“I’m So Glad My Friend Recommended CompassCare to Me!”
Women at-risk for abortion love CompassCare! On CompassCare’s in-house exit survey, women score their satisfaction with the services at 9.8 out of 10. Online CompassCare receives 5 stars out of 5!
Here is what some of them are saying: “Julie [the nurse] has been so helpful, informative and calming! I’m so glad my friend recommended you folks to me!” (B.A. December 10, 2013). “CompassCare has amazing nurses. I would recommend them to anyone dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. See CompassCare first!” (D.P. August 21, 2013). “The care here is excellent. Could not ask for better!!” (A.C. September 26, 2013).
Keep in mind that CompassCare does not perform or refer for abortion. It should also be noted that 95% of CompassCare’s patients are at-risk for abortion, and a majority of them have already made up their minds to abort. Despite the fact that CompassCare is not giving them what they think they need—an abortion—these women absolutely love their time in the office. Why? Because at CompassCare women are treated with dignity.
A woman facing an unplanned pregnancy feels alone, her life pressures driving her into isolation. She feels like she has no other choice, that she needs an abortion. Those pressures pushing her to get an abortion against her natural inclination are what the legal and medical communities describe as ‘coercive.’ When a person is coerced into making a decision, they are by definition not free and their dignity as an autonomous human being is trampled. CompassCare has created a service structure that intentionally shelters women from coercive pressure, providing real information and life-changing resources, giving her a vision of her future after having a baby.
One reason why patients love CompassCare is that we understand that abortion represents the opposite of medical care (see Hippocratic Oath). The purpose of medical care has always been the good of the patient—to heal and maintain the health of a person—and there are two people in the case of a pregnant woman. Just because abortion was legalized by the US Supreme Court does not make it medicine or ethical. CompassCare services adhere to traditional medical ethics by protecting the woman and preborn child from hidden agendas and coercive circumstances.
CompassCare’s services are more important than ever as abortion moves toward the status of a full-fledged human right. If the default position of law is that abortion is an issue of women’s rights then refusing to immediately perform or refer a woman for abortion becomes an act of discrimination. This makes it very difficult for an ethical medical provider to have a meaningful interaction with her patient about what abortion might mean for her future reproductive health, for her developing baby, and for her emotional and spiritual well-being. Having open and honest dialogue about these things is what the larger medical community calls ‘informed consent.’ CompassCare is here to facilitate informed consent.
The services a woman receives are important. But just as important, if not more so, is the manner in which those services are provided. Treating a woman with dignity means we protect her autonomy, her ability to say ‘no’ to a procedure she never really wanted. She is a human being made in the very likeness of God. To dignify her is to respect her whole life: body, mind, and spirit. Simply giving her an abortion is a failure to respect her and in essence, dehumanizes her. This level of neglect masquerading as ‘women’s rights’ is a purely mercenary means to a dollar or a socio-political agenda.
Every time a woman chooses to have her baby, CompassCare wins, she wins, the baby wins, and the community wins.
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