January is Sanctity of Human Life Month. Are you speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves?

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

No matter what side of the political spectrum you find yourself on, it is a desperately  frightening thing to know that the lives of precious children in this country are not protected by our constitution. When I was back home in Florida over the Christmas holidays, I came upon a sea turtle nest while walking on the beach. It had recently been raided by birds or other critters, and the sand was littered with the soft empty turtle shells. In Florida, disturbing a sea turtle nest is against the law, with a penalty of  up to 60 days in prison. How startling that an unborn turtle would be so fiercely protected by our government, but an unborn human being can be terminated at almost any stage of pregnancy under full protection of the law. This is not freedom. And those with a voice need to speak up for those who cannot. But we need to do so with love. With grace. With  mercy. By offering real help and hope to those who need it. Shouting through a megaphone won’t change anyone’s mind, but meeting the real needs of desperate people with kindness and compassion will change hearts. That’s what we do every day at Daybreak. In 2014, won’t you join us? Our need for volunteer help is no less than desperate. Save a life. Volunteer at Daybreak.

Abstinence Education in SC is in DANGER!

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On Wednesday, April 17th there will be a hearing about H3435 at the State House – Please, call/e-mail/write your SC House members today to respectfully ask that South Carolina maintain positive, healthy, abstinence-focused sex education programs in our schools by voting “NO” on the “Healthy Youth Amendment” – H3435.  (See below for links.) If this bill passes, abstinence-based programs like the one Daybreak utilizes to reach thousands of students each year in the Midlands will be BANNED from SC schools, to be replaced by “Planned-Parenthood style,” contraception-based, explicit sex education.

Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing!
 
Using carefully crafted language in the “Healthy Youth Amendment” (H3435), the Planned Parenthood Network in SC wants to make it impossible for abstinence-based programs and educators to access SC students. This new law would make them the sole providers of what our children

are allowed to learn about sex.With their millions of dollars, the Planned Parenthood Network has purchased post cards, billboards, ads, and lobbyists – none of which would vote for a conservative under any circumstance. But they are the ones calling and e-mailing conservative legislators daily. We need to beat them at their own game! Thank you in advance for your support of Daybreak, South Carolina’s children, and REAL, healthy, sex-education!

Pick up the phone right now and call the Representatives on the K-12 Education Subcommittee and tell them to vote NO on H. 3435, the Healthy Youth Amendment: 

Andrew S. Patrick, Chair – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1438636191 

Robert L. Brown – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=0220454519 

Jerry N. Govan, Jr. – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=0702272643 

Harold Mitchell, Jr. – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1344318021 

Joshua Putnam – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1497727093 

Samuel Rivers, Jr. – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1564488449 

Bill Taylor – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1811363419 

Don L. Wells – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1902272499 

Find your House member: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php

Please feel free to personalize this sample message for your e-mail and/or phone call:

Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to vote “NO” on H. 3435 – the Healthy Youth Amendment to the Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA).

Did you know that if this bill passes, it would ban all abstinence-focused sex education programs from our schools? Proven effective, science-based programs like Heritage Keepers need to be kept available to South Carolina’s students if we are to make a real impact on South Carolina’s teen pregnancy & STI infection rates.

I am very concerned about these particular portions of the bill, and you should be too:

– Boys and girls will no longer be separated for sex education. (p.13, 14)

– Pregnancy Prevention Education will now teach children as young as 11 about contraception, abortion, “safe sex” and sexual practices independent of reproduction. (p. 10, 11)

– Information about HPV and Herpes, two of the most common STDs in the nation, will not be taught, which hides the fallacies of condom effectiveness and the dangers of “safe sex.” (p.11)

– Marriage will no longer be taught as the safest boundary for sexual activity, nor will it be promoted as an
ideal family structure. (p.8, 9, 15)

– Abstinence Education programs will be illegal in SC schools because PP-type Sex Ed will be the only
sex education allowed. (p.7-9, 12,14,15)

– Local control through school boards and Health Advisory Committees will be lost since they can only select the PP-type Sex Ed programs on the SDE’s list, some of which have not been evaluated in schools.(p.12-15)

-High school juniors and seniors are excluded from instruction which may expose them to unaccountable sexuality services.(p.12-14)

– Only sex education programs approved, verified, and supported by a predetermined list of medical and
health organizations in support of PP-type Sex Ed and abortion rights will be legal in public schools.
(p.7-15)

I urge you to vote “NO” on H. 3435 – the Healthy Youth Amendment to the Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA).

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

In Loving Memory of Kathryn O’Connor

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In memorial of Kathryn O’Connor, former Executive Director of Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center from 1989-2007. Kathryn’s work and heart for sharing the gospel with women in crisis, and her passion for the unborn is remembered as we celebrate her home-going.

