How Some Kids With A Van Are Changing The Pro-Life Movement

David Pomerantz

On March 13, in Dallas, TX, an organization you’ve probably never heard of is going to revolutionize the pro-life movement.

It starts with a kid from Philly, a bus in New York, and an idea that brought him quite by accident to the city where Roe v. Wade started — the city where he hopes abortion will finally meet its match.

David Pomerantz, 23, does not look like a pro-lifer or a practicing Christian. He looks like a vegan hipster with emo hair. As a matter of fact, he sort of is a vegan hipster with emo hair. If you visit his loft apartment in an industrial section of downtown Dallas, he will offer you fermented tea with organic honey. You can lounge in a beanbag chair and talk about art while he surfs his Macbook and plays indie music and talks about Jesus.

A polite, friendly young man with a laconic kid-from-nowhere accent and a direct blue gaze, David Pomerantz — “Dave” to his friends — does not jibe with the stereotypical image of the angry activist holding signs outside a clinic. And he doesn’t mind, because that’s not the kind of pro-life activist Dave is.

He hails from Philadelphia, but he was attending Word of Life, a two-year Bible institute in New York, when he met Chris Slattery and Julie Beyel of EMC (Expectant Mother Care), a Manhattan pregnancy resource center. He was astonished to find that EMC had formulated a “new model” for approaching women outside abortion clinics.

EMC had a bus equipped with a sonogram machine. By approaching women outside the clinic with the offer of free help, with no mention of a pro-life ideology, they were able to see a staggering success rate. In fact, by their estimate, about 70% of women who got on the bus for a sonogram decided not to abort. In one day, they saw nine women decide on life for their children.

They did some simple math, and realized that if this success continued, 15 to 25 women a week, or about 800 a year, would choose life.

Excited by the possibilities inherent in this new approach, Dave contacted his friend and mentor Joe Baker, who flew in from Philly to see the results firsthand. Equally impressed, the two began to ferment the idea that would become Save the Storks.

Dave was already planning on attending Southwestern Theological Seminary in Dallas, so he headed down south. With Joe Baker developing the art and marketing, and the generous help of Dallas-based organization Get Involved for Life and other private donors to bring to life a sleeker, smaller, more mobile ultrasound vehicle, they were off and running.

Save the Storks was born. Or, if you prefer, flown in through the window.

 

“We don’t want to intimidate anyone. We don’t want to force anyone. We just want to serve.” Dave is the Local Director for Save the Storks. Today, along with Daryl Harshbarger, Head Female Client Advocate, and Julie Beyel in town from New York, we are having pizza (some of it vegan) in Southeast Dallas. Dave is explaining to me why Save the Storks is a new kind of pro-life action.

“No one is offended by our activism,” he says. “We’re delivering a loving message in a strong way.”

Here’s what happens: a woman is walking up to an abortion clinic. She is approached by Dave or Daryl or another member of Save the Storks.

“Hi, how are you? Would you like a free ultrasound?”

This is the approach. There is no dangling rosary, no graphic pamphlet, no doom-and-gloom. Just an offer of free help from a non-threatening, friendly, smiling young person.

And then there is the Stork bus.

The stork was chosen as the mascot because of its comforting, unoffensive, nostalgic connection to motherhood and pregnancy. We can all remember old cartoons where a smiling stork would fly in a window and lay a swaddled baby in a crib.

What Dave and the others weren’t aware of until later is the text of Job 39:13-17.

The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, but are her feathers and plumage like the stork’s?

She abandons her eggs on the ground and lets them be warmed in the sand.

She forgets that a foot may crush them or that some wild animal may trample them.

She treats her young harshly, as if they were not her own, with no fear that her labor may have been in vain.

For God has deprived her of wisdom; He has not endowed her with understanding.

This is the kind of thing that makes you whistle the Twilight Zone theme music.

The Stork bus, however, is free of all Old Testament references. It is a bright, lovely blue on the outside, and the inside is clean and free of clutter, with a welcoming but no-nonsense clinical feel. There is a little couch for the mother to sit on and speak to a counselor, and a padded bench where she can lie comfortably.

The ultrasound machine pulls out from underneath the bench. It is operated only by a licensed sonographer whose work is frequently reviewed by an OB/Gyn. In the back there is a small private toilet for pregnancy testing. It isn’t the slightest bit cramped or unpleasant; these mothers get only the best. The completed bus with the ultrasound machine was paid for by private donations to the tune of about $140,000.

The Stork bus is by no means the first mobile ultrasound vehicle — it was Chris Slattery’s mobile sonogram bus that inspired Dave and Joe in the first place — but it may be the smallest, lightest, and most practical. It doesn’t require a permit or special permission to park. It will fit in a parking space or even at a meter.

It is an abortion clinic’s worst nightmare.

 

So now this woman, who was going to go into an abortion clinic, is able to have a pregnancy test and a sonogram without ever reaching its doors.

But what happens now? She’s heard, “Yes, you’re pregnant! You’re this far along! There’s your baby! Here’s his heartbeat!”

So what does she hear next? “Good luck with that?”

Nope. Save the Storks is directly connected to Get Involved for Life and the two pregnancy centers it operates in Dallas, one uptown and one downtown. Also, needless to say, any expectant mother will be welcomed by whatever pregnancy center is closest to the bus at the time. The Stork team is prepared to call a cab for the mother if she needs a ride.

In other words, unlike the abortion clinic, the Storks and the pregnancy centers are in it for the long haul. They are going to get her what she needs to take care of herself and her baby, body and soul.

I don't know about you, but I would be totally comfortable peeing in there.

“The heart of this ministry is the Gospel,” says Dave, after asking for more vegan marinara sauce. “There are two causes every Christian should take up: orphans and widows. This encompasses both.”

It is part of Save the Storks’ mission that every woman who steps on the bus hears the Gospel message. While this may seem off-putting to some, to the Storks it is an essential aspect of caring for the mother that goes along with the physical support and counseling she will receive through the pregnancy center.

“She is just as important as that child,” says Dave. “We aim to improve her quality of life… The major issue here is the devaluation of life, and the answer to every injustice on earth is the church of Jesus Christ.”

“Our ministry is designed to meet all the needs of the woman,” says Daryl. At the pregnancy center, every mother will receive whatever her personal situation calls for, be it help with affordable medical care, legal aid to escape from an abusive boyfriend, life skills counseling, mental health counseling, spiritual guidance, and more.

Which of course begs the question: if the Storks’ mission is in fact successful and Dallas pregnancy centers see 800 or so more mothers every year, how will they handle the added demand for resources?

The answer is simply: us.

“The churches need to stand up and start giving to their local pregnancy centers,” says Dave.

Without the generous help of good-hearted people giving what they can, pregnancy centers can’t work, and by extension neither can the Storks.

 

Daryl Harshbarger, Head Female Client Advocate. I don't think it's a requirement that you be extremely cute to be a part of Save the Storks, but it obviously can't hurt.

Abortion clinic workers and management are used to seeing protesters outside their clinic. What they are not used to is a name brand.

