NY Abortion Rates Fall for the 6th Straight Year…Hits Record Low, Monroe County Leads

Rochester, NY—New York Vital Statistics for 2013, published late last week, revealed yet another drop in abortion numbers statewide. Across New York the number of abortions have hit an all-time low since abortion was first legalized in 1970. In the last six years alone (between 2008 and 2013), the number of abortions dropped by 20.3%, including 3.3% in the most recent year measured.

Monroe County continues to lead the way in this trend reversal, with an 8% reduction in just one year and a six year total decline of 39.1%. In fact, Monroe County’s abortion rate has dropped so far and so quickly that it is responsible for 22% of the state’s one year reduction, despite having only 3.7% of women of childbearing age as residents.

Interestingly there have been no legal restrictions on abortion nor a reduction in abortionists, which some pro-life organizations have argued contribute to the reductions other States are experiencing. In the past some pro-abortion organizations have asserted abortion reduction is the result of increased access and use of contraceptives. However, this would mean that the overall abortion rate (total abortions divided by total number of pregnancies) would be the same. But what is actually happening is the abortion rate is going down. Simply put, this means that fewer women are choosing abortion when pregnant. And in Monroe County the abortion rate has trended down more than twice as fast as the rest of the state, while the total number of pregnancies has remained steady.

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New York has been labeled the abortion capital of the United Sates, with more abortions occurring per capita than any other state. Which is why this trend is so important because, as goes New York with respect to abortion, so goes the United States. Since New York reveals its numbers before the national data is available, it is usually a bellwether for what we can expect nationally. New York is one of the few states that actually requires abortion reporting. This recent round of data seems to further underscore the national abortion reduction trend of 13% (2008-2011) captured by a recent Guttmacher study

Jim Harden, President of CompassCare said, “It is encouraging to know that women don’t feel like they have to choose abortion in such high numbers. It means that the community is rallying to support women. And we are proud to be part of Monroe County, leading the state and nation in abortion trend reversals. Not by changing laws but where it really matters; serving mothers and their preborn babies.” Harden elaborates, “The difference between the state decline and Monroe County’s decline is almost precisely CompassCare’s patient load. Women have abortions because they feel like they have no choice. CompassCare gives them back their true autonomy with ethical medical care and comprehensive community support.”

2015 Walk for Life: Voice Your Passion

The real issue in our country is not simply one million abortions every single year. Nor is it the unethical abortionist’s mercenary exploitation of a woman’s unfortunate circumstances. The problem is not human trafficking, terrorism, the degradation of the family, or corruptible politicians. Focusing on any one of these burgeoning inequities alone will not create a lasting solution. Why? Because they all represent systemic injustice and stem from the same source. Only when we address the root cause can legalized human rights abuses like abortion ever truly be solved. Our outrage over terrible human injustice has to be rooted in something lasting, something objective. Otherwise it is just sentiment, able to be dismissed as mere bigoted opinion by those who disagree.

Jesus dealt with rampant, systemic human injustice and inequality, not simply by exposing it and speaking against it, but by declaring that each person is responsible to love one’s neighbor as oneself. But we would be powerless to do so were it not for the command that precedes it: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Justice and equality are an illusion if there is no God by Whose standard we will all be measured. All humans are created in His image and therefore are of equal value. If we do not love the Lord first, our default is the love of self and we become the standard by which we measure all others. I enthrone ‘Me’ as god and judge of all. That is how partiality, inequality, and injustice are born.

But how is it possible for a society that values ‘human equality’ to legalize systematic inequality? The same way societies have always done it: by disqualifying undesirable humans from personhood status in order to strip them of their right to their own body. And how is it done? By narrowing the definition of who qualifies as a person. “Who is my neighbor?” This is the question the lawyer asked Jesus in an attempt to ‘justify’ his unequal treatment of humans (Luke 10:29). Likewise, the Supreme Court in 1973 asked the same question, “Who is a person?” in order to justify depriving fully human preborn babies of the protection of their right to their own life.

