Posts Tagged ‘ abortion reduction

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.

Is God Pro-Choice?

A woman considering abortion is 8 times more likely to choose to have her baby if she comes to CompassCare than if she goes to Planned Parenthood! Why? Abortion rates in Question markRochester dropped by 29% according to the most recent data available. That decrease is twice what the rest of the state and country experienced. Why? God answers in Romans 9:29, “Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left to us a posterity, we would have become like Sodom, and would have resembled Gomorrah.” Another way of saying it is that without God’s gracious intervention we would continue as those under direct condemnation.

Of the women seriously considering abortion who ‘chose’ to have their babies during the time frame measured above we know that CompassCare’s patients comprised 31% of the reduction. And 2014 is sizing up to be even better. Why now? Why CompassCare?

Where did the wisdom come from to reach abortion-minded women, to serve them in a way that most consistently helps them to have their babies? What is the source of the fighting spirit of the staff and volunteers or the generosity of donors and the good will of the churches? While CompassCare’s lifesaving results are the best in the nation, one may be tempted to think that these amazing results stem from the ingenuity of people. But then God reminds us how the redemption of the world actually works: “I was found by those who did not seek Me, I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me” (Romans 10:20).

Having reported on the abortion reduction trend back in August of 2013, CompassCare has continued to find ways to reach and serve more women seriously considering abortion. But is CompassCare’s activity the driving force behind its own success? If CompassCare’s success is based on its own merits, then there is no hope of abortion coming to an end. Why? Because abortion thrives in a culture that says good is whatever you want it to be. That we can choose what is right and wrong for us at any given moment. If CompassCare’s success is founded upon its own reality, a right and wrong of our choosing, then the very foundation of CompassCare is no different than the foundation of Planned Parenthood. For abortion to end we must recognize it will not be because of CompassCare or any other activity or choice that we can comprehend or accomplish humanly speaking.

The fact of the matter is that Christianity, and to the degree CompassCare reflects it, is the polar opposite of current American morality that makes personal choice the basic principle determining right and wrong. While culture says that we can create our own personal utopia, God says that we can be saved only by His “gracious choice” (Romans 11:5). In fact, He clarifies in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me but I chose you….”

So how do we explain CompassCare’s fantastic results? Simple, 1 John 4:19, “We love, because He first loved us.” CompassCare can continue to serve in ways that are this staggeringly ground-breaking only if God chooses to continue to use us.

crossYet our imagination still churns to answer the question, “What else needs to happen for abortion to be eliminated from our social landscape? Answer: Christian revival – beginning with the Church. Not a personal choice to follow Jesus now or later, but confessing that Jesus is Lord and believing it in our hearts (Romans 10:9). This is the essence of Christian revival: a submission to God’s revelation of Himself. This will set apart the Church from culture, and save society from the merciless compassion of a consumer culture bent on cannibalizing itself.

Apart from God’s choice to save us we can choose nothing but ourselves. To be clear, revival is not a matter of working harder at our chosen Christian lifestyle. The Apostle Paul reiterates, “So it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Romans 9:16). So then, ours is not to choose but to pray.

An abortion-extinguishing revival is ultimately a choice, but not ours. It is an act of God, wherein He decides that our hollow society should be filled with Him. It is only after the enticing sensate storm of culture fades that God chooses to speak into the soul of His chosen race (I Peter 2:9) with His deafeningly still small voice. His voice of truth then whispers the ancient words upon which the very world was founded, and the newly created believer simply bows.

Happy Easter!

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