The start of this new year comes with some troubling news: Abortion and its devastating impact is on the rise. Today, abortion remains legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Moreover, the Dobb’s Decision of 2022 seems to have resulted in a net increase in abortions in the United States, and specifically in Illinois. The available data suggests that women are racing in record numbers to states where abortion remains legal OR participating in self-managed abortions at home (The Effects of the Dobbs Decision on Fertility; Institute of Labor Economics 11/2023). Current reports from the Lozier Institute reveal that nearly 79% of abortions in Iowa happen at home.

While this news is heartbreaking, you and I can be inspired by our 2024 theme verse:

“As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NLT)

Our focus can, and should, remain on the Lord – and the task He has laid before us.

First, we will focus on the work of Biblically based, life-affirming, early pregnancy care, and ongoing support at all THREE of your Pregnancy Resources locations (East Moline, Moline, and Davenport) and on the Mobile Medical Unit.

Next, your Pregnancy Resources Team will provide compassionate care in every stage of pregnancy and beyond. In 2024, this will include the continued development and implementation of a miscarriage and infant loss support program – providing loving and timely ministry to parents who have unexpectedly empty arms and broken hearts.

Finally, we will cling with Enduring Hope to the possibility that each person who walks through the doors of Pregnancy Resources will have their hearts softened by the Spirit of the Lord and choose life for their child.

We look forward to working as your ministry partner, loving others well alongside you, and clinging to enduring hope found only in Jesus with you in the days ahead.

Trisha Wilson, Executive Director