Johnsburg’s 1st Way Life Center Raising Money for Ultrasound Machine, Almost All Fathers Who See Baby Urge Mother Not to Abort

Saturday night in Spring Grove, a banquet was held to raise money to buy an ultrasound machine for 1st Way Pregnancy Support Services.

Monday, the Chicago Tribune noticed that Pro-Lifers are deploying ultrasound machines in the fight against abortion.

Monday, the Chicago Tribune noticed that Pro-Lifers are deploying ultrasound machines in the fight against abortion.

In the fight against abortion, ultrasound images of unborn babies have been found to be the most persuasive tool.

A speaker pointed out that 80-85% of mothers decide to carry their babies to term after seeing its ultrasound image.

Even more astounding is the claim that 99% of men will encourage their mates to have their baby after seeing such an image.

And the machine’s importance was emphasized on the front page of the Chicago Tribune today.

In the Elgin area, an ultrasound machine has been installed in a bus by now-retired Dr. Ronald Winters.

The complete message on the sign is "Pregnant?  Find out for sure."

The complete message on the sign is “Pregnant? Find out for sure.”

A component of Elgin’s Life Center, the bus is parked, with permission, near Larkin High School at the Evangelical Covenant Church and J.B.’s Pub 7 Pietro’s Pasta.

Now the city has enacted a zoning ordinance which prohibits the weekly efforts.

The Pro-life organization has sued in Federal Court, claiming violation of of First Amendment free speech and religious rights.

Councilwoman Anna Moeller seems to be most disturbed with the anti-abortion efforts.

But back to Spring Grove.

The “full cost” of the Samsung machine is $75,000 that First Way wants to put in its office in Johnsburg near and south of Angelo’s Grocery.

Connie Freund

Connie Freund

This is an openly Christian outreach organization.

As originator and Executive Director Connie Freund said, “I couldn’t have done this without God, without Jesus in my life.”

There are 67 people who volunteer their time in the organization that was founded in 1973, the year Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton (the “health of the mother,” very loosely defined, case) was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jill Stanek poses by the Samsung ultrasound machine.

Jill Stanek poses by the Samsung ultrasound machine.

Speaker for the evening was Jill Stanek.

Stanek is the nurse who blew the whistle on Christ Hospital’s practice of allowing unsuccessfully aborted babies to die without offering medical care.  The instance that set her on her over decade-long mission was one in which a baby was left to die in a janitor’s closet.  She held the tiny infant for the forty-five minutes it took to die.

Part of her presentation was an interview with Bill O’Reilly that twice left O’Reilly speechless.  (It was one of five interviews used that year in the end-of-year wrap-up of the show.)

At the end of the interview, O’Reilly tells the names of the people who voted against the Federal statute that required hospitals to provide medical care.

Included in the short, under ten in number list was Jesse Jackson, Jr.

“I haven’t watched that video since Jesse Jackson was indicted,” Stanek observed.

Some of the First Way volunteers who stood for recognition.

Some of the First Way volunteers who stood for recognition.

“All I can say is ‘What goes around comes around.'”

Stanek described abortion as “the most despicable moral atrocity of our generation.”

She lamented the one billion abortions, “one-seventh of the world’s population,” adding, “No one who waits for God will ever be put to shame.”

The goal of First Way Life Center is "

“We aim to continue to provide loving assistance, emotional and financial support for women and girls who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy,” readsthe goal of First Way Life Center.”

And although Stanek cautioned those present at The Shores of Turtle Creek banquet hall not to depend on politicians, she did observe, “While the other side continues to abort their babies, [ours]continue to be born.”

She suggested Pro-Lifers could “win the war by attrition.”

Making part of the pitch for donations at the event, whose entire cost had already been covered by sponsors, Stanek pointed out, “We are the hands and feet…and pocketbooks” of Jesus.

She urged people attending not to leave thinking, “I missed my chance.”

The dinner was underwritten by

  • Pat Griffin
  • Luster Leaf Products
  • Right to Life McHenry County Education Fund
  • Bert and Joan Schommer
  • Sports Decals, Inc.
  • TW Machine Service – Tom Wiznerowicz
Volunteer servers posed for this picture after the event. Teens were from Carmel, Woodstock North and Johnsburg High Schools.

Volunteer servers posed for this picture after the event. Teens were from Carmel, Woodstock North and Johnsburg High Schools.

Some volunteers at First Way Pregnancy Support Services sit after being recognized.

Some volunteers at First Way Pregnancy Support Services sit after being recognized.

Table sponsors included

  • David F. Bengston
  • Berger Excavating
  • Len and JoAnn Charlan
  • Merle and Connie Freund
  • ITW Foundation – Rich and Sue Podloski
  • James and Kathleen Morrow
  • Irene Napier
  • Patriots United – Joe Edwards
  • Patriots United – Brian Kelly
  • Rabine Group Foundation – Gary and Cheryl Rabine
  • Greg Steil
  • Russell R. Steil
  • In hone of Alice and Jerry Sullivan
  • Joahn Vickery

$41,000 was raised.


Comments

Johnsburg’s 1st Way Life Center Raising Money for Ultrasound Machine, Almost All Fathers Who See Baby Urge Mother Not to Abort — 5 Comments

  1. Will the fathers who see ultrasounds and urge mothers not to abort babies also pledge to pay child support and take care of those babies for life?

    If not it is just rhetoric. Chiclren need supporting adults in their lives and if the man wants to be a father they should commit to real fatherhood, financially,emotionally, and with involvement in the child’s life. Then great.

    I applaud them if they follow through.

    If not it is the woman’s choice and she can choose what she wants.

  2. Great event with good friends.

    How powerful a message Mrs. Stanick had to share.

  3. Karma: Responsibility starts at the zipper.

    So what your theory says is we should kill the baby if the Father can’t or won’t financially underwrite its entire life?

    Have you never heard of adoption?

    Sounds like a healthy dose of bad karma is headed your way.

    I will pray for your hardened heart.

  4. Karma,

    I am a volunteer at 1st Way in Johnsburg.

    Yes, we advise against abortion and yes we do provide information for adoption and a lot of other resources for mothers, mothers-to-be and their babies.

    Please come to see our center in Johnsburg.

    Last year we serviced over 150 women.

    All of our help is made up of volunteers, no one gets paid.

    Our rent is paid with donation money.

    Our supplies for moms and babies are all donated.

    You will be amazed to see how wonderful this center is!

    Please stop by anytime M, T, Th – 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., W – 9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and F – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00!

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