One of the first babies saved at PDHC in 1981 celebrates his 40th birthday this year. His mother came to our very first center, located in the German Village area at the time.
Since then, there have been hundreds of thousands of calls, texts and chats to our hotline, nearly 150,000 visits at multiple centers, and thousands of lives saved.
We reflect on each heartbeat that was first heard and seen on an ultrasound at each of our centers over these last four decades. Your kindness, compassion and generosity has made it possible for us to celebrate 40 years of rescuing lives and impacting generations.
Despite the challenges 2020 brought, we were able to help women and families through a record high of more than 6,900 visits to our centers last year. We saw an increase in abortion-vulnerable and abortion-minded women and after seeing and hearing their baby’s heartbeat at PDHC, 99% of them chose life for their baby.
God has blessed this ministry from the very beginning. “If God has given us the vision, God will accomplish it,” said Peggy Hartshorn, one of the founding members
For four decades, God has accomplished His plan through our Life Givers, who provide financial support and sustainability. He has also provided through Prayer Warriors, Community Outreach Partnerships, through Volunteers, the PDHC Team, and the Women and Families who reach out to us for help.
Many of you have been with us since the beginning, some of you participate in multiple ways and others are new to PDHC’s mission. We have all been called to this ministry and we all serve a purpose.
The shapes in our 40th year anniversary logo above reflect your part in shaping the heart of who we are.
Together for Life.
Kathy Scanlon and the PDHC Team
On Jan. 22, Pregnancy Decision Health Centers (PDHC) will celebrate 40 years of rescuing lives and impacting families for generations in central Ohio.
PDHC is known as a pioneer in pregnancy resource centers, the first of its kind to open in Columbus in 1981, on the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. Founders Mike and Peggy Hartshorn of St. Mary Parish in German Village and other passionate pro-life friends joined the pro-life movement after this historical decision.
Sitting together around the kitchen table, they envisioned the first pregnancy help center to provide abortion-vulnerable women the compassionate care, hope and practical support needed to choose life for their babies. Before the first “Pregnancy Distress Center (PDC)” even opened its doors, they answered its first hotline calls from their home.
In the first year, they had 309 visits to their center and answered 2,800 hotline calls. One of the first women to receive help said, “The Pregnancy Distress Center is the best thing that happened to me at my time of need. There was love, understanding and guidance. I will never forget what you and the center did for me.”
Now, 40 years later, that first center has grown to become PDHC, with four locations and a thriving 24/7 hotline, saving thousands of lives since its founding. In 2020, PDHC had record highs of more than 6,900 center visits and over 35,000 calls, texts and chats to its hotline.
PDHC celebrated many “firsts” in 40 years. PDHC was the first pregnancy center in the United States to have multiple sites and branch offices. In 1984, PDHC became the first comprehensive pregnancy resource center of its kind in Ohio by providing four pillars of service to care for the whole person: mind, body, and soul. This includes pregnancy support through free personalized consultations, pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins, linkage to community resources and outreach programs, and a 24/7 hotline.
In 1995, PDHC was the fourth center in the United States to add ultrasound services. This is important because 90 percent of women who see and hear their baby’s heartbeat on an ultrasound choose life.
PDHC was the first pregnancy center in Franklin County and surrounding areas to provide abortion pill reversal services. Forty percent of all abortions in the United States occur through the abortion pill. Abortion pill reversal gives a woman who regrets taking the abortion pill a second chance to save her baby. PDHC saved lives in 2020 through this new service.
“PDHC is a place where women can feel support and not judgment. … The space was full of love and encouragement. … They made me feel welcomed and at home,” said Alissa, who gave birth to twins after coming to PDHC for help during an unexpected pregnancy.
PDHC’s family empowerment services provide women and families with practical support throughout their pregnancy and beyond with parenting education programs, free maternity and baby clothing, diapers, car seats, pack and play cribs and other needed baby items. In 2020, PDHC had a record-high 2,746 parenting class visits, up 62 percent from 2019.
“I loved all of the classes, teachers, nurses and volunteers. You were so kind and helpful to me. We will not forget all your kindness and support. We will miss you forever,” said Mia, 2020 parenting class graduate.
