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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.

“I’m So Glad My Friend Recommended CompassCare to Me!”

5 Stars

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 hasHippocrates 2 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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Lend to the Lord: Proverbs 19:17

In the last five years over 10,000 women at risk for abortion have gone on to have their babies nationwide because of CompassCare! In fact, Monroe County, home of CompassCare, now has the lowest abortion rate in 40 years.

There is not enough room to list all the amazing things the CompassCare team has done in 2013. Suffice it to say that CompassCare continued its extremely high rate of performance in 2013. In fact, at the time of this writing CompassCare has helped at least 96 women seriously considering abortion have their babies in Rochester, and 13% of all women served committed their lives to Christ!

Success in reaching more women and helping more of them to have their babies is rooted in the desire to please God. We see in the Parable of the Talents that God expects a return on the resources He entrusts to us (Matthew 25: 14-30). But what does God consider a good investment? Jesus answers that question in the parable that immediately follows about the Sheep and the Goats in verses 31-46. The sheep enter in to the joy of their master, just like the faithful servants in the Parable of the Talents, but for a very specific kind of investment…people. When blessing the righteous sheep with inheritance of the kingdom he explains why: “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me’” (Matthew 25: 35-36).

From God’s perspective, the only thing that can increase the value of our time and possessions is if they are invested in eternal souls, people. And since those eternal souls in which we are able to invest are more or less attached to temporal, physical bodies, how we treat them is an indicator of how well we understand and serve our King.

Further, it is not just any type of person God is asking us to serve. He is not just asking husbands to buy a dozen roses for their wives on their wedding anniversary. He is talking specifically about those that have no resources with which to protect themselves or ability to pay you back. He quantifies a good return based on our investment in individuals that have no other recourse, advocate or friend.

Think about it for a minute: Those that are hungry and thirsty are the poor without financial resources. The stranger is one who is socially marginalized. The naked are the demonized. The sick and imprisoned are those who have lost their physical freedom for whatever reason. Those people, the poor, the marginalized, the alienated, the sick and imprisoned represent the sinner’s position before a holy and righteous God. Jesus’ sole purpose for coming to this earth was to empty Himself of His resources for us, who were imprisoned to our sin-sick soul, without rights or standing in the Kingdom of God, spiritually emaciated. He died and rose from the grave in defeat of sin that we might be set free to go and do likewise.Gateway

“When Jesus had finished all these words [ in the Parables of the Talent and the Sheep and the Goats], He said to His disciples, ‘You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.’” (Matthew 26: 1-2). It is as if Jesus were saying, “What I just described as My expectation for the investment of your resources in those parables, I am going to do for you. I’ll show you what I mean. I’ll give you the power to do it in the Holy Spirit. Follow me.”

This investment in others is called redemption. The role we play as Christians ought to mirror that which Jesus played on our behalf at the cross. And the cross is not merely a good example, the story of some great teacher or martyr. No, it is the very gateway to the power of any and all true redemption. Any good we do investing in the lives of the people around us can only come from the power we have through the cross of Christ setting us free first. In America today the most marginalized are the woman facing unplanned pregnancy, coerced by fear, exploited by unethical abortionists, caught between what she knows to be right (having the baby) and the seeming impossibility of doing what’s right by herself. In America today, the most disenfranchised is the preborn baby deemed to have no rights as a person and no voice to speak on his own behalf. Who will speak for those children? Who will serve those mothers? Jesus did and His followers will too.

Remember CompassCare in your prayers and with consistent financial support in 2014. Donate here.

 

CompassCare Christmas Wish List

Marketing Spend per Woman

$49

 


Women facing unplanned pregnancy make an abortion decision within 24 hours of their first home pregnancy test. It is critical that she can find CompassCare when she is desperately searching for answers. CompassCare’s marketing team is working hard to do just that. With an aggressive online advertising campaign, and a new website and logo design in the works, CompassCare is actively reaching even more women. Consider underwriting the cost to reach one woman at-risk for abortion for $49.

 

STD Testing and Treatment

$68

 

 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 1 in 4 women between the ages of 14-18 will contract at least one Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and 50% of those will have two or more. One of CompassCare’s primary strategies for erasing the need for abortion is to reach women before they face an unplanned pregnancy. Research shows that women experience an STD 2-4 years before an unplanned pregnancy. Consider underwriting the cost of essential STD testing and treatment for $68 per patient.