Humans who say they value human equality while justifying their inhumane treatment of people are hypocrites of the highest order. We saw it with Black Americans, calling them 3/5 of a man in order to enslave them. We saw it with Native Americans, labeling them ‘savages’ to justify stealing their land. We saw it with those deemed ‘mentally unfit,’ to forcibly sterilize them in order to cleanse the population gene pool. And now preborn boys and girls are treated with a level of callous dehumanization seldom seen in the sordid history of man’s inhumanity to man.

To narrow the definition of human like the Supreme Court did with Roe vs Wade saying, “The word person does not 1973 Supreme Courtapply to the unborn,” is not an act of a progressively enlightened people but an act of an increasingly selfish one. What is the solution to the legalized injustice of abortion and all other human inequalities justified by sinful men? How do we re-order society rightly, recapture justice, and reclaim peace among all men, not just the chosen elite? Jesus’ answer: Love God with uncalculated devotion and reflect back to Him the dedication He manifested to us on the cross. Then, and only then, we will refuse to make distinctions between categories of people. Only then are we empowered to treat all persons without partiality. Then the weak, the vulnerable, the oppressed, and the marginalized of society we will raise up with gladness and rejoice in the glory of the God who made us and in whose image we are made. Then justice will “roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).

So, rally your passion for the personhood of all. Remain outraged at the irony of legalized injustice in the land of liberty. Raise your voice for the voiceless preborn. Do all that and more. But let it all be done out of your love for God first. Then and only then can you and I love our neighbor without distinction or classification, truly free from hypocrisy. The hallmark of a person of faith is that he is truly no respecter of persons. For in our salvation from selfish sin at the cross of Christ we have experienced the rich truth that each of us is the very treasure of God. And so, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35), knowing that, “We love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

Because of the generosity of people like you over the years, CompassCare has added ultrasound technology, STD testing and treatment, cutting-edge marketing campaigns, continuously improved medical services, and helped pregnancy centers all over the nation become more effective. Because of your passion and your dedication, thousands of women have been dignified with ethical medical care and their preborn children saved.


CompassCare’s 2015 goals are: 1) REACH 38 more women each month in such a way that they have their babies and 2) SERVE those women more effectively by implementing a continuous improvement software system. To accomplish these, CompassCare needs to raise $201,000 at the Walk for Life. If everyone receiving this email expressed their passion by being a pledge-raising Walker and/or by sponsoring a Walker(s), CompassCare would far surpass its target! Because of the work of CompassCare and your passion to support it, the abortion industry is experiencing financial pressure. Together, we are erasing the need for abortion in Rochester.

For more information you can go to www.Walk.CompassCare.info to register or sponsor your Walker. If you want to Walk and cannot be in Rochester on May 2, you can participate as a ‘Ghost Walker’ and still raise pledges for the women and babies CompassCare serves. Together, we can love our neighbor – the preborn child and his mother – as Christ commands us. Let’s Walk for Life!Walk for Life Logo

P.S. For more information about the Walk for Life visit Walk.CompassCare.info or CompassCare’s Facebook page.

Barbarity: The New Normal?

We are each confronted with facts every day…the same facts, in fact. Facts like the falling price of gas, cold Factstemperatures, and bad television. Those facts often impact decisions like filling up the family hauler for the first time in six years, or deciding to wear an Alaskan parka instead of that measly wool winter coat, or exercising restraint by not throwing the remote at the talking head on the TV screen.

Notice though, that the facts just described require interpretation using both immediate personal circumstances, like body temperature or finances, as well as a general filter of ideas about the world (i.e. concepts of right and wrong). The fact that the human body does not like being cold and will shut down if not warmed back up is a detail of science that does not care if you or I believe it. Nor is the falling cost of a barrel of crude oil just so for the purpose of comforting a family’s checking account. They are simply facts that may or may not require a response.

So why is it so different when the talking head on TV tells the viewership that abortion should be celebrated in order for women to control their bodies and experience financial equality? Is it because the propagation of the Gas Pumpnext generation of humanity ought to be afforded more consideration than the effects of a polar vortex and dollars at the fuel pump? It used to be that if one person had full control over the life of another weaker person it was called slavery. Well, what do we call it when one generation has control over the lives of all generations to come and is making decisions about those successive generations based on a short-sighted maintenance of their current or hoped-for standard of living?

