- The Spark of Divinity and Nancy Pelosi
The Spark of Divinity and Nancy Pelosi
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi had strong words for the President. President Trump referred to members of an El Salvador gang as “animals” based on their brutal acts. Most media outlets and Democrats took the comment out of context and accused the president of de-humanizing illegal immigrants.
Pelosi said it is shameful, to paraphrase the press conference, for the leader of a great country to mistreat and denigrate an entire class of human beings. Human are precious and of great value and made in the image of God. No one should be called an animal for they have a “spark of divinity” in them.
Of course, the question pro-lifers have is: do we extend that same “spark of divinity” defense to those who are not yet born? The Democrat Platform takes a very strong position in favor of tax payer funded abortion at all levels and any stage of pregnancy: We will continue to oppose—seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.
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- California Judge Rules on Euthanasia
California Judge Rules on Euthanasia
A California Judge has ruled that the state legislature acted outside the scope of its authority when it passed the End of Life Option Act. This law, that the Jesuit educated Governor Jerry Brown signed into law October 2015, gives terminally ill patients the ability to ask for life-ending medication.
The law was very controversial. The legislature used a special session not associated with euthanasia to pass this egregious law. Judge Danil Ottolia of Riverside ruled that this procedural choice of the nation’s largest state was illegal, thus temporarily overturning the law until the Attorney General weighs in.
Those defending a culture of life were shocked when the law came to pass so quickly. This injunction gives the pro-life community a window of hope.
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- Iowa Leads on Life
Iowa Leads on Life with Governor signing abortion bill into law.
Governor Reynolds signed into law the so-called “fetal heartbeat bill”. The law forbids abortion when the heartbeat of a child is detectable or near 6 weeks of gestation. Other states have attempted similar legislation as attitudes nationwide shift on abortion. Today’s generation has the advantage of science and a growing awareness that abortion cannot be reduced to a simple word “choice” but that much more is at stake. The Hawkeye state stands for life!
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- Irish Abortion Debate and the Secular Forces
Ireland’s Abortion Debate vs. Secular Forces
The Irish people will decide if they want to repeal the Eight Amendment, a law that has banned abortion for over three decades on the island.
The way the story is framed by powerful media forces, Ireland would simply be joining the “more advanced” nations of the world if they would just accept abortion.
The rock band U2 is in favor of repealing the abortion ban. Facebook and Google have put their finger on the scales by limiting ad buys. All indicators are that the secular progressive forces are trying hard to get abortion legalized.
The Catholic Church has lost considerable power in recent years due to these secular forces and other obvious weaknesses.
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- What it Takes to Walk out of an Abortion Clinic
What it Takes to Walk out of an Abortion Clinic
She was terrified. She wanted out. But was it too late?
“Maddie” had called the Options United helpline a week before, asking about abortion, saying she’d had some cramping. The volunteer recommended that she start with an ultrasound to make sure she hadn’t already miscarried. Maddie seemed open to this but never returned phone calls to schedule an appointment.
Until today. Maddie was calling from inside the abortion clinic! When they began to dilate her to begin the abortion, she knew she didn’t want to go through with it. She wanted to keep that baby, desperately.
She sat up and told the abortion workers that she had changed her mind. “It’s too late … there’s nothing else you can do,” they told her. When they left the room, she called Options United.
“You CAN leave!” the trained responder assured her and explained that help would be waiting for her at the pregnancy center. With every second counting, Option United’s trained responder connected her to a doctor who worked at the center. Maddie stayed in the abortion clinic until she heard the doctor say he might be able to save her baby. Without a word to anyone, she got up … and just walked out.
The doctor met her at the pregnancy center and stopped the dilation. The abortion clinic called, and told her she had a very high risk of having a premature baby with possible disabilities or miscarrying, and encouraged her to go back to their clinic.
But on the ultrasound, Maddie saw her 19-week-old healthy baby boy for the first time!
“I’m FINE,” Maddie told the clinic, and hung up!
Maddie is taking all medications prescribed and put herself on restrictions to do everything possible to protect her son. The pregnancy center’s doctor gave her his cell number, and let her know to call him at any time. She scheduled another ultrasound and is looking forward to it.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Maddie kept telling the volunteers and the doctor.
