Heyo! Just noticed your guys’ resource tag and thought I’d toss this your way.
For those unaware, 7 Cups of Tea is like IMAlive’s helpful kid sister. It’s completely anonymous, free to use, and connects you to a volunteer to talk through an instant messaging client. The main difference between 7Cups and IMAlive is that while IMA is a suicide helpline, 7Cups is an online counseling service.
As a long-time listener at 7 Cups, I’ve had all kinds of callers and been delighted to talk with every one. I’ve had all kinds of people, from those who really need to work though a specific issue to those who just had a crummy day, and all are valid and welcome. The listeners at 7cups vary from those at IMAlive because they just pop in whenever they have a moment, so you dont need to worry about wasting anyone’s time.
Drop by next time you’re feeling off!
NOTE!! If you’re suicidal, harming yourself, or in immediate danger this is not the place for you. The listeners do care, but are instructed to refer and bail if they believe this is the case for liability purposes. Skip a step and call a hotline!
Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family.