And herein lies the problem: Society’s value of human dignity is dwindling. When this happens we begin to lose sight of the sacrosanct nature of each person, using and disposing of them to the greatest extent allowed by law. Women become commodified objects of pleasure and sex trafficking thrives, divorce levels out but only because marriage declines, children are seen as financial liabilities rather than bearers of the torch of God’s image, the elderly are warehoused or ‘euthanized,’ and the terminally ill are offered compassion in the form of doctor prescribed death. When we forget what it means to be a person, barbarity becomes the new normal. When we forget the purpose of man, we lose any basis for virtue. All we have left are animal instincts: what I feel…now. And if that is all we have and are asked to abide by, then we are all slaves: to the indiscriminate passion of the judge or the legislative body, to the fickle mob that elected them, and to our own sin now called freedom. The loss of the belief that we are made just a little lower than God, can only end in culture cannibalizing itself, ironically in the name of equality and individual rights.

Furthermore, while abortion is certainly legal and accepted by most of western ‘civilization,’ a woman facing unplanned pregnancy still struggles between the proverbial rock and a hard place, hardly a description of liberty. "Rock, Hard Place" Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.Abortion does not represent her freedom but rather her servility to her circumstances. She is not free to terminate her pregnancy; she is forced to do so by a litany of cultural pressures and manipulative relationships. Most women feel that any outcome of her unplanned pregnancy represents a tragic ending of someone’s life, either the baby’s or her own.

When viewed through the lens of human meaning, true compassion means empowering a woman with actual choice. Giving her the ability to choose the most difficult option, to have her child, is the only honest way to support women at-risk for abortion. The fact is that being present for every woman by providing her with comprehensive information, support, ethical medical care, and follow up is a truly humane way to deal with the abortion epidemic in America and worldwide. And CompassCare is doing just that.

P.S. If you are interested in supporting the ministry of CompassCare, you can do so here.

A Truly Liberal View of Life

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Most New Year’s resolutions revolve around health or habits. But how do we arrive at those goals? What is it about our life now that causes us to want to change it…for the better? How do we define ‘better?’

Somehow, we all have an idea of what a good life looks like and the intuitive understanding that we are in some way missing the mark. Paul says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Hence, if one has their heart set on New Year’s resolutions, it would be smart to clarify what sin is and what a ‘good’ human life looks like so we can understand exactly how we are falling short.

Since God is the standard of ‘Good’ and humans are made in His image, then the only ‘good’ human life is one that reflects the pure character of God. Fallen man is that way precisely because he wants to fashion himself into his own image rather than do what he was designed to do in reflecting God’s image. So, what’s our New Year’s resolution to be now…how do we narrow it down and what is the likelihood of success?

Jesus Christ came because He loved fallen humanity and wanted to redeem us from our hopeless sin-induced death. This teaches us at least a couple things: 1) That God places ultimate, intrinsic value on all men regardless of our behavior, age, status, sex, race, etc. and 2) That God’s moral law is stronger than any physical law and does not change in light of man’s weakness. Knowing that we could never attain to the good standard of God, Jesus came to fulfill His Father’s law on our behalf, not change it to suit our sin. Jesus says in Matthew 5:17-18, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass World in handsaway, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” God’s redemption plan has been accomplished, not by changing the standard, but by fulfilling it. The pathway for man to be redeemed has been opened up to us through the cross of Christ, and it is now our task to confess the reality of our enslavement to sin and submit to the Truth, the Lordship of the King of kings. Only then are we infused with a new Spirit, His Spirit which graces us with the power to live truly good lives, reflecting His glory, a glory that loves all others in the same self-sacrificial manner as He loved us.

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, Roe vs Wade in January of 1973, this month now also represents a time for people to not just review their personal life goals, but the purpose of life itself. Society has confused our God-given governance over the Earth for God’s role as Master over life itself. In a culture that insists man’s existence is merely physical, in a society where avoiding pain and pursuing pleasure is the highest purpose to which individuals can aspire, where society’s only shared core value is the insane belief that each person’s differing notions of right and wrong are equal, and in a world that says all humans are the same…except the ones we decide are not human, Christians must stand and say, “There is a higher purpose to man and it’s rooted in God.” Only in that position can a society resist the temptation to play God. Believing that we are ‘made a little lower than God’ is the only way to dignify every human. Only in this way can we hold that all humans have inherent worth and are of ultimate value, just because they are human. Therefore all humans deserve to have their lives protected, especially the most vulnerable.

