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Santorum gives praise to Confidential Care

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Former Penn. Senator Rick Santorum was the guest speaker at the annual Confidential Care for Women dinner in Millington.

The annual fundraising dinner for Confidential Care for Women brought out more than 600 people to the Millington First Baptist Church.

There in support of the organization’s ministry and pro-life stance, those in attendance enjoyed a meal and fellowship before guest speaker Rick Santorum took the stage.

The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania talked about his journey to Washington D.C. and finding Christ while in office. He even joked about the public’s presception of him being a “social conservative” during attempt to gain the GOP’s nomination for president.

But his main focus of the night was thanking Confidential Care for it’s work protecting the lives of the unborn and educating young women facing motherhood.

“Jesus loved the sinner,” Santorum said. “Jesus held the sinner. Jesus tried to heal the sinner. What Confidential Care is doing and organizations like it around this country and people like you around this country are doing the Lord’s work. You’re following the Lord’s example.”

Confidential Care’s work and ministry started back in 1995. The organization has been in Covington for 16 years helping Tipton County have the lowest abotion rate in West Tennessee.

It was 5 years ago Confidential Care set up shop in Millington. In June the office closed at the same time the mobile unit arrived. The Image Clear Ultrasound Mobile Unit serves patients across Shelby County throughout the week including a Tuesday stop in Millington on Navy Road from 10 to 5 p.m. across from McDonald’s.

Confidential Care Executive Director Cathy Waterbury said since in Millington the organization had seen more than 5,000 women.

Waterbury said 255 women have made a life decision since their arrival and 250 of them made a Christ decision. The mobile unit is spreading that message with 33 women deciding to not have abotions.

Waterbury said the mobile unit is another way for Confidential Care to share the gospel, inform pregnant women of their choices and give them comfort.

Santorum shares the same view of Confidential Care of being a voice for the unborn. He was labeled as a social conservative because of his positions. He is known for his opposition to same-sex marriage and birth control. While serving as a senator, Santorum was the author of the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005 and the Santorum Amendment. In 2005, Santorum introduced the Workplace Religious Freedom Act along with Senator John Kerry.

During his time in Washington Santorum has celebrated the efforts of organizations like Confidential Care. He said the volunteers that reach out to save souls and lives should be supported in their cause.

“You are the face of Christ and showing them love,” he said. “You are the face of love in West Tennessee and you are making a difference and changing hearts.”

 

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