Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
New York Pregnancy Centers Still Battle Anti-Free Speech Law
by Steven Ertelt | New York, NY | LifeNews.com | 12/29/10 5:45 PM
The city council is considering a measure that would place stringent limits on the advertising pregnancy centers use and require them to post signs designed to dissuade women from seeking their abortion alternatives services.
Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker, and Councilwoman Jessica Lappin are behind the proposed ordinance. Should the measure be approved, one pro-life legal group is planning to sue the city over the law.
“We’re in the middle of a major battle with the New York City Council over their proposed free-speech-muzzle Bill #371 and tomorrow we kick off a five week ad campaign featuring Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King, Jr’s niece to defeat the bill,” he explained an email LifeNews.com received.
“We will air two different spots: a 60 second spot on WMCA-570AM, and 970 AM-The Apple, and a 30 second ad on WCBS-880AM, WINS-News 1010AM,” Slattery added. “We are spending over $12,000 on our initial four New York radio station buy to drive folks to our new petition and informational website.”
Slattery says the record of success at the centers proves how much they are needed in America’s largest city. They provide free services inside 12 centers and clinics in five counties and on the streets of the South Bronx with their mobile clinics including free ultrasounds, subsidized pre-natal care, supplies for moms and kids, ongoing care and love, adoption aid and spiritual guidance..
“EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in New York City were able to Save close to 3,000 moms and their babies from a certain abortion in the abortion capital of America in 2010,” he said.
He estimates anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 women will be helped at the centers in 2011 “who would otherwise fall prey to the largest concentration of abortion centers in the United States.”
“Without any changes in law we have been able to save over 38,000 children from abortion. EMC’s effective life-saving system is the best possible way to save the tens of thousands of children at great risk here,” he concluded.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Being an EMC Intern in the Abortion Capitol of America can be an emotional roller coaster at times. During this joyous time of year I want to focus on the many happy and joy filled moments of my internship experience.
- Holding in my arms a baby that I helped saved from abortion... there's nothing like it! This is by far the most joyous event for an EMC Lifesaver!!
- Hospital visits to meet newborn saved babies!
- Watching via facebook as 'my babies' grow up.
- The knowledge that this year will be the first Christmas for 'my babies' that have already been born!
- Watching the monitor during a sonograms as beautiful, pre-born babies move, suck their thumbs and even roll over in the womb! And of course hearing that fetal heartbeat... gets me every time!
- The relationships of emotional support, sisterhood, friendship and sometimes even mentoring with my mom's.
- When she chooses LIFE for her baby!
- Having one of my mom's regularly send me funny and inspiration text messages. They brighten my day!
- Getting a phone call from one of my clients who I was sure had aborted many months earlier, only for her to tell me that she is 7 months pregnant!
- Getting this message on my facebook wall:
THANX U 4 BEING THERE 4 ME AND TALKING SUM SENSE IN 2 ME.... BECUZ OF U I'M A PROUD MOM OF A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL AND I CAN'T IMAGINE MY LIFE W/O HER.... THANK YOU KEEP UP DA AMAZING WORK.... GOD BLESS U!!!!!
- When one of my mom's told me that she feels a connection with me and the knowledge that I will be a part of her life and that of her child for years to come!
- When a mom stops by to introduce us to their Miracle Baby! This happens all the time!!
- Helping pregnant women in need!
These are just a few of my joy filled moments since I began my internship with Expectant Mother Care. To all of our readers, I wish you all a very joyful and blessed Christmas!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Yesterday I learned of an incredible and inspiring story, when a past client stopped by to pick up a winter coat for her son. I could say this story goes back 11 years, but really it goes back farther, how much I'm not sure.
She is in her early 30's, the mother of a 10 year old EMC Miracle Baby. She came in to one of our Crisis Pregnancy Centers considering abortion, nearly 11 years ago. She met with a staff member who explained the truth about abortion and the many options that were available to her. She received a free sonogram, making it possible for her to see the humanity of her precious unborn child. She chose LIFE at EMC that day! She was rewarded with the sheer joy of motherhood and a beautiful son of her own.
What makes this all so much more incredible, is the story behind that staff member that spoke to her. She had first stepped through the doors of an EMC Pregnancy Center, considering abortion herself. When her eyes were opened to the truth she chose LIFE for her child and was later hired by EMC to help women in similar situations.