All life is invaluable. All life deserves protection. To hold a narrower view and exclude preborn babies from personhood status by hiding Protect heartbehind women’s rights is the signature cowardice of bullies, despots, and murderers. Protecting the lives of preborn boys and girls begins with treating their mothers with the dignity they deserve as humans. Providing her and her child with the resources they need to flourish is the only humane path. Anything less, despite being done in the name of compassion, is cruelty.

P.S. Resolve to remember CompassCare in your prayers and consistent financial support in 2015.

A Call to Repentance?

“Wash yourselves. Make yourselves clean” (Isaiah 1:16a). God through His prophet Isaiah just dropped a theological atomic bomb. God set up the sacrificial system to cleanse His people from sin because they could not do it themselves. Now He was telling them all bets are off? Why? Because they were treating the system of purification as an impersonal formula so they could live just like the world, while attempting to Isaiahmanipulate God. They were devoted more to their own comfort than to God’s revealed character. After getting their attention he then proceeded to give His people Israel the road map out of the oppressive circumstances God had allowed them to experience. The reason for God’s indictment was that their “hands are covered in blood” (Isaiah 1:15). More specifically, they had systematically legalized injustice as noted in verse 23, “Your rulers are rebels…They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow’s plea come before them.” The weakest, most defenseless categories of people were being oppressed and in that oppression, dehumanized. And God was judging them.

What was God’s solution? A command: “Remove the evil of your deeds (society’s systematic injustice) from my sight” (verse 16). The verb in the Hebrew implies that this removal of bad cultural habits must become a way of life. They must refuse to allow the oppression of the vulnerable of their society lest they suffer oppression and exile themselves.

God goes on to tell them exactly how they are to go about removing this evil: “Learn to do good” (17a). Here again the verb is a command but in the imperfect tense meaning this kind of learning needs to become a habitual way of life. Added to that this learning refers to yet another verb, ‘to do good.’ This verb is also a command and refers to doing specific good for someone else.

It begs the question, “What is good?” Perhaps the better question is, “Who is good?” The rich young ruler called Jesus ‘Good Teacher.’ Jesus responded by revealing who He is: “No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10: 18). Since there is none good but God, then learning to do good requires our study of God’s character and nature in order to reflect Him in our behavior. Any other standard of goodness is an attempt to dethrone God and results in evil toward others.

What then would be God’s good response to government-sanctioned evil of abortion? “Seek justice. Reprove the ruthless. Defend the orphan. Plead for the widow.” Every single one of those four phrases represents a command and a way of life. ‘To seek’ means that we continually inquire about whether justice is being fulfilled. Justice itself represents a standard code of conduct between individuals and groups of humans, especially the conduct of the strong in relationship to the weak.

To seek justice demands that when we see injustice we reprove it, that we restrain the oppressor wherever we find him. It is easy to find Am I Not a Maninjustice. Just look for ruthless oppressors. They are easy to spot too. All we need to do is find the most vulnerable of society. Find the categories of people that those in power have deemed less than human in order to legalize their oppression and murder. The widow and the orphan in Israel’s day were the most marginalized of society. There was a time in our history that this class of person was the Native American, or the Black American, or the ‘mentally unfit’ American.

In America today there is only one category of person left that has been stripped of all legal standing, just one category of human that has no voice, no power, and no influence to leverage against their oppressors…the preborn baby. God tells us to ‘Defend the one who has become fatherless.’ There is no child more utterly fatherless than the preborn child. We must take up the cause to redeem the orphan’s life and the life of his mother. The widow in America is the woman facing unplanned pregnancy. She too is being exploited and coerced by relationships and cultural pressures beyond her control, to force her into aborting her baby. God says that we must ‘plead’ for her. We must make a case on her behalf, publically countering the false rhetoric of “reproductive freedom” with honest information.

As people of God we understand that without someone taking up our cause we would still be dead in our trespasses and sins, spiritual widows The Crossand orphans, helpless before our holy Creator. But Jesus redeemed us from the oppression of sin. He freed us and empowered us to walk in His footsteps. Through the gospel Jesus resurrected us to live the gospel on behalf of women and their preborn boys and girls, to replace the evil around us with good.

