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Immediate Pregnancy Resource Help

Pregnancy Helplines: 888-4-OPTIONS 800-712-HELP www.PregnancyDecisonLine.org   Heartbeat International — Option Line®, 24/7, via the phone 1-800-712-HELP text —  “HELPLINE” to 313131 internet — www.OptionLine.org live chat, and email, connecting those in need to life-saving help in their own community. CareNet — www.PregnancyDecisonLine.org (877-791-5475)   Everything we do saves lives and advances a culture of...

Late-Term Abortion Reversal

KNOW THE FACTS: A woman can reverse a late-term abortion that started with laminaria (seaweed) TAKE ACTION:  If you are a sidewalk counselor at a late-term abortion clinic (not all clinics do late-term abortions), take some time as soon as possible to locate a doctor who would be willing to step in to reverse a late-term abortion procedure that has already been started.  If you are looking for a pro-life doctor who might be willing to do this, you might want to start your search here:  http://www.aaplog.org/physiciansearch.aspx (American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYNs) REPRINT:  I think it is important to reprint news stories in their entirety because they often do not remain online forever. http://www.ncregister.com/register_exclusives/baby_claire_beats_the_odds_in_vegas/ Baby Claire Hits the Jackpot!  Dramatic Intervention Reverses Late-term Abortion by JOSEPH PRONECHEN 02/24/2010 Staff writer Joseph Pronechen is based in Trumbull, Connecticut. Jamie S and her newborn daughter Claire rest after Claire's birth.Jamie Stout and her newborn daughter Claire rest after Claire's birth. UPDATE, Feb. 24, 2010 Today biggest winners in Las Vegas surprised everybody and are causing quite a bit of excitement. “Baby Claire arrived a little early — just a little while ago!” a thrilled Pam Caylor, executive director of First Choice Pregnancy Services, said today. “She and her mommy are doing great!” Claire’s mom, Jamie S, had originally planned a late-term abortion but was urged by Caylor and ultrasonographer Marina Cortopassi to reverse Step 1 of the three-step abortion process and carry her daughter to term. “Marina kept trying to get through to me,” Jamie said. “She wouldn’t let up. ‘We can work this out,’ she said. ‘You’re going to show...

Pregnant at 18

At age 18, I was pregnant, frightened, ashamed and angry.   I was pregnant because of making a wrong decision in a weak moment; frightened because of the life-changing decisions I was about to make; ashamed and angry because of disappointing myself and my parents, even though they were understanding and supportive.   All options had been presented. What had happened to me was not the baby's fault.   I chose adoption.   I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl with dark hair and porcelain skin. She took my breath away.   I was totally captivated by this precious little one. Holding her was an incredible experience of joy. I would have that privilege only once more before her adoption.   Three days later, her new mother and father came to add her to their family. I learned she would grow up with a brother.   The nurse brought my baby to me with two sets of "going home" dresses provided by her new mom and dad — one pink and one white.   I remember she told me as she was closing the door that I was about to make a family very happy. While I told my baby what a wonderful home and life she would have because of these very special people, I slipped the white dress over her dark brown hair.   Twenty minutes later, the nurse returned to take my beauty and introduce her to her new family.   My decision was right to have her become a member of this caring, loving family.   They could give her what I could not....

Pregnant with Twins…

  Last September I found myself in such a seemingly impossible situation.  I was pregnant from a man who was abusive to me.  I already had 2 kids with him.  How could I leave him and support my children and have another as well?  Leaving him seemed impossible.  I was so scared.  I was really, really scared.  So, one morning, I fed my children, brushed their teeth, combed their hair and dressed them as a good mother should.  I took them to their Grandma's house and kissed them as I left.  I had a doctor's appointment, not just any doctor's appointment, but an appointment at Planned Parenthood.  I was going to have an abortion.  I didn't want to, but who does?    My stomach ached and my moral self was in chaotic battle.  I arrived to the address in my car and circled at least three times before I parked.  My arms hugged my torso as I walked with cloudy eyes and shaking legs to the front of the building.  A woman who saw right through me asked me if I wanted help.  She gave me a pamphlet that I had no intention of reading.  She told me that I had other options.  I know, I thought.  I am a horrible person, I thought.  I don't want this but I can't…Maybe God will forgive me.  I will never forgive myself, I thought.   I walked up the stairs to the PP business and checked in.  I didn't look around the waiting room, but I wanted to.  It was very quiet.  The women and couples in there were probably feeling...

