For God has not given us a spirit of fear but one of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Like most organizations, we at Pregnancy Decision Health Centers are monitoring the developments with the Coronavirus pandemic, and have been planning and implementing additional precautionary measures within our centers and our organization as a whole. Although there are many significant changes going on all around us, PDHC will continue to serve women and families facing unexpected pregnancies in central Ohio.
We are acting in a spirit of love and sound mind, so we can continue to empower women who need pregnancy support. Our hotline is still available 24/7 at 614.444.4411. For the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff we are making the following adjustments:
Our Parenting Class Education program ismoving to a online platform rather than meeting in groups in person.
We are replacing shopping hours for maternity and baby items with shopping appointments and designated pick-up times for diapers and wipes.
Clients will be screened prior to appointments and nurses will look for symptoms of illness.
When practical, nurses will schedule televisits with clients to go through information packets or other in-depth follow up.
We have increased the frequency of our already stringent cleaning and disinfecting practices, especially “high touch” surfaces. Hand sanitizer is available to all clients, staff and volunteers throughout our centers.
Administrative work will be completed remotely from home whenever possible.
We are instructing staff, volunteers and clients to use personal prevention protection methods at all times, whether at they are at PDHC or at home. We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Health and Center for Disease Control. Below are links to accurate and beneficial information.
Thank you for your continued prayers over PDHC and the women and families in the community we serve. We are thankful for each and every one of you and pray for the safety and health of your families as well. Please feel free to reach out to me with any additional questions. Blessings, Kathy
Many of you have heard the news that after 20 years of service to PDHC, I have stepped away to prioritize my family. Thank you for the kinds words of support and appreciation I received. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you during my time at PDHC.
I am glad that PDHC is in a position of strength that allows me to do this. It has been wonderful to watch our organization grow stronger and to reach more women and families in need of pregnancy help than ever before.
It has been a privilege to serve alongside such a tremendous group of staff and volunteers. They are dedicated to this mission, and God has equipped them. I am excited that the Board of Directors named Kathy Scanlon as PDHC’s Interim President.
Kathy is well-loved by many. She has great experience serving on PDHC's leadership team and as PDHC’s Director of Community Engagement. You may know her from her extensive work with church partners and organizing PDHC’s big events - Golf for Life, Walk for Life and our Celebration of Life in September. She has already started on plans for this year’s events. You will not want to miss those! Kathy is truly a “people-person.” If you haven’t met her yet, I am sure you will enjoy getting to know her. I have often said that this ministry is not about any one person, but how God calls all of us together. Your prayers, support and service make such a difference for life. Thank you! God is faithful, and I know He will continue to rescue lives and impact generations for years to come through PDHC.
As Chairman of the Board of Pregnancy Decision Health Centers it is with mixed emotions that I announce that Julie Moore has submitted her resignation as President of PDHC and the Board has reluctantly accepted it.
Julie is prioritizing her family, and we pray for a season of blessings for Julie and her children. She will be greatly missed. But we are happy that she can make this decision, after 20 years of outstanding service, knowing that PDHC is in a very strong position.
Julie took on the role of President in June 2017. Since then, PDHC has provided more services to our community than ever before, including a record high of 1,022 lives saved last year! As our 2019 Community Impact Report shows, great strides were made under Julie's leadership, such as a 49% increase in center visits during her presidency. Julie implemented a new strategic planning process with the Board of Directors and improved operations and organizational processes. Last year, Julie led PDHC in becoming part of the Abortion Pill Rescue Network, and already we have one healthy baby (still in the womb) whose mother reversed her abortion with the help of PDHC.
We are deeply grateful for all Julie has done. We sincerely thank her for her servant-leadership and care of this ministry.
Kathy Scanlon, PDHC's Director of Community Engagement, will serve as Interim President effective today. Julie is committed to a smooth transition and will be available through the end of February. We are confident that Kathy and the PDHC staff will make this a seamless transition for PDHC's supporters and the women and families they serve.
The Lord has assembled a gifted staff at PDHC. The PDHC staff is well prepared for the year ahead. We will continue to have an impact for Jesus Christ while we conduct a search for PDHC's next President. Women, families and babies in our community will be served because of our strong commitment to Christian ministry and helping those in need.