The Save the Storks bus is slick, recognizable, welcoming, and — horror of horrors — it sits in between a mother and the abortion clinic doors. With a simple offer of no-strings-attached help — “Would you like a free ultrasound?” — and a bright, comforting image, it appeals to the desperate woman before she reaches the clinic.

She is not confronted. She is offered help. And while I firmly believe that virtually all sidewalk counselors and activists outside clinic are there for no other reason than to help women, the Storks are able to present help first. That is the key. The average clinic sidewalk approach is, of necessity, “Please don’t kill your baby. Here’s why. And here’s help.” Because they have their awesome bus, Save the Storks are able to say, “Here’s help. Now please don’t kill your baby. Here’s why.”

Because they don’t have to lead with agenda, there are no warning bells for a desperate and defensive mother. There is only a friendly face.

This new model will absolutely revolutionize the front lines of pro-life activism.

 

 

Joe Baker, National Director

What is the battle cry of the pro-abortion movement? “Choice!” It is their mantra. What do you constantly hear from abortion advocates? “These desperate women feel like they are out of options.”

Right here, on four wheels, parked in front of the clinic, is another choice — one they might not even know they have. Inside that bus is an image of their baby waiting to be seen. Connected to that bus is a support system — in short, options.

Dave and the team have high hopes, and they should. The approach is breathtakingly simple and, if early tests are any indication, profoundly effective.

As mentioned, the Storks take to the streets of Dallas on March 13. Meanwhile their website is up and running at SaveTheStorks.com with the purpose of raising money to take the program national. A Save the Storks bus is not cheap, and it takes people to run it. While Dave and his team get things off the ground in Dallas, Joe is in charge of building a national movement.

The thought of a Stork bus in every major city in America should bring a smile to your face. Every one of these buses represents hundreds of lives saved every year.

I have met Dave and the gang. I have been on board the Stork bus. And I have never been more excited about a pro-life idea than I am about this one.

You probably are having the same reaction I did. You are probably thinking: “What can I do to help?”

First: spread the word. Use Facebook, Twitter, Twitbook, whatever, to share with people how awesome this is.

Second: go to SaveTheStorks.com now and volunteer. They need all kinds of stuff — bloggers, artists, counselors, you name it — all across the country to be part of their national team of Save the Storks volunteers. Whatever your talent is, Save the Storks can probably use it to help get Stork programs off and running across the country. You — yes, you! — can be a part of this movement from the ground up.

Third: donate if you can. Save your Starbucks money for a few days and buy a ridiculously cool Save the Storks T-shirt. Wear it and tell people about it. (I promise they’ll be curious.)

In just a few days, Dave, Daryl, and their remarkable bus hit the streets of Dallas, the city where abortion rights were born. As a native Dallasite, I hope what started here is ended here. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Save the Storks becomes a major factor in helping Dallas — and the country — see an end to abortion.

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Kristen Walker is a writer and comedian who makes people mad on the Internet. She is Vice President of New Wave Feminists and enjoys taxidermy, yachting, and 19th century French poetry. Stalk her relentlessly for fun and profit.

  • Kbco

    This is an amazing example of God’s love that is often not shown by people yelling from the sidelines. Praying that lives are changed!

  • Mueller

    I am in and I love the plan.

  • blondetd8977

    I think it would be pretty cool for those of us planning to donate to save the storks, to also “match” that donation with a donation to the pregnancy centers in Dallas that they partner with. That’s what I am going to do.
    I really appreciated that the article mentioned the need to support the pregnancy centers that God-willing are going to see an influx of women in need of resources.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

      What a Fantastic Idea!

      If you donate to “Involved for Life” you will be supporting two of the pregnancy centers that support us! check it out.

      http://getinvolvedforlife.com/

      • http://www.facebook.com/WarriorJoeBaker Joe Baker

        All of the information about supporting the Dallas Stork Bus and the National ministry can be found at this link:

        http://www.savethestorks.com/index.php/donate 

      • Amy Jerke

        I am so excited about this idea…I used to live in Dallas and worked for the Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center…I am sure you already know about the “Council for Life” but just in case you don’t, they are a HUGE fundraising group just for pro life organizations, they could hlpe you in big ways!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FUAXYREUSFB3LUDJA55NS6OWGU Chicken Little

    No matter where one stands on the abortion issue, the biggest complaint about abortion are against those who have abortions for selfish reasons. I’ve known women who’ve had abortions because it cramped their lifestyle. Well, maybe they should’ve thought about that before having sex and taken precautions against getting pregnant. Women who get an abortion for selfish reasons are no different than those men who refuse to pay child support.

  • hissheeparewe@clearwire.net

    I have tears of joy reading about this wonderful, godly option to traditional right to life agenda. May God bless their fantastic effort to help the mom & baby in their new, stretching growth experience!

    • Pun Nazi

      PUN

  • Kerri Anne

    Inspiring- Good for you, David!

  • kscardfan

    The Knights of Columbus has great program to help pregnancy centers get ultrasounds.  Check it out here.

    http://www.kofc.org/un/en/prolife/ultrasound/index.html

  • Clementine.

    Brilliant and inspiring!

  • Sojourners1

    p.s. We live in New Zealand and I am going to pass this idea on to the NZ pro-life people. By the way: ‘terminate’ means going around with big guns and other weapons to murder anyone in sight. There is nothing polite about this word or its meaning, nor does the baby have a choice in the matter. It gets murdered.

  • Yo Dog

    This is a farce. The van doesn’t offer women “another choice” because abortion clinics already offer an environment that supports women if they want to keep their pregnancy.

    The abortion providers whom I’ve known would be horrified if they ever thought that they had stood in the way of a woman who wanted to be pregnant.

    I think the abortion providers whom I’ve known might actually like delivering babies more than they like performing abortions, but what they like most of all is giving the woman the care that she needs based on the choice that she wants to make.This van only offers a woman help if she chooses not to abort. Abortion clinics offer help either way. There are no strings attached at an abortion clinic.

    Christians: If you want to impress me, don’t raise money to prevent an abortion on the day it’s scheduled. Raise money to prevent an abortion 10-25 years before it’s scheduled. Raise money to teach kids how condoms work. Raise money to buy birth-control pills for women.

    • MotherSetonsDaughter

      “I think the abortion providers whom I’ve known might actually like delivering babies more than they like performing abortions”
       
      Yeah, that’s why Planned Parenthood has an abortion to adoption assistance ratio of 290:1, based on their own annual report.  Follow the (blood) money.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

        I think they meant by “delivering babies” partial birth abortions? I’m perplexed by that because I don’t see too many women walking out of abortion mills cradling infants in their arms. It’s a WTF comment if I ever heard one., :-/  

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s start here, condoms and birth control don’t prevent pregnancy. Instead they promote risk taking behaviors and develop a false sense of sexual security. Let’s pretend you have a rudimentary grasp of reproduction.  Abstinence is the only 100% preventative measure against unplanned pregnancy. 
      And by “support women”, I guess you mean agencies like Planned Parenthood’s  daily legal fight to keep women uninformed of fetal development by not allowing them to see ultrasounds. If abortion is nothing more than a medical procedure they why the cloak of secrecy to keep women as stupid as possible on the development of their baby?Give me a freaking break.  

