For Immediate Release: May 2, 2015
Contact: Jim Harden, President | firstname.lastname@example.org | (585) 820-7229 | @compasscare
Rochester, NY— Over a 1,000 people from the Rochester area are expected to converge on the Highland Bowl this Saturday May 2 at 9:30 A.M. The purpose of the 2 mile walk is to demonstrate the dignity of women and the personhood of their preborn boys and girls. Over the last 15 years thousands have gathered for CompassCare’s annual Walk for Life, the largest benefit walk of its kind in New York State. It is hosted and promoted by local medical pregnancy care provider, CompassCare.
Among the participants great enthusiasm exists over the 39% reduction of abortion in Monroe County between 2008-2013 according to most recent New York State Vital Statistics. In fact, CompassCare’s Walk for Life is expecting record turn-out in the wake of a statewide reduction of abortion by over 20% in just six years. CompassCare is calling people everywhere to “Love your neighbor as yourself” by dignifying women and protecting the personhood of all humans especially preborn babies.
The 2014 Walk raised approximately $193,000 for CompassCare’s services, and the 2015 Walk is on track to break that record. The 2015 fundraising goal is $201,000, which will enable CompassCare to serve an additional 10% of the entire market of women considering abortion in Monroe County. If they are successful in serving those additional women the abortion rates in Rochester will have been cut in half in just 8 years…a national first.
CompassCare is a non-profit organization dedicated to erasing the need for abortion, facilitating the immediate delivery of baseline pre-natal visits for women facing unplanned pregnancy as well as safe-guarding the future reproductive health of men and women via STD testing and treatment.
And women love coming to CompassCare’s giving the services an average satisfaction rating 9.8 out of 10. CompassCare believes the reason for its high marks is because women are treated with dignity. “Women most often have abortions because they feel stuck, trapped, like they have no other choice. CompassCare provides women with true freedom: when a woman feels empowered to make the most difficult choice—to have her baby—then she is truly empowered with choice,” said CompassCare’s President, James R. Harden, M.Div. “Treating a woman with dignity means we support her autonomy and trust her with all the information about her options.” Harden went on to say that, “When women feel supported with the information and care they deserve, most of the time they have their babies.”
A child in the womb was denied personhood status by the Supreme Court in 1973, paving the way for abortion on demand. For the 2015 Walk for Life, what CompassCare is saying is that the denial of personhood is the beginning of abuse. Harden commented, “It is incomprehensible that one person or group of people should be able to disqualify categories of humans (like preborn babies) from protection under the law in support of a political agenda like the Supreme Court did in 1973. It is a slippery slope. What’s to keep that same group of people from changing the definition to deny other groups their ‘inalienable’ human rights in order to legalize future abuse, inequality, and injustice?”