The Board of Directors will discern and oversee the process of choosing another passionate and effective leader for this point in PDHC's history. We thank you for your continued support and prayers for PDHC and those who seek its help.
Ron Thomas, Board Chair Pregnancy Decision Health Centers Board of Directors
Another year has passed and I am completely amazed by what the Lord has done in and through PDHC. His faithfulness endures.
One of the things that we are the most excited about is PDHC’s new Abortion Pill Reversal service! In 2019, we teamed up with the Abortion Pill Rescue Network and area medical providers to bring abortion pill reversal to central Ohio. Abortion pill rates have skyrocketed in our community and around the country. I’m grateful to share that PDHC has already helped one mother continue her pregnancy even after she took an abortion pill. Her baby still has a heartbeat, and she is receiving your love and support through PDHC.
Lives are saved and changed every day when people come to PDHC. Last year, more than 12,000 people were served through our youth education, pregnancy centers, parenting classes and abortion recovery programs. Families made 1,022 decisions for life, and moms and dads came to PDHC 1,697 times for parenting classes. There they received crucial education and practical support through maternity clothing, baby items and 65,488 diapers.
For us, those are big numbers. More people choose life after coming to PDHC than ever before. Our parenting class attendance more than doubled. However, the numbers hardly do justice to the real life-rescuing, generation impacting work that is being done because of you!
Each one of those numbers represents a person - a single mother struggling to make ends meet, a teen from a broken home, or a woman grieving a child who was lost long ago… and whether they sat in a classroom and heard a PDHC teacher or came to one of our centers, they experienced the love and compassion of Christ through your prayers, financial support and service. Thank you and may God richly bless you in the new year!
Christmas is a time filled with joy for many but not all. Some are struggling to celebrate Christmas for the first time without a special loved one, others face what seem like insurmountable circumstances.
One such woman reached out to PDHC on Saturday morning. She desperately needs your prayers and support.
Like many who come to PDHC, she’s facing relationship and financial difficulties. I can’t go into the details out of respect for her privacy, but they are tough circumstances. So tough that she decided her best option was to take the abortion pill.
After taking the first dose of abortion medication, she had a change of heart. She frantically searched online for a way to save her baby. Thankfully, she found the Abortion Pill Rescue Network and was referred locally to PDHC for help. Praise God!
You may remember hearing that PDHC added abortion pill reversal to our list of life-saving services just a few months ago! We are so glad we were able to answer her cry for help. It is absolutely essential that women seeking to reverse the abortion pill get care as soon as possible.
We were able to connect with this woman within minutes, get her to PDHC and one of our doctors prescribed progesterone to stabilize the pregnancy. Our professional nurses were able to perform an ultrasound and see that her baby’s heart was still beating! We are actively working to save this baby’s life and spare this mother from the pain of abortion. Please pray for this mom and baby, especially over the next few weeks.
This mom will be back every week for ultrasounds and support. If you want to do more, you can cover the cost of an ultrasound with a $100 donation.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus will you please consider making a year-end gift so that more moms can receive life-saving care at PDHC? Babies will be born and families will be impacted for generations! Pray with us!
PDHC is seeking an Educator to join for our Common Sense Culture (CSC) team. CSC Educators present sexual risk avoidance to middle and high school students, instruct small groups and assist with CSC program management.
Qualified and interested candidates should contact David Mahan, Director of Common Sense Culture, at email@example.com
PDHC is hiring a Community Outreach Coordinator to assist the Director of Community Engagement with donor growth, development, establishing new connections and developing ongoing relationships with churches.
I have exciting news to share with you that will rescue more babies in the 21st century! The number of abortions in Ohio decreased by 2% last year and there are only 400 abortion facilities left in U.S., down from over 2,000. Abortion activists see the progress we have made. They are afraid of Roe v Wade being overturned, but they are committed to making sure getting an abortion is as easy as ordering from Amazon.
Abortion pill use has increased dramatically over the past few years and we expect that trend to continue. Last year in Ohio, 30% of abortions were completed with the abortion pill. The percentage in Franklin County is even higher at a staggering 51%. Some abortion clinics have converted to be pill-only clinics because it is cheaper and easier for them with less regulation. They are even available online. This is not women’s healthcare!