 

Transform Fear into Confidence

$350


Not a sane woman alive wants to have an abortion. She feels stuck, trapped, like she needs to have an abortion. Women at risk for abortion are driven by the fear of the unknown. CompassCare exists to erase the need for abortion by transforming women’s fear into confidence. CompassCare provides comprehensive, ethical, and compassionate medical services, giving her the support and security she needs to make a truly informed decision; a decision driven by confidence not fear. $350 provides transformational services for 1 woman, from initial appointment through 12 months of follow-up.

 

Abortion Pill Reversal

$680

 

 

CompassCare recently added an innovative patient services platform called Abortion Pill Reversal. If a woman takes the first pill of a medical abortion and changes her mind CompassCare can help her reverse the effects. The average cost for a medical abortion is $600; it costs just a little more than that, $680, to save her baby.

At the Heart of the Government Shutdown; Obamacare and Abortion

Jim HardenYou and I are being forced to make a choice. Obamacare brazenly mandates that all U.S. citizens purchase health insurance that directly pays for abortion and abortion-causing ‘birth control,’ or face stiff financial penalties. This violates the religious beliefs and moral convictions of millions of Americans. Curiously, Planned Parenthood (PP), the nation’s largest abortion provider, had a hand in developing these mandates and has been hired by the Federal Government to enroll members in the new State health care exchanges beginning October 1st. However, Obamacare is experiencing massive resistance and is currently in flux. The Senate is deliberating whether to delay funding for Obamacare till January 2015. If they vote to pass the Blackburn Amendment then the deadline for compliance will be postponed for one year. 

Twenty-three states have passed measures barring the use of health insurance premiums to directly fund surgical abortion, but there remain several problems even in those states:

  1. Most insurance companies do not have ‘pro-life’ plans.   Cuomo on Reproductive Health Act
  2. Since most plans cover abortion and due to the long-standing Hyde Amendment forbidding federal funding of abortion, an ‘abortion surcharge’ of at least $1 per month will be deducted from each employee paycheck under section 1303 of Obamacare.  
  3. All federally subsidized plans available in all 50 States will include abortion and abortion-causing contraception which will be paid for by tax dollars. 
  4. Every plan, including those that do not cover surgical abortion, treats abortion-causing ‘birth control’ as a separate issue from abortion. Even if you are fortunate enough to find and enroll in a plan that does not cover surgical abortion, it will cover abortion-causing contraception without co-pay or deductible. These ‘contraceptive’ methods include the Pill, IUDs, the morning after pill (Plan B), and the week after pill (Ella) – which are all proven to create inhospitable uterine environments making it difficult for the fertilized egg to implant in the uterine lining thereby ending a pregnancy (i.e. abortion). This does not even address the extreme cancer-causing nature of these drugs (see National Institute of Health Report and World Health Organization Report).

CompassCare’s policy on contraception stands in stark contrast to Planned Parenthood’s and the prevailing conventional wisdom. Given the government takeover of American medicine via Obamacare and the fact that forced contraception coverage creates a massive violation of religious liberty, we thought it timely to discuss CompassCare’s position. CompassCare educates all patients on all forms of contraception and how they work. However, CompassCare never provides or refers for contraception.

So why doesn’t CompassCare refer for or provide contraception, aside from the obvious carcinogenic and abortifacient nature of a majority of the methods? Doesn’t it reduce non-marital pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STD)? The simple answer is, “No.” Why? Because of a sociological phenomenon called “risk compensation.” Dr. Jokin de Irala, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Navarre in Madrid, Spain, defines risk compensation as people increasing “risk-taking behaviors if they perceive themselves to be at less risk due to a technological preventive measure. The benefits of an intervention can be offset by this increase in risk taking” (video minute 12:30). Dr. de Irala goes on to site examples such as sunscreen use and increased skin cancer; seat belts and increased reckless driving. In regards to sexual activity, if students are told that condom use will protect them from pregnancy and STDs, they will likely increase the number of sexual partners and the frequency of sexual contact, thereby offsetting the potentially protective effects of the technology. Therefore pregnancy and STD rates go up with ‘safe sex’ campaigns because of increased risk-taking behaviors. It’s also important to note that condoms have been proven ineffective at avoiding HPV, Herpes, and Chlamydia (New England Journal of Medicine June 22, 2006 Vol 354, No 25 shows 100% condom use equals 38% HPV infection rate). 

