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The Real Truth about Pregnancy Centers

By Lori Parker
Cobb Pregnancy Services Director

Apparently, as I was distracted with real life, a new late night talk show called Full Frontal has attracted a lot of viewers; especially young adults. The host is a woman named Samantha Bee who was a former correspondent for the Daily Show hosted by Jon Stewart.

In a recent episode, Samantha Bee attacked the credibility of pregnancy centers and specifically attacked Georgia State Senator, Renee Unterman for comments she made against Planned Parenthood and for her support of pregnancy centers. Ms. Bee criticized the senator for speaking against the deceptive practices of PP but felt justified herself to accuse pregnancy centers of being deceptive and toxic to society. I would assume Ms. Bee would identify herself as “prochoice” like most pro-abortionists do even though they don’t have any regard for the efforts of pregnancy centers that at least help women consider other choices besides abortion.

14965484_mIn her dialogue, Bee repeated the rhetoric we hear from every pro-abortion group, calling us fake clinics that operate without proper medical staff. Cobb Pregnancy Services has two physicians: an OB/GYN and a radiologist overseeing medical services. We are staffed by four registered nurses and a certified sonographer (RDMS). Our services are not only legitimate, they are listed on our websites and on all printed material. They include a free urine or blood pregnancy test, a diagnostic ultrasound to determine fetal viability, intrauterine pregnancy, and gestational age. Our information is documented on a form that our patients can use at any doctor’s office and yes, even at an abortion clinic. The STD/STI testing we provide at no charge for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Syphilis, HSV, and Hepatitis B and C would cost one patient over $300.00 in a “for-profit” clinic.

Along with being fake clinics, pregnancy centers were accused of confusing women by using logos that mimic abortion clinics. As pregnancy centers have become viable medical clinics for women, our logos have changed. We have no desire to brand ourselves as an abortion clinic but as the professional medical clinic that we are. Of course, abortion clinics use the same branding and logos rather than using images of aborted babies that would actually define them better.

According to Ms. Bee, pregnancy centers appeal to women’s needs for medical services in order to strong arm them into choosing life. To emphasize the lengths that pregnancy centers will go, Ms. Bee showed a video of a former pregnancy center client who claimed that she received false information in order to “scare” her into having her baby. I cannot speak to whether this client was given false information because I was not there, but neither was Samantha Bee. Stereotyping pregnancy centers using a one-sided story in order to discredit us is an underhanded attempt to sway public opinion. Imagine what would happen if they actually interviewed the countless women who had great experiences at pregnancy centers.

During the interview, the client stated that after having her baby, things got really difficult but the pregnancy center was not there. First, I do not think the pregnancy center moved or changed its phone number. I also don’t know of centers that do not provide on-going support and assistance with housing, baby clothes, and supplies. No one is going to solve all the problems that women experiencing crisis pregnancies have but pregnancy centers do, by design, provide immediate and on-going support. They also provide abortion alternative counseling which includes adoption. The woman confessed that, though she loves her son, she would abort if she could do it all again. No one is telling her to parent her son if she does not want to. If things are that bad, she might consider making an adoption plan. I also know that this phase of her life does not define the rest of her life. I would like to talk to her in a few years and see if she feels the same.

I assume that the point of the story was that we all should look into the face of this little boy and woe the day he was born.

Pro-abortionists and pro-abortion organizations have been accusing pregnancy centers of using deceptive practices for decades because they do not want to admit what they really hate about us. They hate that we are changing hearts and minds for life.

It is up to each woman dealing with an unplanned pregnancy to decide the fate of her unborn child. She has every right to expect that any clinic she goes to, be it a pregnancy center or abortion clinic, will not exploit her in order to further their own agenda. We pray women choose life but we are also there to help women heal from the heartbreak of abortion. Planned Parenthood denies that women even suffer.

My question to you Ms. Bee is this. If an abortion minded woman, who has every legal right to make her own choice, decides to carry her child after coming to a pregnancy center, why does that offend you?

(This article originally appeared at Cobb Pregnancy Services on May 17, 2016. Used with Author’s permission.)

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Perinatal Hospice  – Part 2
by Tracy Winsor

(Part 1 can be found here.)

Sometimes the happy occasion of a prenatal ultrasound suddenly isn’t.

South Carolina expectant parents, Keith and Katherine Brown, learned that their first pregnancy was complicated by a prenatal diagnosis when abnormalities were detected during an anatomy scan at nineteen weeks gestation.

There were a number of issues, but most notably there was excess fluid in their daughter’s skull and abdomen and all four of her limbs were atypical. Additional testing was inconclusive, but the doctors suspected that Baby Grace had a rare genetic condition.  The prognosis was grim.

“We were presented with many new medical terms and I just kept thinking that this was not supposed to be happening,” shares Katherine Brown.  “Learning our first child had defects that would not likely allow her to live outside the womb was heart breaking.”