PDHC’s youth development services provide healthy choice education programs in middle and high schools to teach students about making healthy life choices to reduce the risky behaviors that lead to teen pregnancy and abortion. PDHC was the first pregnancy resource center in the United States to receive a federal grant for abstinence education.
PDHC’s abortion recovery programs provide hope and healing to women and men struggling in silence from the pain of a past abortion experience. PDHC was the first pregnancy center in the United States to develop a post-abortion support program. One in 4 women have experienced abortion and need to know where they can go for support and healing.
“I reached out for support. I look back at my journey and I’m overwhelmed by how I have grown stronger and feel more at peace,” said a program participant.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10. We look forward to continuing the mission of rescuing lives and impacting generations for another 40 years.
To learn more, become a volunteer or to support the life-saving services of PDHC, visit SupportLifePDHC.org.
Together for Life,
Kathy Scanlon and the PDHC Team
Through November, PDHC has a 15% increase over last year in visits to our centers. Texts and chats to our 24/7 hotline are up 44% and 61% to last year.
PDHC’s parenting classes are bursting at the seams, up 55% to last year. Currently, more than 360 moms are registered and with the addition of our dad-focused education classes, 45 new dads have registered. With these record highs, we are also seeing an abundant increase in material aid needs from the families we serve, especially to those affected financially during the pandemic.
With this extreme need and continued growth expected, we have outgrown the ability to hold in-person parenting classes, adequate parking, material aid pick-up appointments and baby boutique shopping and expansion at our centers. It is critical that our nurses, staff and volunteers at the centers focus on time-sensitive, personalized consultations, critical life-saving ultrasounds, and communication of available community outreach resources and programs to every abortion-vulnerable and abortion-minded woman who walks through our doors for help.
To continue to provide the best care to women and families, we are excited to announce the opening of our new Family Empowerment Center, located in an adjoining suite to our administrative offices. This expansion will allow for our ever-growing parenting class programs, baby boutique storage, shopping and material aid orders and pick-ups to be in one location near, but separate from, our busiest pregnancy center.
We expect to resume in-person parenting classes when it is designated safe for all involved in this new space next year. Our middle school and high school educators will also have space here to conduct virtual classroom instruction, and our Abortion Recovery groups will have private gathering spaces.
As a critical resource for life in the community, PDHC will continue to walk alongside every woman that reaches out to us for help throughout pregnancy and beyond. PDHC’s unique parenting education programs and material aid resources have been a pillar of our crucial services since our founding nearly 40 years ago. We strive to serve the entire person; body, mind and spirit. We want to do everything we can to be the hands and feet of Christ and we want to do it well. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10.
The operational costs for this new Family Empowerment Center for the next year will be about $40,000. If you would like to make a tax-deductible year-end gift to help sponsor our Family Empowerment Center and help us reach our goal, please click on the link below.
614-888-8774 ext. 6121
Did you know PDHC’s four locations are the only Pregnancy Resource Centers in the Columbus and Lancaster area providing Abortion Pill Reversal Services?
It is important that PDHC continues to adapt and grow its services as the abortion industry changes and evolves. Surgical abortions are on the decline. However, chemical abortions through the abortion pill continue to rise and represent 40% of the abortions in the United States today. PDHC grew its services and joined the Abortion Pill Rescue Network, operated by Heartbeat International, at the end of 2019. This network connects women who have taken the first dose of the abortion pill with a provider in her area who is trained to administer the abortion pill reversal protocol.
When a woman begins a chemical abortion but changes her mind and wants a second chance to save her baby, she has about 72 hours to reverse her decision through abortion pill reversal. Often her regret is immediate or soon after taking the first abortion pill that is part of a two-drug protocol. She starts searching online for options. She will find PDHC through the Abortion Pill Rescue Network or through PDHC’s website and 24/7 hotline. PDHC’s trained staff stands ready to help during this critical time and will immediately get her into the nearest center.
Together, we celebrate our first baby born into the PDHC family after his mom came to PDHC for abortion pill reversal services. Both mom and baby are doing well. We eagerly await the upcoming births of other women who came to PDHC this year for help to reverse their chemical abortions.