Chaunie’s Story: An Unexpected Journey

Chaunie is a former FFL intern and pregnant college senior. She has shared her journey in letters (see below) since the fall semester of 2007. As part of a series entitled, "Chaunie’s Story: An Unexpected Journey," Chaunie has volunteered to chronicle her experiences for all of us. The letter below is her latest installment.   February 2008 Dear Serrin, Near the end of the fall semester, as students were clearing the campus, I found myself alone in the library, balancing to-do lists with my final exam notes. I began to feel my baby kick. At first, the gentle fluttering against my abdomen was easy to miss, but since then it has been growing stronger by the day. I find myself marveling at my life and how quickly it has changed. Just a few months ago, I was enjoying an internship with Feminists for Life, supporting student leaders and fighting to overcome the challenges faced by student parents. Now I am fighting for myself. The journey thus far has been exhausting, at times overwhelming, but it has also been a wonderful journey of self-discovery. I have begun to discover my strength as a woman. I realize that the world may see me, a pregnant young college student, as an unlucky statistic, a person to be pitied. But I am learning to hold my head high and realize that I have become stronger than I ever thought possible. I have juggled the challenges of early pregnancy, complete with terrible morning sickness, a grueling school schedule, work and championing for women like me on campus, all while planning a wedding and dealing...

Rape and Sexual Assault: Discussion of 2 Approaches to Treatment

[excerpts from a dscussion of two approaches to the treatment of rape victims to provide the utmost care and respect for the possibility of new human life: "If you must err, err on the side of life"]  The tragic occurrence of a rape or sexual assault is among the most traumatic experiences in the life of any woman. As promoters of the innate value of every human life, we can never condone the use of any abortifacient drug regimens or procedures, regardless of the circumstances surrounding conception. This stance must be distinguished, however, from the administration of contraception following rape or sexual assault. The use of contraception in this situation is licit because its object is not to contracept, but rather to protect the woman from further violence at the hands of the rapist. A woman is entitled to defend her body from an aggressor: she is not obligated to allow his sperm to penetrate her ovum. Fortunately, medical advances in the care of sexual assault victims have enabled doctors and hospitals to do much more to assist and protect these victims from unwanted pregnancy. However, drug regimens such as so-called “emergency contraception” (EC/Plan B) have blurred the line between true contraceptive and abortifacient processes. In addition to potentially ending the life of a newly conceived embryo, the effects of emergency contraception on women’s physical health remain unclear, and much ambiguity surrounds the actual operation of the drugs in question. The lack of information available to women regarding the true nature of emergency contraception has impeded many victims’ ability to make healthy, life-affirming choices in the aftermath of their assault....

Many Women at Elite Colleges Set Career Path to Motherhood (9/05)

Cynthia Liu is precisely the kind of high achiever Yale wants: smart (1510 SAT), disciplined (4.0 grade point average), competitive (finalist in Texas oratory competition), musical (pianist), athletic (runner) and altruistic (hospital volunteer). And at the start of her sophomore year at Yale, Ms. Liu is full of ambition, planning to go to law school. Emily Lechner, at home in North Potomac, MD with her mother, Carol, is a student at Yale who plans to become a lawyer.  She says her career will take a back seat once she starts having children… So will she join the long tradition of famous Ivy League graduates? Not likely. By the time she is 30, this accomplished 19-year-old expects to be a stay-at-home mom. “My mother’s always told me you can’t be the best career woman and the best mother at the same time,” Ms. Liu said matter-of-factly. “You always have to choose one over the other.” At Yale and other top colleges, women are being groomed to take their place in an ever more diverse professional elite. It is almost taken for granted that, just as they make up half the students at these institutions, they will move into leadership roles on an equal basis with their male classmates. There is just one problem with this scenario: many of these women say that is not what they want. Many women at the nation’s most elite colleges say they have already decided that they will put aside their careers in favor of raising children. Though some of these students are not planning to have children and some hope to have a family...

