Beyond the Pregnancy Test – a NIFLA Blog

Beyond the Pregnancy Test is the NIFLA blog dedicated to women who have recently been found to be pregnant, and are unsure of their options. Inside you will find stories from women, statistics that you should know, and comforting thoughts.

February 29, 2016

Going to the Least of These.

“The strategy of Jesus is not centered in taking the right stand on issues but rather in standing in the right place – with the outcasts and those relegated to the margins.” – Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The power of Boundless Compassion According to the FBI, 293,000 American youth are at risk of becoming victims of sexual exploitation; in 2015 over 5,500 human trafficking cases were reported to the National Human Trafficking […]
February 19, 2016

Counselor to Sonographer.

I have been a volunteer at a pregnancy medical center since the beginning of 2014.  As a nurse practitioner I was thrilled to sit down and listen to these women in need without a clock looming over my head reminding me that there were a hundred other tasks I could be doing.  I relished being in the moment with a woman in distress.  I was able to be truly mindful of what was really happening […]
February 12, 2016

Porn Kills Love.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, a day devoted to love, hearing the above, is not good news. Nor is the fact that actually 30 percent of porn addicts are women. This comes from Fight the New Drug, whose motto is the title of this piece, a secular group of young people who describe themselves thus: “passionate and innovative problem-solvers who want to make a difference in the world. Our mission is to raise awareness on the […]
February 2, 2016

Zika Virus: What PMCs Need to Know

The map above showing the reported active transmission of the Zika virus is from the CDC website (, and updated January 26, 2016. Countries where Zika has been reported are also listed. CDC’s site has extensive information on the emerging health concerns regarding the Zika virus, and continually updates it. On the heels of hearing that Ebola has mostly been eradicated, the Zika virus emerges as a worldwide health concern with rapid onslaught. The landscape […]
January 23, 2016

Adoption is Always an Option

  As I reviewed the records of the women scheduled for ultrasound, I came across a client whose profile picture showed an image of a pregnant woman possibly presenting in her third trimester.  The record indicated she had come to the center just two days prior for a pregnancy test.  She had initially tested positive on a home pregnancy test 1 day before being seen in the clinic.  Her chart read, ‘no known LMP.’  When […]
January 22, 2016

43 Years Ago Today

             January 22, 2016, marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a decision by the United States Supreme Court that has had tragic consequences and torn this nation apart in a manner not experienced since the days of slavery.  It is hard to realize that such a time period has passed and America still has not dealt directly with the proclamation of Roe that while unborn children may be human beings t they […]
January 21, 2016

Welcome to Our Blog.

Dear NIFLA Member, I am pleased to announce to you the publication of our new Blog — Beyond The Pregnancy Test: Medical and Legal Perspectives. You may access this Blog by going to the Membership Section of our web site at This monthly publication will contain short discussions of various topics of interest to pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) and pregnancy medical clinics (PMCs.. Some will provide technical legal and medical information while others will […]
May 30, 2012

Abortion is Not Safer for Women Than Childbirth

Media outlets such as Time Magazine and Reuters have provided extensive coverage to an article recently published as “Original Research” and entitled, “The Comparative Safety of Legal Induced Abortion and Childbirth in the United States,” by Raymond and Grimes in the Feb, 2012 journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The article concludes by stating: “Legal induced abortion is markedly safer than childbirth. The risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than that with […]
January 13, 2009

The Sanctity of Life Ethic and the Gospel of Christ

While the election of Barack Obama and the upcoming Presidential Inaugural activities currently dominate the headlines there is another event in January that must not be ignored. On January 18th churches around the nation will celebrate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This is the Sunday closest to January 22nd — the day in 1973 when the United States Supreme Court issued its infamous decision of Roe v. Wade that ushered in the era of abortion on demand. […]