It is important to know that not all abortion pill reversals are successful. Sometimes a woman may choose to continue her chemical abortion and afterward, struggle emotionally. At PDHC, we continue to walk alongside them and offer abortion recovery programs to provide hope and healing.
Sometimes, a woman may suffer the loss of her baby due to miscarriage. PDHC has now expanded our pregnancy loss services and provides special gifts of remembrance and connects her to pregnancy loss ministries in the community.
Most people do not know that abortion pill reversal services are available. 9 out of 10 women who have experienced abortion don’t know where to go for support and healing. At PDHC, we can help and you make it possible. Help us spread the word.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the autumn season officially begins next Tuesday, the 22nd, and ends on Monday, December 21st. Autumn is a season of transition as temperatures begin to drop, leaves transform into brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red, and the length of light in each day begins to shorten. Each transition in seasons brings us a new vision of what’s to come. While we couldn’t anticipate the obstacles we would face this year, we knew God would provide the wisdom and guidance to lead us through it. Despite the challenging seasons of 2020, PDHC adapted, grew and persevered through it all. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5, 6.
We are blessed with a supportive community that partners with us to help save and impact a life every day. Each life saved will journey through the seasons of life and have a story to share with the next generation. To hear more about PDHC's impact in our community in 2020 and inspirational stories of hope and healing, you won’t want to miss our Celebration of Life broadcast next week. It will be the most impactful 30 minutes of your day. Thank you for walking alongside us each and every day.
Use this link to learn more and to register for the 2020 Celebration of Life Live Broadcast on Sept. 24th from 7:00 p.m. - 7:30p.m.
614-888-8774 ext. 6121
For Immediate Release
Kathy Scanlon, President
Columbus, Ohio - Pregnancy Decision Health Centers LIVE BROADCAST, September 24th at 7pm
Pregnancy Decision Health Centers (PDHC) remained open despite a pandemic to help women
during difficult pregnancies. PDHC adapted how they served the community and hundreds of women benefitted from tele-visits, moving parenting classes online and individual pickup times to get supplies like diapers, car seats and clothes. Now PDHC will pivot again to raise the funds it needs to continue to serve women, families and babies in central Ohio.
If 2020 were like any other year, PDHC would be preparing for its annual fall fundraising dinners that bring in $200,000 from individual donors. However, 2020 hasn’t been like any other year and PDHC will not gather hundreds of donors together in a room for a couple hours.
“Changing these indoor events to short online events, is just the right thing to do,” says Kathryn
Barbour, PDHC Events Coordinator. “We are pro-life and that means protecting all lives, including the unborn and the donors that stand up for them. We trust God for our needs and pray people will still give their financial support without the dinner and in-person presentation.”
Join us online for our Live Broadcast on September 24th from 7p-7:30p. During PDHC’s Live
Broadcast, learn about new ways PDHC is serving the community. Hear from PDHC’s new President, Kathy Scanlon and Guest Speaker Rebekah Hagan on her pregnancy decision journey. Register to attend at SupportLifePDHC.org.
“At PDHC, we are not changing who we are or what we do. We are coming together as an incredible team of passionate and dedicated individuals to adapt and adjust the ways we are meeting the needs of those who need us most amidst this crisis,” says Kathy Scanlon, PDHC’s President. “God’s perfect timing allowed PDHC to join the Abortion Pill Rescue Network at the end of 2019 in preparation for this global crisis we are currently facing. We are now equipped to help women who regret taking the abortion pill and want a second change to reverse their abortion decision and save the life of their baby. We have already saved lives.”
Medication abortions account for nearly 40% of all abortions in the United States. That number
continues to rise as abortion providers offer abortion pills right here in our community and women can order abortion pills online and have them delivered right to their doorsteps.
About Pregnancy Decision Health Centers (PDHC): Pregnancy Decision Health Centers is a non-profit organization that empowers individuals to make healthy life choices. Since 1981, PDHC has been a crucial resource for those in central Ohio. For help, call PDHC’s hotline at 614-444-4411 or visit www.pdhc.org.
