Posts Tagged ‘ ethical standards

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.

 

God’s Perspective On Children: A Scriptural Reminder

My wife and I were recently blessed with the birth of our eighth child (and fifth boy), Samuel Paul. It is fitting that the eternal Son of God revealed His glory in human history as a baby, for according to Him babies are the truest representation of a citizen of God’s kingdom (Mark 10:14b). In fact, God so identifies with children that how we treat them is used as a litmus test for one’s very connection to God Himself: “Whoever receives one child like this in my name receives me” (Mark 9:37a).

Beliefs drive behavior. Principles determine practice. Values motivate investment. If our beliefs are informed by the God of the Bible then the question for us is not, “What is my opinion about abortion?” but rather, “What is God’s perspective on children?” The answer to this question will determine how well we understand our relationship to God as well as how we expect children to be treated.

Jesus placed the highest priority on children. He is intensely aware of how they are treated rewarding those who bless them, even with something as simple as a ‘cup of cold water’ (Matthew 10:42), and cursing those that harm them with a fate worse than death (Mark 9:42).

Placing the highest priority on children of all classes of human being is not a new idea introduced in the New Testament. We see the same priority placed on children in the Old Testament. In Leviticus 20:1-5 any Jew and even non-Jew found sacrificing a child to the demonic god Molech was to be stoned to death along with his whole family. But there was a catch. If someone finds out about another person sacrificing their child to this god Molech and does nothing about it they will suffer the same punishment as if they had done it themselves! This is the only place in all of the Old Testament law where the moral responsibility of the sin of one man is placed on the shoulders of another man just because he knew about it and didn’t do anything to stop it.

Even more than that, God places the highest priority of protection on children in the womb found in Exodus 21:22-25. Here if one accidentally causes a woman to miscarry the husband has a right to “appoint as a penalty a life for a life” (Ex. 21:23b). This represents the highest protection afforded any class of human being and it is specifically pre-born children. Note that the scenario represents an accident. What if the harm to a child in the womb was intentional? Perhaps “it would be better for him if, with a heavy mill stone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea” (Mark 9:42b).

While the Biblical witness is clear that God wants children to be protected and blessed Jesus drives home the point to His disciples in Mark 10:13-16 and adds a key piece of information; the answer to the question, ‘Why?’ The answer Jesus gives is because, “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these [babies]” (Mark 10:14b).

So exactly what is it about babies that makes them the ultimate example of a citizen of heaven such that if we don’t understand it ourselves we’re disqualified as citizens? Babies are voiceless, powerless, without influence or rights in this world. They of any class of human are the most vulnerable and defenseless unless someone takes responsibility for them. In fact babies in the womb are the only class of person in the United States of America who has been officially dehumanized. In 1973 the Supreme Court decided in the infamous case of Roe v Wade that pre-born children are not human, thereby stripping them of their God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So why not abortion? It is ironic that the court of supreme American justice committed the highest crime against humanity by dehumanizing the most vulnerable of citizens paving the way for legalized infanticide. And unless someone stands in the gap and takes responsibility for these babies, they will perish.

The status of powerless babies in the womb in the U.S. mirrors our condition before a holy God. We are without power, influence, and voice. Were it not for the work of Christ on the cross we would have no standing before a just God. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross we have been gifted with a voice, power and influence before God the Father and we are to wield those tools as Christ did, not for Himself but rather on behalf of others. In taking the gift of salvation the Christ child offers us we acknowledge His Kingship over our lives and our obligation to sacrificially bless and protect those who cannot do so for themselves; the disenfranchised, dehumanized babies in the womb. “Permit the little children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:15).

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.

PA Abortion Provider-40 Lawsuits and 9 Staff in Custody

State Health Departments fail to enforce existing regulations for abortion providers and Pennsylvania is no exception.

A very astute pregnancy center executive running a highly effective linear service operation recently said, “Abortion providers are morally incapable of providing ethical medical services.” And every once in a while that truth becomes obvious. If there are regulations they are not enforced. If there are no regulations abortion proponents like NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU work tirelessly to keep it that way.

For a woman abortion is the result of her feeling trapped, like she has no choice at all. What we need is a community committed to helping women have their babies-it is then that women will not feel the need to have abortions, it is then that the American abortion trend will be reversed. Ideologically, who would NOT covet that future but the people who profit from abortion (e.g. venal coward politicians and money grubbing baby killers)? That’s right, venal cowards and baby killers. Whatever happened to nobility and virtue? Whatever happened to repentance of sin and self-sacrifice for others? Abortion is a symptom not of differing opinions about issues but rather a symptom of a culture rotting from the inside out. And the stench sometimes seeps into the sinuses of sycophantic media suck ups whose public decry is only as deep as the tears caused by the sting of a sliced onion. The government wields the sword to protect its citizenry from people like this. What happens when the government takes a moral position to call that which is evil ‘good’ like it has done with abortion? A slippery slope of moral degradation and an ever increasing amount of societal chaos over which the government is truly powerless. Today is a new day. Let us solve the problem that our forerunners were either too lazy or too morally bankrupt to solve the 38 years ago.

The time is coming when all service providers, pro-life pregnancy resource centers and abortion providers alike, will be regulated. Either we govern ourselves or we will be governed. Implementing  linear service model is the only way to ensure that services are being delivered to all clients and patients in an ethical manner according to current medical and counseling standards of care. Good intentions are not enough anymore. Learn more about the importance of a linear service model and how it can dramatically improve your center’s ability to reduce risk of liability while at the same time increase the number of abortion minded women your center is able to reach and serve. prcoptimizationtool.com

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

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.

