2022 Summer Newsletter

Summer 2022 Newsletter

Recently a friend of mine shared a personal story of how abortion impacted her. A relative was facing an unplanned pregnancy, and she had the opportunity to counsel her about what to do.

Her relative shared she was planning to have an abortion because she wasn’t ready to be a mom. However, she also shared that she wasn’t sure if that was the right choice and that her faith was part of the decision. 

My friend listened and then encouraged her to keep the baby and to consider adoption if she wasn’t ready to be a mom. She noted the potential for guilt and anxiety if she went through with a decision she had doubts about. She also counseled her to consider her faith and what the Bible says about babies in the womb.

Her relative ended up choosing to keep the baby. My friend threw her a baby shower, invited her to church, and offered to continue to help however she could.

Here’s how the media would report about my friend:

Fake Therapist Targets Vulnerable Woman With Misinformation

OR

Forced-Birth Activist Claims Abortion Causes Mental Disorders

Biased and outright false critiques of pregnancy centers have been around for a long time. The difference right now is that the critics are holding the microphone.

Normally, I would dismiss it as noise and plow ahead. After all, I look to Christ for validation, not NBC News.

But the sheer volume of recent critiques paired with the crafty, nice-sounding ways they’re presented is enough for me to pause to respond to the most common myths you might be hearing.

I pray that every member of the Care Net Family: you, me, volunteers, and staff would remain steadfast and “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season will reap, if we do not give up.”

MYTH #1:

Overturning Roe ended abortion in Virginia

Overturning Roe will save thousands of babies this year, but not here in Virginia. The Supreme Court did not end abortion in America. Instead, they returned the decision to the states. In Virginia, abortion is still legal until the 25th week of pregnancy with almost NO restrictions. 

MYTH #2:

"Crisis Pregnancy Centers mislead and deceive patients seeking abortion care."

This tweet from Senator Elizabeth Warren is not true. Nowhere on our website or in our marketing do we make false claims about the services we provide. We do not perform or refer for abortion; we state this clearly and unequivocally when clients ask about our services. Additionally, in 2019 Google started including a disclaimer with all of our ads that says, “does not provide abortions“.

We are proud to provide counseling to women seeking abortions. You can counsel effectively and honestly about something without encouraging it. Anyone who’s had “The Talk” with their teenager has had such a conversation. 

We are so effective at this that even the abortion clinic down the street refers clients to us who aren’t sure if they want an abortion.

MYTH #3:

"Crisis Pregnancy Centers exist solely to intercept and dissuade pregnant people from making fully informed decisions about their healthcare such as the choice to obtain an abortion."

This myth is a direct quote from a letter written by the New York Attorney General to Google’s CEO urging them to erase us from all search results. In reality, our licensed, registered nurses provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and factual abortion information to clients at NO COST to them.

The women we serve voluntarily seek our counsel because they view the decision to abort their baby as complex: impacting them physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.

This myth relies on the premise that sharing information that may reveal the humanity of unborn children (like an ultrasound) or any conversation that implies a moral component to an abortion decision is peddling misinformation. At Care Net Peninsula, we reject that premise!

It was pro-abortion legislators in Virginia who, in 2020, voted to eliminate the ultrasound requirement and 24-hour waiting period that gave pregnant women the time and information they needed to “make a fully informed decision about their healthcare.”

MYTH #4:

Crisis Pregnancy Centers' staff are not licensed, medical professionals.

FALSE! A licensed OB/GYN oversees clinic operations as our Medical Director. In addition, our Registered Nurses are trained to perform limited ultrasounds to confirm pregnancies.

Dr. Jerrid Neeley, DO, OB/GYN

Medical Director

Kinta Dye, RN, BSN

Nurse Manager

Meg Williams, RN, BSN

Nurse Manager

Karla Laskowski, RN, BSN

Staff Nurse

Patty Shuster, RN

volunteer nurse

MYTH #5:

Government money is used to help fund CPCs

Care Net Peninsula does not receive funding from the government. We even decline the Medicaid payments we’re entitled to for the medical services we provide to clients.

All our funding is from local individuals and churches who stand with us to provide help and hope to local women and babies in our community. 

Read More News Updates

Critical Year-End Ministry Update

Tragically, 15 children in Virginia died from Covid-19. But since March 2020, 300 times that number of babies died from abortion . . . on the Peninsula. That’s over 4,000 preborn lives taken from our community in less than 3 years. But it would have been more.

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Changing The Mindset of Abortion on the Peninsula

Changing The Mindset Of Abortion On The Peninsula

Unplanned Pregnancy

For some women it is an untimely surprise that can quickly be embraced, but for many of the clients we serve at Alcove Health, a positive pregnancy test marks a deep dive into a new reality of fear and crisis.

Every day in our clinic the phones ring with women in this very situation. Women of different ages and backgrounds. Women who are married and women who are single. Women who are facing a first pregnancy and women who have already given life. Sadly, many share a common trait FEAR.