CompassCare has helped 27% more women to have their babies so far this year over last. Join CompassCare in taking another great stride in humanizing an inhumane society by reaching 10% of the market of at-risk women in 2015.

P.S. Please consider deepening your commitment to erasing the need for abortion as CompassCare pursues new life-saving initiatives, reaching more at-risk women, more effectively.

Abortionists Are No Longer “Pro-Choice”

Planned Parenthood is no longer ‘pro-choice.’ They and other abortion advocates are arguing that ‘pro-choice’ no longer accurately depicts their position. A position that has shifted from abortion being “safe, legal, and rare,” to simply a woman’s Science and Faithdecision based on her moral framework, which allows her to celebrate abortion as a moral good. It could be that this change in abortion advocates’ language is in response to mounting pro-life sentiment and declining abortion rates. But I’m not convinced.

Let’s explore this new abortion rhetoric. If one’s moral framework dictates that some humans are more valuable than others, then abortion should be celebrated because preborn babies are one of those subclasses of humans. But if pro-life sentiment is growing within the population (and it appears that it is), then how could this new barbarism possibly help their cause? Essentially what they are saying is that if you happen to believe all humans are equally valuable, then abortion is wrong…for you. The important and respectful thing is for the ‘equality-of-human-value-believers’ not to force their moral framework on those that believe differently. Bottom line, those with a broader, more Biblical concept of human value should tolerate those with a narrower, more secular sense of human value.

If the pro-aborts succeed in their new logic, they could pass and enforce laws like the one NY Governor Cuomo introduced in 2013 that would have made abortion a fundamental human right. He vowed to push it again in 2015. So if you are a counselor, a teacher, a doctor, a preacher, a pregnancy center…not referring or providing abortion could be construed as a human rights violation punishable by legal action. This is currently happening with discrimination lawsuits against businesses refusing to participate in same-sex marriages (Google: ‘refusal to participate in same-sex marriage’).When Does Life Begin

But is this new line of reasoning, complete with ditching ‘pro-choice’ lingo, a retreat in the face of mounting pro-life sentiment? If the culture were becoming more ‘pro-life,’ it would seem better for their cause if they softened their position by moving toward the center rather than pushing the pro-abortion envelope; unless it is a strategic advance after accurately reading the direction of the culture.

CompassCare has been noticing a trend around the country in how abortion-minded women are choosing to abort. They admit to the humanity of the baby and yet seem to ignore or relegate the baby to their personal fears or desires. It’s “my life versus the baby’s life” in her mind. And the new abortion rhetoric demands that the rights of the mother trump the rights of the baby. If Planned Parenthood is seeing what we are seeing, then it is not a far stretch to think the pro-abort’s change of tune is shrewd strategy.

Moral pluralism complete with the core value of ‘tolerance’ seems to be the prevailing mantra of western ‘civilization.’ And what must be our answer? What should our response be when everyone agrees that the pre-born child is a human but the response is, “So what?”

Human meaning. One’s belief about the ultimate purpose of man determines how one views and treats mankind. If there is no ultimate purpose of man, then human value is a mirage and rights are illusions created by the powerful to control and manipulate the population. If on the other hand, there is an ultimate purpose of man and it is to reflect the glory of the Creator in whose image we are made, then equality of personhood at any stage of maturity is the standard. To the degree we understand the character and nature of God is the degree we understand how to better fulfill our destiny—to reflect Him in our thoughts and actions. Society’s only way back to a high view of human equality is submission to God as our final authority, the one to whom we will all give account, equally, for how well we glorified Him.

We are all equal at the foot of the cross of Christ. There, God exacted perfect justice while displaying uncalculated mercy for Pilgrim's Progress - At the Crossevery human, equally. And now we must all equally come to the foot of that cross, in submission acknowledging that God is our authority, not government, and not some twisted concept of self-actualization. It is His law we have each violated. It is His mercy we desperately need to be restored to our true destiny. It is His forgiveness we must receive to be resurrected from this death riddled world bent on calling wrong right. This is one of the reasons why CompassCare has committed to sharing the gospel message with every patient. And by His grace 19% of those women confess Jesus as Lord.