According to the Guttmacher Institute 54% of all abortions were given to women who became pregnant during the same month they were using a contraceptive method. The percentage of unmarried births skyrocketed from 18% in 1980 to 41% by 2010, and STD rates are at epidemic levels despite the massive amounts of resources pouring into ‘safe sex’ education. Studies have demonstrated that the introduction of contraception has actually increased the incidence of pregnancy and STD rates as seen in Britain, the U.S., and other places, while rates decline dramatically when abstinence or fidelity is promoted as in Uganda.

Ignoring the facts, Obamacare and Planned Parenthood are committed to providing free, easily accessible abortion-causing ‘contraception’ under the guise of women’s health. Now they want you and me to pay for it through our health insurance premiums or face fines. You and I are being forced to make a choice.

Legislation Jeopardizes CompassCare’s Services

Let’s review. In 1970 New York became the first State in the Union to legalize abortion-on-demand without even considering whether or not the child is a person. In 1973 the Supreme Court stated that a child in the womb is not a person, completely dehumanizing pre-born children, despite thousands of years of human experience to the contrary. In so doing they ignored the weight of science demonstrating the personhood of the baby beginning at conception. What caused the U.S. Supreme Court, some of the most respected legal minds in the world, to blatantly ignore huge chunks of moral, biological, and medical truth, and then recklessly proceed to devastate a population with its ruling?

Curiously, during a 2009 interview with New York Times Magazine, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussed her understanding of the Roe v. Wade decision: “Frankly I Ruth Bader Ginsburghad thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Stop right there . . . did Ginsburg say what I think she said? Shouldn’t she find it disconcerting that one group of people in America could use their power and resources to target certain population types for reduction and get away with it? That violates the very concepts of dignity and self-determination assumed in the whole ‘life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’ business the Supreme Court claims to safe-guard. Where is her outrage?

Fast forward nine short months to March 2010. Obamacare was birthed, forcing all Americans, including religious non-profits, to purchase healthcare insurance which pays for abortion-causing drugs against their deeply held religious beliefs. Forcing all citizens to underwrite an abortion agenda via socialized medicine appears like another flagrant population control policy. This is especially highlighted when one considers the fact that for the first time in American history the Supreme courts says it’s O.K. for State policy to trump individual religious liberty. We must not forget that the Bill of Rights is about the notion that the rights of the individual are at least equal to if not greater than the rights of the State lest the population be owned rather than represented.

Now back to New York in 2013, rumored to have 2016 Presidential aspirations, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to make abortion and contraception fundamental human rights through the Reproductive Health Act, contrary to the sentiment of NYS voters. This would make abortion untouchable by reasonable regulation like parental notification and consent, and waiting periods. The proposed law would even allow non-doctors to perform abortions. Additionally those who refuse to refer for abortion, like CompassCare, could face costly discrimination lawsuits for violating ‘a fundamental human right.’ Why? It can’t really be about women’s access to reproductive health care when 1/3 of all pregnancies in New York State already end in abortion. New York is the abortion capital of the U.S. with over 111,000 abortions annually.

God says in Isaiah 10:1-2, “Woe to those who enact evil statutes and those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice and to rob the poor of my people of their rights, so that widows may be their spoil and that they may plunder the orphans.”

Who more than pre-born boys and girls are being actively deprived of their rights through evil statutes? Who is more widowed than young women abandoned by society whose only solution for unplanned pregnancy is destruction?

If there was ever a time to step it up, to demonstrate your passion for the personhood of mothers and their children, it is now. Walk with me this year at CompassCare’s annual Walk for Life on Saturday, May 4th as we show Rochester that true choice respects the dignity of all women and the personhood of all pre-born boys and girls. True freedom occurs not within a cold and lonely abortion clinic but in a civilization that empowers women with the ability to make the hardest choice of all and have the baby.

Register online here.