The Browns were fortunate that a perinatal hospice service which provided support to parents carrying to term following a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis existed in their community.  A genetics counselor at their maternal fetal medicine practice referred them to Perinatal ComfortCare, which provided on-going contacts and practical guidance for the Browns over the next eight weeks.  Perinatal hospice is a life-affirming care option for parents committed to carrying a baby with a prenatal diagnosis to term.

Tammy Tate, CEO/Founder of Perinatal ComfortCare, met with them to share information regarding how they could cherish the time they had with their daughter, and memory-making options they could request at birth. When Grace was born still at twenty-seven weeks gestation, Tate was there at the hospital providing comfort and consolation, and assisting in coordinating their care.

“The practical guidance she gave us in terms of preparing us for what we would experience in the hospital was invaluable,” notes Brown.

“I had no idea I could tell the hospital staff what I wanted during delivery or that I could hold my baby and spend time with her,” she adds.  “We would’ve never thought of taking pictures of us holding Grace, and I am not sure we would have had a funeral without Tammy’s guidance.”

First introduced in medical literature in 1997, perinatal hospice care provides comprehensive support to expectant parents told that their baby will die at or shortly after birth.  Utilizing a multidisciplinary team including genetic counselors, obstetric and neonatal physicians, nurses, clergy, social workers, etc., perinatal hospice services support parents during pregnancy, and for at least one year after delivery.

Parents’ needs are addressed by providing appropriate medical consults, assistance preparing birth plans, guidance regarding options for newborn care, and bereavement support.  This specialized service for parents prior to delivery allows them to prepare fully for birth, and to parent their baby for the time they will have no matter how brief or how frail that child’s life may be.  The parent response to perinatal hospice is positive.

Nancy Mayer-Whittington, co-founder of Isaiah’s Promise, a perinatal hospice service in Maryland, is herself a mother who carried to term following a prenatal diagnosis.

Mayer-Whittington observes, “I would have felt less isolated and less alienated had I received the care we at Isaiah’s Promise provide to parents. Having the support of someone who can suggest options and understands the experience can make all the difference in the world.”

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Tracy L. Winsor, MPA, is Cofounder of Be Not Afraid (BNA), a private non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide comprehensive, practical, and peer-based support to parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis and carrying to term. She can be reached directly at Tracy.Winsor@benotafraid.net.

References:
Link 1 http://www.perinatalhospice.org/home.html
Link 2 http://perinatalcomfortcare.org/
Link3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Perinatal+hospice%3A+should+all+centers+have+this+service%3F
Link 4 http://www.isaiahspromise.net/

 

 

NRL Convention July 7-9, Herndon, VA

 

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As our very own Continuing Education, each year, NRL Convention attendees come home with full hearts, more energy and a to-do list, longer than the one we had when we arrived. At least, that’s how it’s been for us for the past two years, attending as the Georgia Affiliate. This is where we learned of Perinatal Hospice, leading to this article beginning our series. We learned about APR, the Abortion Pill Reversal (series coming soon), which we presented at our first legislative policy briefing last fall, as well as efforts of other states and the innovative ways that the unborn are given dignity, protected and loved.

You’ll want to take a notebook and at least one back up to write with… Your time won’t be wasted, that’s for sure. Come ready to soak it in, listen, learn, meet advocates from all over the country. Read little further from the April article from Dave Andrusko below to learn more and sign up to attend in July!

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Take time to commit to attending NRL Convention 2016

By Dave AndruskoI understand it’s only the middle of April and that your life, like mine, is filled to the brim. But….Please take a moment to make the decision to attend THE educational event of the year: the annual National Right to Life Convention. And having made that commitment to attend, go to nrlconvention.com where you can register online.

Here are a few of the basics:

· NRL Convention 2016 takes place July 7-9 in Herndon, Virginia.

· The location is the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport where the flat rate is a very reasonable $119 per night and parking is free.

· There will be more than 100 speakers and more than 100 sessions.

What can you expect? I’ve attended every convention since 1981, when I drove the “Lifemobile” to Omaha, Nebraska. My wife and I have never been disappointed.

How could we be? We are with hundreds of friends in a life-affirming atmosphere where we learn from experts in every conceivable phase of our Pro-Life Outreach.

Our brains are stimulated, our spirits uplifted, and our batteries recharged. You–and which other members of your family can make it to Herndon–will have exactly the same experience, whether this is your 35th convention or your very first.

If you are flying in for the convention, be sure to fly into Dulles (IAD) Airport. The hotel is just 3 miles down the road and will pick you up from the airport.

If you look at the ad for the convention that we’ve posted, you’ll see that we are giving emphasis to two dynamics which are helping change minds and hearts.

Melissa Ohden and Sara Zagorski literally survived abortions. Their stories are unbelievably powerful.

Jewels Green and Catherine Adair both formerly worked at abortion clinics. Their insights into the abortion industry–what is done there to unborn babies, their mothers, and the staff itself–are invaluable.

Do take the time to commit to attending NRLC 2016 this July 7-9 and to registering at nrlconvention.com

You’ll be glad you did.

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We’ll 2nd that!