It is only in submission to Jesus that we can confess the truth rather than daring to create it in our own image.

P.S. Please consider deepening your commitment to erasing the need for abortion as CompassCare pursues new life-saving initiatives, reaching more at-risk women, more effectively.

Has Your Name Been Purged from the Voter Registration Roll?

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Abortion Expansion Is a Major Issue of Concern in This Election

Just 60% of New York’s total population is registered to vote. In the 2010 election, less than half of registered voters went to the polls.

This means that 18% of the population is deciding the fate of the remaining 82%

     And nearly 75% of the Christian community does NOT vote on at all!

Here is what you can do:

  1. Find out if you are registered! The voter registration rolls get purged periodically. If you have moved, or have not voted in a while, it is likely you are no longer registered.
  2. Register! The deadline to register is October 10.
  3. Encourage others to do the same.
  4. Get informed by checking out where your candidates stand on the issues important to you.
  5. Vote! Find out where you are registered and go there Tuesday, Nov 4th.

Abortion is NOT Medicine

Women do not get abortions because they want one. A woman considering abortion does not do so lightly, or even willingly. She views abortion as a tough, even tragic decision forced on her by circumstances and relationships. Choice means the ability to freely decide between two or more options. CompassCare’s experience is that most women considering abortion do not feel like they have a choice at all. For a woman abortion represents no choice at all.

If a woman feels able to have her baby, then and only then is her decision really a choice. To serve a woman with a goal of anythingShackles less than giving her the ability to say ‘no’ to abortion is mercenary profiteering, plain and simple. Why? Because most abortions are perpetrated upon women under emotional or physical duress with their circumstances holding them hostage to getting an abortion. This is the norm. Therefore, to sell a woman an abortion under the false pretense of ‘choice,’ is like telling a slave his chains are really a path to freedom.

Furthermore, women facing unplanned pregnancy are in desperate need of ethical medical care. Yet abortion ignores the entire purpose of medicine, which is to care for, cure, comfort, and maintain the health of the patient, and never to harm. Abortion damages the healthy functioning of a woman’s reproductive system, for the sole purpose of ending the life of her preborn child. To call abortion ‘medical care’ is similar to saying physical abuse is true love. Yet this upside down manipulation of language has been used, not only to legalize and perpetrate the greatest injustice in history upon the most vulnerable of society, but also to intentionally mislead women facing dire straits…like telling lambs to find shelter from a storm in a den of jackals. Abuse is not love, chains are not freedom, and abortion is NOT medicine.

Our best hope to save preborn boys and girls out of the fire is to free their mothers from coercive pressure by giving them a vision of their future after having had a child. This requires the provision of appropriate services delivered in the most appropriate way. But the questions remain: What are appropriate services and how should they be delivered in order to help more women have their babies? The day NOCompassCare stops bothering to ask these questions would be the first day of a decline into ineffective mediocrity. Answering these questions and helping other organizations to answer them is what keeps CompassCare’s culture of continuous improvement focused on the mission to erase the need for abortion. Continuously improving ensures that each woman has the best chance at a truly free and un-coerced choice, the ability to say, “No” to abortion.

To that end CompassCare is in the midst of developing a revolutionary Medical Process Management (MPM) system called “Optimize!” An MPM is similar to electronic medical records but on steroids, giving almost immediate feedback and quick turnaround on improvements to service delivery. The two main goals of developing this powerful tool are 1) increased efficiency and 2) multiplication of effectiveness. Increased efficiency means CompassCare is able to make life-saving improvements to the way in which at-risk women are served, in a fraction of the time it takes us now. Ease of multiplication speaks to CompassCare’s ability to transfer those life-saving improvements that much faster to other Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs), increasing their ability to reach and serve abortion-minded women, thereby ‘multiplying’ CompassCare’s life-saving results. In short the MPM is a powerful tool necessary to reclaim ownership of ‘reproductive health service’ from Planned Parenthood and the multi-billion dollar abortion racket masquerading as medical care—sparing women from abortion exploitation as well as their preborn babies from the horror that otherwise awaits.