      • Brianne Dornbush

        Wait a second.  Are you serious? “Condoms and birth control don’t prevent pregancy?”  “But rather promote risk taking behaviors?”  Clearly if you are Christian than you must believe in the Pauline idea of celebacy.  I’m sorry but God created sex and it’s an incredible thing.  The only risky behavior you are describing is bad sex education. 

        If you want a perfect example of how agencies like Planned Parenthood “support women” I’ll would tell you about how as a rape survivor, myself, Planned Parenthood provided me with a year of free crisis couseling which I desparately needed.  As well as supported me physically, and helped me contact the authorities to pursue a legal case.

        I love that so many people say they care about life and the life of a fetus.  What about the hundreds of thousands of children in foster care and waiting to be adopted?  Get off your high horse and get down in the dirt and start making a difference.  Because your incorrect and inflamatory comments only hurt women and children who need help.

        • hellothere.

          You can’t foster or adopt a child if they’re dead.

        • Foster Mother

          As a foster/adoptive parent of 5 (ages between 1 and 10 years at time of adoption) I can truly say that there is value in all human life. I don’t love my children less because they were not “of” me. After learning each of my children’s unique case, I cannot find a reason to EVER abort a child. Here me out:

          My infant’s mother went to prison, couldn’t take care of a baby. If she aborted I would not have the most precious 8 month old little girl! My toddler’s mother didn’t want a baby, spent her abortion $ on coccaine then left him in a carseat 24/7 before he was removed my DCF at 10 months old. My heart bleeds at the thought of not waking up to him every morning, to the thought of this beautiful, happy, developmentally on target toddler as another “blob of tissue” in a medical trash can. My oldest boy’s mother was raped and could not afford an abortion. She verbally, physically and emotionally abused him for 7 years due to her focus on that evil that produced his life, then DCF intervened. I look at my 9 year old, with his happy-go-lucky nature and honor roll performance and see the sun after the rain, the light after darkness. If you ask him now, after being healed through the ultimate love of Christ Jesus, he will tell you he would chose to live all over again, regardless of his parents failures or lack. If given a choice they would all want a chance.

          The pro-choice wording just rubs me wrong. There is choice in pro-life, 1.keep the baby as your own or 2.place the baby for adoption, two choices. 1.Sacrifice your time and effort for another’s life and become a mom or 2.give the child you created a hope and life it deserves without risking your own convenience  What is anti-choice about that? I do wish my children’s mothers chose adoption for their children prior to State intervention, but never do I wish they were dead. Life leaves no room for regret. 

          There are people out there to adopt. Adoption infants are rare and there are 4 families waiting for every infant born in the U.S. I just love my kids, and value their lives.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/T2HK6VJPFXYFK43V6GDSZSG2AE Meow.

        Birth control promotes risky sexual behavior like seatbelts promote risky driving. Which is to say, not at all.

      • Stiffie Fornicatesthedead

        Abstinence is NOT 100% preventative, look at your baby Jesus. Plus, there is a possibility of being raped. I think it is quite contradictory to be anti-choice as well as anti-preventative measure(s). It is counter-productive. Do you know what else is counter-productive? Getting into people’s personal lives and trying to tell them what morality is. Don’t like abortion? How about you go adopt, or support a woman’s decision to “choose life” by providing complete financial service to that future baby until it is 18 years of age….as well as taking care of it? You can’t do those things? Then you don’t get to decide.

        I’m pretty certain condoms and birth control DO prevent pregnancy. What planet are you from, again? Risk taking behaviors? How about DENYING SCIENCE is a risk taking behavior? What do you do when you want to have sex? No birth control at all? Do you only engage in sexual encounters when you are trying to conceive? First, that is hard to believe (and if that is true, no wonder why you are so into other people’s business…try having a nice sex life and you won’t even need to worry about other people). Secondly, this is how the Duggar family came about…and we all know how insane they are.

        What does “false sense of sexual security” even mean? What measures has Planned Parenthood taken against education/information regarding any procedure? You can’t say that about every PP clinic, as the attitudes of people differ. Do you think these anti-choice CPC’s (the clinics that pose as medical “pregnancy resource” centers to help women — instead they lie to them) tell women the TRUTH about their development? I think you’ve been reading the wrong websites. Perhaps you should watch some YouTube videos of what exactly these fake clinics are telling women.

        There can be strong opinions on both sides of the argument — as well as many different interpretations of what he or she said… the best thing a person can do regarding such a sensitive and personal matter is to STAY OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS and focus on their own lives.

    • debra51

       Abortions are a cash business…they are there to make money. So cut with the ‘clinics are there to help’ stuff. Try getting them to ‘help you’ if you don’t have any money. I worked in one.
         One other point…are kids so stupid nowadays that we have to teach them to use a condom? No one had to raise money to teach us – we all knew where to get them and how to use them.
       Oh and I am not a Christian.

      • MedStudent

        I’m a medical student, so I’m going through the process of choosing what to specialize in. It seems like OB/GYN is a pretty stressful life, what with women having babies in the middle of the night and all, but the more I read comments on this site, the more I realize there must be HUGE money in abortion! From what you say, I bet I’d make way more money providing abortions than going into, say, plastic surgery!

        Thanks for the career advice! Abortions, here I come!

        (This post is sarcastic, which I assume plenty of people won’t be able to tell. I am actually a medical student, and if there’s some sort of mythically huge cash profit in providing any sort of medical care to people that can’t afford to get an abortion from their regular hospital/clinic/OB/GYN/provider, then it sure ain’t winding up in the hands of the health care providers. Rich women always have and always will be able to get abortions from OB/GYNs that don’t work at Planned Parenthood and other “abortion mills;” these clinics that provide abortions to women off the street are the clinics that serve poor and/or uninsured women.)

    • jaybird

      Yeah lets raise money to give out defective birth control, do you know how many women say that they were on birth control when they fell pregnant. The only birth control I know of that works is knowing how your body works and avoiding the fertile times of your cycle. But funny they don’t teach that one to girls in school. 
      “The abortion providers whom I’ve known would be horrified if they ever thought that they had stood in the way of a woman who wanted to be pregnant.”  You really think a doctor whose job it is to ripe babies apart is going to care whether the woman on the table really wants to be there ?

    • Skegeeace

      I don’t really agree with  “This van only offers a woman help if she chooses not to abort. ”  I’m sure if  woman decides to abort, they offer the woman information on post-care or other resources should she need it or change her mind.
      Providing pre-abortion counseling/care and providing post abortion trauma care aren’t mutually exclusive. You can do both, but it’s hard for one organization to do everything. That’s why you’d have units like “Save the Stork” take up this initiative, another unit provide after-care help and assistance for women who chose to keep their baby, and another Christian-based counseling unit to provide post-abortion counseling. There are *very many* places out there that cover all of these things and the majority who run them are followers of Christ.As for adoption, churches make up a HUGE number of free adoption assistance providers in the country and a huge portion of their patrons are believers. However, just like one can’t expect every non-Christian to adopt, one can’t expect every Christian to adopt, but that doesn’t mean that many don’t. There’s also a huge amount of monetary support given by church members to pregnancy resource centers (First Baptist Church of Atlanta raised the money to open a whole new center a couple of years back that’s serving hundreds in the metro Atlanta area right now.) and that’s not an anomaly or an exception.Basically, it’s not really a farce- it’s just one link in a chain of a large movement to help women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy feel like they can do more than just terminate. They can have help either raising the baby or giving it up for adoption. No easy choices, but it helps when you’re not alone which I can attest to.

