Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Tepeyac OB/GYN and Divine Mercy Care?
Tepeyac OB/GYN is a pro-life medical practice. Divine Mercy Care is the umbrella organization that supports Tepeyac as its primary program, and also seeks to spread the good work of Tepeyac by means of additional programs.
Is Divine Mercy Care a pregnancy center?
No; DMC is a fundraising and educational organization.
Does DMC fundraise only for Tepeyac?
No; Tepeyac is DMC’s primary program and is presently the only medical practice to receive DMC funds, but it is only a part of DMC’s work. Divine Mercy Care has 8 programs altogether:
- SERVE PROGRAMS: Tepeyac OB/GYN; Infant Gift Baskets; Infant Loss Support
- INSPIRE PROGRAMS:Pro-Life Education and Outreach; Medical Education and Outreach; Aslan’s Army Church Education and Outreach
- UNIFY PROGRAMS: Local Pro-Life Unification; and National Pro-Life Unification.
Why does Divine Mercy Care support Tepeyac OB/GYN financially?
Tepeyac OB/GYN needs the financial aid of DMC for two reasons:
- Tepeyac serves women in need. Approximately one in three pregnant patients are on some type of financial charity support.
- Tepeyac sacrifices the usual revenue from services that are big money-makers for other OB/
GYNs: artificial contraception, sterilization, abortion, and unnecessary drugs and interventions.
- Tepeyac operates as a nonprofit in an effort to keep its prices as low as possible even for its insured, financially comfortable patients.
Divine Mercy Care distributes over $600,000 per year in direct assistance to Tepeyac.
Is Tepeyac a pregnancy center?
No; Tepeyac is a private OB/GYN medical practice.
Can I come to Tepeyac if I have insurance?
Yes; Tepeyac accepts most commercial insurances.
How can I donate directly to Tepeyac?
You can give to Tepeyac directly at the medical office or via Divine Mercy Care. When donating via DMC, specify in writing that your gift is to support Tepeyac. In either case, DMC tracks all donations and ensures they are used as intended.
What kinds of financial support programs are available to women in need seen at Tepeyac?
Divine Mercy Care’s financial support allows Tepeyac to offer many different kinds of assistance to women in need: Medicaid, Pregnancy Center partnerships, the special Mother of Mercy Free Clinic referral, and the MERCY sliding fee scale support program.
Why don’t Medicaid and Obamacare eliminate the need for financially supporting women’s prenatal care?
Among the reasons why Medicaid and Obamacare might not suffice to fund prenatal care:
- The woman is not a Virginia resident
- Her income is just over the qualifying amount for public assistance, but still too low to finance her own care. (Free clinic sliding scales and Medicaid metrics don’t count an unborn child as a member of the household when calculating assistance. Tepeyac always does.)
- Wealthy parents with whom she lives refuse to help with medical bills and are pressuring her to abort.
Your donations to Divine Mercy Care are vital to ensuring that all women receive quality medical care. Tepeyac OB/GYN’s patient advocate works directly with women in need to see if they can apply for government assistance, yet many of the women seen don’t qualify for Medicaid or Obamacare.
Don’t pregnancy centers and Community Health Centers fill the need for women to have medical care?
Pregnancy Centers (even those that offer ultrasounds as a medical service) are not fully medical; they do not have OB/GYN medical care such as pap smears and prenatal doctor visits. Pregnancy Centers can refer to community health centers, local pro-life doctors in other OB/GYN practices, or (ideally) comprehensive pro-life medical centers as the important next step to helping a woman in need.
Community Health Centers are an important part of the social safety net. Their care, however, is often lower-quality because they are targeting patients in need rather than insured women. Furthermore, doctors at a Community Health Center may not be pro-life, and thus may send a woman back to where she started by recommending abortion and contraception.
How does Divine Mercy Care work with Pregnancy Centers?
Divine Mercy Care supports local unity efforts to connect like-minded pro-life organizations that are caring for women. We believe that pregnancy centers should, whenever possible, refer to pro-life OB/GYNs who will continue to reinforce the choice for life and give women excellent, compassionate medical care and even financial assistance.
Some local pregnancy centers have legal agreements with Tepeyac OB/GYN where they enter into a cost-sharing agreement for a particular women in need. Another agreement option is to pay a lump sum for a certain amount of women from a pregnancy center referred to Tepeyac for prenatal care.
Does Divine Mercy Care support free health clinics?
No, DMC does not give funding to free clinics and federally qualified community health centers, which are funded by other sources. Instead, Divine Mercy Care supports Tepeyac OB/GYN, a groundbreaking type of medical center that believes in seeing BOTH insured and uninsured patients with the same high-quality care for both. DMC does underwrite the cost of one woman per month referred from Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic to receive prenatal care at Tepeyac.
What makes pro-life medicine unique?
Pro-life medicine is the growing movement to combine pro-life values in the way we practice women’s healthcare. This means encouraging centers like Tepeyac OB/GYN that combine excellent medicine with respect for human dignity. The pro-life medical movement is a unique and important contribution to the national conversation on women’s healthcare. DMC helps the pro-life movement be more medically-minded, and the medical field be more pro-life.