From the Director 

Katy’s Story

Katy’s Story

Sometimes, when a person makes an abortion decision there are long-term emotional, psychological, and spiritual complications. But there can be healing and freedom from those wounds. That’s why after abortion care and recovery for women and men is available at Pregnancy Resources. Below is Katy’s story:

I learned about Pregnancy Resources shortly after our move to the Quad Cities. Recently, I decided to take a Pregnancy Resources Training Course.  I knew my past, but no one there did, and I did not come bearing my history on my sleeve.  It was during that training that I learned about a post-abortion Bible study called Forgiven and Set Free.

 

Participating in this group was not my original plan, but it was exactly what I needed. I was referred to a lovely woman who opened her heart to me, shared her personal story and listened to mine – whatever I wanted to share or not to share.  She became someone I could trust and talk to.

 

My abortion story started when I was raped at age 14 by a man more than twice my age. About a year later, I found myself 16 and pregnant by the same man. He wanted me to have an abortion to take care of our ‘problem.’  I was unable to get the abortion the first two tries at two different facilities.  Ultimately, this man drove me to across state lines and gave me cash and a different name to use for him on the forms.  He sent me in alone to have the abortion.  I was 14 ½ weeks pregnant.  I felt broken and conflicted, but thought it was what I had to do to get away from this man and my life changing situation.

 

As a Christian since childhood, I was ready and willing to move on from the pain I’d struggled with for decades.  I had prayed, studied the Word, and done counseling in the past…to try to unload the shame and self-hatred I had because of the decision I made as a teenager.  I thought I had laid my burden at the foot of the cross, I’d asked God for forgiveness many times, but kept picking it back up – still feeling unworthy and stuck after all this time. 

 

I believe Romans 8:28 and I rejoice in fully knowing that I have God’s forgiveness, freedom, and peace after taking part in this Bible study facilitated by Pregnancy Resources.  If you struggle with sorrow, regret, or shame because of an abortion decision there is healing through God’s Word, and Pregnancy Resources is ready to help you, too.

For more information about the Abortion Recovery Program email info@qcpregnancy.org or call Pam at 309-797-3636 option 2.

 

 

 

Katy’s Story

A Special Message From Our Board

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your generous support of Pregnancy Resources. If not for you, this life-saving ministry that spans more than 115 hours of availability, six days a week, simply could not happen.

Here is just some of what your financial support has provided. In 2023, Dr. Brenot and your team of volunteer radiologists reviewed more than 1,400 ultrasound scans and over 6,500 images provided in 783 ultrasound appointments. These free ultrasounds had a powerful impact on new mothers seeing their baby for the first time. Among the hundreds of babies that were seen on the ultrasound scans, your nurses were able to see four sets of twins and a set of triplets. As an identical twin myself, that makes me very happy.

In 2023, because of the compassionate, life-affirming care Pregnancy Resources was able to provide, at least 52 abortion appointments for clients were canceled. If you’ve ever wondered if you’re making an impact, you can stop wondering. Because of you, because of your generous support, last year an average of one life was saved every week.

An unwavering commitment to support and care for women does not end with or depend on what choices they’ve made. Too often, the complications that can arise from having an abortion require immediate intervention. Last year, your Pregnancy Resources nurses were able to provide virtual visits and post-abortion medical screens for dozens of women.

Because of your commitment, you’ve helped supply life-changing assistance to new parents in a way that demonstrates being pro-life means so much more than just being anti-abortion. Supporting the sanctity of life also means caring for and supporting mothers and fathers on their journey to become successful parents in very tangible ways. That’s why Pregnancy Resources is committed to continuing to offer both expanded infant and toddler supplies and to facilitate a wide variety of parenting classes, Bible studies, and fatherhood classes.

So, on behalf of the Board of Directors, let me say we feel very blessed to have witnessed all God has accomplished through Pregnancy Resources because of your generous support. We are excited to see how God continues to move, shape, and grow this life-saving ministry. Thank you.

~ Tim McCloud, Vice Chair – Board of Directors

Katy’s Story

PAMS – To Offer HOPE & Help After Abortion

It takes bravery to call or walk through the doors of Pregnancy Resources for a Post Abortion Medical Screening (PAMS) appointment. This woman is often in crisis after her abortion and typically she will express feelings of isolation and fear.

The situation surrounding her abortion is complex. Current PAMS patients have voiced fears about incomplete abortions and health complications (emotional and physical) because of their decision to abort. Some have reported anger and confusion about lack of sensitivity and guidance from the companies who provided them with the means for abortion.

At PAMS appointments, addressing physical needs first, talking through some of her medical concerns, and helping her to develop a plan for her health can help establish trust. We nurses often hear the words “I am scared,” “I am alone,” “I don’t know what to do,” “I don’t know where to go,” and “Is this normal?” Our patients almost always verbalize the need to feel seen, heard and cared for as they walk through a time of uncertainty and fear.

We let them cry and give them time to talk in a place that is safe. In turn, they sometimes share their stories with us, and we get the opportunity to comfort them and pray with them. We can introduce our patients to the God who sees, the God who heals, and the God who provides. Through PAMS appointments, we can see our patients beyond her decision and meet her where she is. We can walk with her in her difficulty, assist her with physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and provide hope for the future that can include healing.

When you support Pregnancy Resources, you make hope possible in the days immediately following an abortion decision. Hope that she will find physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness. Hope that she will feel seen and loved. Hope that she will choose life and not death with her next pregnancy. Thank you for making this type of hope possible.

Christine Kelley RN, Staff Nurse