Planned Parenthood isn't really about parenthood...

Planned Parenthood doesn’t offer prenatal care - but now we do!

92 out of 97 Planned Parenthood centers that were contacted recently admitted they would refuse to provide any prenatal care to expectant women. As one of their representative from Indiana said: “No, we don’t do prenatal services. I mean, it’s called Planned Parenthood, I know it’s kind of deceiving.”

But starting this month the CPC of Greater Phoenix will - on a very limited, trial basis - start offering prenatal care.  Over the years, many of the women we help have asked: “Can I come here for my whole pregnancy?” So I thought to myself, why not make it possible for our clients to stay with us throughout their pregnancy? With our three fully medical locations, large client load and trained medical staff, the CPC of Greater Phoenix is perfectly poised to offer prenatal care.

The launch of the Prenatal Clinic is one of the most exciting initiatives the CPC of Greater Phoenix has ever undertaken. Our Mesa location is heading up the ‘Pilot’ program and if proven successful we will then greatly expand the number of clients served and expand the prenatal care service to each of our locations. This could be a real game changer in the fight for life! 

In The Beginning...

We all know how the rest of it goes: God created the heavens and the earth.  As we gaze at the heavens and ponder the wonders of this marvelous creation, we can see the majesty and glory of our Creator in a way that brings us to our knees in humble awe and wonder.  But what takes my breath away is considering what the apex, the finale of God's masterpiece of creation was:  He created man in his own image.

This idea is simple yet transformative when you really get it:  every human being, the born and the pre-born, are God's image bearers.  This is why CPC exists, and why I've spent the past 35 years working in this arena - because those who bear the image of God are worth saving from slaughter and devastation that comes in the wake of abortion.  The way I see it, if God considered man his crowning act of creation, we dare not value a single human life as less than He does.  That is the goal and the passion that drives me and shapes my vision for this work we do everyday.

The word "image" is understood as the outward expression of an inward nature, and while I know that God's word is final and not to be questioned, when I look in the mirror, I don't always see the nature of God reflecting back at me.  Instead, I see a man who loves Jesus dearly enough to engage daily in a struggle with my sinful nature, who seeks to know and do the will of God, however imperfectly, and who knows enough to know that this work is impossible without the empowering Holy Spirit working in and through me, our staff and volunteers, and our partners. 

So pray for me, and I will be praying for you, as we take this journey together.  I'm glad you've come along for the ride.

Raul