Many times in our battle to end legalized abortion, those who are pro-life (or life advocates) are often accused of not helping or providing for those women who are pregnant and need resources. But that’s wrong.
There are an estimated 3,000 pregnancy resource centers spread throughout the US providing emotional, spiritual, and material support for women with unplanned pregnancies. These centers are there not only before the baby is born, but are often there after the babies are born as well. The three organizations with which nearly all of these centers are affiliated are Birthright International, Care Net, and Heartbeat International.
But there are other ways to help and one thing that I’ve always thought was urgently needed in our communities were maternity homes for pregnant women with no place to go. These homes aren’t necessarily for homeless women or women turned out from shelters; there are countless stories of young women being told by their parents or their boyfriends to either get an abortion or get out of the house. What choice is left for them?
A Place of Refuge
Please check out these three Christian maternity homes in three different parts of the nation. I’m sure there are others out there worthy of mention but these three are near and dear to my heart because I either know the people who operate the home or the people who founded the home (or both).
On the Jersey Shore: Grace Initiatives
In South Wisconsin: A Place of Refuge
In Central Florida: Redeeming Life
Help and support Christian maternity homes in your area, and if there aren’t any, maybe it’s time to get one started.
Check out this new report on pregnancy resource centers called A Passion to Serve (click here to see report). The report was spearheaded by the Family Research Council in cooperation with the National Institute of Family & Life Advocates, CareNet, Life International, and Heartbeat International.
It provides a beautiful picture of the many hours that volunteers in the PRCs give to serve women and their children around the country. You can download a PDF version of the report. Better yet, purchase copies of the report to spread the word about the important work that these groups in our communities perform every day.
Why is this so important? Due to the success of campaigns like Live Action, Planned Parenthood clinics (the largest abortion provider in the US) have been denied city and state funding in various parts of the country. Click here to read a recent article about Tennessee denying funding to Planned Parenthood.
Now the pro-abortion groups are trying to use similar strategy to discredit PRCs. Click here to see a sample flier advertising one such contest. Click here to see the Feminist Majority Foundation’s plan to “expose” pregnancy resource centers as “fakes”.
Maybe it’s just me, but…if the issue were truly about “choice” why are the “pro-choice” (abortion) groups up in arms about informing women of all the choices available to them during an unplanned pregnancy? Let’s help women find real choices by funding caring pregnancy resource centers that help women throughout their pregnancy and, very often, after birth, rather than push them to a single option solution to their crisis – abortion clinics where the only outcome is a dead baby and a wounded woman.