CompassCare is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to erasing the need for abortion by transforming women’s fear into confidence.
On July 1st, 1970 New York became the first state to legalize abortion. On July 2nd, the very next day, the Rochester/Syracuse region became home to the first free standing abortion clinic in the nation.
CompassCare, first named ‘Citizens for Public Morality’ was founded in 1980 out of the hearts of several people in a Bible Study who were concerned for society at the moral level. The first office was opened by volunteers in Rochester’s 19th ward. Several years later the organization began to focus more on the abortion issue and the name was changed to ‘Crisis Pregnancy Center.’ As the organization grew and offered more services it changed the name again to Crisis Pregnancy Services of Greater Rochester. By the mid 90’s, CompassCare had employed several staff and volunteers at several locations and enjoyed significant impact on the community; utilizing lay counselors, material assistance and post-abortion counseling – approximately 60% of abortion-vulnerable women chose to have their babies.
As the culture changed to more of a Post-Modern one, where women no longer made decisions based on facts but rather experiences and relationship; CompassCare recognized it had to adapt in order to remain relevant and effective. In 2002, CompassCare did what most said could not be done in New York State – implemented the current medical model of service. At that point the name was changed again to ‘CompassCare Pregnancy Services’ in order to reflect this new model of operation. Since the launch of medical services, the number of abortion-vulnerable and abortion-minded women has increased exponentially and the number of those women choosing to carry their babies to term rocketed to 75-80% on a consistent monthly basis.
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