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This is why we GO.

I write this on a snowy Saturday evening following the first day on our mobile clinic in the inner city neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio, as we joined with another local ministry, serving members of the community with hope. Within minutes of our arrival two pregnant women visited us, their other children in tow. Not long after two men stopped by as well, all needing life affirming support and connection to a community of care. This is what our Fleet for Little Feet affiliates nationwide experience daily in helping others commit to carrying their preborn children to term.

 

She gave birth yesterday to a precious baby girl. We met her one cold December day, when she was brought to us by a sidewalk counselor after she showed up to an abortion facility. She was living out of her car and not sure what she was going to do with her life, let alone that of her baby. She was going to leave her Christian faith, but with prayer and boldness, the Holy Spirit gave us an opportunity to dialogue about her eternal home. She is now firmly planted back in her Christian walk. She chose life and then chose to make an adoption plan. In the last month, she decided to parent her baby with the help of the support provided through ICU Mobile. She now has housing, a car seat and baby clothing.

 

This is why we GO and need your support.

You might expect that most women who visit our mobile clinics report their pregnancies are unintended or untimely. Guttmacher, a research institute focused on reproductive health, states that “Nearly half of pregnancies among American women in 2011 were unintended, and about four in ten of these were terminated by abortion. The three most common reasons –each cited by three-fourths of patients– were concern for or responsibility to other individuals; the inability to afford a child; and the belief that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents. Half said they did not want to be a single parent or were having problems with their husband or partner.” Our Fleet for Little Feet affiliates nationwide offer care and follow-up resources to women and men experiencing these struggles.

 

I met with a very abortion minded client for her pregnancy test. She stated that she couldn’t have this baby due to her difficult circumstances. It turned out she was already nineteen weeks along, so we scheduled her ultrasound for two days later. During the ultrasound, she was able to see every part of her baby. She could see every rib, see the facial structures, hear the heartbeat and watch the baby toss and turn. She had no idea that so much had already been developed. She said there was no way she could abort now. I met with her and shared about adoption, but she decided she wanted to parent instead.

 

This is why when we GO, your help makes a difference!

We need your help to meet the critical needs of our mobile ministry, so that we in turn can meet the critical needs of the people we serve.

 

  • $5.00 provides for one pregnancy test.
  • $25.00 provides for an ultrasound exam.
  • $100.00 provides for a day of training for individual mobile clinic staff members.
  • $350.00 provides for a full day of patient care on a mobile clinic.
  • $500.00 provides for a week of support services on a mobile clinic.

With you, we and our Fleet for Little Feet are able to stand in the gap providing the life affirming services that connect women, men and families to communities of care who love the Lord and will help them carry each life to term. As you spend time this holiday with your loved ones, being blessed by family, please take a moment to consider those who are thinking of ending their preborn baby’s life because they believe they have no hope or help. Please consider how you will GO with us to provide the life affirming care that builds families. Your generous gift will ensure that we continue to provide support to mothers and fathers that allow them to carry their children to term. This is why together with you, we want to GO serve women, GO save lives and GO share Jesus!  To donate, click here or text ICU to 41444.  

Warmest wishes from the ICU Mobile family of mobile clinic teams,

 

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Michele Chadwick, CEO

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Cor. 16:14


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There are two facts about our ministry that may surprise you.

First, while the vast majority of pro-life organizations support what we do, there are a few that do not. It's not the part about saving babies they don't like, it's that we don't just save babies. I once fielded a phone call from a pro-life leader that complained, "I wish you wouldn't share the gospel on the mobile. I wish you guys would just save babies."

The second fact you may not be aware of is that we have had to deny some pregnancy centers affiliation with our Fleet because they wouldn't agree to share the gospel with their clients if they went mobile with us. While we appreciate and are thankful for what they are doing to save the unborn, we cannot in good conscience agree to that conciliation. It's just not how our ministry was founded and goes against our mission and values.

For most pregnancy resource centers, sharing the gospel is a regular and comfortable part of what they do. A few pregnancy centers however have asked, "Do we have to share the gospel? Our answer is, "yes" for the following reasons:

1. We are called to share the truth of Jesus Christ. This is our highest calling as God's children.

2. Save the woman, save the baby. Abortion is often a symptom of a much greater spiritual problem. Women are likely to repeat an abortion without knowing God.

