Pregnancy Centers as Pro-life and Family Advocates
As a former Director of a Pregnancy Center, I am an advocate for the life of the unborn. I am also an advocate for the women and families experiencing unplanned pregnancies. Women should have information about alternatives to abortion, education about abortion risks, and compassionate support to assist them in making a pregnancy decision. Pregnancy Centers offer caring solutions to assist individuals and families but often when violence against abortionists or abortion clinics is reported, Pregnancy Centers are scrutinized because of their pro-life work.
The recent shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is not at all what Pregnancy Centers advocate. Utilizing violence does not end the violence of abortion on the unborn in the womb. When the work at the Pregnancy Center is described as pro-life, the meaning is also pro-family, pro-mom and dad, pro-grandparents, pro-baby and the support of all involved in the experience of an unplanned pregnancy. Compassionate care is truly what is offered to support the woman in an unplanned pregnancy.
The atmosphere in a Pregnancy Center is calming, caring, and confidential. Client Advocates offer support and resources to the clients to assist them in making an informed decision. Many centers have medical personnel offering ultrasounds and free services. These services are funded by partners that truly care about the client and the life of the unborn. This describes who Pregnancy Centers are as non-violent and genuine pro-life and family advocates. We pray for those that see themselves as opponents and seek to educate the public about the Pregnancy Center services and their benefit to the community.
The act of violence on an abortionist, a clinic or any human being destroys a family just as abortion destroys a family. Violence is not the way to end abortion. Education, support and changing one heart at a time will help those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and will also help end abortion and build strong families in our communities. Pregnancy Centers, I salute you for your caring, compassionate support as pro-life and family advocates.