everyday, at the CareNet centers in our county-right here in our neighborhood. This is what God has been doing.
An ultrasound performed on a woman considering abortion revealed twins. After an intense spiritual discussion, this struggling young woman chose life for her babies.
A young couple seeking parenting help at CareNet recommitted their lives to Christ.
Another young couple unable to parent their child decided to pursue adoption after seeing their baby on ultrasound and discussing their situation and options with their CareNet counselor.
An engaged couple considered abortion because they believed that their baby was not yet formed. But after an ultrasound revealed the truth, they decided to go ahead with the pregnancy.
These are several of the many stories of hope and life that take place at CareNet every day. Without your support, these stories would not be possible. On behalf of the moms, dad and babies, thank you.
John Stonestreet of Breakpoint Commentaries and last year’s CareNet banquet speaker recently made an interesting observation. The hearts and minds of the American people are being changed when it comes to the issues of abortion. Listen to this.
Only 17% of millennials support abortion for any reason at any time. 62% of them who even described themselves as pro-choice, believe that abortion should be banned after the first trimester.
Over 60% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortions.
80% want abortion clinics held to the same standards as other outpatient surgical centers.
70% believe that abortionists should be required to have hospital admitting privileges.
Americans agree by a margin of 20% that religious healthcare providers should not be forced to perform abortions against their deeply-held beliefs.
This is all great news! Abortion numbers continue to decline. Lives are being saved and changed everyday. Praise God!
In a move unsupported by his party, Governor Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law SB 1564 that enacts changes to Illinois’ Health Care Right of Conscience Act. Originally introduced in the summer of 2015, the legislation affects the right of conscience of pro-life medical providers. The law goes into effect January 1, 2017. The law has already been challenged. Alliance Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit in state court on the behalf of pro-life medical professionals claiming that the new law violates state law and the state constitution. CareNet is confident that SB 1564 will be overturned and the rights of pro-life medical professionals protected. CareNet will continue to serve our community by providing truth and real alternatives to vulnerable women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
In view of the recent Supreme Court ruling declaring parts of a Texas abortion law unconstitutional, some comedians twittered the support for the decision. The Daily Show twittered: “Celebrate the #SCOTUS ruling! Go knock someone up in Texas!” The negative response from their audience caused them to tweet a clarification “Friends, we’re certainly not promoting abortions. Just excited about #SCOTUS reaffirming right to choose. Tina Nguyen posted a tweet she had received.
Hope you are well. NARAL Pro Choice America will debut a new video, Comedians In Cars Getting Abortions (a parody on Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee) on Wednesday, June 29th. The irreverent and lighthearted . . . . .”
Tina responded, “Listen, I’m all for videos advocating for political causes, but this is . . . . um.”
A woman coming to CareNet facing an abortion decision knows that abortion is no laughing matter. Her decision will dramatically change her life. If she chooses to carry the pregnancy, she will most likely become a single mom. If she chooses abortion, she may have to deal with the guilt and grief that accompany the loss of a child. CareNet has been working on the front lines of the fight to save women and children from abortion for 35 years. Thousands of babies have been saved; celebrated birthdays, grown up and some of these babies are now even having their own children. Everyday at CareNet when a baby is saved, the future is dramatically altered. What a blessing to be part of these futures filled with hope and blessing.
The majority of justices in the Texas case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, argued that this law placed an “undue burden” on a woman seeking an abortion, as defined by a 1992 Supreme Court decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Justice Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion in the recent Texas case pointing out the court’s tendency to bend over backwards to accommodate abortion. Some highlights:
“The majority applies the undue-burden standard in a way that will surely mystify lower courts for years to come.”
“By second guessing medical evidence and making its own assessments of ‘quality of care’ issues . . . the majority reappoints this Court as the country’s ex officio medical board with powers to disapprove medical and operative practices and standards throughout the United States.”
“The Court has simultaneously transformed judicially created rights like the right to abortion into preferred constitutional rights, while disfavoring many of the rights actually enumerated in the Constitution.”
“The majority’s embrace of a jurisprudence of rights-specific exceptions and balancing tests is . . . an acknowledgement that we have passed the point where ‘law,’ properly speaking, has any further application.”
The so called “right to abortion” now trumps the safety of women. Well said Justice Thomas.
On June 27th by a 5-3 margin, the Supreme Court invalidated two provisions of Texas H.B.2, which mandates that abortionists have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and operate in offices that more readily allow emergency personnel to rescue women injured by abortions. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council notes that “In 2011, 26,500 women experienced abortion-related complications and close to 3,200 women required post-abortion hospitalization. Mandating basic and necessary health and safety standards such as trained staff, . . . sanitation and safety codes should be beyond the politics of abortion.” Some leaders wondered why abortionists in Texas had chosen to close their facilities rather than meet health standards intended to protect women. Carol Tobias, President of NRTL stated, “How shabby are these abortion clinics that they cannot meet the minimum standards other outpatient surgical centers are required to meet, and just how bad are these abortionists that they can’t get admitting privileges at a local hospital?” Left intact from the legislation is the provision that prohibits abortions that take place at 20 weeks or later, a provision based on evidence that demonstrates the baby can feel pain at that stage. This provision was not included by the abortion providers when they filed a lawsuit challenging the Texas law. As it has been for 35 years, CareNet will remain on the forefront of the fight for the safety of both mother and child. Abortion is a tragedy that takes the life of a child and wounds a mother. Politics has no place in such an arena. The battle will continue to be won in the counseling rooms at CareNet, one life at a time.
Courtney Baker is the mother of a 15 month old Downs Syndrome child, Emersyn Faith. The prenatal diagnosis of Downs Syndrome was shattering to her and her husband. But even worse was the lack of support by her doctor. She recently told her pregnancy story to ABC News. Courtney wrote:
“I came to you during the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious and in complete despair. I didn’t know the truth yet about my baby, and that’s what I desperately needed from you. But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we terminate our child. I told you her name, and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down Syndrome. You suggested we reconsider our decision to continue the pregnancy.”
Courtney’s story demonstrates how vulnerable women in difficult pregnancies are to the influence of others. In her case it was her doctor. The women who come to CareNet many times have husbands, boyfriends, friends, or family who are pressuring them to abort their child. These women need the love and support given them by CareNet counselors so they can determine their own feelings about their pregnancy. With compassionate care and needed resources, many women will decide to carry their pregnancy. CareNet has been protecting vulnerable women for 35 years, rescuing children and saving moms. Thanks for helping us do that.