Q1. What is Support Circle and what kinds of services do you provide?

A1. Support Circle is a medical clinic dedicated to providing time, space and support to women in unintended pregnancies.  Our focus is on helping women make healthy, well-informed choices in line with their own beliefs and values.  Our patients love our relational approach built on respect, trust and confidentiality.  Support Circle is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all of our services are free of charge.

Q2. What specific types of services can a patient expect to receive?

A2. Our patient offerings cover three key areas:

  • Medical Care – Including pregnancy testing and ultrasounds to determine dating and viability, consultations with registered nurses and pregnancy symptom relief.
  • Emotional Care – Including patient advocates who provide the emotional support women deserve to make their own decision, in line with their own beliefs and values.  We also emotional support for the coming year after the pregnancy decision.
  • Practical Care – Including insurance information to access affordable or no cost primary health care, referrals and community resources.

Q3. How much does Support Circle charge its patients? How do you receive your funding?

A3. Our services are free of charge.  These services are made possible by financial donations from local residents and other friends who believe that women should have a safe place to go that doesn’t profit from either outcome of their pregnancy decision.  We do not receive government funding.

Q4. By what values does Support Circle operate?

A4. Client Well-Being
In all aspects of our services, we seek the well-being of our patient. Our patient is not a transaction and she is not a decision. She is a person. She has values, plans, friends, family, fears, a personality, hopes and dreams.

We understand that people of goodwill are on both sides of the political aisle in the debates about unintended pregnancies. We also recognize that people on both sides of the issue have concerns on their mind that are paramount. For pro-life advocates it is the life of the unborn child. For pro-choice advocates it is the respect and dignity of the woman. Support Circle invites people of goodwill on both sides into something greater: being generous in giving time, space and support to the woman who is at the center of the debate… the woman in an unintended pregnancy. And we operate with an ethic of deference so that it does not violate those paramount concerns. This means that Support Circle does not perform or refer for abortion, and at the same time we honor women as decision-makers and do not pressure or manipulate patients. All services are completely without charge and Support Circle does not profit from any particular pregnancy outcome chosen by patients.

Support Circle does not engage in political activity. Our focus is on direct services to patients, providing high-quality medical, counseling and practical care.

Half of all pregnancies in America are unplanned. Many of these women are unsure of what to do. With the incidence of unplanned pregnancy that high, our client is figuratively and literally our sister, our daughter, our friend. For this reason, Support Circle is committed to the utmost quality in our services, a place where we would be comfortable bringing our own sister, daughter or friend.

Support Circle is a faith-based organization motivated by the love of Christ. We serve patients regardless of their race, religion, age, gender, political views or other distinctions. We also invite supporters from different backgrounds to further this work together with us.

Q5.Does Support Circle honor a woman’s right to choose?

A5. Yes.  Women make this choice every day.  We honor the patients we serve as decision makers.  And we always extend ongoing emotional support for the coming year, through a team of patient advocates, no matter what choice she makes.  In America’s top cities, 3 times MORE women end up aborting their pregnancies than initially intended to.  If you gravitate more toward the pro-choice side of the spectrum, you should be disturbed by this statistic because it means that American women are not receiving genuine opportunities for true choices.  If you gravitate more toward the pro-life side of the spectrum, you should be appalled at the high incidence of abortion.  And all of us, no matter where you are on the pro-life/pro-choice spectrum, should be disturbed that the woman who was unsure did not have the opportunity to have her needs met, so she could become sure of what she wanted to do.  Women deserve that opportunity.  For over 35 years, our experienced staff members have provided patients with a genuine opportunity to receive critical medical information, and process their thoughts and feelings in a non-pressured environment.