    • Cait

       Yo Dog, you said “This van only offers a woman help if she chooses not to abort. Abortion
      clinics offer help either way. There are no strings attached at an
      abortion clinic.” I am a volunteer at my local Pregnancy Resource Center. I can assure you, sir, that pregnancy resources centers like mine and like the Stork DO care for women who go through with abortions as well as those who choose parenting or adoption. There are counselors and classes offered to women who have had abortions, to help them with the emotional pain caused by the abortion, to offer them comfort, and to offer them love. Ultimately that is what we are about – love. Do we get paid millions of dollars for this? Nope. Do we work long, hard, and emotionally grueling hours? Yes. We are here to love women and their babies, whether or not they choose life. The directors and leaders at my local PRC are women who have had abortions, who know the pain involved, and who after receiving abortions through Planned Parenthood went back for post-abortion support and found nothing. Please know, we do not discriminate. We do not judge. We offer the same love we’ve been given by our Lord. Sex, pregnancy, and abortion is so much more than physical and/or medical issues. They are deeply rooted in the soul. And we are offering hope for not only the physical but the spiritual and emotional as well. If you prefer abortion clinics, that’s up to you. But we’re going to continue to press on with this mission. And in the end, we are not hurting anyone. That is something that everyone should be able to support.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Rapp/100002039026585 Brandon Rapp

      Wow, the list of things you obviously don’t know anything about are numerous. 1. Everything you said in the first sentence, please re-read the article.             2. Horrified?  Please, you can’t honestly believe that.                                              3. I think the idea of it being a toss up as to what they prefer doing between delivering babies and killing them speaks for itself.                                         4. Refer to #1                                                                                                          5. No strings attached?  I’m just going to let that one go.                                             6. This is definitely the place you most need to do some research.  Christians aren’t interested in impressing you, there interested in pleasing God. And God is definitely pleased with those who stand in defense of those who can’t defend themselves.  Further more, we are not interested in teaching KIDS how condoms work, we’re interested in teaching kids about the sanctity of the marriage bed.  This means not having sex until you’re married and are ready to have kids.  And finally, if you look into how the birth control pill actually works, you will see that it’s just a really early abortion.

      Look this might seem aggressive or judgmental, but what we are talking about here his human life.  The life of an innocent baby!  Please don’t be surprised if people get emotional.  Also, please understand that being a Christian does not mean that someone is supposed to be perfect, we’re just imperfect people just like you.  Sinners saved by the Grace of god just trying the best they can to fallow in the footsteps of the strongest, most loving and compassionate person who ever lived.  GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH.  We are not him so don’t be surprised if we don’t compare to him.  None of us do. Including you.

  • Thomas

    May God bless your ministry. Our family wishes success to Save the Storks.

  • Parischik316

    This is a very unique way to help women without pushing them to do anything they don’t want to do.
    Ya’ll should come to Colorado!!!!!

  • kelsey

    As a former christian and pro-choice citizen, I can respect what these people are doing and appreciate their helpful and kind approach. I cannot, however, respect some of the language used in this article about abortion and women’s health clinics. If you want the pro-choice movement to embrace your efforts, please be as open minded in return. Saying that a free ultrasound is an abortion clinic’s “worst nightmare” is just short-sighted and incorrect. These places exist to help women carry out what THEY think is best for their body, their life, and their health.If that is abortion, then it’s their choice. If their mind is changed after an ultrasound, that’s their choice. Do you wonder why the clinics haven’t spoken out against or even mentioned these kinds of efforts? It’s because they are FINE with it. Because they believe in a woman’s choice, as it seems the people behind this movement do. Please don’t spoil that common ground with your own misguided ideas.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

      Kelsey……

      The abortion clinics hate us. We take a huge % of their revenue. 

      Most of the women who get abortions are seriously uninformed. The abortion clinics don’t want women to know the truth about abortion. The health risks, the psychological trama. 

      These abortion doctors want to sell abortions just as much as the used car sales man wants to sell you a lemon. 

      Have you ever read Abby Johnson’s book “unplanned”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30303588 Thomas Fuller Jr.

    So awesome!!!!

  • Sunealkanhai

    Seems to be a God idea. I do pray much resources and a great harvest.

  • Brenda

    Beautiful.  I had two abortions when I was quite young.  I am for life and would never do this now.  I have repented of the choices I made then and know I will hold my other two sons in heaven–I went through a lot of counseling and healing around this and would never have had abortions if they were illegal.  I am thrilled this ministry is meeting the needs of both the woman and her unborn child and doing it in a way that is loving and kind.

  • Sara G.

    Thanks, Meow. You’re right.  Abortion rights activists aren’t about encouraging people to have abortions, they just want it to remain an option for women who explore all their options and believe termination of the pregnancy is necessary.  

    When I terminated my pregnancy I attended an outwardly Christian/pro-life clinic first as I identify as Christian and the nearest clinic which provided abortions was over an hour away, a lot for a young teenager. However, I was far too young and mentally unstable to carry the pregnancy to term so after a lot of thinking and praying I decided to end the pregnancy.  The clinic where I terminated offered me an ultrasound, which I took.  I left for 24 hours to reflect and decided it was the best choice for me and any future family I might have.  I was asked by 3 separate workers if it was “my choice and my choice alone” to make sure no one was coercing me. 

    I hope that people will learn that while there are manipulative people of every political background, profession, and area code, there are also good people who want you to make the best decision for you.

  • AJ

    Love the simple idea and how it is non-judgmental and how you also give support throughout the pregnancy. What I am about to say does not negate what you are trying to do. I just wish the discourse about abortion was not so simplistic. Let me make my point. Say you fast forward 5-10 years after an unwelcome child is born, she is stuck before the TV for several hours or shuffled between many caregivers while the mother is working two jobs to make ends meet. The child is exposed to the many partners the mother has before she eventually settles, if at all. At 16 or 17, this child will be far more likely to end up in your van. The point I am trying to make is that this is a vicious circle and any effort to help the issue MUST be multi-pronged. Isn’t the root of the problem the instability in relationships. Why do Christians tip-toe around divorce or fornication which maybe be the real reasons for increase in abortions?Why does no one want to say that sex outside marriage is always wrong? is it because we are scared of offending more people to the left and the right? Why are we more burdened by the plight of the unborn than that of the already born. The girl I mentioned at 16 or 17 may look like the perpetrator of a crime(abortion) but if you look at her whole life, the odds were stacked highly against her favor early and she is also a victim. Do we do this because it is easier to love an idea than to love the unlovable? I mean it maybe harder to be in the life of a child than to ensure she is born. I live halfway across the globe but we worship the same God. He is an absolute God. He is offended by all sins, not more offended by the ones we are less likely to commit.And we all fall short.
    How do we break the cycle? I want to suggest that to your approach you also add free/subsidized daycare and aftercare where these mothers get support in child-rearing atleast until 12 and these children are taught about Christ. You have to catch them young to reverse this breakdown. Hope God blesses all your efforts.