3. Often, we will only see our clients one time. We have to assume that this may be our only opportunity to share.
4. It works. It’s proven. A significant percentage of clients accept Christ as their savior aboard the mobiles in our fleet. It will continue to as long as we continue to be bold.

5. Women in these difficult circumstances are highly receptive to the gospel.

6. Regardless of timing, sharing the gospel is better than not sharing at all.

7. There may have been other believers that have already laid the seeds before us.

8. We don’t need to wait. Remember, they are coming to us in a time of need. Barriers are already broken down to begin with which makes it appropriate to share the gospel at first meeting. Many indicate on their intake form that they have a spiritual background and our mobile teams take it from there.

9. It’s beneficial for staff to share each time if they can. They don’t have to think twice about sharing or not, and it keeps them spiritually ready and mindful of Kingdom work—not just saving babies.

10. People/churches outside the “pro-life” arena will be more likely to support the ministry if sharing the gospel is a necessary part of what we do.

We are doing this work first and foremost to be obedient to God. Saving lives is a close second. This is how ICU Mobile was founded and God has honored these motives for the past decade. We cannot just save babies. This is a ministry and we are thankful for those that stand firm with us.

Pastor Adam Barton  
Akron, Ohio


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1. One donor told me he never uses the term, “abortion clinic”—because by definition, “clinic”, refers to a place devoted to care and helping people. At best, he told me that he simply uses the term, “abortion facility”. I agreed. “Clinic” is too gentle and unassuming. “Clinic”, also implies that something beneficial is being done. I have not used the term “abortion clinic” since.

2. I’ve also learned to stop using the term, “pro-choice”. The term “Pro-abortion”, or “pro-abortion rights”, is more accurate and does not white-wash a position that allows for taking an infant’s life. Those that are proponents of abortion simply do not want to be identified with the act itself. They shift the focus from what’s happening to a human baby to a “choice”. Using the word “choice”, is unfair, distracting and inaccurate.

3. I’ve stopped viewing abortion as a political issue. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I personally choose to see abortion as a biblical issue—a God issue. Yes, it’s political. But at the root of issue, the deciding factor is, “What does God think?”.

4. I’ve learned that the more controversial stance is actually pro-life. Statistically speaking, more people side with abortion rights. Advocates for abortion don’t make the news…it’s those that defend life that “cause trouble” and rock the boat. Sadly, this is the social-cultural arena we live in. I still can’t believe that siding with keeping a baby is more controversial than extinguishing its life through a medical procedure. Wow.

5. I’ve never heard of a person regretting not having an abortion. But sadly, I’ve heard many stories of hurt and regret over having an abortion. I’ve met and heard the stories of many mothers and fathers who came close to having an abortion but changed their minds after they saw the image of their baby on an ultrasound screen aboard one of our mobiles. I’ve never heard one of them say they regret their decision. Instead, they find it difficult to even acknowledge that they were considering ending their child’s life.

What have you learned regarding this issue? I’d like to hear your thoughts and wisdom. Call us or send us an email.

Pastor Adam Barton,

Akron, Ohio


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Don't Work Too Hard?

Oct 08, 2014

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My morning routine Monday-Friday starts off by going to the local gym to exercise. I've made a lot of friends there--mostly twice my age, retirees. As I left the locker room, I heard a familiar voice say, "Have a good day Adam. Don't work too hard." Without thinking much, I kindly replied, "Ok".

Within 10 seconds, I realized what I had said--but had not meant. I immediately thought about the real possibility of there being a direct correlation between how hard I work and how many babies are saved. A heavy thought that I let sink in.
And then released that thought to the Lord just as quickly as it came to me--and rightly so I believe.
When a life is saved through our mobile ultrasound fleet, we don't begin to take the credit. The response is always, "Praise you Lord," without exception. Likewise, when a baby is lost to abortion (and millions are every year), we don't blame ourselves.
But we still work hard. We have to. The Lord is using our team, our volunteers, our fleet, our donors and those that pray for ICU Mobile to save babies and souls everyday.

Sometimes I'm asked if it's hard to ask people for money. My answer is simple, "Well, it would be hard for me to ask for money for some causes, even some very worthy causes--BUT NOT THIS ONE." The stakes are too big and the payoff is too valuable to be embarrassed to ask for money. When you've seen a newborn child that was recently born because of a confused mother changing her mind aboard one of our mobiles--that does it. When you shake the hand of a 6 year old boy who was saved from abortion on one of our mobiles--that does it. When you hear the testimony of a changed life that came to know their Creator for the first time on an ICU Mobile--that does it.

