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Real Results: Lasting Impact

ROI. Return on Investment is the rally cry of all financial planners. And apparently it was important to Jesus too, in light of the severe denouncement of the ‘wicked’ servant who simply buried his master’s talent instead of putting it in the bank (Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25: 14-29). What kind of ROI is the Master looking for in a ministry to which you give? What makes you so excited about CompassCare’s mission that you feel comfortable investing your talents here?ROI

 

Is it that CompassCare insulates women facing unplanned pregnancy from the overwhelming pressures that drive her to get an abortion? Is it that we believe women deserve to be fully informed in a stress-free environment before they determine the outcome of their pregnancy? Would those be what it takes to receive the Master’s hearty ‘well done’?

 

Or is it that the future reproductive health of every woman is being protected by CompassCare with services like STD testing and treatment, offered to her at no cost? Perhaps it’s that women feel empowered by the nurses, who give her insight into her pregnancy with an ultrasound scan? Would those be enough for the Master to entrust the organization with more talents?

 

Well doneMaybe it is that the Master approves of the fact that most women, after being cared for by kind and compassionate nurses, feel safe and secure enough to have their babies, receiving a vision of their future after having their baby boy or girl? The fact that women can come to the emotional oasis that is CompassCare to take a deep draught in the waters of life before diving headlong back into the lonely heat of her desert world might also be just enough for the Master to say, ‘Enter into the joy of your Master.’

 

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0px; margin-bottom: 0px;”>What about the woman who has begun the process of a medical abortion using the abortion drug RU-486 and then changed her mind? Would the ROI be enough for the Master if we could help her reverse that abortion, saving her baby?

 

The answer is, YES. And yet there is more. The other day, a man and his wife attended a CompassCare Vision Tour. When the tour presentation was over and people were shuffling Proud Papaout, he took me aside, and with tears in his eyes, told me the beautiful story of a woman who courageously refused to have an abortion. Despite the threats of her husband, the baby’s father, she had a son. This son grew up, got married, had seven wonderful children and now enjoys 29 grandchildren. You’ve probably guessed that the grandfather was describing the circumstances surrounding his very own birth. You see, it was not just the life of the little boy at stake but generations of little boys and girls. His mother did not simply say, ‘Yes’ to her son, but to all the future generations as well. She said, ‘No!’ to the stifling air of the worries and cares of this world. She said, ‘No!’ to the iron-fisted oppression of a short-sighted culture and husband.

 

This woman’s son reminded me that CompassCare is not just sparing women from the pain of abortion, not just saving the lives of babies in the here and now, which alone would be enough to justify the investment. CompassCare is also encouraging women to pronounce a resounding ‘Yes!’ over all future generations of the crown of God’s creation.

 

What kind of ROI is it that can spare scores of lives just by reaching one? It costs $350 to serve one woman. For $350 you can ensure that the destiny of hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands can be spared. Now that’s a return on an investment!

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Abortion Rates in Rochester at 40 Year Low!

Amazing! The number of abortions in New York State fell by 13% between 2008 and 2011. In Monroe County abortion rates fell by an astonishing 29%! Including non-residents, the number of at-risk women CompassCare helped to have their babies represents 31% of that reduction! Rochester is in the midst of an abortion trend reversal.

For more than ten years CompassCare has been striving to shake the foundation of the abortion industry and protect women and children by simply reaching 20-25% of women considering abortion. Why is 20-25% the magic amount? It is the estimated profit margin for the abortion industry. The theory is that if the profits were taken out of the abortion industry then abortionists would reduce hours and ultimately close due to lack of demand. Rochester represents an abortion hub. If the current trend continues, Rochester will see a 65% reduction in abortion rates from its recent 2008 high in just five short 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.Abortion Trend Reversal

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.

