NewYork – June 18th, 2017
For more information or statements, please contact Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz at 585-615-9551
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    The group Am I Not A Child.com would like to begin with a Thank You. The “Fatherhood Begins in the Womb” Billboard along 490, going east near the Winton road exit, would not be possible without Peaceful Solutions and Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation.

We are asking Fathers to step up in declaring and living the FATHERHOOD-BEGINS-IN-THE-WOMB lifestyle. We want to celebrate and encourage those men who are fathers to their children, their step-children, and their adoptive children. You do not go unnoticed.
Abortion is not a just a “woman’s issue.” The person that the baby in the mother’s womb is destined to become is just as dependent upon the baby’s father as on the baby’s mother.
Dr. Alveda King had this to say: “A human person in the womb has 46 chromosomes; 23 from Dad, 23 from Mom. It takes two, baby. HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY! ….. All praise to GOD, ABBA FATHER, SON JESUS and HOLY SPIRIT.”
Pastor Dean Nelson said “Too many children in America are growing up without their fathers. We must do everything we can to reverse this curse. Challenging men to take responsibility for their children even before they are born is a step in the right direction. Frederick Douglass made it plain when he said, ‘It is easier to build strong children that to repair broken men.’  Let’s shout it from the rooftops, Fatherhood begins in the Womb!!”

Our communities are riddled with violence. Every time we turn on the television, we hear about some form of violence or another and then, like clock-work, some “Stop the Violence” campaign is paraded out or some new initiative is started. We are all for addressing violence, but this leads to two important questions. How can we talk about stopping violence when we teach that violence in the womb is fine? How can we pretend we aren’t joking when we say we’re against violence but then we give permission and sometimes even beg for violence on the most innocent and vulnerable in society- our children in the womb? 
Abortion is one of the most violent ways to die, and fathers have a role to play in stopping the trend of violence against the pre-born.
In the U.S., 85% of all abortions are performed in the wombs of unmarried women. Many are either pressured to abort by the father of the child, or they are left without support from the father who scurried away like a coward. Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz of Am I Not A Child.com said:
“I am all too familiar with this statistic, I know that getting pregnant out of wedlock produces an extra strenuous environment for all involved, which is one BIG reason you should wait for marriage to engage in sexual relations, but this is a time we all need to grow up and act like an adult, even if you didn’t want to or weren’t ready to.”
Although many single parents bravely do all they can do to raise and love their children, the simple truth is that single-parenthood is not the best situation for our children or for our future.
Fathers, where are you? We need you.
It’s true that the government has failed miserably at protecting the rights of fathers. Presently, men have no legal say in what a woman does to his child in her belly. As well, the court system overwhelmingly favors the women in custody cases. While this may be necessary in some circumstances, this unequal weighing of rights in the court of law actually has the side consequence of alleviating the man’s obligation when it comes to children.  Men need to realize that, while the court of law sees them as useless reprobates when it comes to children, they actually do have the obligation to step up and to fulfill their God-given responsibilities to provide for their children in every way possible. Boys that only live up to the expectations of the court, which are very low, are boys that fail to live up to any expectations. Manhood alludes them, and their babies get killed. Don’t be the father of a dead child. Go beyond expectations and deserve the respect a father gets by earning it.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, things have gotten worse for the most vulnerable. Among women who are seeking abortions:
·         75% are the poor and working poor,
·         59% are already mothers,
·         61% are women of color.
·         Half of all abortions are repeat abortions

On children who aren’t in a two-parent home, here are some stats:
·         Nearly one-third of single female-led households live in poverty
·         16.9% of single male-led households live in poverty
·         5.8% of two-parent married homes live in poverty
So, on this Father’s Day, thank you to all the fathers that have manned up. For those on the verge of skipping out on manhood, respect and adoration is your reward for manning up. For men who step up for children that have been abandoned by their biological fathers, Thank You, are just as valuable and should be just as adored and respected.  Fatherhood is fatherhood.
Please take a moment to sign our Statement of Concern for Monroe County HERE and Check out the Fatherhood Begins in the Womb Project

The number of pregnant women that face domestic abuse

According to the NYS Pram Survey (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Survey) asking 2,636 women if they were pushed, hit, slapped, kicked, choked or otherwise hurt during the 12 months prior to pregnancy, 3.3% responded yes (4.3% of non-Hispanic blacks) or 4.5% excluding NYC (6.3% non-Hispanic blacks). Asking the same question to the same respondents about physical abuse during pregnancy, the percentages only drop slightly: 2.5% reported yes (2.9% among non-Hispanic blacks) or 3.4% excluding NYC (3.9% non-Hispanic blacks).

According to the June 2010 Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology article Intimate Partner Homicide Among Pregnant and Post -Partum Women by Dr. Diana Chen and Isabelle Horton, PhD, homicide is the number one cause of death among pregnant women and 1st year postpartum women. Women under 25, African American women and unmarried women are at a higher risk. These deaths most often happen within the first trimester.  The most common method is firearms.

In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Violent Death Reporting System (2011) reports that 3 out of every 100,000 pregnant women have cause of death as homicide. Again, unmarried, women under 25 and black women have a higher risk.

These statistics justify the visual and message on the billboard. In addition, the image on the billboard projects a positive image that reflects love and compassion. Plus it is captivating and emotional.