On the January 25 broadcast of MSNBC’s The Cycle, co-host Touré Neblett “thanked God” that abortion was there to save him from unwanted fatherhood with a girlfriend who was “just not the one.” That statement created an emotional response by Matthew Clinger, post abortive father of two children, who with his wife, Kelly, searched for healing from their abortions for many, many years. You can read his story of healing here. CareNet knows first hand the pain that many men feel and we offer healing groups led by trained leaders for men as well as women through our Restore program. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact www.restoreafterabortion.com. CareNet is here for you too.
CareNet’s goal is to grow and expand our outreach to impact as many women as possible. To accomplish that goal, we have begun a new marketing initiative that combines advanced internet technology and old fashioned communication techniques. On the internet side we are using the latest in electronic communication . . . a new mobile website, search engine optimization, and laser focused internet advertising. Our relationship marketing campaign requires more traditional communication methods. A targeted mailing went out to hundreds of nurses, teachers, social workers and agencies that may come into contact with pregnant women in the greater DuPage County area. Follow -up phone calls, visits and thank you notes are all part of the campaign that will help develop relationships with hundreds of referring individuals and agencies. CareNet is the place to go for pregnant women in need. We want our community to know that. How you think we are doing?
CareNet is very excited to have Mr. Eric Metaxes as our 2013 banquet speaker scheduled for October 24th this year at Drury Lane. Mr. Metaxes assumed the leadership of the Christian Coalition following the death last year of founder, Chuck Colson. He wowed everyone at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. last year where he spoke very passionately about his belief in the humanity of the unborn and his support of Biblical sexuality. You can see the link here. Don’t forget to mark your calendars now, this is an event you won’t want to miss. For more information on CareNet’s 2013 banquet, click here.
January was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the legalization of abortion. How appropriate that during the month of January the New York Times should run a story recognizing the increasing sophistication of pregnancy centers and the caring role they play in helping women in unplanned pregnancies. Like other sophisticated and caring centers cited in the article, CareNet of DuPage, offers free services that abortion clinics charge for. We utilize the latest in electronic outreach and employ medical personnel to perform ultrasounds with the latest in 3D technology. Our décor is spa-like to welcome and care for women during a stressful time in their life. To maximize our effectiveness in reaching women and impacting lives, CareNet will continue to remain on the cutting edge of technology, communication techniques and needed services. We know that when women are cared for and offered real help that meets their needs, decisions and lives change. Let me know how you think we are doing.
Many teens and young people that come to CareNet for help are very concerned about telling their parents about a pregnancy. There are many reasons why, but mostly these young women are afraid that their parents will be disappointed in them. In Illinois, parents do not have to be notified of any possible abortion, so it is easy for young women to look at abortion as an easy way out of a dire situation. But unplanned pregnancy and abortion are serious issues that impact the family and parents need to have the opportunity of being involved in the decisions and lives of their children. CareNet counselors work very hard to help young women overcome their concerns and speak to their parents. We discuss with them possible scenarios and ways that they can approach their parents. After initially being upset, many parents end up supporting the pregnancy. And as soon as that new addition to the family arrives, everything changes. As one of CareNet counselors used to say, “No one can hate a baby.”
In the most recent issue of World Magazine, editor Marvin Olasky points out to all people concerned about life, the need to pray. “None of us is innocent. I’ve worked as a journalist and historian to draw attention to the evil of abortion, but I haven’t carried through in my prayer life. I don’t pray every day for the hearts of mothers and fathers to be turned toward their unborn children.” Prayer is a very important part of CareNet. Prayer is critical and can change a woman’s decision as God works in her heart. If you want to become a part of CareNet’s prayer team, you can contact email@example.com to receive weekly prayer requests. Prayer does make a difference.
Did you see the picture of the baby grabbing the hand of the doctor’s finger during a C-section procedure? You can see it here. The husband of a Phoenix couple took the picture during the deliver of their daughter, Nevaeh. (heaven spelled backwards) This picture is another powerful testimony of life in the womb. Ultrasound is a powerful witness and many young women are excited when they see a scan of their unborn baby. One young mother who came to CareNet put the scan of her unborn son on her cell phone as a screen saver! Ultrasound makes a difference.
I recently read that the governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell has certified health regulations that impose strict hospital construction standards on his state’s 20 abortion clinics. He stated that these regulations were necessary to make sure that the patient’s safety was protected. In Illinois there are no strict regulations of abortion clinics. All efforts to pass legislation that would regulate them as surgical centers have been defeated. CareNet believes that women need to be protected and have a right to know exactly what happens to them if they go to an abortion clinic. They need to know abortion procedures, risks and alternatives. We don’t know what will happen with Illinois legislation, but I do know that CareNet will work to make sure that women are completely informed. How do you think we are doing?
That was the title of an article in the January 3rd issue of Time Magazine. The writer concludes that although abortion remains legal, there are fewer abortion doctors and clinics. State based regulations have also limited abortion access. She also sites the change in public opinion due to neonatology and ultrasound. Americans now have an understanding of what a preborn baby looks like. At CareNet, we know the power of ultrasound to reveal truth and change minds. CareNet offers ultrasound at all four of our centers and we intend to remain on the cutting edge of this life saving technology. In 2012 we updated one machine with state of the art 3D technology, extremely powerful imagery particularly in a later term pregnancy. And it is effective. A majority of the women who see their unborn child through ultrasound make a decision to carry their pregnancy. Have you seen the Time article? Let me know what you think about it . . . .
This year on January 22nd, Roe v. Wade will be 40 years old. Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court decision that ushered in legal abortion in our country. Since that time countless babies have been lost and women and men affected by an abortion decision. This decision was the impetus for the start of CareNet in 1981. Community leaders wanted to do something to help women in unplanned pregnancies and to minister to them. So they started CareNet as a hotline that rang in a local mechanic’s garage. Now CareNet of DuPage has grown to a multi-faceted ministry with four centers that impact thousands of lives every year teaching abstinence in our classrooms, providing counseling for women and their families, and many other vital services! CareNet has saved and changed tens of thousands of lives since its beginning with the help of our ministry friends and partners. While we don’t know the future of Roe, we DO know that God has provided a safe haven for women and their babies through CareNet of DuPage.