Helping Women vs Women’s Health

“Her body! Her choice!” chanted New York Governor Cuomo’s angry voice in this year’s state of the State. But is medical ‘choice’ best interpreted by politicians or by physicians?

When a woman faces unplanned pregnancy she is vulnerable and often feels so overwhelmed that she does not even know what questions to ask. All she knows is that her life has been involuntarily arrested and she believes the doctor can help her. So she says to the doctor, “Give me my freedom back. Give me an abortion.” The sentimental politician or judge who knows very little about the practice of medicine is tempted to think that it is the doctor’s compassionate job to give her the abortion in order to restore her autonomy, that the abortion is in fact her ‘right.’ But a good doctor knows that these ethical dilemmas are solved not by bad legislation but by good medicine.

Medicine is a helping profession. Like all helping professions there is a disparity of power between the helpers and those being helped. A person with a life-altering medical condition places her life in the hands of a physician because she has lost some aspect of her physical autonomy and believes medicine can help her regain it. If the patient knew how to gain back their physical freedom they would not need to go to the doctor. In the past the medical profession recognized this power disparity and ascribed to an agreed upon code of professional ethics such as the Hippocratic Oath to insulate the individual patient and the profession from an abuse of that power. Is it the doctor’s job to safe-guard a woman’s right to choose?

The Commission for Reproductive Health Service Standards (CRHSS) states; “Autonomy (freedom to choose) is the physician’s ethical obligation to facilitate the patient’s right to un-coerced choice or refusal of treatment.” Let’s examine the phrase “un-coerced choice.” In the context of unplanned pregnancy a woman often experiences socio-economic pressures to have an abortion from her parents, her boyfriend, her peers, her finances, etc. She feels trapped like she has NO CHOICE at all, unable to refuse abortion. In fact, circumstances of most unplanned pregnancies represent the very definition of coercion itself—the opposite of true ‘choice.’ Can legislation solve her problem?

What is the difference anyway?

The violence done to medicine by legislation like Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA) should have a bone chilling effect on us all. This legislation would make abortion a fundamental right and force medical professionals to coldly treat women as a population block rather than compassionately insulating them from the coercive pressures driving them to get an abortion. Under the guise of human rights the ability of a physician to help a woman exercise true self-determination is gutted. Through the RHA women are depersonalized under the banner of ‘Women’s Reproductive Health.’ Babies are no longer deemed people at all. Depersonalizing women and dehumanizing the child casts a dark shadow over the most basic of all helping professions—medicine.  So instead of protecting and healing the weakest among us medicine is forced to exploit and destroy us even against the trained and thoughtful conscience of doctors everywhere.

It is the medical provider’s job to ensure that every woman’s decision is not undermined by coercive pressure. An ethical medical clinician understands that only when she is able to refuse an abortion, only when she is empowered to make that most difficult of all choices to have the baby, is her decision truly free. Far from empowering and protecting women, Cuomo’s abortion expansion act serves to further harm the public’s trust in the medical profession, the conscience of the medical provider, and the dignity of all patients including both the pregnant woman and the pre-born boy or girl.

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Whoever Wishes to Save His Life Must Lose It

In 2012 CompassCare helped 50% more women seriously considering abortion have their babies than ever before! In 2013 CompassCare is working, praying and strategizing on increasing the patient load by another 100%!

Many women when faced with an unplanned pregnancy are confronted with what they perceive to be a terrible decision: Either my life or the baby’s life. Her circumstances are conspiring against her. The culture tells her that her priorities should be school, a career, money, and independence. Her conscience tells her that ending the life of the baby should not be a decision she should ever have to make.

While we know that having the baby does not necessarily spell doom on the life plans of a woman facing unplanned pregnancy, she still feels pulled in that direction. Her friends, the media, the government, maybe even her parents tell her that her life as she knows it or planned it will end tragically by allowing the baby to live. But something deep in the soul of every woman intuits a different reality.

CompassCare’s job is to give a woman a vision of her future after having a child. CompassCare’s job is to appeal to the noble side of her, beckoning her to a higher calling. We are asking her to exchange her bodily image for a baby, restful evenings for sleepless nights, her reputation for dirty diapers, and a new car for a car seat, a diploma for crayons and a coloring book. We are asking her to sacrifice who she is, so that another might live.