  • Anonymous

    Their “Hi! Would you like a free ultrasound?” approach feels misleading to me. Sort of like leaving out the fine print. They don’t want women to know who they are and what they stand for until she’s isolated in their van.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cgwatts Clif Watts

      I disagree, they give free ultrasounds and start up conversations that may (or may not) lead to further services offered by their organization.  I go to work each day to develop foster homes for children, but I have an underlying desire for a paycheck, does that make me misleading? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

      Trust me, anyone who sees us with the stork bus outside the abortion clinic knows exactly who we are. 

      Thats why when a 17 year old girl is being forced by her parents to get an abortion she runs to us for help. Knowing that we can provide her with alternatives to abortion. Not a single woman who comes to us has any question that we do not want her to have an abortion. 

      • Anonymous

        So you really don’t care what is in the best interest of the women you approach. You just pretend you do and that is what I find misleading. For many women, the decision to abort IS the best decision for them. But you won’t tell them that, will you? You’ve already made their decision. The decision to abort is not easy. These women are vulnerable, confused, and scared. Anti-abortion (not pro-life!) groups use those vulnerabilities to manipulate and serve their agenda. Many anti-abortion groups will say and do ANYTHING, factual or otherwise, to save the fetus.

        Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but you aren’t trained professionals. You’re kids with a van, an ultra-sound machine, and a tech. You don’t know what health implications that pregnancy may have for the woman.

        • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

          I may be the director of Save The Storks but we do hire professionals. 

          And Abortion is never a good choice. It increases the chance of cancer, it causes long term mental health issues and abortions are dangerous to the mother.

          In what circumstance would you say abortion is the “best” choice. We have women who walk off our bus and go into the clinic all the time. When they come back out we offer them post abortion counseling, and they are welcome to attend the pregnancy centers relationship classes. 

          You act as if we are misleading the women by being clear and upfront with them about different options. Its the abortion clinics that hide the facts and fudge the numbers to get women to have abortions. Unlike the abortion clinic we make no money off of these women at all. zilch. 

          • Anonymous

            The National Cancer Institute does not agree with your claim.

            “In February 2003, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. Workshop participants reviewed existing population-based, clinical, and animal studies on the relationship between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions.

            They concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer.

            A summary of their findings can be found in the Summary Report: Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer Workshop.

            Until the mid-1990s, the evidence was inconsistent. Findings from some studies suggested there was no increase in risk of breast cancer among women who had had an abortion, while findings from other studies suggested there was an increased risk. Most of these studies, however, were flawed in a number of ways that can lead to unreliable results. Only a small number of women were included in many of these studies, and for most, the data were collected only after breast cancer had been diagnosed, and women’s histories of miscarriage and abortion were based on their “self-report” rather than on their medical records.”

            http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/abortion-miscarriage

            The American Psychological Association also refutes your claim.

            “The best scientific evidence published indicates that among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy the relative risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single elective first-trimester abortion than if they deliver that pregnancy.”

            http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/abortion/index.aspx

            And the Guttmacher Institute also disagrees with you.

            “The risk of abortion complications is minimal: Fewer than 0.3% of abortion patients experience a complication that requires hospitalization.[11]”

            http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html#11

            If you want to give women options, that’s great. But your assertations don’t hold up.

          • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

            Sorry It took so long to respond, It took me a little while to research the information I needed. 

            As far as NCI, I don’t know why they continue to use a 2003 workshop when many more studies have been done showing a link to breast cancer and abortion. 

             

            Ozmen V, Ozcinar B, Karanlik H, Cabioglu N, Tukenmez M, et al.  Breast cancer risk factors in Turkish women – a University Hospital based nested case control study. World J of Surg Oncol 2009;7:37. Available at: http://wjso.com/content/7/1/37. Xing P, Li J, Jin F. A case-control study of reproductive factors associated with subtypes of breast cancer in Northeast China. Medical Oncology, e-publication online September 2009. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19771534. Dolle J, Daling J, White E, Brinton L, Doody D, et al. Risk factors for triple-negative breast cancer in women under the age of 45 years. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009;18(4)1157-1166. Available at:http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/download/Abortion_Breast_Cancer_Epid_Bio_Prev_2009.pdf Khachatryan L, Scharpf R, Kagan S. Influence of diabetes mellitus type 2 and prolonged estrogen exposure on risk of breast cancer among women in Armenia. Health Care for Women International2011;32:953-971. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399332.2011.569041 

            In fact, it has even been accepted by many government departments. In the Texas Department of State Health Services “A woman’s right to know” It is acknowledged that a woman’s risk of breast cancer may be increased due to abortion

            As far as phycological issues due to abortion, feel free to sit in on any of our post abortion counseling sessions with women who have had abortions and hear their story. It becomes very clear that abortion causes psychological damage maybe not to all, but definitely most. 

            And as far as the guttmacher institute, they are a division of planned parenthood. Obviously they would hold stake in making abortion seem as harmless as possible. The guttmacher institute lowers its numbers by only counting the women who need to be hospitalized. But abortion is a blind procedure. there are complications all the time! So what if you didn’t need to be hospitalized. When the vacuum punches a hole in your uterus you may not need to be hospitalized but it will still cause long term damage.

            Never mind the abortion death statistics. 

            Abortion RisksThe risks are fewer when an abortion is done in the early weeks of pregnancy. The further along in the pregnancy, the greater the chance of serious complications and the greater the risk of dying from the abortion procedure. For example:One death per every 530,000 abortions if you are at eight weeks or less.
            One death per 17,000 abortions for pregnancies at 16–20 weeks.
            One death per 6,000 abortions at 21 weeks and more.http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wrtk/informed-decision.shtmAbortion is not getting your tooth pulled. Its a extremely unnatural process for a mother. And Is always driven by a force of fear. We try to have the resources to handle any fear that these mothers may have. Its almost like you imagine that these women are dragged on our sneaky bus, forced to keep their baby by us lying to them.  Then they continue on with their life wishing they had aborted and not kept their child.These women become our friends, they are unimaginably happy that someone was willing to help them with this difficult choice. They thank us for helping them, they tell us they felt like they had no other option until they met us.We want to grow healthy families, and serve these mothers. The abortion clinics see women who are pregnant as target market. Former PP directors leave and expose the abortion clinics sneaky tactics all the time.Read Abby Johnsons “unplanned” or hear the story of Carol Everett. http://prolifeaction.org/providers/everett.phpThese are just two of many many women who have come out of the abortion industry exposing it for what it really is. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

            the last part of my comment got messed up. 

            http://prolifeaction.org/providers/everett.php

            These are just two of many many women who have come out of the abortion industry exposing it for what it really is. 