When a woman faces an unplanned pregnancy she feels trapped, as if abortion is her only way out. Only when she feels empowered to make the most difficult choice, to have the baby, is she truly empowered to choose. Anything less is coercion, not choice. The services provided by CompassCare and the ways 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 accelerate this exciting trend by reaching 100% more women than last year (just 193 more). Not only will the life-saving pregnancy platform and the Sexually Transmitted Disease testing and treatment services continue and be improved, but exciting new initiatives are being explored and developed such as:

1)    Abortion Pill Reversal: NYS Vital statistics reveal that 24% of abortions in Monroe County are now chemical abortions, using a drug called RU-486. It is expected that the use of RU-486 will increase significantly in the coming years. Many women regret their abortion after taking the first abortion pill and want to change their mind. CompassCare now offers a way for those women to save their pregnancy with research suggesting that 75% of these women will go on to sustain a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy child! This new service opens up a whole new vista of opportunity to accelerate the reversal by reaching 100% more women at risk for abortion than 2012!
2)    Mobile Medical Unit: Often women facing unplanned pregnancy have difficulty coming to CompassCare. The use of a mobile medical unit to take all the essential life-saving services on the road to meet the women where they are has worked in other abortions hubs. CompassCare is determining whether it will also work in Rochester, to help reach those additional women at risk for abortion.

We are witnessing that for which we have prayed and worked: 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 and save those additional 193 women creating a snowball effect in the abortion trend reversal!

January 1973-When ‘he’ became an ‘it’

“He who controls himself cannot be controlled by another.” Saying this to a man in the Philadelphia airport the other day sparked a startling response. Immediately the man reached out and took the hands of a young woman walking by, looked her in the eyes and said, “He who controls himself cannot be controlled by another. Remember that.” Stunned as if she had just been awoken from a deep sleep she said, “I will,” and walked on. This statement emerged from a lively conversation about Plato’s position that all democracy tends toward tyranny primarily because freedom to pursue any pleasure without constraint results in addiction to the wanton pleasures of whatever money can buy. This in turn creates increasing social chaos to which government must respond with stricter and broader legislative control, thus resulting in a tyranny. A tyranny is a select few who control the beliefs and actions of the many.

The greatest human rights violations have occurred in societies operating under a tyrannical regime. It is there that certain types of human beings are identified as the ‘problem’ standing in the way to a better life. Then that category or class of problematic human is redefined as less than human for the purposes of extermination or liquidation “for the greater good.” This injustice has happened throughout history against people like the counter-revolutionary in China, the bourgeois in France, the infidel for the Muslim state, the Jew for the Third Reich, and the pre-born baby for the United States. In fact, abortion, far from freedom and choice, represents the deliberate act of one generation to oppress the next. The great mass of men would never embrace such brutality. They slide into it, passive, unthinking, and asleep with eyes wide open as the woman at the airport.

It seems like America is in the throes of a silent revolution toward tyranny because of its addiction to the opiate of consumerism. I am not certain when it began, but it has permeated all layers of society. It has redefined marriage and now family, from how many children we have to our beliefs about what a human is. It reverses our position as persons, from being more valuable than the State to being subservient to it. It informs educational philosophy, moving away from the Judeo-Christian understanding that the “fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”, to the secular humanistic view that mankind is no more than a smart animal, to the exclusion of all transcendent ideals or categorical imperatives. It eliminates ethics in medicine from the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship to the primacy of the doctor-government relationship, treating people as nothing more than complex organic matter. It even determines how we engage church from one of a community radically dedicated to obeying God and serving each other, to a place of entertainment and glorified self-helpism.

This reductionistic view of man whereby we instruct our children to “believe” that they are nothing more than a product of nature, able to accomplish nothing more than simple obedience to his or her instincts, is driven by utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is a secular ethic which defines the value of any given human by how much pleasure they can experience and how much pain they can avoid. It is reasoned that since life has no transcendent meaning and we are just a collection of biochemical reactions, then values become whatever “you” want, truth becomes whatever “you” believe, God is defined by personal passion, democracy becomes tyranny, the enemy is one who makes you feel uncomfortable, and blood is shed.

