Many times in our battle to end legalized abortion, those who are pro-life (or life advocates) are often accused of not helping or providing for those women who are pregnant and need resources. But that’s wrong.
There are an estimated 3,000 pregnancy resource centers spread throughout the US providing emotional, spiritual, and material support for women with unplanned pregnancies. These centers are there not only before the baby is born, but are often there after the babies are born as well. The three organizations with which nearly all of these centers are affiliated are Birthright International, Care Net, and Heartbeat International.
But there are other ways to help and one thing that I’ve always thought was urgently needed in our communities were maternity homes for pregnant women with no place to go. These homes aren’t necessarily for homeless women or women turned out from shelters; there are countless stories of young women being told by their parents or their boyfriends to either get an abortion or get out of the house. What choice is left for them?
A Place of Refuge
Please check out these three Christian maternity homes in three different parts of the nation. I’m sure there are others out there worthy of mention but these three are near and dear to my heart because I either know the people who operate the home or the people who founded the home (or both).
On the Jersey Shore: Grace Initiatives
In South Wisconsin: A Place of Refuge
In Central Florida: Redeeming Life
Help and support Christian maternity homes in your area, and if there aren’t any, maybe it’s time to get one started.
American Heritage Girls’ Respect Life Patch
I had the pleasure of meeting Jody Token, National Public Relations Director of American Heritage Girls (AHG), at the 2015 LCMS Life Conference that was just held last week after the March for Life. We had a great time discussing how we (the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and AHG) could work together in the future. This possibility came about due to a memorandum of understanding between the LCMS with AHG (see the press release from the LCMS); and I was pleased to find out that the AHG has had, for nearly a year now, a “Respect Life” patch for its members.
Since I found out about this organization several years ago, I have liked it and encouraged friends and family with daughters in the Girl Scouts to consider being part of AHG. But now I have even more reason to support them as AHG encourage its members to “[participate] in an event that brings attention to respecting life or [provide] a service project for an organization whose mission/purpose demonstrates a desire to respect life, such as pregnancy resource centers, pro-life groups and hospices” (read entire press release).
Knowing the close connection that the Girl Scouts has fomented with Planned Parenthood (the largest provider of abortions in the US and advocate of sexual promiscuity — see here, here, here, here, here, and here), Christian parents ought to find an alternative to involvement in the Girl Scouts, whether or not the local troop is actively involved with the local Planned Parenthood.
Maybe it’s just me, but…shouldn’t we teach our children to live their faith by, whenever possible, being part of organizations that have the same core values as we do? In this manner, we can show them that our faith isn’t relegated to just one hour on Sunday mornings but, rather, it is central to who we are and what we do.
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with American Heritage Girls to work together to encourage and nurture American Heritage Girls troops within the LCMS. This is wonderful news, as I’ve long supported American Heritage Girls as an alternative to the Girl Scouts (read An Alternative to the Girl Scouts) due to the opposing principles of Christians and the Girl Scouts’ national organization (read More Dubious Connections to the Girl Scouts, Time to Stop Buying Girl Scout Cookies, The Girl Scouts and Their Ungodly Agenda, If it Seems Like I’m Picking on the Girl Scouts…, The Girl Scouts Deny the Allegations, What are the Girl Scouts Supporting?, and Where Do Your Dollars Go?).
The MOU states, in part:
The LCMS recommends AHG because it is faith-based. The MOU states, “WHEREAS: The American Heritage Girls program is centered on the same principles, and partners with the local LCMS church to assist and support girls through spiritual development, life skill enhancement, development of teamwork, social skills, citizenship, girl leadership skills while building confidence and discovering their identity in Christ.”
“Therefore be it RESOLVED, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and American Heritage Girls will work together, within the guidelines of the policies and regulations of each organization to establish and nurture American Heritage Girls Troops within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod so that girls may be provided with life skills, leadership development opportunities, service programs, and character building opportunities.”
Maybe it’s just me, but…if you’re a Christian you really need to stop supporting the Girl Scouts (and Planned Parenthood, sexual promiscuity, and abortion) and start supporting a faith-based organization that has the same foundation and principles that you do.
Read the press release from the LCMS about the agreement.
Read the MOU in its entirety.
Find out more about the American Heritage Girls.
When the Christian Post has a short article about this great pro-life ad from a lingerie manufacturer in Thailand, I was a little skeptical, but I watched the lengthy video (7 minutes) anyway. I was glad I did. The videos (there are three in total) were based on true stories and are part of Wacoal Thailand’s “My Beautiful Woman” campaign highlighting women in exceptional situations. Unfortunately, the US subsidiary, Wacoal America, doesn’t share the same values as the parent company.
Here’s the video that was highlighted by the Christian Post and which I watched first; the story involves a young unwed mother. Please watch the whole thing, you won’t regret it. And, yes, you’ll need a tissue.
Now, I’m in the Mid-Atlantic state of Virginia and we’re just watching the weather forecasts as a huge storm is bearing down on us threatening to dump the most snow on us in four years. So for a little break from that doom and gloom, I decided to watch the other two videos from Wacoal Thailand and I enjoyed them enough to think they ought to be shared with other pro-life folks. So grab some more tissues and watch the other two movies.
I’ve been involved in life issues since 1997; and some folks have been involved much longer than I have and some folks have just jumped into the debate. Regardless of how much time you’ve spent talking about abortion and why it’s wrong, you will inevitably hear the usual objections and one of them is this: “I’m against abortion, but what about in the case of the mother having cancer.” Well, we must first understand that getting an abortion will have no effect on the cancer, the mother won’t be miraculously cured after the abortion. Additionally, studies are now showing that chemotherapy appears to have no adverse side effects on the baby after the first trimester. Therefore, abortion is won’t help the mother and chemotherapy can be started while she is still pregnant, no need to get an abortion just to start chemo.
The final movie is also a tear-jerker of sorts and it involves choices we make in our lives to serve others.
Well, that’s it! Three great advertisements from a company in Thailand that shows how precious human life is to us. I’d love it if they brought this type of campaign to the US, maybe it would make a difference in our culture of death.