No. It's not hard to ask for financial support. It's not hard to ask for volunteer help. It's not hard to ask churches and businesses and individuals to promote the ministry. And we see those that help us in all these ways as co-laborers in Jesus Christ--a body with many parts, working together for a very high purpose--saving babies, sharing the good news.
Will you join us? I really mean it. Will you?

Give us a call and we'll talk about how you can GO with ICU Mobile.

Pastor Adam Barton
Akron, Ohio


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Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;
save them as they stagger to their death.
Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”
For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.
He who guards your soul knows you knew.
He will repay all people as their actions deserve. –Proverbs 24:11-12

When we think of sin we tend to think of something bad that is done. An action that goes against God’s moral will for our lives. Gossiping about someone, stealing something, cheating on a test or taxes, telling lies or hurting someone…these are actions that constitute sin.


But sometimes the worst of transgressions are the actions we do not take. From a biblical perspective, the worst sin anyone can do is not place their faith in God. This is unforgiveable and arguably the only sin beyond God’s grace—the sin of unbelief.

Here in Proverbs, we are commanded to act—and to not act is a big deal with God. There will be times when people will be unjustly led to their death. God tells us to do something about it! Not talk about them, not just mourn for them, and dare I say not only pray for them. We are told to rescue them!

By the numbers, we are witnessing the greatest atrocity and injustice of all time in legalized abortion. Approximately 115,000 lives are literally killed in the womb every day! Nearly 3,800 a day in the United States alone. Most Christians are disturbed by this, but not deeply enough.

There’s a lot of talk about being pro-life, but not a lot of action. A lot of awareness, but not a lot of rescuing. Many Christians are along for the ride, but silent on the issue in public, not wanting to offend. They have an opinion, but are not willing to act upon it. And their silence and inaction is deadly.

As Christians however, we are not allowed to do nothing! Doing nothing can be highly offensive to God. How unjust to kill an innocent and defenseless child in the womb, taking everything from them all for the sake of convenience and comfort. And once we know, we cannot un-know. As soon as we become aware of certain evils, we simultaneously become responsible. God knows the heart. He knows when we know. God demands we stand up and rescue those being led to an unjust death.

This passage also indicates that we will be judged on how we respond. The abortion issue cannot be a hobbyhorse for select Christians. You might say that counseling is not your thing, or maybe you don’t have the gift of patience or teaching. But there are certain things all Christians must take part in—such as loving people, sharing our faith and yes, taking a stand against babies being unjustly killed. It’s just too evil and too prevalent for any Christian to ignore or be ho-hum about. Have you responded yet?
At ICU Mobile, we are literally rescuing children in the womb from certain death. Nine out of every ten abortion minded women will change their mind and choose life on our mobiles. If you are not currently involved in rescuing life in the womb, would you GO with us today? Yes, today!


Pastor Adam Barton

Akron, Ohio


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A few years ago a dear friend of mine entered the real life nightmare of a life without her husband. The love of her life. The father of her children. Suddenly gone at age 35.

A real life nightmare indeed. Many walked along with her, mourning with her, crying with her, praying for her. They wanted to help but didn’t know how. Many said words that comforted but inevitably some said words that hurt, even if the intention was good. She is a lovely and forgiving soul, quick to present helpful advice rather than anger or annoyance. She offered her friends some compassionate words back in response in a blog she was keeping. She so graciously enlightened many to the fact that the words, “God never gives you more than you can handle” in reference to suffering is not even in the Bible.

Did you know that? I didn’t. I immediately went to the Bible and began searching for this verse that so many claim as the word of God. Could it possibly be true that these words do not appear in the Bible? Was she right? Yes, she was.

This is what the verse really says:
“And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
This verse is about temptation, not suffering.
And of course her husband dying was more than she can handle!
So is the death of a child…
Cancer…
A debilitating car accident…
Life-altering slander…
An unplanned pregnancy…

But while that exact verse that so many impart on those who are hurting is not present in the Bible, do not despair, because these are:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Yes, the death of her husband and father to her two young boys is more than my friend could handle.
Much more. But she is doing it. She is thriving even.
Why? Because of Christ, who is strengthening her.  And because of the kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity of others.