To be honest, we at Options United are the grateful ones. Our supporters make stories like this possible!
Options United has a proven track record, taking over 10,000 calls a year, working with over 1,700 pregnancy centers, and saving over 2,000 lives.
And we’d love for you to be a part of this work!
You won’t find a better return on investment than knowing that women like Maddie will get to hold her baby boy for the first time.
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- New National Partnership with eKYROS
New National Partnership with eKYROS!
PASADENA, California. – March 2018 – eKYROS.com and Options United are now national partners! Previously, Options United and eKyros were only operating together in the state of California using Pluslink, their online scheduling system for pregnancy centers and clinics. As of early 2018, any pregnancy resource center or clinic that uses Ekyros or WayCool can receive appointments from Options United. All they have to do is add Options United as a call center on their software scheduler.
eKyros was formed in 1999, to help pregnancy centers and clinics streamline statistics and reporting. By creating this unique software, tailored to the life-saving efforts of the pro-life movement, pregnancy centers and clinics can spend less time on the computer and more time-saving lives! The meaning behind eKyros – kyros is a Greek New Testament word meaning “a God-given favorable opportunity.” The “e” stands for “electronic.”
Brian Paul, Co-Founder of eKyros said, “We are honored to be able to partner with Options United; I believe we are better together.”
Thomas Rudkins said, “ eKyros has for years provided cutting-edge software in service of the pro-life movement. Their online scheduler has helped us and hundreds of pregnancy clinics across the United States better serve women and their unborn. We are excited to be their national partner.”
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- Interview with eKYROS Co-Founder Brian Paul
Interview with eKYROS Co-Founder, Brian Paul
Recently I spoke with Brian Paul, the Co-Founder of eKYROS and who developed PlusLink and Centerpiece. These systems change the game for pregnancy resource centers and clinics; they provide services that ensure no one falls through the cracks. With tracking data, statistics, and donor management services eKYROS is a wonderful and necessary tool that is tailored to the pro-life movement. The meaning behind eKYROS is kyros is a Greek New Testament word meaning “a God-given favorable opportunity.” The “e” stands for “electronic.”
Elena Murdock: Tell us about your ministry. How did you start it?
Brian Paul: I worked with Bob Holbrook at Microsoft in the early 1990s. After we both left Microsoft, his wife was volunteering at a pregnancy center that needed help tracking the client services they provided, and Bob asked me to write software that would help them. Specifically, because the system they were using was paper-based and statistics were getting lost and not being reported. Bob and I got together and helped out one center and in 1999 eKYROS.com was formed. Soon after, version 1.0 of the software called CenterPiece was released. We were ahead of the times because my only requirement was that the software be cloud-based, so pregnancy centers wouldn’t have to worry about setups, backups and securing their data. CenterPiece is a turnkey solution that has a medical component that records clients services, pregnancy tests, pregnancy help information. It also has a donor management component to help with fundraising. We (Bob Holbrook) and I, wanted to help give pregnancy resource centers a voice, and CenterPiece delivers on that by providing very detailed statistics so the pregnancy center staff can go to the local community and donors and communicate the positive impact that they are truly making.
Founded in 1999, we currently have eight full-time employees; our mission is to work alongside pregnancy resource centers and clinics to provide software tools and services that help them save lives. Our mission is to use our God-given gifts and talents in the areas of technology, software design, and customer service to partner with and create solutions for Pregnancy Resource Centers and Clinics around the globe, allowing them to more effectively focus on their core mission of saving lives.
Elena Murdock: What is the plus link scheduler? Why is it relevant and essential for Pregnancy Resource Centers today?
