Answered: The Secret to Pro-life Outreach

Ten years of hard, determined and focused pro-life effort has given us insight as to what works and what doesn’t.

Success in pro-life terms is defined in different ways; funding cuts to abortion providers, education, lobbying, activism, social media outreach etc.  All are good and needed to battle the dominant culture that drives disrespect toward human life.

But what if someone wanted to know how they individually could make a real difference?  What is the shortcut, the hack or the secret to bypass the confusion and make an impact personally?

Here is the secret answered: define your terms and give.

Define your terms. 

“Pro-life” ultimately means the personal choice one makes to either parent or place for adoption instead of an abortion.  It is a choice of life over termination.  The loss of innocent life is the ultimate failure.  Therefore, it follows that the saving of an innocent life is the ultimate measure of success in the pro-life movement.   

Give. 

Give time, funds and importantly prayer.  Giving of your time and treasure to the organizations that directly serve women and families is the most effective way for you to take part in the pro-life movement.  It puts you on the frontlines and makes your contribution immediately felt in the lives of those living in your neighborhood where you live. 

Fifty dollars and a heartfelt prayer is absolutely the hack of all hacks to resolve the riddle of a consumer society inconvenienced by an ill-timed pregnancy.  A sacrifice that is financial, personal and spiritual cuts through the clutter and will strengthen hearts to embrace life…  We know because we have seen it work thousands of times!

To paraphrase a past president, JFK, “ask not what your pro-life movement can do for you; rather, ask what you can do for the pro-life movement“.  The secret to pro-life success is that you first define your terms and then you get involved with the nearest organization that serves women and families directly.

Options United was founded to directly assist these original warriors in the pro-life movement – the pregnancy centers.  It is our belief that by bolstering outreach to women as well as the pregnancy centers that serve them, we can encourage thousands to choose life. 

This has turned out to be true – we have under our belts 10 years assisting thousands with a decision for life: adoption or parenting!

We believe that more choices for life will eventually turn our country pro-life.  We believe personal, spiritual and sacrificial participation is more powerful than the materialism that surrounds this issue. 

Stay tuned for more news on new developments on this topic in the coming months.

Feeling Grateful on National Philanthropy Day

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the creative light of altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness… Life’s persistent and most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is National Philanthropy Day – a day to celebrate charitable work, sacrifice, and generosity. Everyone can make a difference in their community, whether it be with money, resources, or time. You need only choose a cause you feel passionate about.

At Options United, we care about the women, babies, families, and communities impacted by abortion. We know that abortion ends the life of an innocent human being and forever alters the lives of everyone around them. We know mothers can experience physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual consequences after an abortion. We know that women are often manipulated by the abortion industry, feeling they have no other choice.

Our mission is to remedy this by connecting women facing crisis pregnancies with local pregnancy resource centers and clinics where they will receive the information and resources they need to choose LIFE.

To do this, we rely on partnerships with many incredible people.

Call responders and managers operating the crisis call center, lovingly responding to callers and their difficult situations.

Pregnancy resource centers and clinics, adoption organizations, and post-abortion counselors who provide the free services these mothers need.

Generous monthly and one-time donors who enable us to be fully-staffed and market to women who need help and support.

The definition of philanthropy is “the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.” As we reflect on this national holiday, I can’t help but thank God for all of the amazing people who have believed in and supported our mission – resulting in lives being changed for the better!

We couldn’t help mothers and babies without your support. In the last 10 years of Options United’s existence, we’ve confirmed over 2,600 women have decided to keep their baby after calling Options United!

It is a wonderful thing to give life. $76 is all it takes to save a life.

If you’re inspired by Options United’s mission and work this National Philanthropy Day, we would greatly appreciate your financial partnership, whether it’s a one-time gift or a monthly commitment that can be canceled at any time. You can donate here!

The Role of Grace in the Pro-Life Movement

In preparation for National Inspirational Role Models Month, I thought up the names of numerous pro-life figures who have been influential in my learning and activism. As I thought of names like Abby Johnson, Dr. Anthony Levatino, and Norma McCorvey, my mind raced through the potential backlash we might face on social media.

Abby Johnson was the Director of Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas and had two abortions herself. 

Dr. Anthony Levatino was an abortionist who ended the lives of over 1,200 babies in the womb.

Norma McCorvey was “Roe” in the infamous and devastating Roe v. Wade case in 1973.

But then it struck me. The key word. Was.

Abby Johnson is now an incredible pro-life activist. She left Planned Parenthood after performing an ultrasound to guide an abortionist during a vacuum aspiration abortion. She saw the baby fight the deadly instruments and something in her snapped. She realized the truth of abortion and it nearly destroyed her. Abby ultimately used her guilt and pain, combined with the knowledge of Planned Parenthood’s shady practices, to become a sidewalk counselor, write books (one of which is now a movie), (link) and start a non-profit organization dedicated to freeing abortion workers from the industry. She helps women choose life and former abortion workers find new life-affirming, women-supporting jobs they can be proud of.

