I am writing in response to the inaccuracies about the DeKalb County Crisis Pregnancy Center in the letter by Rebecca Parfitt and Judith Testa of Sept. 22, 1993. Although since that letter was published I have spoken to Ms. Parfitt and discussed our difference, I think that it is also necessary to point out the wrong information to those on NIU’s campus who could be confused by their letter.

The CPC is 100% funded by the sponsors of the individuals who walked in our recent “Hike for Life”, by mission funds from local churches and individual contributions. I challenge Ms. Parfitt or Ms. Testa to name one organization other than local churches for individuals who support the CPC financially.

A woman with an unplanned pregnancy needs accurate information on pregnancy and abortion. The brochures and videos that we have available are all fully documented with statistics from sources such as The US Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Disease Control, The Alan Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood’s research wing), American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and other respected books and journals. If a client is interested, she may be given brochures or invited to watch a self-selected video.

A woman with an unplanned pregnancy also needs to know what kind of help and options are available to her, including financial, educational, medical, and housing. The CPC has maternity clothing, infant clothing and equipment that has been donated by those in the community who want to help, as well as referrals for other needs. We do not refer for abortion.

A woman with an unplanned pregnancy needs someone to listen and care. The Crisis Pregnancy Center volunteers really care about and understand the needs of a woman with an unplanned pregnancy. The center exists solely to help meet these needs and understand why anyone would be hostile about women receiving emotional, spiritual and practical help during what is usually a very difficult time.

The CPC is a ministry of compassion. All of our services are provided for free. The DeKalb County Crisis Pregnancy Center is listed in the phone book yellow pages under “Abortion Alternatives.” If you have need of our services, have questions or concerns please call. 748-4242

Katie Mehne

Assistant Director

DeKalb County Crisis Pregnancy Center