39 years ago this month in the terrible Supreme Court case, Roe vs. Wade, it was determined by a margin of 7 to 2 that babies in the womb were no longer human beings and that women had a constitutionally protected right to abortion. No court would ever dare exercise such blatant abuse of power had they not believed that mankind itself represents nothing more than as the late Henry Hyde said, “a tool making animal, a unit of production and consumption and not possessed of an immortal soul and eternal destiny.”

What kind of politicians do we want representing us? What kind of educators do we want teaching our children? What kind of physicians do we want treating our family members? Ones that sincerely believe that in your face the image of God is reflected and therefore must be respected, or ones that believe that you and your family represent nothing more than an ape? Which physician is more likely to respect your dignity? Which teacher will be more likely to inspire your children to greatness? Which politician will be more likely to fend off the wolfish attacks of secular humanism parried against our future generation? Thanks to all the ethical physicians and pregnancy resource centers who treat all women facing unplanned pregnancy as valuable persons and educate them to protect the vulnerable child they carry within them.

 

Determining Abortion Risk

How can a medical pregnancy center determine the risk a woman has in getting an abortion? If a woman arrives for her appointment and she says, “I don’t want to get an abortion” is that enough NOT to consider her part of the population of pregnant women at risk for abortion? If a boy living in inner-city Chicago says, “I don’t want to be part of a gang,” or “I don’t want to do drugs” is that enough to convince us that he is not at risk for gang violence or drug abuse? There are a list of pressures and influences in that boy’s life that typically drive him to make decisions he would not in other circumstances choose for himself. Things like having no father, having friends that are involved in gangs, being in a school that is saturated with drug use, living in a neighborhood riddled with crime, etc.

Objecitvely Assess a Woman\’s Abortion Vulnerability

The same is true of women facing unplanned pregnancy. Not a sane woman alive actually ‘wants’ to have an abortion. So why are they having them? Circumstances and pressures that are common to most women who get an abortion present in her life. The question then becomes, “What are those pressures and how many of them does she have?” Often when a woman arrives for her initial appointment at a pregnancy center she has not had to face the mountain of pressure waiting for her when she leaves. This means that it is up to the pregnancy center to know and objectively understand the pressures unique to her life to accurately determine her vulnerability of having an abortion. At CompassCare we use a measurement tool that takes into consideration 7 primary risk factors that are typically found in the lives of women getting abortion. We call this an abortion-vulnerability rating scale.

The following can be used as a tool. The idea is to identify how many of the risk factors are present and then add them up and use the scale at the end to determine the rating. It takes all the guesswork out of it for the advocates and nurses.

Abortion Vulnerability Rating

Risk Factors

 Still in school (H.S./college/grad)

 Between 17 and 26 years old

 Father of baby in favor of abortion

 Parents in favor of abortion

 History of abortion

 Financial pressure

 Single

** Patient states intention to abort=(AM, regardless of other risk factors)

Total # of Pressures ____
Abortion Vulnerability Rating____
(Abortion Vulnerability Key: 0 = CTT, 1-3 = AV, 4-7 = AM)

 

For more information on CompassCare’s linear service model go to prcoptimizationtool.com.

Abortion and the State of America

A friend of mine wrote a blog post recently about atheism and intellectual honesty which I enjoyed. Apparently he received a fairly negative response from those that consider themselves rational atheists. It is an important issue for us executives because it helps to provide us with a larger context of why pregnancy centers even need to exist in America today. My response follows:

The issue of why an atheist or for that matter a state system that intentionally extracts God from all decision-making is more than just an important one, it is fundamental to a stable and free society. The presupposition to atheism and an atheistic state system is that reason is man’s ultimate authority. But the question of authority always begs the question, “What legitimizes that authority?” Authority is always a circular argument that cannot be won or lost, just assented to. An atheist would say his own capacity to observe and interpret empirical data is his final authority. But who or what legitimizes that ‘belief?” He does. Similarly a Christian would say that not he but God is the final authority as described in His word the Bible. But who legitimizes God? God does per the Bible.

