As she sought counsel on which way to go, she was drawn to Proverbs 24:11-12. The verses call upon the faithful to rescue those being led away to death. So, she began a two-year battle to bring to light this abortion practice at Christ Hospital on the south side of Chicago.
Stanek told her story as part of her keynote address at the A & A Alexandrina Center’s annual Spring Gala on May 6. More than 500 people came out to support and raise funds for the pro-life work of this Green Bay area pregnancy help center. The event included dinner, an oral auction, a silent auction and raffle.
Since 1992, the center has been providing a place where women facing a crisis pregnancy can find ongoing support and receive all the facts about abortion, adoption and single-parent life. The center’s Web site noted that it annually administers more than 2,000 pregnancy tests; about a third of those tests return positive.
Stanek said that the majority of the abortions occur because of a diagnosis of a prenatal abnormality such as Down syndrome. She explained that the abortions she witnessed usually occurred between the 18th and 28th weeks of pregnancy and involved induced labor which, more often than not, resulted in live births.
“My experience was that between one-third and one-fourth of the babies survived for a time, anywhere from just a few minutes to several hours,” Stanek said. “They were then often left to die in the hospital’s soiled utility room because the parents did not want to have anything to do with them.”
Stanek has since become a leading advocate for preborn infants. In 2002, President George W. Bush invited Stanek to his signing of the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” which protects live aborted children from being left to die.
She praised the work that the A & A Alexandrina Center provides for area young women.
“What an honor we have that God allows us to be his voice, hands and feet,” Stanek said. “He doesn’t have to do that. No one can replace the voices, hands, feet and pocketbooks where you sit tonight. What a better organization could you give to that goes to save your very own children in your very own community.”