This is the story of one of her saves! He is a beautiful, healthy, happy little boy and his family loves him very much! Every beat of his heart and every breath that he takes is a testament to the caring and knowledge that was poured out upon his mother by that EMC staffer.
Clipart from Clipartheaven.com
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
She was pregnant last year for a boyfriend who was father to three children of different mothers unknown to her. When the other ladies heard about her pregnancy, they waged war on her so that she decided to end it by getting rid of the baby. She constantly intentionally exerted pressure on her stomach to cause miscarriage. Within this period of pregnancy, she was involved in a car accident but nothing happened to her pregnancy. Then after trying all these and did not get her desire, she proceeded for an abortion.
When she got to the clinic in Florida, her heart wasn't at rest. She paced up and down in front of the abortion clinic contemplating her decision. Eventually, her mind was made up so she went in. During the sonogram, one of the two nurses present in the room commented on the size of her baby. Being already uneasy about her decision, she requested to know the sex of the baby and how far long she was. According to her,the nurse declined her request saying that if told,she may change her mind. The abortion was eventually done and is the major reason for her current fear.She said that the abortion was horrific because the anesthesia was not strong enough so she still felt pain during the surgery.
Some months after the abortion,she got pregnant again for her new boyfriend but had a miscarriage.Now she's pregnant and fears that she may loose her baby. She said if she had known about what the abortion procedure was and its aftermath like the psychological trauma she's been dealing with, abortion wouldn't have been considered. For her, last year was the FIRST and LAST time she'd ever go through an abortion. Putting it in her own words,"I will NEVER do it again" was what basically ended the story.
Monday, December 13, 2010
As we were counseling her, and asking her whats wrong. She was opening up to us on how her family is going to be ruined. She was so afraid of her husband finding out about her affair. I told her that marriage is a union, and she should stop her affair with this man.
As she went to take a pregnancy test, her menstrual came. She was crying, and felt so relieved. I told her God gave you a second chance. I told her to rethink her decisions, and try to stop.
She was praying and asking God for forgivness, and said she will never do that again.
Hopefully, she will get through her marriage, and things will work out for her and her family.
She is starting her prenatal care with us in Brooklyn. I am so thankful that I was able to talk to her. I am glad that she can see past all her issues and get through this difficult time. There is always a way, if theres will.
We will try the best we can to help her.
TO be Continued..............
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Hi! My name is Marc. Last Monday was my first day as a volunteer in EMC Free Abortion Alternatives. Before beginning to talk about my new experiences with my co-workers, clients and in general on the job, I would like to introduce myself to you.
I am 26 years old and I am from Barcelona (Spain). In Spain I live with my parents and I have two younger sisters. I am catholic. I studied economics in college, and I finished the studies 2 years ago. After finishing college, I was working a year and a half in a multinational consumer company in Barcelona. In order to advance my position within the company or to have the opportunity to find a better job position, I need to improve my English. I made the decision to travel to NYC for a few months. I arrived in NYC on October 1, and I was taking English classes during my first 2 months here. After the first month, I knew that I wanted to stay longer. I got the idea to find some kind of job like a volunteer opportunity. I am pro-life, and I started to search for information about some organizations that could give me the opportunity to collaborate with them. In the past, I worked as a volunteer in my city and for one month in Erfoud, a city in the desert of Sahara (Morocco).
I hope my help will be useful in this hard work and I look forward to being part of stories with a happy ending.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Being myself a native of California, I can tell you that the NYC weather is always a bit interesting to me. In the summer the humidity is insane and the winters can be frigid as can be! In my hometown of Sacramento, we are elated if a few snowflakes fall from the sky, which happens almost never!