Questions Pregnant Women Planning to Abort Ask

Most women have no idea how an abortion is performed, or what an abortion actually does to their body.  Here are some FAQs which are answered by Dr. Maria M., and OB-GYN. Women planning to abort their babies often ask at least some of these questions… Often, when they hear the answers, they change their minds. Q. It’s better to abort early, right? so it won’t be as well developed or as human yet?  A. Abortion, during any time of the life of the new child — whether a fetus or newborn — is never right. It is the same, unique, unrepeatable human being no matter what the age. Q. Is it really a blob? A. No, it’s a baby. Once the egg and sperm have met, conception has occurred and this conception makes a baby, albeit a very tiny one. Q. At 9 weeks, is the baby formed?A. Yes, you can see its little hands and feet, its head shape and its little heart beating. Q. How Much Does an Abortion Cost? A. Monetarily speaking, it costs about $350 to $450.  However, some abortion centers charge an additional $100 for every week after 12 weeks which can bring the cost up to $1,000. The reality is that abortion costs one human life, with possible damage to your own physical and/or emotional well-being. Q.Will you refer me to a place that does abortions? A. No. I took an oath to “Do No Harm”. My duty is to heal, not destroy. Q. Will the Abortion be Painful? A. During the procedure, one pays for “light” or “heavy” sedation which may dull...

Adoption Resources

Faces of Adoption National Adoption Center 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 701 Philadelphia, PA 19102 (215) 735-9988 website: www.adopt.org National Adoption Information Clearinghouse 330 C Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20447 1 (888) 251-0075 website: www.naic.acf.hhs.gov For adoption information for the State of Alabama, visit http://www.dhr.state.al.us. For basic information on the adoption policy in Alabama, visit http://co.limestone.al.us/probate/pj_docs/adopt.htm   Adoption Network Law Center 23161 Lake Center Drive, Suite 210 Lake Forest, CA 92630 V. 949.268.1332, ext 116 www.AdoptionNetwork.com 1-800-FOR-ADOPT    Children Awaiting Placement (CAP) 700 Exchange StreetRochester, NY 14608 1 (888) 835-8802 website: www.capbook.org   The Collaboration to AdoptUSKids 8015 Corporate Drive, Suite C Baltimore, MD 21236 1 (866) 200-4005 website: www.adoptuskids.org...

If You Know Someone Considering Abortion…

Each year, many American women are seriously injured at abortion centers. Women have THE RIGHT TO KNOW the quality of care they can expect before receiving any medical treatment or procedure. If you know someone who is considering an abortion, strongly urge them to get the answers to these questions: 1) Is the abortion center licensed by the State? 2) Is the person performing the abortions a licensed physician with admitting privileges at a local hospital, in case there is a problem? 3) What are the chances of complications from abortion and what type of complications have you had at this abortion center?  [About 10% (1 of 10) of abortion patients experience immediate complications after legal abortion, and about 1 of 500 women experience life-threatening complications.] 4) In the event that there are complications, does the doctor or abortion center carry insurance to cover my medical expenses? 5) Are there malpractice suits pending against this doctor and/or abortion center? 6) If I develop immediate complications, how will you take care of me? 7) What are the alternatives to abortion? You have the RIGHT TO KNOW… To talk with a caring person, or to find the information and resources you need right now, click...