Memorial Service

Sunday, April 14 at 3:00pm
Covenant Community church 
1302 Orangeburg Road
Lexington, SC 29073

“No Apologies, No Regrets!” What’s it all about?

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Did you know that Daybreak offers a free after-school club for teen & tween girls right in your own backyard? Our “No Apologies, No Regrets” clubs for girls are now active in 17 different locations in Richland, Lexington, & Saluda counties, and the impact these groups are making on our community is immeasurable. 

Why an after-school club for girls? Though teen pregnancy rates in the United States have dropped within the past decade, the teen birth rate in the U.S. is still higher than any other developed nation. A recent study has found that youth who do not spend time in extracurricular activities after school are 37% more likely to become teen parents than are youth who spend time in after-school programs, and that the most common time for youth to engage in high-risk behaviors (such as sexual activity) is in the hours between 3:00-6:00pm. After-school programs help prevent teen pregnancy by encouraging healthy decision-making, and providing youth with real health education and positive role models. Because we at Daybreak were seeing far too many pregnant girls in the 12-17 age bracket, we knew that something needed to be done long before these girls needed a pregnancy test. “No Apologies, No Regrets” is our answer to this local crisis.

Goal: To promote healthy decision making and abstinence among teens and pre-teens, to build self-confidence, and to empower young women through mentoring and the truth of God’s Word, ultimately preventing teen pregnancy at several of its root causes. We want to help ensure that girls will reach their full potential and grow into confident, healthy, empowered young women who know who they are in Christ!

Sample of Topics Covered: The Gospel – Abstinence – Self-Esteem – Relationships – Dating – Beauty – Friendships – Education – Goals and Dreams – “Guys” – Growing Up – Boundary Setting – Healthy Decision Making – Pregnancy – STDs – Character – Self Worth – Body Image  Modesty – Life Skills – Family – and so much more!

The Impact: In anonymous surveys of our on-campus, public-school participants in the 2011/2012 school year, 100% reported an increase in their self-esteem during their time in the program, 62% of participants made a first-time commitment to abstinence until marriage, and 73% of participants accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior for the very first time!

Some precious feedback from our students:

“I feel beautiful because God made me look the way He wanted me to look and I love it!”

“Every time I come to Girl’s Club I feel happy, like my heart warms up with you.”

“I feel beautiful now because I know that we are the Lord’s princesses, and no matter what shape or form we come in, He loves us.”

Want to get involved? Want to get a group started at your school or church? Contact Youth Program Coordinator Kimberly Poovey TODAY! 803-771-6634 or daybreakyouth@gmail.com. Click here to download a volunteer application.

40 Years Later

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January is Sanctity of Human Life Month, and this year America reflects on 40 years of legalized abortion. Nearly half a century after the passing of Roe vs. Wade, no matter what side of the issue you stand on, abortion is still not a topic that most of us feel comfortable discussing over the dinner table. The popular assumption by the pro-choice community is that pro-life affiliated Pregnancy Resource Centers around the country exist for one purpose, and one purpose alone: to save unborn babies from abortion, while completely disregarding the women who carry those babies, and the complex, sometimes heartbreaking situations that may have brought them through their doors in the first place. Quite simply, this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center’s offices in Columbia and Lexington are meeting the tangible needs of women, children, and families in our community that are not getting met anywhere else. Daybreak offers free and confidential pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and guidance counseling for both women and their partners. They help their clients obtain free or affordable health care through Medicaid and other programs. They help women and men find jobs, continue their educations, and find safe housing. They offer free parenting and childbirth classes to women and men, and free baby clothing and equipment to clients who participate in those classes. They offer free emergency diapers, formula, and baby food to anyone in the community who needs it. And they offer a free, extensive youth education program to help prevent teen pregnancy in our schools. Daybreak exists to encourage women and families in our community to make life-affirming choices, be independent, obtain the resources they need, and, yes, to reduce the local abortion rate. Daybreak is building a supportive community in the Midlands that empowers every woman to welcome her child into the world and create her own success story. Their goal is to make sure that no woman ever feels forced to choose between her baby and her dreams for the future. And Daybreak does all of this for our community completely free of charge, and without any government funding.  In the last 40 years, 55 million lives have been lost to abortion, a number that would be so much smaller if more women were aware of the loving, compassionate support that Pregnancy Resource Centers like Daybreak can offer them. Centers like Daybreak are making a tangible difference in our community every single day, and they’re not doing it for a profit. They’re doing it because they care. Pro-life doesn’t just mean pro-baby. It means pro-woman, pro-man, pro-family, pro-freedom, pro-success, and pro-empowerment! Pro-life is pro-everyone. And when a culture embraces the empowerment of women, we all benefit.