    • Having their dreams dashed
    • Being a single mother
    • Disappointing their parents, significant other, even their churches

For these women, abortion can seem like the only way out of an unplanned pregnancy. At Alcove Health we see each woman. We hear her story. And we are here to offer help and hope!

That’s an unexpected surprise (and great relief) to a woman who has been battling days of fear and hopelessness. It’s amazing how a simple act of heartfelt listening can provide a safe place to process even the scariest of fears.

During these tender conversations our client advocates provide practical resources for obtaining insurance, child care, housing, and so much more. We help with vitamins, maternity wear, and even parenting classes. And most importantly, we offer each woman a spiritual perspective on the weighty decision before her. For Diamond this was a life changer.

Diamond’s hopes were realized: She Is Not Alone.

As part of her visit with us our client meets with a highly trained nurse where she receives a lab quality pregnancy test, and if appropriate, an ultrasound and STI test. We continue to take time with her. Time to listen and answer questions. Time to inform her about the changes taking place in her body.

For so many of our clients the ultrasound is a real life changer. It is a glimpse of the life inside her womb. She leaves with a digital copy of her scan so that she can look at it later and share it with others. It was a life changer for Brittany it was the day she chose life for her unborn baby!

This year, 3,000 women on the Peninsula will face an unplanned pregnancy. Of those around 600 women will process their unplanned pregnancies with us at Alcove Health. You allow us to be here for every conversation. To pray with and speak into even the toughest situations. Your giving means women like Dehlia, Miriam, Diamond and Brittany have a safe place to process their fears and receive hope.

Thank you for investing in this life-saving work! Please continue to pray that the women we serve will choose life for their babies.

Read More News Updates

Critical Year-End Ministry Update

Tragically, 15 children in Virginia died from Covid-19. But since March 2020, 300 times that number of babies died from abortion . . . on the Peninsula. That’s over 4,000 preborn lives taken from our community in less than 3 years. But it would have been more.

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2020 Impact Report

Providing Help & Hope Through a Difficult Year

2020 Impact Report

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Peter’s response to Jesus is my go-to during ‘dark nights of the soul’, theologians talk about. 2020 delivered plenty of those nights for many of us. Peter’s words have two implications. We have unending hope when our health, our culture, even when our whole world seems to be collapsing around us. It also means there’s a God-sized hole in the heart of man that can’t be filled in any other way. The women we serve are fed a steady stream of lies that abortion will fill that hole. It will not.  

Unfortunately, in 2020 those lies got a little louder. New abortion laws and Covid-19 combined to create the potential for an abortion BOOM. For example, a national abortion provider just launched new ads targeting women in our community by offering the abortion pill “discreetly mailed in 2-4 days” without ever leaving home. This was against the law just 12 months ago.

BUT THERE IS HOPE. As part of the Care Net Peninsula family, you helped share words of eternal life with 506 women on the Peninsula last year. Your faithful giving, your prayers, the cookies you dropped off for the staff when we remained open in the early days of the lockdown – those things speak life to me, to our ministry, and to the women and babies we served this year. 

You equipped Care Net to invest more than ever to reach vulnerable moms on the Peninsula. We never shut our doors. We added STI testing. We launched a digital learning platform to equip our clients for parenting. We’re doing whatever we can to ensure the Peninsula is a community where, no matter what, moms have the help and hope they need to choose life for their baby. 

Thank you so much for being part of the Care Net Family. 

Ryan Holloway, Executive Director

LOCAL PREGNANCY STATS

New abortion laws in Virginia eliminated the ultrasound requirement

The new laws also lowered the standards for where and by whom abortions could be performed

Under the guise of being a “study”, national abortion organizations started providing the abortion pill by mail

Unplanned Pregnancies and Abortions

• 3,016 unplanned pregnancies
• 1,435 abortions

2020 Clinic Stats

2020 Expenses

The Care Net Team

Board of Directors

Garrett Maroon

Chair

Wayne Holcomb, J.D.

Secretary

Ms. Bobbie Lewis

Board Member

Heatherly Cabral

Board Member

Pastor Shaun Brown

Board Member

Dyan Gurley

Board Member

Jerrid Neeley, M.D.

Board Member

staff members

Ryan Holloway

Executive Director

Shantelle Giles

Clinic Director

Anne Sych

Director of Development

Gail Slocum

Director of Operations

Dr. Elizabeth Lunsford

Medical Director

Meg William, RN, BSN

Nurse Manager

Kinta Dye, RN, BSN

Nurse Manager

Carla Branson, RN, BSN

Nurse

Sherri Pigue

Client Relations Manager

Meg William, RN, BSN

Nurse Manager

Sheri Coker

Senior Client Advocate

Karen Reynolds

Client Advocate

Amanda Franks

Media Specialist

Maggie Jervey

Community Relations Manager

Linda Mesibov

Adminsitrative Assistant

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Critical Year-End Ministry Update

Tragically, 15 children in Virginia died from Covid-19. But since March 2020, 300 times that number of babies died from abortion . . . on the Peninsula. That’s over 4,000 preborn lives taken from our community in less than 3 years. But it would have been more.

Read More »