A corollary to the question of legitimacy is: “What is man?” If man is nothing but a concoction of biochemistry then he has no intrinsic value beyond that of his biochemical surroundings. This notion of rationalized autonomy taken to its logical conclusion ends in either valueless social chaos playing out in post-Stalinist Russia, or tightly controlled Tyranny-see post-revolutionary China. Either extreme exacts a punishing cost on the dignity of a population as well as the literal rivers of blood shed to force the State, or a set of rationalistic atheists (see the French Revolution), to be the absolute authority over all human thought and behavior.

On the other hand, if man is the crown of creation made in the image of God but fallen from grace in rebellion against His ultimate authority, then every man, atheist and believer alike must be protected as image bearers. That is, mankind is created to manifest the glory of his Creator, thinking, acting and creating. This has ramifications on how we view not only ourselves but also how we treat one another, what we believe to be right and wrong (think abortion, euthanasia, etc), how we raise our children and the beliefs we instill within them. To stifle the belief that we are made in the image of God is to remove the invisible protection afforded by the expectation that belief requires of others to speak and act on behalf of those that cannot do so for themselves.

Large-scale atheistic rationalism as has happened in history before and has been happening in the American educational, legal, political, university, and medical systems is intentional albeit short-sighted. This rationalism when taken to its logical end places a society under a burden of stress that it cannot long sustain. Whole groups of society become alienated and begin to contribute to the disintegration. Issues of political import become how to ‘reintegrate’ various groups to society, to make sense of them such that society can help them become positive contributors rather than disruptive influences. Groups like fatherless children, homeless people, homosexuals, women facing unplanned pregnancy. Rationalistic solutions are things like, legalized abortion, redefinition of marriage to include same sex unions, more money into chronically under-performing schools and more social service interventions. It is precisely these factors that contribute to a general sense of purposelessness, the kind that drive people to seek legitimacy in a higher authority. The most benevolent higher authority is the God of the Bible, the One that recognizes mankind’s proclivity to make himself out to be God and yet lovingly seeks to restore him to wholeness and health.

Every culture needs a core set of values by which the people in it can predictably interact with one another. It is when rationalism is taken to the extreme that everyone has their own set of values irrespective of another that one of two things will happen; 1) society devolves into chaos or 2) society applies a strict and complicated set of controls with individual freedom being the sacrificial lamb.

The only salvation from this fate is a reorientation to the Christian values of uncalculated devotion to Jesus and free sacrifice to others. Loving Jesus and loving our fellow man can only come when God brings an awareness of the sin of a people to those people and then those people choose to submit themselves to God’s authority at the foot of the cross of Christ. Only when a man is free from His sin can a man be truly free and unaffected by the world around him. When Jesus is our authority nothing can offend, or harm us. As Martin Luther intimated, “All of life is repentance.” Simply put, I am not my own. I am God’s.

Call for Standards and Accountability

CompassCare has been beating the drum of standards and accountability since 2005 when we copyrighted the first Linear Service Model for medical pregnancy centers ever. After seeing 2039 women at risk for abortion having their babies in 2010 in just 10 PRCs we have seen the value. Value not just in terms of being more effective with the mission of reaching women and helping them have their babies but value in terms of leadership confidence. We as executives know that we have the moral high ground and can be as bold as we need to be in order to safeguard the organizations we run. Whether we’re talking to a Senator about regulatory legislation, communicating to donors, responding to the media, or exposing abortionists for their immoral and fraudulent practices a linear service model frees us to lead with confidence. Since 2005 there have been many instances on both sides of the service coin (abortionists and pregnancy centers alike) where objective standards and documented evidence of accountability would have served the cause of women and children well. As this is being written there is legislation being considered in Washington State and New York that would regulate pregnancy centers. One of the key arguments from the abortion lobby is that Pregnancy Centers adhear to no set standard and therefore need to be governed. We all know that abortionists if regulated are not held accountable to those regulations as seen in the recent horror in PA and the Planned Parenthood clinic in NJ. See my comments on the latest revelations of abortionists on with Twitter (see right hand column below) and Facebook too.