Alpha BetaThe first version of the MPM is being tested now. There are four test sites lined up across the country and the MPM will be implemented by the beginning of October to work out any bugs. Once the system is completely tested the plan is to roll it out to PRCs nationwide in November. This project promises to be a major leap forward, not just for CompassCare’s continuous improvement journey, but for the entire movement of pro-life medical service providers with the potential to reach and more effectively help tens of thousands more abortion-minded women to have their babies.

Please continue to pray for the success of the mission and a speedy end to abortion. Please also, consider donating funds toward this powerful project. CompassCare is the best in the nation at figuring out how to reach and serve women considering abortion. This is not a status but a stewardship which is taken very seriously. This Medical Process Management tool will be CompassCare’s equivalent to shouting the good news of pregnancy center effectiveness from the roof tops. I invite you to consider joining us in defraying the costs of this endeavor.

True or False: Abortion Rates Down Are Down in NY

True! Abortions in New York State fell by 18% between 2008 and 2012. Meanwhile Monroe County, home to Rochester, abortion rates dropped by almost twice that-34%! The Rochester abortion trend reversal continues.

  While abortionists are just as plentiful as they ever have been in Rochester, the number of women getting abortions is at its lowest point since the Department of Health began keeping records in 1970. And the women that CompassCare has helped to have their babies account for over 40% of the overall five-year reduction. That means that were it not for your investment in CompassCare’s lifesaving care, the Monroe County abortion statistics would be no different than the rest of New York State, the abortion capital of the U.S.

Rochester is considered an abortion hub, with approximately 25% of all pregnancies ending in abortion. If the numbers continue to drop as they have, we will see a 65% reduction in abortion rates from its recent 2008 high, in just five more years. Thank you for the investment of your time, prayer, and finances. The mission of erasing the need for abortion by transforming women’s fear into confidence is working.

It is because of the generosity of people just like you that CompassCare has been privileged to stay on the cutting edge of reversing the abortion trend. Through marketing, direct patient medical care, thorough follow-up, and  the training of other pregnancy centers, CompassCare is nationally recognized as one of the most effective pregnancy centers in the US.

CompassCare understands that when a woman faces an unplanned pregnancy she feels trapped, as if abortion is her only way out. She is torn between two seemingly conflicting tensions. The primary tension typically is, will she cling to her life as she knows it or allow her baby to continue living. Some feel the fear of not being able to provide the quality of life she thinks the baby should have.  Still others are torn between the guilt of having an abortion and the shame of her friends and family finding out she is pregnant. Only when a woman feels empowered to make the most difficult choice, to have her baby, is she truly making a free choice. Anything less is coercion, not choice. The services provided by CompassCare, and the manner in which those services are provided, are designed to give her a vision of her future after having a child.

CompassCare’s goal is to reach 100% more women than last year. And we are well on the way already seeing over 57% more women at risk for abortion in 2014 compared with the same time frame for 2013.

You are witnessing that for which we have prayed and worked for so many years together: reversal of the abortion trend! Thank you again for your investment in CompassCare. Please consider deepening your investment this year, as together we endeavor to reach even more women and save even more lives and accelerate the reversal of abortion rates in Rochester! Click HERE to donate online.

ALERT: Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling NOT About Contraception

The New York Times and many others are contributing to the false notion that the recent Supreme Court decision, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc allows businesses to ban birthheadscratcher control. In the spirit of truth, the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is about abortion-causing drugs and devices NOT contraception. To quote page two of the court’s official opinion, “The owners of the businesses have religious objections to abortion, and according to their religious beliefs the four contraceptive methods at issue are abortifacients. If the owners comply with the HHS mandate, they believe they will be facilitating abortions, and if they do not comply they will pay a very heavy price . . . If these consequences do not amount to a substantial burden, it is hard to see what would.” You can read the high court’s opinion in full here.

Hobby Lobby did not say that providing no cost contraception to employees was against their religious convictions. They said providing abortion-causing drugs and devices violate them. Of the 20 FDA approved contraceptives they have no problem with 16 of them because they have not been proven to end the life of a child. It is important to note that the court recognized along with Health and Human Services that the four ‘contraceptives’ in question in fact can and do end the life of an embryo. The court states on page 32, “They [the business owners] therefore object on religious grounds to providing health insurance that covers methods of birth control that, as HHS acknowledges may result in the destruction of an embryo.” Since the owners of Hobby Lobby have a deeply held religious conviction that all human life is valuable and begins at conception they only had a problem with those drugs (e.g. Plan B, Ella) and devices (e.g. IUDs) that end a newly ‘conceived’ life.