Human Development Seen Through 4-D Ultrasound

< http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/health/3846525.stm >   A new type of ultrasound scan has produced vivid pictures of a 12 week-old foetus "walking" in the womb. The new images also show foetuses apparently yawning and rubbing its eyes.     The scans, pioneered by Professor Stuart Campbell at London's Create Health Clinic, are much more detailed than conventional ultrasound. Professor Campbell has previously released images of unborn babies appearing to smile. He has compiled a book of the images called Watch Me Grow. Conventional ultrasound, usually offered to mothers at 12 and 20 weeks, produces 2D images of the developing foetus. These are very useful for helping doctors to measure and assess the growth of the foetus, but convey very little information about behaviour. Complex behaviour Professor Campbell has perfected a technique which not only produces detailed 3D images, but records foetal movement in real time. He says his work has been able to show for the first time that the unborn baby engages in complex behaviour from an early stage of its development. Professor Campbell told the BBC: "This is a new science for understanding and mapping out the behaviour of the baby. "Maybe in the future it will help us understand and diagnose genetic disease, maybe even conditions like cerebral palsy which puzzles the medical profession as to why it occurs." The images have shown: • From 12 weeks, unborn babies can stretch, kick and leap around the womb - well before the mother can feel movement • From 18 weeks, they can open their eyes although most doctors thought eyelids were fused until 26 weeks • From 26 weeks, they appear to...

Pregnant & Single

Pregnant and single. This is probably the most important decision you'll ever make. It is your decision alone. Right now, many thoughts and emotions are running through your mind. It is vitally important that the decisions you make are not made in panic, or hastily, in fear. You may be telling yourself, "I can't talk to my mother about this; she'd have a fit!" Fathers, too, seem to loom as scary monsters: "My father would be so angry if he knew I'd slept with anybody". Practically all teenage girls say: "My father would kill me". There is a high degree of alienation between pregnant teens and their parents. You don't want your parents in on this crisis because you don't want them to know what's been going on. But, chances are, if you would give them a chance, they would be very supportive. It's certainly difficult to think logically and sensibly when you feel like the Titanic has hit an iceberg and all your future goals and aspirations are sinking out of sight. You probably feel that your reactions are suddenly frantic and impulsive. To protect yourself from snap judgments and emotions, you must back off from the situation instead of rushing into it. The most important thing to do immediately is …nothing. Don't flee into action, but rather retreat into reflection. The tendency is to accuse, blame, threaten, and panic; but there is no way that this approach can be constructive. Shifting responsibility is a well-used human trait. Any decision you make, however, should shift from blame to responsibility. You cannot escape the part you played in this situation. It is hard to...

I Can't Believe I'm Pregnant! What Am I Supposed To Do?

I Need Some Help! We Want to Help You… So, take these steps in the right direction… 1. It is important to take time to examine all the options that are available to you.   2. You want to have a pregnancy test. If you prefer to have your pregnancy test at an abortion business, keep in mind that their business is based on the number of abortions performed. Selling abortions is how they make money. There have been abortion businesses exposed for telling women their pregnancy tests were positive, and selling abortions to these non-pregnant women. Abortion is forever. Please read the Q&A by a former abortion provider, and also this article — click here.  There are many legitimate medical clinics and pregnancy centers that provide free pregnancy tests. Click here for some resources, call Pregnancy Helplines at … 888-4-OPTIONS Option Line®, 24/7: 800-712-HELP    Option Line®, 24/7: text “HELPLINE” to 313131 www.OptionLine.org live chat email, connecting to help in your own community… CareNet — www.PregnancyDecisonLine.org 877-791-5475   … If you are not sure if you are pregnant, take this Online Pregnancy Test… http://www.thehelpline.org/online-pregnancy-test/ 3. Talk to someone you trust. If you are pregnant, you are already the mother of your child who has had a beating heart since about 25 days after fertilization.  You are not alone or helpless in your pregnancy. You may be pleased with and surprised by the support your parents and friends will give you. They may  express surprise, anger, or disappointment at first, but give them a chance to support you. Be firm in your decision to give life to your child. 4. Get information concerning the development of your...