Offering more helpful advice in her beloved blog, my friend talked about giving in tangible ways to aid those who are hurting. Gift cards, notes, surprise gifts. I also watched as those around her babysat and loved her children, built a deck in her backyard, left groceries on her doorstep.
Prayed for her ceaselessly.
Of course her young husband’s death was more than she can handle. But Christ gives her strength and the body of believers lifts her continually, day by day.
I believe God made us to help others. And thankfully most of us want to. But sadly, that’s often where it stops. Why? Why don’t we carry out what our heart is urging us to do?


Think of a person right now that needs tangible help. Someone whose loved one has cancer. Someone who has lost a dear one. Someone who is heartbroken. Offer to help them in some way this week. Go to their home and clean their pots and pans, bring groceries to their house, make them a meal. Pray for them.
If you can’t think of anyone who needs immediate help, we can provide you with some. There are countless women who need love and support. Women who are scared and don’t know where to turn. Women who think about their future and are terrified. This is so much more than they can handle.
Pray for them. Right now.
And do something tangible for them if that is what your heart is urging.


Help the ICU Mobile team help them. Donate money for the countless things that make ICU Mobile work. Offer to drive and deliver mobiles to cities that need them. Make phone calls. Clean mobiles that drive to women in need in the middle of the night to offer an ultrasound and unconditional love and support. Offer your technical skills. Lend your gift of graphic design. Clean carpets. Tell others about the good work that ICU Mobile does. Share their website on your Facebook page.
There are so many in this world who are allotted so much more than they can ever handle on their own. They need help.
But remember the good news. That doesn’t have to be where the story ends. Christ strengthens us and can carry us through. Today you can choose to be someone who helps Him do the carrying.

Pastor Adam Barton
Akron, Ohio


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Good morning – My name is Vanessa, I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, a nurse, and I am post-abortive. This is my story but I know I am not alone…

It seems fitting to begin with Scripture on this Sanctity of Human Life Sunday: Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” This verse gave me the courage to talk about one of the darkest experiences of my life.

In early June of 2000, I was 17 and going into my senior year, working two jobs and looking forward to summer. My Boyfriend and I had been dating seriously for about 8 months. I craved the love and attention he gave to me so freely. We became sexually active. We knew about safe sex, and preventing pregnancy but we didn’t use a condom. We were typical teenagers who thought it wouldn’t happen to us.

After getting sick in the morning for a few days in a row, I picked up a pregnancy test. I went to my boyfriend’s house. I thought I was crazy, there was no way I was pregnant. When I saw that positive pregnancy test, my whole world was rocked to the core. Everything I thought I knew and believed was challenged. My boyfriend and I sat there in silence and shock. He was only going to be a sophomore.

How could we handle a baby? Unplanned and crisis pregnancy took on a whole new meaning to us. The silence didn’t last long; while we were sitting there trying to figure out what to do; my mom tracked me down at and dragged me out to my car. She had put two and two together, she knew I was pregnant. We pulled in to our driveway and I remember feeling shocked, worthless, dumb, and confused. My mom was yelling at me and calling me every name in the book. She pulled the phone book out and said, “You will take care of this. You can’t have a baby, not in this house. Don’t expect me to help pay for it. Nobody will find out about this.”

I had always thought of myself as pro-life. But, then it happened to me. (Pause) I felt like I had no options and my desires didn’t matter. I made this choice alone; my boyfriend told me it was my decision. Other people told me that having a baby at 17 would ruin my life and I would resent my child for what I wasn’t able to accomplish. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Pregnancy Care Center in my community so I turned to Planned Parenthood.

I made the decision to abort out of fear:

  • fear that I wouldn’t have a place to live
  • fear that I couldn’t raise a baby alone
  • fear that I couldn’t provide for this baby.

So I chose me over my child.

It happened so fast! Less than five days later, I was lying on a procedure table at a clinic in Columbus. My boyfriend’s Aunt gave me the money for the abortion since we were broke. My mom drove me to the clinic. I knew that I didn’t want to do this but in that moment I felt I had no other options. I needed so badly for someone to tell me I wasn’t a failure, I could have this baby, be a good mother, and I was loved. Sadly, no one did that.

I remember some things from that day so clearly…and it is those images that haunt me to this day. The waiting room was full of women. My mom stayed long enough to get me signed in and asked what time she should be back. She didn’t even stay in the waiting room. I was in a twilight state for the procedure; you can pay more so that you don’t remember much. I knew I didn’t want to know or remember what I was about to do… I was groggy but awake.