Dr. Anthony Levatino is now a pro-life advocate, working as an OBGYN to help women, children, and families. He started his own private practice to encourage mothers to choose life. He explained the realities of abortion clinics and procedures, providing shocking insider information, as well as his personal testimony in heart-wrenching videos done through Live Action (link). Dr. Levatino has also testified before Congress to expose the true, grim nature of the abortion industry and life-ending procedures he previously took part in.

Before passing away in 2017, Norma McCorvey gave birth to the baby who led to her involvement in the Roe v. Wade case, as the entire process took three years. That baby was adopted by another family. Norma later regretted her involvement in making abortion legal, citing it as the biggest mistake of her life. She felt she had been used and manipulated by her young and ambitious “pro-choice” lawyers. Norma became a Catholic pro-life advocate and spent the rest of her life trying to undo her mistakes.

Although these people made tremendous, life-ending mistakes, I find them to be some of the most effective champions of the pro-life cause.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” -Romans 3:23 (NIV)

Without these brave souls, who courageously share their devastating mistakes with the world, we would have little understanding of the minds, hearts, and intentions of pro-choice people. We would lose the opportunity to learn how to best reach people who are lost with the grace, tenderness, and compassion they need –  whether they work in the abortion industry or have had an abortion themselves.

To me, the pro-life movement is characterized by our love and mercy, as we exemplify Christ’s forgiveness and redemptive power.

The men and women who step up to share their regrets and mobilize alongside us should be met with open arms, prayers, and healing resources. These people are best equipped to reach those ensnared by the lies and manipulation of the abortion industry. We need only provide them the opportunity to thrive.

Make a Difference Day

Every day is worth celebrating, and the 4th Saturday of October is no exception. Why? Today is Make a Difference Day! This day has been celebrated since 1992, drawing attention to the importance of making a positive impact in the world – whether that’s through donating money, volunteering time and labor, or raising awareness on important issues.

Every non-profit relies on the generosity and goodwill of organizations, businesses, and people to function and thrive. Without donors, supporters, and volunteers, they wouldn’t be able to grow, reach more people, and expand their impact.

This is also true for Options United.

Options United is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving other pro-life organizations and families alike. How do we do this? We’re a pro-life call center that is available for and actively reaches out to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. We talk them through their situation and refer them to a local pregnancy resource center or clinic. There, they receive free support and services, including a free pregnancy test, possible ultrasound and material resources, and information on all of their options – adoption, parenting, and abortion. We also refer to adoption organizations and post-abortion counselors.

Why do we do this? We know that women are targeted and deceived by the abortion industry, preying upon their vulnerability in difficult situations.But when a woman is made aware of all of her options and understands/sees the human life growing inside of her, she is more likely to choose life through parenting or adoption.

We utilize online platforms to reach women where they’re at – on their phones and laptops. And we direct clients towards the wonderful clinics and centers dedicated to helping women and families – organizations these women may never have known about if it weren’t for their call to Options United.

This Make a Difference Day, you may be inspired to do something. You may be wondering how you can engage with the pro-life movement and Options United. Here are five ways to get started!

1. Donate

What a wonderful gift to give life! Whether it is a monthly commitment or a one-time offer, your generous donations go towards helping women in need of compassionate assistance and innocent babies who deserve a chance at life. You can send in a donation herehttps://www.optionsunited.com/donate/!

2. Apply

Our trained, professional, and compassionate call responders manage our helpline and live chat daily, offering women the care they need as quickly as possible. If you’re interested in this work, we’d love to get your application! You can also help by becoming a church or pregnancy resource center liaison to help us build relationships with communities involved in this important mission! Your time is precious and we value it! Apply here.

3. Connect

We’re on social media! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. There are so many ways to engage with us there – like, follow, subscribe, comment, and share with your friends. We’d love to hear from you.

4. Pray

We believe in the power of prayer! We pray for our clients and staff – and you can join us in that! Download the App for Life to join a virtual community of people united in prayer for life. There, you’ll find pseudonyms for women who actually call us looking for an abortion. You can pray for them by name or as a whole. You’ll also find the current number of babies saved and other resources.

5. Stay tuned!

We’ve got lots in store for you! Not only will you find more blogs here and various content on our social media, but we have regular newsletters. These will keep you updated on what’s happening at Options United, including save stories, events, and pro-life news. You can sign up by emailing us at info@optionsunited.com

Without the support of incredible, generous people like you, we couldn’t help mothers and babies during one of the most vulnerable times of their lives. In the 10 years Options United has existed, we’ve confirmed over 2,500 babies saved following our conversations with their mothers.

Our victories are your victories, and we can’t thank you enough for your support!