How could we do any less? There is nothing more meaningful, nothing more demanding, nothing more fulfilling, and nothing more exhausting than laying our lives down in sum total for our neighbor, whether that neighbor is a baby or the broken family across the street. This is how the Church changes the world. Sacrificing one for another is how the Kingdom of God comes to earth, to our nation, to our town, to our family. It was after all Jesus Who taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Jesus made a way for our salvation and it requires our death, giving up our right to ourselves. This kind of life is characterized by uncalculated devotion to God, without thought of our own personal suffering. This kind of freedom from the bonds of materialistic self-love cost Christ everything. We ask women to give everything in exchange for the life of her baby. God also asks us to give everything for others. There will come a time in our nation when sacrificing for our faith will become normal -normal and necessary. And that time may be closer than we realize. Sacrifice with CompassCare this year. Join us as we encourage more women than ever to sacrifice themselves for the lives of their children.

Looming HHS Mandates Force You and Me to Pay For Abortion while CompassCare Has Best Year Ever

Scheduled patient appointments are up 73% year to date over last year! The number of women who arrive for their appointments is up 59%. The number of positive pregnancy tests is up 63%. The number of abortion-minded women served is up 84%! Help CompassCare continue to multiply its success!

Because of the generosity and prayers of donors and volunteers just like you CompassCare is erasing the need for abortion. Women, one at a time, are receiving the information and support they need to feel secure enough to have their babies. Now, after emerging from CompassCare’s annual strategic planning week, we are poised to take the next steps at reaching and serving even more women at risk for abortion this year.

During one of the team planning sessions last week we were celebrating with the team leaders CompassCare’s 50% increase in the number of women served who were at risk for abortion and went on to have their babies. We discussed why we were able to see such significant increases in order that we might repeat it in the coming year. The following is a list of what we concluded were important elements to CompassCare’s gains last year and will be crucial to our gains in the future: a commitment to prayer, dedication to continuous improvement, a desire to be the ‘first best source’ for women, a realistic optimism, the ability to delegate tasks and roles in a responsible way, and increased inter-team communication.

Helping More Women Have Their Babies Than Ever!

We then set for the coming year a target goal together of increasing the number of at risk women having their babies by 100% over last year. We noted that if we all hit or exceeded our target goals per team that we would easily accomplish the 100% patient increase goal on our way toward 20% of the entire market thereby putting significant financial strain on the abortion industry in Rochester.

2012 and 2013 are in many ways transition years and as such are characterized best by uncertainty. No one knows what will happen with the global economy, the U.S. economy, the Presidential election, the healthcare system, etc. But what we do know is that God does not want us to be fearful men but rather faithful disciples (Matthew 10 24-39). We must keep doing the right things, in the right way, at the right time come what may.

CompassCare’s Rochester operation over the last four years has helped to save an average of 7 babies per month. And five of CompassCare’s top ten months occurred this year (and the year is not even over yet) with June and July seeing 14 and 15 lives saved respectively! 

As you know CompassCare is always looking for ways to multiply our ability to erase the need for abortion. A few of the projects to which CompassCare will be devoted this year are:

1)      Open-sourcing our proven and highly effective service strategy to all pregnancy centers. Now that we are certain the system can reach and serve more abortion-minded women anywhere it is implemented we are going to give it to any center willing to use it. This is the pregnancy resource center equivalent to McDonald’s giving all hamburger joints their complete marketing and management model. Why? To reverse the national abortion trend that much faster.

God, Grant Us Wisdom and Courage

2)      Implementing the next phase of CompassCare’s marketing initiative by testing new, more aggressive messaging based on the three tensions women typically feel that drive them to get abortions: guilt over ending the baby’s life versus facing the shame of an unplanned pregnancy, my life as I know it versus the baby’s life, no life for the baby versus poor quality of life for the baby.

3)      Developing a community education program regarding what it will mean to be pro-life after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act Health and Human Services (HHS) mandates. The HHS mandates force all individuals to purchase health care covering abortion and abortion causing birth control (for all plans renewing after 8/1/12) in addition to forcing most Americans to directly pay into an abortion fund (starting 1/1/14) or suffer severe financial consequences. The HHS mandates if left unchanged means that we can no longer believe abortion is wrong and worse still it will be illegal for us NOT to support it.

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