I remember lying on that cold procedure table, I remember the ultrasound, I was right at 12 weeks. I remember the pain. I remember the sound of the suction machine.

I started crying hysterically and telling them to stop, I didn’t want this. I can still hear the nurse telling me it was okay and calm down. And then as quickly as it started, it was over.

They put me in a recovery area with other girls. I just sat there crying. It was so cold, I was cramping badly… Finally, they said I could go home. A nurse helped me to my mom’s car. We acted like nothing happened, but everything had changed in our relationship. She didn’t say a word to me until we got in the house. I went to the couch, weeping. Mom told me to make sure I didn’t get blood on the furniture. She told me to tell my stepdad that I had the flu. She left and went back to work. Mom and I did not speak of my abortion for thirteen years.

John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” The pain of my abortion was never far away. I was hungry for love; I had very low self-worth. I got married and had my oldest son at 20. I had my second son at 22 and my third son at 24. I never dealt with my abortion and I was not a Christian; my marriage fell apart. I got divorced in 2010.

It was in those dark days of my divorce that I realized I could lose everything. I felt empty. I needed to find something to fill the huge void in my life.

I met Zac at work. We started as friends and then he turned into so much more. He recommended that I get a Bible and start reading. I started going to Marysville Grace in August 2010. For the first time in my life everything began to make sense. God spoke to me so clearly through the people, the worship music, the sermons-I knew I was home. I received Christ as my Lord and Savior on November 30, 2010.

Jesus brought me out of the deepest darkness and into His glorious light. My life was radically and completely changed! Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” How reassuring it was to me that I have a Savior that wanted me to let that pain and anger go and to find rest in Him. Psalm 107:14-15 “He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love.” Zac asked me to be his wife and we were married by our Pastor on May 5, 2011

Our marriage is built on the foundation that Christ has laid for us and we continue to grow and flourish under God’s loving guidance. When my younger sister became pregnant and wanted an abortion; I told her I would support her choice, whatever it was. I was still trying to justify my own abortion. But then I did my homework. I read a book by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director. My views of abortion became clear and I saw it as the sin it is.

I called my sister and said “You can have this baby; you can do this on your own. I will help you.” I got to be the voice for her that no one was for me…I am so blessed that she went to a Pregnancy Care Center for help. She chose life and now I have a beautiful niece that is here with me today.

That journey ignited my passion to speak for the voice that I silenced. I want to help women make the choice of life for their child. I want to help them know they are loved and supported. I went to the Pregnancy Care Center of Union County to volunteer but after telling my story to the director, I was told I needed to heal first. She told me about Forgiven and Set Free, a bible study that the center offers to post abortive women.

Did I really want to walk down this road? I thought I had dealt with my abortion. Reluctantly, after much prayer and discussion with my husband, I decided that this would be my first EVER Bible study. The study opened my eyes to how wonderful our God truly is. That He wants us to turn to Him, to confess our sins, and accept His forgiveness. I had been stuck for so long trying to figure out how God could forgive me for something that I couldn’t forgive myself for.

I began to understand that no sin is greater than another in His eyes and there will be a glorious day when I will come face to face not only with God but with the child I lost through abortion. Ephesians 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” It was only after completing this study that I could speak with my mom about my abortion. And do it without anger or resentment but instead with a heart filled with Christ’s love and forgiveness. I share my story in order to reach the silent women and men who are experiencing the grief of abortion, to draw them out for healing through the Lord and to hear their powerful testimonies.

Post-abortive women and men need to know the love of our Savior, to be forgiven, to be set free from those chains by the power of the gospel and all for the glory of God. As followers of Christ, we need to live out what Proverbs 31:8 says: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” All are created by God, in His image, for His glory. EVERY life is beautiful. People need to hear my story and how God has worked in my life…I won’t let the enemy hold my secret any longer, I will use my story for God’s glory.


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"On Saturday, September 13, pro-life Americans will honor the memory of the more than 50 million unborn victims of abortion during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted.....Solemn prayer services will be held simultaneously at gravesites around the country where abortion victims have been buried, as well as at many other memorial sites dedicated in their honor."

ICU Mobile is honored to host the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at the Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in front of the stone chapel at the Memorial to the Unborn, 2569 Romig Rd., Akron, OH 44320. 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please join us for this memorial gathering. If you cannot join us at this location, please consider joining others around the country at a location nearest you www.abortionmemorials.com/sites.

