November 2010 Newsletter

Posted By on December 23, 2010

Good News! Good News!!  Good News!!! The most recent pregnancy termination report received November 1st from the Indiana Department of Health for Allen County, states that all abortions “surgical and chemical” performed in Allen County totaled 310 for 2009.  The 2008 total was 594.  This is a whopping 47.8% DECREASE in one year!!   Source:  Allen Co. Right to Life

Prayer to End Abortion

Fr. Frank Pavone

 Lord God, thank you today
for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my
brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that
destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active
in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once
again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
through Christ our Lord.


Jon’s Journey Into Fatherhood—Linda SprungerJon came to A Hope Center for the first time on the day of his girlfriend’s ultrasound.  The idea of being a father was new to him, yet Jon desired to be supportive.  He expressed surprise at being able to actually see the development of his tiny 10 week old little one, so clearly visible on the ultrasound monitor.  Both new grandmothers were in the room with us, as well.  A decision to carry to term was made, and throughout the pregnancy, Jon faithfully returned, even though his girlfriend was rarely able to join him.

Each week that he came, we explored what it meant to be a father and how this was going to forever change Jon’s life.  As we talked together over the months, it was heartwarming to see Jon truly develop a love for his preborn baby, and to listen to him express his anticipation of his baby’s birth!  When it was discovered, via an ultrasound at their doctor’s office, that the baby was indeed a girl, Jon began to think of his miraculous little one as “Daddy’s Little Girl!”  Jon and his girlfriend are now parents of a beautiful, precious baby daughter.  Equally exciting, Jon asked his girlfriend to marry him, and she said yes!  Source: Carenotes, October, 2010

Abortion Doulas—Life Issues InstituteLauren Mitchell struggled to adjust to her new role as a doula.  She is one of many trained, as the Greek term literally means, to assist in childbirth.  “What you get very use to is this weird mix of death, remorse and relief.”  

If that doesn’t sound like a traditional birth experience to you, you’re right.  Lauren is an abortion doula, taught to coach mothers not in the birth, but the killing of children.  She is one of dozens of volunteers with The Doula Project in Manhattan.

One doula says her job is to “offer patients whatever they need: someone to joke with, someone to cry with, maybe someone to rub their feet.”  Another described how she helped a mother by simply blocking her view of lethal injection syringes and an ultrasound monitor with her soon-to-be dead baby’s image on it.  But where will these abortion helpers be when, days, months or years later, these hurting mothers are faced with an inescapable sense of loss, depression and regret? This phenomenon presents an ironic problem for the abortion community itself.  They have spent decades claiming that terminating pregnancies does not bring difficult, painful or troubling consequences.  Promoting this service is the ultimate admission they were wrong.

Adopt–a–Mom—ACRL, Ft. WayneThe “Adopt-a-Mom” program connects expecting mothers with church groups to provide encouragement, mentoring and support.  Allen County’s first mom was matched with Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  They organized a baby shower for the mother in February and welcomed her new baby girl at the end of March.  The church group was delighted to bring meals, provide diapers, and offer support to this new mother and her precious baby.  One of the participants summed up her experience best:  “This experience has been a great blessing for us to show Christ’s love to a young mom and be a mentor through the journey of motherhood.”  The best scenario would be for a woman to develop an ongoing relationship with the Lord and the church community, and the churches can embrace an opportunity to express Jesus’ love to a woman in crisis.  There are women who need you.  If you are interested in starting this program in your church, please contact Judy, 471-1849.

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