          • Nina

            The concern I have with your data (besides the too limited scope of the studies you cite) is that the people who are speaking out are coming from a background of for-profit abortions.  I have no argument that these are unethical and exploitative, as I would say that all for-profit health care is. But most abortion providers are  not-for-profit, they aren’t out to make money off abortions because they aren’t out to make money.  Legalization of abortion allowed non-profits to provide abortions instead of purely for-profit criminals exploiting women and performing back-alley abortions.  It is not, however, reasonable to generalize the experience of people who became abortion providers in order to make money as the the experience of all abortion providers, since they are such a minority.

          • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

            Most abortion Providers are not out to make money? What???

          • Anonymous

            Last parting thought, open your mind to the fact that you may not have all the answers and that you may in fact, be wrong. Look outside your limited perspective. And please, develop better reading comprehension skills. Nina’s point was that all your information about abortion providers come from actively anti-abortion organizations and from those who exploited women for money in their for-profit businesses. You then posted a response with info from actively anti-abortion organizations and from the ex-director of a for-profit abortion clinic.

          • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

            For an unlimited amount of information on PP specifically selling abortions just look over the LiveAction website. Here is just a modest example.

          • Anonymous

            You say that not all, but definitely MOST women have regrets or deep emotional wounds from having an abortion.  The fact is, you don’t know MOST of the women who have had abortions.  You know a tiny percentage….the ones who you’ve talked to.  What about the ones that say “no” to you, walk in, get the abortion, and walk out never to return?  Are you presuming to know their emotional/psychological state?  The ones that come to you do so because they are hurting (likely because of people who insist that they are murderers and such).  Is abortion easy?  No, but you assert that emotional and psychological trauma is the norm based on YOUR very limited perception.  The ones who move on with their lives after an abortion don’t go on to write books, blogs, and become counsellors.  Those who have had a negative experience are more likely to talk about it.  Get a terrible meal at a restaurant and you’re more likely to tell your friends “DON’T GO THERE!”.  Have a neutral experience and you aren’t going to make an issue of it.  And really, no one is going to say abortion is awesome.

            The citations you provided on the link between breast cancer and abortions are limited and inconclusive at best.  The information supplied was isolated to specific regions (Turkey, China, Seattle area, and Armenia), and with limited sample sizes.  The largest sample size being 2,147 women in Turkey and the smallest being 302 women in Armenia  Compare that to the link I provided; 44,000 women over 53 studies in 16 different countries.  Need I say more?

            The point being, we can ALL (myself included) find studies to support our preconceived ideas.  The difference between us is, again, I believe women should be able to make their own decision, free of coercion.  You do not.  If given the chance you will make abortions, in any circumstance, illegal.  As for me?  If she wants to carry her pregnancy to term, thats great!  If she wants to have an abortion, I support that too.  I will acknowledge potential risks and will tell a woman it is her decision.  You will tell her why she shouldn’t.  

          • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

            And so we are bad guys for advising women to not have an abortion, and then offering them free services and resources to help them with their pregnancy? 

            I just don’t understand.

          • Anonymous

            You will see what you want to see. You will spout off questionably accurate data and use their vulnerabilities to coerce women to do what you want them to do, then act as if you’re innocently trying to give women choices. You aren’t.

            I think it’s great that you want to give resources to women who choose to carry their pregnancies to term. I think it’s abhorrent that you make these sweeping statements to get women to believe your agenda. You make these claims, and then go seek research to back it. And yet, you still haven’t addressed the fact that your experience is limited to a tiny percetage of women or that the studies you cited were isolated with very small sample sizes.

            At this point, I’ve spent way too much time addressing this issue to someone who genuinely believes that he is right, knows what is best for all pregnant women, and has no qualms about his deceptive methodology. That being said, have a nice day.

          • Anonymous

            Also, Texas? For crying out loud…Texas is a well known conservative state. Of course they would implement a law like that. Government acceptance does not validate anything except the views of the people in that jurisdiction.

          • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

            For crying out loud, you referenced the Guttmacher institute.

            Only a non-profit owned by a abortion provider. 

          • Anonymous

            And to answer your question, I don’t determine when an abortion is the best choice. The woman does. That’s why it’s called choice.

  • Sam from Florida

    I know this has basically been said before, but I do find it ironic how this so-called “pro-choice” organization Planned Parenthood can be so against women being required to see an ultrasound so that they can make a fully informed “choice”. I believe in women’s rights to freedom and equality just as much as I believe in those same rights for the unborn. This ministry is a huge step forward and is encouraging to see. I feel as though the rights of the unborn is the final frontier to be conquered in the equal protection fight and I hope that one day we can see the same success with the unborn’s rights as we have with minorities and women.

  • Everdazed2000

    I think that this is a wonderful alternative to the whole “You’re gonna burn in Hell” approach.
     To Meow, if your clinic truly is only interested in helping women then that is great. Unfortunately that’s not always how it works. I called a clinic because I had just moved across the country and found out I was pregnant. My husbands insurance had not kicked in yet so I called for initial prenatal care and was asked what business I had bringing a life into this world when I could not even afford care before my baby was born. I never went there, and never called back. My beautiful daughter will be turning 9 this week and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without her smiling face.

  • Bgutho

    This is very interesting. I wonder if our local pregnancy info center would like to get involved or somehow we could have this in Waupaca.

  • Guest

    I noticed Save the Storks is referring women for legal help in Dallas. I’m sure you already know about Northwest Texas Legal Aid and of course the Texas Bar Association’s lawyer referral system, but if you have immigrant women (especially those who are being abused or are victims of crime) who need immigration help, also check out Catholic Charities of Dallas, Mosaic, and Human Rights Initiative. It’s an incredibly common scenario: immigrant wife/gf; pregnant; abused by citizen/resident partner who suddenly refuses to complete the immigration process for wife/gf. There are places that can help with legal and other human needs! The idea that “prolifers don’t care after the child is born” is so false!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

      What great advice! I will look into this. 

  • KH

    AMAZING!! thank you for fighting every day for those who cannot fight for themselves. there may be hope for this generation yet :)

  • meg

    This is beautiful, and I love this idea! I am so glad Save the Storks is coming to Dallas!

  • ThankYouDave

    This is a Great Idea!!! Thank you for being creative and using your mind to help others.

    All this Back and forth. What Has anyone of yall done to change anyones life lately? Here is a guy thats simply trying to change the world with his own creation. Taking a non bais approach and providing a service. I have not seen one comment thanking him. This world needs more people like Dave.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Rapp/100002039026585 Brandon Rapp

      You know, you’re right. Thank’s Dave!  And now that you mention it, the thing that is striking me is that this young man in his early twenties represents the biggest empty spot in the pew today. I hope along with all the things he is doing with this cause it will inspire other young men an women to step up and live for Christ.  Thanks again Dave, even many of us older brothers can learn a lot from your example.

  • Skegeeace

    Wow, wow, wow! I’m reTweeting, Facebooking, and Google+ posting this! Awesome ministry!