On January 22, 2021, PDHC will celebrate 40 years of rescuing lives and impacting generations. Founded in 1981, PDHC was the FIRST comprehensive pregnancy center, providing four core services since 1984: Pregnancy Intervention, Family Empowerment, Youth Development and Abortion Recovery Services. As a pioneer in pregnancy resource centers, PDHC’s comprehensive services are designed to serve the whole person; mind, body, and soul. PDHC’s rich history in the community is an opportunity to reflect on the thousands of lives that have been saved and changed over the last four decades. Through our founders, board members, medical directors, nurses, staff, teachers, volunteers, donors, our church, business and community partners, and prayer warriors, God continues to richly bless this ministry with growth and perseverance. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19
To share more of PHDC’s rich history; PDHC was the FIRST pregnancy center in the United States to have multiple sites and branch offices and the FOURTH in the United States to offer ultrasound services. Even amidst the pandemic, texts and chats to our 24/7 hotline are up 25% over last year. Women vulnerable to abortion are feeling even more anxious and fearful during this time. Chemical abortions are on the rise, representing almost 40% of all abortions in the United States. PDHC’s new abortion pill reversal services give women who have taken the first abortion pill and regret their decision, a second chance to save their babies. Timing is critical and PDHC stands ready to help.
PDHC was the FIRST pregnancy center in the United States to receive a federal grant for abstinence education (now referred to as sexual risk avoidance education). Last year, our education team taught almost 10,000 students in 58 schools about making healthy choices to achieve their life goals. Because of the pandemic, schools closed down in March and our education team was not able to reach our students in the classroom with their valuable, positive messaging. They have worked diligently to record and video all their new curriculum in preparation of the upcoming virtual school year and will be working closely with community partners to reach students in Learning Extension Centers.
PDHC was the FIRST pregnancy center in the United States to develop a post abortion support group. One in four women have experienced abortion* and 9 out of 10 women don’t know where to go for support and healing.** With the rise in chemical abortions, a new study shows an overwhelming 83% of women reported their chemical abortion changed them, 77% stated they regretted their abortion decision, and 38% reported issues with anxiety, depression, drug abuse and suicidal thoughts.*** PDHC provides hope and healing to women who have experienced abortion through connection meetings, recovery support groups, weekend retreats and a 24/7 hotline. Due to an increasing need, PDHC has now expanded our recovery programs to include help for those that have experienced pregnancy loss through miscarriage.
Just like we have for the last 40 years, we want to continue providing these life-saving and life-changing services for another 40 years. Whatever your calling to serve at PDHC has been, then and now, thank you for walking alongside the women who need this wonderful ministry. “…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9
**American Psychological Association
***Heroic Media & Shapard Research
I want to thank you for such wonderful support and well-wishes as I begin a new journey as PDHC’s next President. It is a responsibility I don’t enter into lightly.
The legacy of PDHC was preordained from the beginning as Mike and Peggy Hartshorn answered God’s calling for them and joined the pro-life movement after the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. In answer to this historic decision, they, along with passionate pro-life friends, envisioned the first pregnancy help center in Columbus to provide abortion-vulnerable women the compassionate care, hope and practical support needed to choose life for their babies. What started out as answering hotline calls from their home, evolved into the opening of the first “Pregnancy Distress Center” on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 1981. God knew that 39 years later, this would grow into today’s PDHC, one of the most comprehensive pregnancy resource centers in the state of Ohio, saving thousands of lives and impacting families for generations through programs and services designed to serve the whole person; mind, body and soul.
You and I are all part of God’s plan for this life-saving ministry. We have each been called by name. We all serve in different capacities for one beautiful cause – to save the lives of God’s most precious and vulnerable, each created in His image with a life planned from conception. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5.
Recently I hung a sign in PDHC's office that says, “In this office, we do teamwork, we do help, we do friendship, we do coffee, we do motivation, we communicate and listen, we do respect, we do punctuality and laughter & cake, we do great things, we are a team.” This reminds me every day that we are all in this together. We are all individual pieces of a puzzle that when completed, is transformed into a beautiful masterpiece. Whether we are members of the staff, the Board, a volunteer, a donor, a prayer warrior, or a woman and family needing help, we all need each other to make life-saving changes, all for the glory of God. We need God every day to walk before us, guide us and complete us on this journey together. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10.