Brian Paul: PlusLink is our solution for national and regional helplines that deals with appointments referrals for pregnancy centers. This is where our partnership with Options United and others is so important to help drive clients to pregnancy centers. PlusLink is a database for scheduling, it is separate from Centerpiece, but syncs to Centerpiece letting the center know that an appointment has been made. When an appointment is made by a helpline operator in PlusLink, the appointment information is automatically downloaded into the pregnancy center’s CenterPiece scheduler and center personnel get notified of the new appointment. This integration between systems ensures the appointment doesn’t get lost and no one falls through the cracks. It is all about Saving Lives; I believe eKYROS and Options United will help save lives with helpline because they utilize the PlusLink scheduler. Options United is doing a great job using PlusLink; it makes sense for us to partner with you because we’re saving more lives.
Elena Murdock: How does this ministry “change the game” for pregnancy resource centers?
Brian Paul: CenterPiece helps pregnancy centers track the great work they are doing. It gives them a voice to communicate their work through great reporting and statistics. PlusLink helps drive client traffic to centers through appointment referrals from partners like Opitons United. Both systems help ensure no one falls through the cracks.
Elena Murdock: How many pregnancy resource centers use eKYROS?
Brian Paul: We just surpassed 1,450 individual clinics, centers, and offices.
Elena Murdock: What positive changes have you seen when a pregnancy resource center decides to utilize your services?
Brian Paul: We’re not at the centers, but we receive a lot of feedback that we positively impact a lot of centers through the centerpiece database. We make it easy for centers to get grants and funding, analytics, and no one else in the movement has statistics as we do for our software. By making it easy to track and communicate the good work they are doing, it makes life easier for them.
Elena Murdock: What led you to work in the pro-life movement?
Brian Paul: I was touched by abortion in college, that was in the late 1980s, There was no internet, no way to google and find help or support. I wouldn’t want any couple to have to go through that. In 1999 after leaving Microsoft, I was in between jobs, and my friend Bob Holbrook came to me because his wife was volunteering at a pregnancy resource center in Dallas, they couldn’t get any reporting because they were working with paper. Bob asked me for help, and I asked “what is a pregnancy center?” and Bob explained what a pregnancy resource center did, and all the great work they accomplish. Based on my experience in college, I was sold and excited to help out. The only request I had was to do it “cloud-based”. In the beginning, it was slow because in the 1990s no one trusted the “cloud,” and we were new to the ministry. At first pregnancy resource centers were hesitant, but eventually trusted us because we remove the burden of software management at the center. We ensure their data is safe, secure and backed up nightly, allowing center personnel to focus on their clients.
Elena Murdock: What about working for eKYROS brings you the most joy?
Brian Paul: I’m passionate about saving lives, I get to wake up every day and serve God through ekyros and help pregnancy centers save lives. By serving pregnancy resource centers and developing the solutions they need, I get to use my gifts so that they spend less time on the computer and more time serving clients and hopefully saving more lives.
Elena Murdock: Is there anything else you’d like to add to the work that you do?
Brian Paul: This ministry really, the work we do, in my eyes is some of the most important work in the world. There are people who have a different opinion on that, I stay focused on what pleases God, and eventually, we (the pro-life movement) will succeed. We have been doing this work for nineteen years, and we’re still here. We are honored to be able to partner with Options United; I believe we are better together. I’d also like to add that if you have a passion for your job, you’ll never have to work a day in your life and that’s what I get to do every day.
- Options United inspires theme of Archdiocese of San Francisco 29th Respect Life Essay Contest
Options United featured in the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s 29th Respect Life Essay Contest
With the launch of the Respect Life Program’s “Options United for Life: Northern California Pregnancy Resource Collaborative Network” last October, it seemed appropriate to raise awareness about these lifesaving pregnancy centers in schools and parishes. So the theme of this year’s 29th Annual Archdiocesan Respect Life Essay Contest highlighted pro-life pregnancy centers and clinics in their performance of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Even young children sense that when a mom is expecting a new baby, she needs extra help. Our first and second graders wrote about different ways to offer this unique help: When a pregnant mom without close family or friends feels alone or afraid, even more, guidance and support may be needed. Third and fourth graders wrote about additional ways to help these women in need, maybe with the parish-based Gabriel Project in mind.
Fifth and sixth graders tackled the subject of adoption and how generous it is for a woman who feels she cannot raise her baby to give the gift of life to the baby, and the gift of the baby to adoptive parents yearning for a child.