  • Degas1965

    This is a phenomenal idea. It allows the mother the choice by confronting her gently with the truth.

  • http://calledtobeanartist.blogspot.com/ Alexandria Alkire

    This is fantastic!  Recently a friend and I were just talking about that verse James 1:27, and we’re taking steps to help more people in our church because of it.  I’m encouraged to know that there are other young adults who feel the same way.  If you ever decide to put on an art show benefit I’ll gladly volunteer or donate a piece for auction.

  • Donna – Nurturing Beginnings -

    Dave, thank you for your creative idea.  I am a midwife in Idaho, and I applaud and appreciate what you are doing!  God bless!

  • Novella

    What a great idea.  I volunteer at a pro life facility…ABBA…All Babies Born Alive in Gainesville, TX.  We give free pregnancy tests and free sonograms.  It is amazing to see the number of our clients who choose life when they see that little heart beat or a tiny hand waving at them.  Dave keep up the good work.

  • Caroleathe

    Joey, I’m thrilled to see Save the Storks is operating in Dallas. I volunteer to help in your hometown area. God bless. Neat to see your ministry hitting FB

  • Nina

    I think it’s interesting that it’s a group of men doing this.  Also, the bait and switch method doesn’t seem that ethical- I understand that we want to save babies’ lives and all, but do the ends truly justify the means? Coupled with the fact that many women who want to keep their babies are informed only about adoption at many crisis pregnancy centers.  I know people who could only get help actually raising their children from Planned Parenthood.
    Also, what does Dave’s veganism have to do with this?  

    • Freetoworship

       I think the veganism comments were supposed to add a little humor, the writer is also a comedienne.  She didn’t say he was a vegan, just that he looked like he could be one. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

        I actually am a vegan ;-D

        What is bait and switch about our approach? 

        We actually offer way more resources then just adoption. We try to serve these women in every area of their lives. 

        • Nina

          I’m vegetarian.  I hope any
          articles about me will reference me enjoying my bean burgers with cheese ;)

           

          Perhaps it is the way that this
          article is written, but the line “‎Because they
          don’t have to lead with agenda, there are no warning bells for a desperate and
          defensive mother…” set off warning bells for me.  If Save The Stork is wholly committed to the
          ethics and morality of its agenda, why does it have to lead with something
          else?  Do the women know that they’ll be
          encouraged to continue their pregnancies? 
          For a lot of people “counselor” evokes very specific images of a person
          dedicated to the client’s well-being.  Is
          it made clear that these counselors are also meant to encourage women not to
          abort before the women agree to speak with them?  When and how much pressure is applied once
          women are in the van? These things all strike me as troubling, although perhaps
          it was the way the article was written.

           

          I don’t doubt that you
          mean well, but if organizations want to partner with local pregnancy centers
          but want a national brand, they need to find some way to be consistent so they
          don’t tarnish their brand.  That’s my only concern with the way partnering
          with local pregnancy crisis centers was presented.

           

          I also find the
          characterization of abortion providers and staff insulting and dehumanizing.  I know a lot of people who have had abortions
          and who help women get abortions, and it’s never a celebration, even if
          everyone in the situation agrees that it was the right choice.

          • Anonymous

            Misinformation is what happens in the van, if Mr. Pomerantz’s comments here are an indicator. Mr. Pomerantz previously responded that abortions cause an increased risk for cancer, cause life-long mental health problems, and are dangerous to women. No proof. Just wide, sweeping comments intended to convince me of his agenda.

            I responded by providing links to scientific studies that refuted each and every one of his claims from places like the National Cancer Institute, the American Psychological Association, and the Guttmacher Institute. See below.

            Unfortunately, I still haven’t received a response, although I am not surprised in the least. :(. Truth is not important. They will lie (or at the very least, neglect to research outside their own literature if their stances are ACTUALLY true) to get their way. This is what I object to about CPCs and groups like this. It’s common and frequent.

          • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

            Im actually in the process of writing a response. I should be posting it around 1 today.

          • Courtney

            DNC are known to cause increased risk for cancer and can be dangerous. It’s basically the same procedure, just done in a hospital after a baby has already died. What makes you think it’s magically different with abortions? If anything, the extra stress many women feel after getting abortions would increase the chances of mental problems and stress-realted health issues. And while I would never say everyone regrets their decision to abort, I think it’s fair to say that many do. Why are people so offended by another helping hand? Those that choose to abort can still walk out of the van and into the clinic. But those that don’t have the help they thought they couldn’t get elsewhere. Some women are just looking for someone to tell them it will all be ok.

          • Anonymous

            Sure, they still can choose to walk out and have an abortion. But given the option, Save the Storks would take that away from them, which is why I believe they are misleading when they say they give women choices. They give one option. Carry the pregnancy to term, and deal with it. Do they offer resources? Sure. But choices? No.

            I never said an abortion does not have it’s risks. It’s a medical procedure. But to make claims that abortions are “dangerous” only serves to manipulate by instilling fear in already scared women. To claim that women will have long-term psychological and emotional problems also serves as a manipulation tactic. No one celebrates abortion. No one claims there is no sadness involved. But to tell a woman she will suffer emotional trauma is misleading because many don’t. Many are relieved. I would hypothesize that the ones that do suffer seriously are overwhelmed with guilt put on them by organizations like Save the Stork or by a deeply religious upbringing.

            As far as the cancer claim, I may have to do more research. I’m not closed-minded to the point of shutting my eyes to facts. But even with that, I’d be inclined to say that many women would say “I’ll take the risk. I MAY get cancer in the future, but my immediate situation is more pressing”.

            I need to get back to work, but I will look closer at Mr. Pomerantz’s reply shortly.

          • hellothere.

            I see no shame in telling people that a dangerous procedure is dangerous.

            Along with the potential cancer development and the psychological effects mentioned above, I know of several people who, after having an abortion, either could not have children again or had immense difficulty or pain in bearing children from that point on. These are still only a few of the potential risks. While I agree that some women might be ‘scared off’ by these allegedly over-hyped effects, I would not agree that there is any shame in telling them. If these women really want an abortion, they will still get one regardless of what you tell them; but they should at least be well-informed of every potential positive or negative outcome. It is a risky process with many potential side effects, and the real disgrace would be to not inform them of any and all possible effects.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

      NARAL was started by two men. Isn’t that interesting? 

      • Nina

        Who runs Save the Storks?

        • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

          Save The Storks is operated by Get Involved for life. 

          I am the Director, But my boss is a woman, and everyone else that works in Involved for life is a woman. 

          • Nina

            So Joe Baker was misreported as the national director in this article?

          • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

            Nope, Joe was referenced correctly. 

            He is just director of national, different job descriptions, different then what we will be doing on the ground in dallas.

            Hes in charge of marketing, up keeping the website, making connections, fund raising, creative idea development. Im in charge of things specifically in Dallas. 

          • Nina

            So not everyone besides you who works for Save the Storks is a woman then?  

  • http://twitter.com/TimDavidoff Timmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Stop using the word hipster you silly

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T2HK6VJPFXYFK43V6GDSZSG2AE Meow.