Pregnancy Centers in Real Danger

We learned a lot by CompassCare testifying at a hearing of the New York City Council yesterday. For my official testimony click NYC Legislation Regulating Pregnancy Centers.

Pregnancy Centers on the Dock

What we realized at this hearing was that Pregnancy Centers are at greater risk than we thought. The council itself seemed to be colluding with NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the Health Department, the NYCLU, and the Department of Commerce. All questions were staged and scripted using unsubstantiated anecdotes in an attempt to paint a picture of pregnancy centers as coercive and manipulative. The irony of the allegations was thick as they were using the exact same tactics to condemn their opponents-emotional manipulation and coercion. However, this NARAL strategy has become very effective. Their attempt to regulate pregnancy centers at the State and city ordinance level is starting to work in other cities like Baltimore and Austin to say nothing of Washington State. Additionally, the fact that they have now gotten traction in New York city means they are making a national statement. As NYC is the nation’s abortion hub with over 40% of all pregnancies ending in abortion at approximately 82,000 annually it and the State of New York are being used as a testing ground for new allegations in their strategic objective. Given the fact that the leader of NARAL New York endorsed New York’s incoming Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, and is now on the committee to help him make a smooth ‘transition’ into office it would appear that they will be making a broader Statewide effort to impose new regulatory legislation fueled possibly by more official investigations.

NARAL’s most recent strategy has been effective at passing regulatory legislation in other cities. However they have introduced new allegations with real teeth in New York that Pregnancy Center Executives must be aware of. Click the following for an outline of NARAL’s effective PRC regulation campaign: General NARAL anti-CPC strategy 11-17-10

The following are the new NARAL allegations regarding Pregnancy Centers that if proven to be true could result in more serious investigations and possible litigation. They say that Pregnancy Centers:

  1. Are unregulated and non-standardized even within their own industry
  2. Harm women and her baby by keeping her from getting pre-natal care as soon as possible
  3. Harm women by forcing her to delay an abortion since abortion complications increase with each week of pregnancy
  4. Harm woman financially because abortion becomes more costly the longer she waits
  5. Illegally provide pregnancy diagnosis without medical license (citing derivative diagnosis by sonographers saying things like, “Your baby is beautiful” without getting physician to verify the pregnancy)

What’s the upshot? Pregnancy centers are in the crosshairs and need to be prepared. Pregnancy centers that provide ultrasound technology need to understand that if they are to survive the coming storm will need to become medical offices providing all patients with medical services through a medical professional, approved and supervised by the medical director. This must be documented on a per patient basis. A new day is dawning and if pregnancy centers want to continue to serve women seriously considering abortion freely and without government regulation they cannot afford to continue to use a traditional global services model with an ultrasound machine on site.

For more information on how to standardize medical services and convert to a linear service model go to prcoptimizationtool.com.

New York Abortion Deregulation Bill

The New York Senate (S5808) and then Assembly (A11484) will be considering the Reproductive Health Act known as RHA.

Dangerous Abortion Bill

For a distilled interpretation click here. The pro-abortion agenda generally attempts to do one of two things; deregulate abortion or regulate the pregnancy center industry. The RHA attempts to do the former and it is unparalleled in its heinousness. A brazen deregulation eliminating conscience clauses forcing hospitals to provide them, making it legal for medical professionals who are NOT physicians to provide abortions, potentially legalizing all forms of abortion at any stage of pregnancy, making abortion a fundamental right, removing unborn children from the definition of homicide, permit females of any age access to any contraception including the dangerous RU 486. Basically, the bill attempts to scour through all New York legislation with a legal scalpel and surgically remove all abortion regulatory language thereby making New York the nation’s most deregulated abortion state, making it an abortion hub.

All human life is valuable (Societal Costs of Abortion). All attempts to destroy it at any phase of existence is evil. The role of government is to reward those that do good and punish those who do evil. The RHA does the exact opposite and in fact gives hearty approval not only of the act of abortion but of those who perform them. If the pregnancy center industry does not regulate itself it will be regulated by the abortion industry. The movement is vulnerable. This abortion bill is highly unethical. More reason to adopt a linear service model.

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Linear Service Model Strategic Planning Survey

Strategic Planning for Results

Many executives have used the following tool to understand the overall health of their organizations and have found it clarifying. CompassCare developed this tool for the linear service training of executives. We thought it may benefit you too so we are releasing access to any who are interested in it.

If you are a center that has done some strategic planning and, like many, do strategic planning in the summer you may find this survey helpful as you look to focus your efforts. CompassCare uses this survey in Executive optimization training as a pre and post evaluation to attempt to visually graph where the organization is mature and where it needs to grow within the basic strategic planning categories. The survey takes no more than 20 minutes to complete and when you are done you get a nice graph showing organizational health in the five main areas of strategic health complete with explanations. If you are moving in the direction of a linear service model this survey could be a useful tool for you and your board. Enjoy!

Simply click here for the Executive Strategic Planning Workshop Survey. It will ask you for your email address. To ensure that you are a real person it will then immediately send a confirmation email with subject heading “Survey Registration Confirmation” which will contain a link to the survey. There is computer code within the email so if you do not receive the email with the link check you junk mail as sometimes is gets caught in spam filters.

Be Encouraged, Executives!

The following poem by Rudyard Kipling has fed my soul many times over the years. I hope it will do the same for you. By the way when you see the word “man” please interpret in the broadest sense (e.g. man or woman).

Don't Lose Sight of the Goal

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!