Additionally, as an encouragement to others, please take time to blog with us and others here about the memorial service you have attended and how the Spirit moved you all in community remembrance.

 


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Ectopic Pregnancies

Mar 15, 2014

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A Post from Melanie Young on ICU Mobile’s Facebook:  A friend of mine just had to abort her baby because it was a tubal pregnancy and her tube would have burst. It got me thinking what if it were me? What does God think about it? What can I do to support her? They've been trying to get pregnant for a long time.

 

Hi Melanie.  Thank you for your post on Facebook.  I'm sorry for the loss of this child your friend has experienced.  By your thoughts, I can see this has impacted you as well.  I will to try to answer your question, ethically and biblically, in a basic way about an ectopic pregnancy, which I will define as a pregnancy occurring outside the womb and which is typically life threatening. 

While the bible doesn’t define ectopic pregnancies specifically, we know many things about what God thinks about pregnancies and the unborn.  We know from Psalm 139 that God cares about the weakest, even an early developing child.  We also know from this Psalm that in God’s natural plan for the full development of a child to come to term, the child is to be knitted in the mother’s womb.  When a tubal pregnancy occurs, a child does not have the opportunity to become fully developed in the mother’s womb, and its location for development causes a significant risk of life to the mother.  In the vast majority of cases, this condition results in the inability of the child to survive.  Advances in science are helping make it possible for a developing child to live outside the womb at an earlier and earlier stage, but it is rare, with the development of a child in the fallopian tubes, that a child can develop fully enough to survive and come to full-term outside the womb currently.  We understand then, that an ectopic pregnancy means that the lives of both the mother and the child are at risk.  We also recognize that this diagnosis is a tremendously difficult and tragic diagnosis because parents and care givers are facing the hardest decisions of life. 

The key here is that this is a decision about life, and we know that God cares about all life.  While it is difficult to contemplate such decisions, it is considered almost universally accepted and ethically permissible, to medically treat a life-threatening condition of a mother such as  surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, even if it tragically may result in the loss of the life of the child.   Because we care about all life though, in principle and in our hearts, when treating the mother’s life-threatening condition, it must be the intent of those involved with the surgery, even with poor odds, to consider and try to save the life of both the mother and the child if possible.  It is also significantly important to treat both the mother and child  before, during and after surgery, with the greatest dignity as they live out the terms of their natural life – no matter how short or how long, trusting God, as noted in the Psalm, to have numbered the days for both.  Decisions for use or non-use of treatment and intervention must never be based upon the intended or purposeful death of one or the other – this on principle, could be seen as abortion for the child and/or suicide for the mother.    

I understand from your message that you seek guidance and that perhaps you and your friend consider the surgery she has had for an ectopic pregnancy to be an abortion.    I hope that the encouragement you can take from this response is that medical treatment to give life to a mother, when also affirming life and hope for life of a child is made, and trusting the Lord with these lives, is not the same as an abortion or intent to terminate the life of a child.   Your friend’s surgery resulted in the loss of life of her child and she is likely grieving its loss.  I do not know your friend, so I don’t know specifically what will comfort her, but caring about her, sharing in her journey, acknowledging her loss as a loss of life, not as an abortion, and pointing her to the Lord’s comfort and hope, would be good places to start.   


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Body of Christ

Mar 11, 2014

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Last week I had the privilege of dining with two of our new ICU Mobile affiliates. It was such a pleasure to get to know them and hear their stories of involvement in the pregnancy centers in which they work. We had much in common. But the part I liked the best was simply being with these members of the body of Christ.

We had never met prior to last week, but we had an immediate bond. We were part of the same body. We had an unspoken, at first, and later a spoken love for each other. We were part of the same body. We had different gifts and duties, but that was all the more reason for our closeness. We needed each other, being part of the same body.

In Romans 12:4-5 we are told by the Apostle Paul, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to the others.”

Our pastor told a short story this past Sunday. There was a statue of Christ in front of a church in Europe that was badly damaged during the war. The people were able to restore all of the statue except the hands. They were gone and could not be replaced. Under the restored statue of Christ with outstretched arms, were written these words: We Are His Hands.

Let us “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor serving the Lord.” Romans 12:10

That is my prayer for all of us serving in this mission to women and their unborn children.

 

Sylvia Slifko

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