    Is it blood money, or “blood-money”? I don’t think quotation marks mean what you think they mean. :P

  • Non-Judging

    At the risk of being “attacked” by people who don’t understand…. I was raped.  I didn’t believe in abortion and so I had my son all the while facing ridicule as an unwed mother by those who didn’t know the circumstances (it’s not something you feel comfortable telling people) and being shunned by my family.  It was a long painful thing to go through.  My son is now 24.  At times it was difficult to look at him because he looks like the rapist.  I love my son though, so let’s not misunderstand that!  My daughter was pregnant last year with a very difficult pregnancy.  Through an ultrasound, we found out the baby had multiple deformities and probably wouldn’t make it.  Because of our beliefs, she chose to carry the baby.  At close to 5 months uterine, the baby was slowly dying and in the process poisoning my daughter to the point we almost lost her.  She had to have an emergency “abortion” if you will.  She was devastated and people can be so cruel with their opinions made from ignorance.  There are times when abortions are warranted.  I hold strong to my faith but I believe the person needs to make the choice that is right for them.  Who are we to judge and condemn?

  • Monterey

    thank goodness that we are coming out of the dark ages, where people believed that a human unborn baby is a formless blob until just seconds before he/she is born. Many pro-aborts claim this is NOT at all human, but of course the baby is human. When he/she is born, it is not a kitten or a zebra. many will still make the “formless blob”  claim, even though the baby has a head, arms, legs, beating hearts, elbows, knees and more before even getting out of the first trimester. It’s amazing when people try to call it a formless blob even in these more enlightened times.

  • Seneca311

     In 1987, I walked into a building that offered the exact same thing.  I got a free pregnancy test and was told I was pregnant, and was asked, “What can we do to help you?”  I said I wanted to keep my child, and they gave me 100% free prenatal care, free ultrasounds, blood tests, prenatal vitamins.  Free, safe delivery in the hospital, free postnatal care for my son and myself.  The word abortion was never uttered.  I was uninsured, unmarried at the time.    Because of this group, I was able to make a sound decision, free of coercion, and choose a healthy pregnancy and life for my first son.  This was at Planned Parenthood.

    If I found that van instead, and if, after the “free” ultrasound I decided to walk into the building anyway (knowing what awaited me), would I have been treated with that same dignity and respect?

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

      Of course. Absolutely, we are not militant about abortion. We are Pro-Women. We just believe abortion is the worst of all the choices available. 

      • sarahoverthemoon

        If you are pro-woman, why pretend that babies come from storks?

    • Phyllisofical

      Yes, funded mostly by everyone else’s tax dollars.  They can afford to be generous.  I’m glad you had a good experience.  Many certainly have not.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/T2HK6VJPFXYFK43V6GDSZSG2AE Meow.

        How do you know that it was “mostly by everyone else’s tax dollars,” exactly? I seriously don’t understand how you can oppose abortion yet criticize women when they need help having their babies.

        • Anonymous

          “Don’t you dare kill that precious baby! That baby deserves to LIIIIVE!”

          “How dare you need help raising a child when the father has left, you work a minimum wage job, and don’t have an education! If you weren’t such a slut you wouldn’t be needing help!”

          What this person is criticizing is being a woman. Lines up nicely with the conservative rhetoric.

  • hellothere.

    I can’t fully express how much I appreciate what you are doing here; all I can say is God bless you. I’m definitely checking out your website to see how I can help with getting this to go nationwide.
    I had no idea that this existed until Sunday night, when two comedians came to our church and one of them was wearing a Save the Storks t-shirt (very nice design, by the way. It was eye-catching, and seeing as I heard several other people talking about it and wondering what it was, I’d say it served the purpose well). I must admit that it slipped my mind until a few minutes ago when two of my friends posted links to this article on Facebook.
    Speaking as a young teen, it’s easy to get discouraged and not know how to make a difference. I mean, we’re just kids, right? But after reading this, it’s given me a new resolve to not wait until I’m in college to be actively involved in this area of ministry. I’m going to start now, and I’m going to start by getting that t-shirt. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheTruthIsEndless David Pomerantz

      That is incredible! 

      Was the comedian Bob Smily?

      And your absolutely right. Stop at nothing, Listen to the Lord he will guide you. 

  • Natbethea

    OMG i’m crying…genius.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.blair2 Paul Blair

    I’m no Christian, but I’d like it if no one decided abortion was the best option they had available to them.

  • Steve

    While I was uncomfortable with some of the expressions in the article, the idea is the best I’ve heard in a long time. It completes the over-all care of expectant mothers in trouble and really does something positive to save lives. May God grant these guys continued support and deepen their compassion as they love on folks!

  • Kvr

    I think the idea of caring for woman with troubled lives and minimal options is a good thing, I think preaching Jesus and telling them will be saving lives is wrong. Choice is a good thing in an overpopulated world with natura
    Resources being taxed more and more everyday.

  • Nd Bova

    You know what the big “revolution in the pro-life movement” would be:

    (its a big surprise!)

    NO MORE PRO LIFE MOVEMENT. Why? you ask. Well here’s why: Because it makes no sense! Why does the “small gov’t, don’t make me do anything” party want to deny women the right to their bodies? Why do they think “life beings at conception” makes sense? Why do they believe gametes and zygotes deserve full person hood rights? Why do they want to overturn a woman’s right to contraception? I cannot answer these questions, as I use the logic, empiricism, and sapience evolution has given me, where they clearly do not! 

    • Guest

      Here’s a question then: if the woman has a right to her body, and what goes on in that body, why is the man bound by the woman’s choice? If she chooses to have an abortion, in many places he cannot stop her; but if she chooses to have a full-term pregnancy, in many places he must pay for the child that she chose to have. So if the woman’s choice does not happen at conception, then why–for all intents and purposes–does the man’s?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1493114549 Sunny Turner

    Thank God for you, my Philadelphia Hero!  Coming from Philly to Tucson opened up the pro-life movement to me several years ago, and I am blessed to be among those who dedicate their time, energy, and talents to doing God’s Work.  Best wishes for you to have phenomenal success, Dave.  If you get to the Tucson AZ area, please locate me on facebook.  Sunny Turner, M.E.V.

  • Mike

    Great article!

  • Fjl7

     thanks granddaughter…yr grandfather& I loved this article.You kids are the hope of the world to come!!!XXGram

  • http://www.facebook.com/WarriorJoeBaker Joe Baker

    This post has brought a ton of traffic to the Save The Storks site!  Thank you!  Just by reposting this blog on your Facebook helps us more than you know!  

  • Sharon

    The “stork” van is an abortion clinics worst nightmare for a couple of reasons….. A child’s life is spared AND no monies for that abortion clinic for that saved child whose lost life DEFINATELY financially benefits that clinic!!

  • J H K

    This is very inspiring! Great work! Have yous ever considered developing into doing some schools education? On relationships? Honouring women, etc? A lot of unplanned pregnancies come from abuse of women: rape; drunken casual sex with a man who has no care; human trafficking; forced sex-slavery; etc. Bless you all.