“If Jesus were here today, how would he be addressing the issue of abortion?”

The need for a new conversation

Angie Weszely and Denise Stein experienced several tensions when they began leading a Christian pregnancy organization.

Some of the practices seemed to minimize the needs of women and focused only on “saving the baby.” When they tried to discuss changes with some staff and other pregnancy organizations, they were accused of “going to the other side.”

Which led them to ask:

 

Were these practices an accurate demonstration of God’s heart for women and children? Were they allowing us to meet her physical, spiritual, and emotional needs?

Pastors were hesitant to even address the issues of unplanned pregnancy and abortion because they lacked language that was both Biblical and compassionate. And pregnant women reported they wouldn’t go to a church for support because they feared judgment.

Which led them to ask:

 

If we could help equip pastors to talk about this with grace, would the church become a safe place for women to ask for help?

Community organizations and health clinics had negative reactions to the work of the pregnancy organization Angie and Denise were leading because they were concerned it was manipulative and misleading.

Which led them to ask:

 

Was there truth in any of the community’s concerns about us and our organization?

All of this resulted in them asking God two primary questions:

1. If Jesus were here today, how would he be addressing the issue of abortion?

2. What is really leading women to think abortion is their only option?

Through a lot of prayer, conversations, studying of the Gospels, and research, ProGrace has created a network designed to remove the politics and judgement surrounding abortion and replace it with a deeper understanding of God’s design for women, children, and pregnancy.

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Listen to Angie tell their story of discovery in this podcast. You'll hear a whole new way to understand God's design for women, children, and pregnancy.

ProGrace Leadership

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Angie Weszely

Angie has spent the past 12 years involved in the abortion conversation, first as President of a Christian pregnancy organization, and now in her work with ProGrace. As an accomplished speaker, writer, and coach, Angie leads ProGrace workshops and training sessions. She is also the strategic mind behind the mission, vision, and direction of ProGrace.

“As I led a pregnancy counseling agency, I became increasingly uncomfortable with the way the abortion debate was framed — that we have to be either for the woman OR the child. But then I began to see God’s heart is for BOTH the woman AND the child to thrive. I believe that if the local Church finds a new way to express grace around unplanned pregnancy, God will use the Christian community to turn the tide on abortion.”

Denise Stein, COO

Denise Stein

A social worker by profession, Denise has worked in non-profit Christian ministry for the last 30 years, with a passion and focus on supporting women. Along with Angie, Denise has a huge desire to see the Christian community approach abortion in a new way, one that fully represents God’s whole heart for both the woman and the child. Denise trains all pregnancy centers and leads program development and operations.