Now why would I write about weather?! Well you see, part of EMC's life saving work in the Abortion Capitol of America includes sidewalk counseling in front of Dr. Emily's Abortion Center. That means we are outside and exposed to the elements. I can remember last winter, bundled up with many a layer of clothes underneath my winter coat, hand warmers in my gloves and boots, jumping up and down trying desperately to keep warm, but we were out there ready to save lives, even in the blizzard! That will be the story again this winter.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Since it's founding in 1985 EMC counselors have saved the lives of more than 30,000 children from the certain death of abortion! Can you imagine! 30,000 lives! That is quite a number, and a bit tough to wrap ones head around. So I did a little research. Here is a crowd of 30,000 people. That is equal to the population of the small country of San Marino! We could fill a small country with the lives saved by Expectant Mother Care! That is 30,000 people breathing, 30,000 hearts still beating, 30,000 women saved from the pain of abortion! The most exciting part is that we are still going strong! Everyday EMC staff work tirelessly to offer options, help, and hope to women in need, and everyday we save lives. It's no wonder that Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and their friends on the New York City Council are trying to shut us down. 30,000 children saved, means a whole lot of money they weren't able to make off of the blood of innocent children!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I had the privelege of meeting a wonderful young lady yesterday. Her husband is incarcerated for 6 years with a felony. her son at home is 2 years old, suffering from sickle cell anemia. She is pregnant with her second child. She explained to me why she just could not have this baby. She spends lots of time in hospitals due to her son's illness. She explained to me how she sometimes had to walk to the hospital, because she had no money.
As I spoke to her, my heart really opened up to her. SHe had lots of pain in her eyes, sadness, and confusion. I truly felt for her. She had to give birth without her husband, she had to take care of her baby alone. Sometimes starving, because of not having money for food.
I encouraged her to just give EMC a chance to help her. She will be coming back next week for a follow-up, and I hope to meet her son. She is very confused and unsure about this pregnancy, because she is all alone. I really want to be there for her, and encourage her to continue being the strong woman she is, and never give up.
Hopefully,I will see her next week, and give you the continuation of this amazing story.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Last week a met an incredible woman. When she was 19 she started to feel sick and she went to the doctor with her boyfriend who was much older than her. Once in the hospital she got up in a bed and a nurse said to her that the procedure had gone well. "What procedure?" she asked (she didn't even know she was pregnant). "The abortion" said the nurse.
Her friend decided to abort last week, and she was afraid because she didn't know what to say or how to say it. She had heard about EMC before so she came to our South Bronx office asking for help. I called her friend and after we talked, she decided to come to our office. She did Pro-life work, because even just talking about that is Pro-life work.
Now, this girl who was a victim of an abortion wants to do something else, and wants to to work with us.
Friday, December 3, 2010
With the high rate of abortion all over the united states and the large number of its supporters,alot of people have thought our fight against it as a waste of time. Last week a man walked up to me while in front of Dr. Emily's clinic and offered me a job because he thought me jobless. Another Woman in the very same place referred to us as people who have nothing 'worthwhile' doing. As I consider these comments and other negative things that have been and are being said about what we do, I see more reason why values and principles are moving into extinction.
"If you can't beat them,join them" is a saying I find underlining the minds of some our oppose rs. They believe that whatever the majority supports is right and the way things should be. The words of Alfred North Whitehead better explains what I mean when he says,"What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike.'' What a life! If human beings were God I wonder what the world would be like? They say the world is an evil place,but what would you call it if everybody did the same evil and nobody to do the opposite all because of the pressure of number. Should we give up on what we know is virtuous just because it's scarce? Should parents lessen their lesson of sexual purity for their children because majority of youths engage in premarital sex?
If it is about making money or gaining fame, you hear people say, "step out and be courageous", "don't let people's failure determine yours" and all sorts of motivational phrases.Interestingly you see people actually achieving things they thought they never could. But like Mark Twain I say, "it is curious- curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare".
I also say to those who think us jobless that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandment; and that's what we're doing. It is no waste of time offering our time,strength and love to the girls. It is no waste of time letting them know that abortion is not the solution to the problem they are trying to solve.
My internship with EMC has been no waste of time at all.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The first part of this post is here.
She started to cry, took the 7 weeks fetal development model and asked if her baby was really like this. I said yes and she started to touch the baby, seeing fingers, nose, mouth, eyes...
We kept talking for a while about fetal development and looked at the other models (until 10 weeks). I thought the counseling was going well, that at least, she was thinking about changing her mind but suddenly she said: "Ok ok. It seems like a baby, but it doesn't feel any pain. It is not going to experience the procedure." I tried to explain to her that there is some evidence to suggest that in some instances, it does appear that fetuses can feel pain. Evidence of this is "The Silent Scream."
In this movie there is shown an abortion in real-time on a sonogram screen, and Dr. Bernard Nathanson explains what the fetus does when subjected to the procedure. In fact, we can see that the fetus' heart beat almost doubles. It also shows the baby trying to escape from the vacuum instrument. It seems to show that the baby can feel and suffer.