Thank you for taking this journey with me, I am truly thankful for each and every one of you. You are a blessing and a light to many. Enjoy this beautiful rendition of The Blessing” from Elevation Worship with a global choir.
When I tell people about PDHC’s newest service of abortion pill reversal, the most common response I get is, “I didn’t know that was even possible,” or “I’ve never heard of that.” Their immediate response is to ask for more information. What is really important to know, is that surgical abortions are on the decline, but medication abortions are on the rise and account for nearly 40% of all abortions in the United States. That number continues to rise as abortion providers offer medication abortion services right here in our community and women can order the abortion pill online and have it delivered right to their doorstep.
What we also know, is that many women regret their abortion decision immediately or soon after taking the first pill in the two-drug protocol. Once the first pill is taken, there is a 72-hour window to help reverse her abortion decision. PDHC stands ready to help in this critical time with abortion pill reversal. Every woman that reaches out for help deserves that chance. At the end of 2019, more than 1,000 babies have been saved and born healthy in the United States using abortion pill reversal.
Recently, I came across a few brief videos that help explain the reversal process:
Help us get the word out that there is help for women who regret taking the abortion pill and want a second chance to save their babies. Timing is critical.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers, we couldn’t do this without you.
May is a month of celebrations. It is often the first month where it truly feels like spring, a new beginning. We see life all around us, in the beauty of newly blooming flowers, spring showers, green lawns, leaves on the trees, blue skies, birds chirping, sunshine and warmer weather.
May 2nd is National Babies Day, a day to celebrate babies. It’s a time of renewal and a baby’s new life is something very special to enjoy and celebrate.
On May 5th, we celebrate our wonderful teachers. What an honorable and influential calling for one’s life. The greatest of all teachers was Jesus. He was addressed many times in the gospels by the disciples as teacher. Jesus himself used the term when he said, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am.” John 13:13.
May 6th – 12th is National Nurses week, influenced by Florence Nightingale, who shaped the nursing profession and evolved the industry. When I reflect on nursing I often think about the life of Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to caring for the sick and poor. One of my favorite quotes of hers is, “ We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
On the second Sunday in May, we celebrate motherhood on Mother’s Day. This is a day where we pause and say “Thank You” to the women who have given us life, raised us, sacrificed for us, corrected and encouraged us throughout our lives. I reflect on Mary, the mother of Jesus, who devotedly surrounded him with her generous faith, hard work and selfless love and actively participated in his saving mission.
When I think about all we celebrate as a community in the month of May, I realize how much of this reflects on the services provided at PDHC every day. For 39 years, PDHC has been a source of hope and help in protecting the God-given intrinsic value of every human life. Without the beauty and joy of life, what would there be to celebrate?
At PDHC, our teachers inspire the lives of middle and high school students, teaching teenagers the importance and impact of making healthy choices to best achieve their life goals. They teach them to value themselves and the importance of healthy relationships and influences in their lives. For all the Teachers out there, we celebrate you for your passion for teaching, your love of the individuals you impact, and your love of the subjects you teach!
Nurses at PDHC possess the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love. “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13. They show Faith in trusting God for guidance and wisdom as they provide a listening ear and words of comfort and reassurance to women who are facing challenging or unexpected pregnancies. Hope in trusting that God is in control and leaning on Him to provide them with just the right personalized care for each mom, meeting her exactly where she is at this time in her life. And above all, genuine Love for the women and babies whose lives they are blessed to touch and share in their individual journeys. For all the Nurses out there, we celebrate you for your compassion, expertise and trust.
At PDHC, we empower women to become the best mom they can be through practical support, parenting education programs and an enriching support system throughout their pregnancy and beyond. They become a part of the PDHC family. We celebrate all of the moms, grandmas, godmothers and moms-to-be out there!
Life is a celebration and we are thankful for all of our partners for life in the community whose generosity of time, talents and treasures make all of this possible. Thank you for walking alongside us to rescue lives and impact generations.
Kathy Scanlon, Interim President