Again, this case is not about businesses blocking birth control it is about ham handed bureaucracy forcing companies to violate their deeply held convictions just so a government can implement a political abortion agenda. For expert interpretations see responses by Princeton Law professor Robert George and the Director of the Center for Law and Religious Freedom at the Christian Legal Society, Kim Colby.

A Brief Pause Before Uncorking the Champagne
For all the hoopla out there on the pro-life side touting this decision as a great victory we should be cautious. It should be noted that this decision is monumental if not only for the fact that this is the first time in the history of the abortion problem that it has been directly connected to individual religious liberty. That is, the moral cost of access to health insurance is to pay for everybody’s abortion. To that point there are several sobering factors to consider in this decision before we celebrate the ‘victory.’

  1. The first point to consider before champagne is the 5-4 decision. This was an issue of freedom of religion my friends. The question as to whether or not a person, acting as an We the peopleindividual or as a corporation, can live out their religious beliefs in the public square was narrowly upheld. That is to say it was refuted by four Supreme Court Justices! Remind me again why this country was founded? So let’s say one of the five majority justices retires and is replaced by a justice who sides with the minority…at that moment when one’s religion becomes a public matter at odds with official government policy it comes with criminal penalties (er…taxes).
  2. A second point that we ought to consider to temper our enthusiasm is the sad fact that holding as true a fact confirmed by empirical science could be considered a religious belief if it does not support the secular government position. ‘Human life begins at conception’ is now considered a religious belief simply because it aligns with the Christian worldview, embryology and human genetics notwithstanding. It would be understandable for the court to site as religious the belief that all humans are made in the image of God and therefore ought to enjoy protection under the law at every stage of development from conception to nature death, hence abortion is bad But that was not the point of religious belief the court considered. It happens to be terribly inconvenient to the abortion agenda that science sides with the pro-lifers on this point. And the court, complicit with that agenda per Roe vs Wade, already ruled that a pre-born child is not a person deserving of protection under the law. So now they are stuck with the Solomon-like act of slicing the baby called science between two would be religions, theirs called secularism or Christianity. So does this mean that embryologists who recognize the new organism with human DNA created at fertilization are religious zealots?
  3. The third point is that the abortion industry has gotten not only the government (including Health and Human Services [HHS] and the Supreme Court), but the media, and 1237682_untitledeven many pro-life advocates to call certain types of abortion ‘contraception.’ The word ‘contraception’ is intended to define the use of methods that block conception which apparently in all other species but human takes place at fertilization. The abortion industry prefers to talk about when ‘pregnancy begins’ (they say it is at the time the embryo implants in the uterine wall) while the pro-life population prefers to talk about when the life of a separate and distinct human being starts (fertilization of the egg by the sperm). If contraception is supposed to mean the prevention of pregnancy and a pregnancy is not said to begin until the newly formed life is firmly implanted in the uterine lining (an arbitrary and convenience definition by the way) then drugs and devices that make it impossible for the embryo to implant are benignly called ‘contraceptives.’ If on the other hand life begins at fertilization, as embryology tells us, then that’s when pregnancy begins and those same drugs cannot be considered anything but abortifacients.
  4. A fourth cooling effect the decision should have on us is that it represents a ruling on a detail of an unethical, wrongheaded law (PPACA, aka Obamacare). This amounts to a sub-ruling serving only to further cement what ought to otherwise be repealed. Obamacare represents the takeover of the profession of medicine inserting itself in the place of the patient in the doctor/patient relationship. Now the government decides what ‘good health’ is for you, a member of a population that they manage, rather than you and your doctor. So, since the government has identified a population block called ‘women of child bearing age’ they have mandated that abortion-causing, carcinogenic drugs are good for all women. Individual health care no longer matters despite the rhetoric. It’s the population objective that counts as determined by non-elected rule-makers at the HHS. The same ones who wrote the contraceptive mandates at issue here. Simply Orwellian.