As pregnancy centers we are uniquely suited to set the standard for women’s reproductive health in America. But we must first implement those standards in our own centers first. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; “For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.” My concern is that many pregnancy centers are ‘weak and sick’ because of a lack of appropriate judgment (self-discipline) that only comes with delivering professional services (medical or counseling) in line with accepted industry standards. Government regulatory legislation is a judgment that will ultimately condemn the pro-life pregnancy care movement to the religion of secular humanism.

New Linear Service Model: Practical Insights Blog

CompassCare is excited to announce another new and free resource for medical pregnancy center executives. Announcing the “Linear Service Model: Practical Insights” blog dedicated to communicating the actual results, experiences, and lessons learned from pregnancy centers that are currently using a linear service model (LSM) to reach and serve women seriously considering abortion more effectively.

Valuable nuggets of a LSM: Where theory becomes reality

Check it out at www.prcoptimizationtool.com/prc-ot-blog/

Bill of Rights for Women Facing Unintended Pregnancy

Due to the polarizing nature of the political climate concerning abortion in America, women facing unplanned pregnancy are at high risk of victimization by service organizations.

Patient Rights for Women Facing Unplanned Pregnancy

Women facing unplanned pregnancy are susceptible to unique forms of conflict of interest. An example of a conflict of interest would be abortion providers who have a vested financial interest in one particular choice over another (unless they offer abortion services for free and do not bill insurance companies for the service).

Without standardized information and support to women, good will and high ideals can easily degenerate into a tool for propagating a political agenda and the further exploitation of vulnerable women. The following “Bill of Rights for Women Facing Unintended Pregnancy” should be employed as a standard by all Reproductive Health Service organizations.

A Woman Facing Unintended Pregnancy Has The Right To:

1.      Receive services from organizations committed to integrity, free from manipulation or coercion.

2.      Receive services in an environment that supports her decision-making autonomy.

3.      Be respected enough to make a decision that is right for her by receiving a non-biased presentation of all her pregnancy-related options.

4.      Comprehensive information about her current medical status including information on the nature and physiology of her current pregnancy.

5.      Access to objective information about all her legal options related to pregnancy and pregnancy termination.

6.      Receive services from an organization with written documentation of all services and information provided to insure internal uniformity of service delivery.

7.      Receive services from an organization with a written verification process that services have been provided according to written protocol on a per patient basis by job role (e.g. receptionist, counselor, nurse, physician).

8.      Full disclosure about the nature of how an organization stands to financially profit from any particular decision a woman may choose to make at that organization.

9.      Standardized medical services by organizations held accountable to follow protocols designed to insure that all services and information are delivered ethically and objectively, the same way for every woman.

10.  Assurance of high quality medical follow-up care provided by or arranged by the physician responsible for the initial delivery of service.

11.  A non-judgmental, caring environment.

12. Access to ongoing, long term community support should she choose to carry the pregnancy to full-term.

Nothing short of this degree of effort (see items 6-8) is essential when given the responsibility by women to help them navigate this most difficult of life circumstances. Pregnancy centers as well as abortion providers must be held to the standards set forth in this document. If they refuse or simply cannot respect the rights of women in this way then they should shut their doors or advertise their ongoing political and financial conflicts of interest.

For more information about how to incorporate this level of integrity (also known as a Linear Service Model or LSM) in your pregnancy center go to prcoptimizationtool.com.

For a down-loadable version of the Bill of Rights click the following link: Bill of Rights for Women Facing Unintended Pregnancy

Improving Mission Effectivness for 2011

As executives we face a myriad of daily challenges. Everything from dealing with individual client issues, staffing challenges, donor communications, media inquiries, to running board and committee meetings, etc clamor for our time. If we are not careful we will miss doing what only you and I as executives can do for the organization; maintaining focus on the mission. As management guru Peter Drucker says, “Every non-profit institution exists for the sake of performance in changing people and society. But how often do we make decisions about what we do from day to day based on the medical clinic or pregnancy center’s performance?

