Focus on Life: Sanctity of Human Life

January 2018: Sanctity of Human Life

Background Information

In the United States, more than 60 million unborn children have been aborted since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, and over 2,500 abortions occur every day. Women have cited "social reasons", not mother's health or rape/incest, as their motivation in approximately 93% of all abortions. Here are some statistics from the Guttmacher Institute:

  • 17% of abortion patients in 2014 identified as mainline Protestant, 13% as evangelical Protestant and 24% as Catholic; 38% reported no religious affiliation and the remaining 8% report some other affiliation.
  • 59% of abortions in 2014 were obtained by women who were already mothers.

Prolife Pregnancy Resource Centers are on the front line of this cultural battle. These Pregnancy Resource Centers exist in the community to serve as peace makers that love both the mother considering abortion and her unborn baby. Both are valuable human lives and both need care and compassionate concern from society. We are fortunate to have Options for Women-River Falls here in our community. At Options for Women, women who are considering abortion receive compassionate counseling, emotional support and information regarding their options. Options for Women also provides STI (sexually-transmitted infection) testing for both men and women and parenting/pregnancy/relationship education.

What can we do to help?

  1. Pray in the following ways:
    • For Options for Women and the Pregnancy Resource Centers throughout the country
    • For protection for the workers and volunteers and for receptive communities
    • That those who need to know would be led to Options for Women
  2. Get involved at Options for Women in the following ways:
    1. Client Advocate - Meets with clients to listen to them, and assist them with learning about parenting and decisions
    2. Earn While You Learn Mentor - Guides clients through the Earn While You Learn program and assists them with their needs
    3. Baby Boutique Organizer - Helps unpack and organize donations to the Baby Boutique
    4. Support Group and Class Leaders - Helps plan and lead groups and classes such as a Men's support group, Mommy retreats, abortion healing, etc.
    5. Fundraiser Volunteers - Meets with Director and Board members to help assist with fundraising efforts for the annual Banquet for Life, Baby Bottle program, and other fundraisers throughout the year.
  3. Donate Financially to Options for Women or another pro-life organization. The benefactors at Options have helped them reach over 250% more clients with pro-life support services this year over last year. Last year they achieved over a 100% increase.
    • Donate online at www.ofwrf.com or mail a donation to:                   Options for Women
      214 North Main Street
      River Falls, WI 54022

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)

 

- From your FirstCov Social Concerns Ministry Team

Through information, prayer needs,
and tangible ideas to help,
we are equipping FirstCov as the hands and
feet of Christ to the world.

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