Seventh and eighth graders delved deeper into what a crisis pregnancy center or clinic does and how its staff puts the corporal and spiritual works of mercy into practice in very tangible ways.
Finally, high school students analyzed the Reproductive FACT Act, which forces pro-life pregnancy centers in California to promote and refer for abortion, even when the performance of abortion contradicts the center’s core message about the sanctity of human life. This issue is very timely given that the Supreme Court will be considering the constitutionality of California’s law this year.
The ability to offer local, practical and life-affirming resources to women in crisis pregnancies is integral to the pro-life movement. The Archdiocese of San Francisco is doing an excellent job in providing necessary, early education to students on these issues in a thought-provoking way, through ways like the Respect Life Essay Contest. In an age where Planned Parenthood has offices in many public high schools, this early pro-life education is essential to ensuring future generations promote a culture of life.
To see the winners click this link bit.ly/prolifecontestwinners
- New Partnership with the Diocese of Oakland!
Bishop Barber endorses Options United
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, announced that the Diocese of Oakland will be partnering with Options United and pro-life pregnancy centers and clinics in the formation of Options United for Life: Northern California Pregnancy Resource Collaborative Network.
The Diocese of Oakland is the fifth Diocese to endorse and support Options United.
Bishop Barber said,
“One of the top priorities of the Diocese of Oakland Respect Life Program is to build a Culture of Life through unity,” Bishop Barber said in announcing the partnership. “Uniting all available pregnancy centers and parishes in our Diocese to better assist women in an unplanned, crisis pregnancy is an urgent and practical task. We have found a valuable partner in Options United to accomplish these priorities.”
Options United works with pregnancy centers and clinics in Northern California. This allows the Diocese of Oakland to promote one phone number (877.398.7734) and one website (www.optionsforpregnancy.com) as the solution for women facing unintended pregnancies, seeking parenting resources, researching adoption referrals, and postabortion counseling. “The ability to offer local, practical, and life-affirming resources is integral to our prolife mission and something that is very important to our parishes and schools,” explained Bishop Barber. “They greatly appreciate the collaborative spirit of Options United that allows them to effectively and easily help women choose life.”
Options United also provides an “App for Life (www.appforlife.org),” an innovative approach to pro-life action to energize parish ministries and encourage a new generation to become personally involved. The app’s primary purpose is to invite people to pray regularly for women in crisis as they are making decisions regarding their pregnancy.
“I encourage those who have ministries in the culture of life arena to collaborate with Options United and this initiative,” Bishop Barber said. “This type of unity and collective marketing is what is so needed in our often-fragmented efforts. The ability to offer local, practical and life-affirming resources in a collaborative spirit, is integral to our pro-life mission of helping one another and of helping women choose life.”
The Diocese of Oakland serves two counties in the East Bay region, Alameda and Contra Costa, and includes approximately 400,000 Catholics in 84 parishes.Continue reading →
- No way, José! Exciting News from the Diocese of San José
No way, José! Exciting News from the Diocese of San José
Thanks to the hard work of those on a mission to save lives, the Northern California Pregnancy Resource Collaborative network launched last year. “The network represents a collaboration among the pro-life pregnancy centers of Northern California, a new push for sharing resources that have proved effective in Southern California,” said Vicki Evans, respect life coordinator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. “The genius of this program is that Options United has refined its online advertising to pinpoint abortion-minded and abortion-vulnerable women who may not know they have other choices,” Thomas Rudkins, Founder of Options United. “The percentage of women who call the helpline, accept an appointment at the recommended pregnancy center/clinic and then choose life is remarkable.
“Bishop Patrick J. McGrath is the latest Bishop to support this initiative.
“This Northern California Pregnancy Resource Collaborative Network makes total sense. Linking all of these support networks for those who are in a relationship and experiencing an unexpected pregnancy makes it more available to those in need of supporting life in the womb.
I welcome this opportunity to support this initiative in Northern California.”
The Diocese of San Jose dates to the founding of Mission Santa Clara de Asís (a Spanish mission) in 1777, today it encompasses Santa Clara County.Continue reading →