Drucker goes on to say, “The most important task of an organization’s leader is to anticipate crisis.” He says this for several reasons. First, a crisis is always looming on the horizon. To think otherwise is unwise. We may not be able to avoid it but at least we can anticipate it. Anticipation allows for better preparation. Our organizations can never be fully prepared which is why leadership amidst the crisis is so critical. Second anticipating a crisis forces innovation or what is often called continuous improvement. We begin to ask ourselves, “How can we keep accomplishing our mission in a down economy?” or “How can we continue to provide the same services under greater governmental restriction?” It forces us to work ‘on’ the ministry rather than working ‘in’ it. It forces us to empower others to do the tasks that others can do so that we can focus on what no one else can do for the organization. Third, anticipation provides the necessary courage for us to make the hard choices of trimming the services that are not getting the results we need to get for the mission while at the same time providing clarity to communicate rationale to the organization’s constituents why certain decisions have to be made.

Of course, to effectively anticipate a crisis so as to avoid it or weather it one must be the steward of a mission that is laser focused. Without a laser focused mission it becomes virtually impossible to anticipate crisis. One might even be tempted to say, “Only God knows the future!” and go on doing the 501 piranha school of tasks nibbling for your time. This is the path toward organizational mission drift and in the end will result in a museum of service rather than a mechanism for service. But a very focused mission such as to reach and serve women at risk for abortion and help them have their babies raises the executives vision high enough to see the challenges over the horizon.

Mission Focus Gets Results

So, to improve Pregnancy Center mission effectiveness in 2011 one must begin by reviewing the organization’s mission statement for clarity and focus. Then review all the activities of the organization to see if they immediately apply or are if they are helpful but non-essential to the mission. Finally, begin to think through a plan to improve either first by focusing the mission or asking questions of the organization to understand if it can get better at reaching more abortion-minded women and serving them in a way that more effectively helps them have their babies.

Remember executives are obsessed with results. If the organization is not getting the results it should something must change and that’s why you are there.

For more information go to prcoptimizationtool.com.

Standardization, Accountability, Measurability, Continuous Improvement

CompassCare has been committed to serving the Pregnancy Center movement since 2006 by identifying standards, structuring client/patient care plans around those standards, providing real tools to maintain accountability of roles for those serving the women as well as creating and maintaining key measures that help each center know how well they are performing. This empowers the executive to make the targeted changes they need to make with their marketing or services that will keep them on the cutting of reaching and effectively serving that woman who says, “I need to have an abortion.” CompassCare is the only organization in the nation with a proven track record of helping pregnancy centers accomplish their mission in a way they have dreamed of doing for years (See CompassCare Case Histories). In fact, you can even watch interviews of executives that have experienced the difference by clicking here. But the real difference is in hearing about the experiences of the abortion-minded women we are all trying to reach.

CompassCare Is the National Pioneer in PRC Standardization, Accountability, Measurability, and Continuous Improvement

As a pioneer CompassCare led the charge to develop the first repeatable medical model in challenging New York State while most PRCs were under investigation by the then Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer. Out of that travail CompassCare birthed the first repeatable Linear Service Model of a medical PRC. CompassCare was the first to apply the terminology Global Services Model (GSM) and Linear Service Model (LSM) in an effort to teach executives at NIFLA about the distinct differences between the two paradigms. To read a history of the Linear Service Model in the PRC movement click here.

In fact, CompassCare has been fortunate enough to grow in such an adverse climate that we are often in a position to identify early what the abortion industry’s strategies will be and help pregnancy centers prepare for them. Many of the new allegations being leveled against pregnancy centers and how to avoid them were first taught by the CompassCare team. Listen to a list of free podcasts published in 2008 teaching PRC executives about the threats we as a movement are now facing and how to safeguard our organizations against them through standardization and accountability.

CompassCare is committed to helping pregnancy centers and executives in tangible ways to increase their effectiveness on the mission. We understand executives need answers from other executives who walk in their shoes day in and day out running pregnancy centers. For more information about the first and only comprehensive Linear Service Model (LSM), CompassCare’s Optimization Training program, click here. If you would like to contact a coach click here.