Abortion providers hand women pills to swallow and send them on their way. They claim, “this is the medicine women need.” They sell that it is quick and easy. Only it’s not that easy with the abortion pill… a baby has already started to develop; a heart is beating and women suffer - cramping and bleeding at home while they pass their child alone.
One woman called PDHC’s hotline in the middle of her abortion pill experience. She was home, alone with profuse bleeding and cramping. She had told no one she was having an abortion. She chose abortion because she didn’t want anyone to know she was pregnant. The painful effects of the abortion medication caused her to fear for her life.
Our helpline provided her with the best care they could at the time. Listening to her, calming her and directing her to seek emergency care, but oh how we would have loved to spare her further agony and rescue her baby’s life. Now thanks to Abortion Pill Reversal medication we have a second chance to save a baby’s life!
I am excited to announce that PDHC has joined Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Rescue Network and is partnering with pro-life physicians in our community to provide care that has the potential to reverse an abortion even after the first abortion pill has been taken. Most women don’t want to have an abortion, they succumb to the pressure of their situation or coercion. Some immediately regret taking the abortion pill and desperately want to save the life of their baby. For these mothers, time is of the essence! From the moment a woman takes the first abortion pill she has about 72 hours to initiate Abortion Pill Reversal. PDHC can now provide help and hope for saving the life of her baby.
Through the Abortion Pill Rescue Network 900 babies have already been saved. These babies were literally rescued from the grips of death, but many more are in danger. PDHC stands ready to answer their mothers’ cries for help. Thank you for standing against the culture of death pervading our communities. In supporting PDHC, you are fighting for life and offering hope to women and families. Donate today so we can help every woman who needs love and encouragement to choose life
Columbus, OH ─ August 28, 2019 ─ Pregnancy Decision Health Centers (PDHC) will host two events to celebrate life next month. These Celebration of Life events start at 7:00 p.m. on September 19 at The Mill Event Center in Lancaster and on September 26 at Villa Milano in Columbus. Attendees must register by September 15. For more information and to register, visit SupportLifePDHC.org/celebrate.
"We are excited to make a difference in the lives of women and families through these important events that provide funding for services women need," explains Julie Moore, PDHC President.
Hannah is one of these women. She was a freshman at The Ohio State University and had a mapped out a plan for college and law school. She thought she was sick with the flu and went to a clinic where she learned she was pregnant. Then she went to PDHC just off campus on East 17th Avenue to learn about her options. “When I first went to PDHC I was pretty lost. I just found out I was pregnant at 19 years-old. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or my options.” says Hannah.
The PDHC nurse talked through parenting, adoption and abortion procedures and risks with Hannah. “After talking with Nurse Kathy, I realized just how many resources and how much help there is for women in my situation,” said Hannah.
Every day women come into PDHC wondering what their options are. They worry they won’t be able to fulfill their dreams, have enough money or know how to be a good parent. At PDHC, women talk with experienced medical professionals who help think through solutions and look at the bigger picture, not just the positive pregnancy test in front of them. PDHC offers them parenting classes, maternity and baby clothes, diapers, cribs, coaching on how to share the news with family and where to go for additional help.
Last year PDHC helped women during 4,956 appointments and 826 new parents in classes at their four centers. Of the women that used PDHC’s services last year, 88% reported incomes of less than $30,000 per year. PDHC empowers women and families by providing individualized consultations that include healthy pregnancy and reproductive education as well as no-cost pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and maternity items. PDHC is dedicated to serving the whole person – body, mind and soul
Hannah went back to PDHC for an ultrasound, which was a pivotal point in her decision to parent, and then attended every PDHC parenting class that she could before her daughter was born. “After taking classes I felt a lot more prepared and less scared. It allowed me to really get excited and feel like, ‘I got this!’” says Hannah. “It breaks my heart to even think about it, but I don’t know what would’ve happened if I didn’t get the information and encouragement from PDHC. My daughter is truly a blessing in my life and I’m still on track to finish college and all my other goals!”
People in the community interested in helping women, babies and families should attend one of PDHC’s Celebration of Life events to learn more. There is no cost to attend these events, thanks to generous donors. Guests will be given an opportunity to contribute to this life-changing, life-saving work.
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. To reach PDHC, call their hotline at 614-444-4411 or visit www.pdhc.org.