Attacks on Pregnancy Centers Harm Women in Need

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Last week, staff at the pregnancy center in Asheville, North Carolina, arrived to see the words “if abortions aren’t safe, neither are you” scrawled in red on the side of the building, and other threatening messages spray-painted on windows and doors. A center in Buffalo was set on fire, its windows shattered, the office destroyed by fire and ashes. The leaders of the Democratic Party say nothing to stop terrorism.

“I want to tell you, [Justice Neil] Gorsuch. I want to tell you, [Justice Brett] Kavanaugh,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a newly redone video from 2020. “You have unleashed the whirlwind, and you will pay the price.”

Activists took it literally. The attacks are the latest in a series of terrorist acts against pro-life centers, including at least three firebombings claimed by radical pro-choice activist groups in recent weeks.

Abusers Link Pregnancy Centers to Supreme Court’s Pending Decision to Overturn Roe vs. Wade, although most of their staff are not involved in the political side of things. Far from sitting down to celebrate a SCOTUS victory, Life Advocates are hyper-focused on helping women, as they always have been. For them, the work does not stop, it increases.

As abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood close en masse in abortion-restricted states, pregnancy centers are opening up and expanding access to care like never before. For this sin, they have become the target of radical groups like Jane’s revenge and Ruth sent us.

Threats won’t stop pro-lifers from loving and serving women. In Texas, the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center recently opened new sites, offering pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD tests, education courses, counseling and other services.

Already, these pregnancy centers were the only place many women could get free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, referrals, and material resources like diapers and formula. Abortion clinic counterparts like Planned Parenthood turn away women who seek additional help. As one pregnancy center director told me, “some clients come in here because they can’t afford an appointment at the local abortion clinic.”

Several potential Planned Parenthood customers echoed similar stories of non-accommodation in comments on a recent TikTok video. “I went to [Planned Parenthood] when I was pregnant and they asked me if I wanted to keep it,” said A woman. “I said yes, of course, and they told me to go somewhere else.”

In blue states, abortion clinics will continue to offer the same and the procedure will remain widely available. In Illinois, now considered a “safe haven” for abortion, 75 percent of patients at Planned Parenthood closest to O’Hare Airport, come from out of state.

The United States Supreme Court walks past the sign of an anti-abortion protester in Washington, DC on June 6, 2022.
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With the prevalence of the abortion pill, which is more widely available than ever, the number of abortions will remain high nationwide. Yet activists are so enraged by state restrictions that they are ready to destroy facilities that provide essential aid to women in need, most of whom want to keep their babies.

When not fending off radical activists, pro-life organizations are busy crafting new services and legislation to empower women as they navigate the afterlife.deer world. According to a Human Coalition customer survey, Most of women who are considering abortion say they would rather be parents “if their life circumstances were different”. Thanks to the pro-life movement, these alternative circumstances are manifesting in the form of innovative technologies and comprehensive networks to ensure that care and resources are widespread and easily accessible.

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is launching an initiative called “Her help with pregnancy and lifeto help pregnant women find the medical, social and material support they need. This will include a database website with local resources, networks, connections and childcare.

Human Coalition, meanwhile, works to get Every mother matters legislation in each state to ensure access to assistance programs for pregnant women at risk. The organization is also launching a comprehensive resource app that will connect women to local hubs, material assets, funding sources, government programs, and more, making it easy for women to find and access the things they need. need.

Care-net, the largest national network of pregnancy centers, recently launched Make Disciples of Life, a massive effort to connect every church to a local pregnancy center. He hopes to strengthen each center with larger, more sustainable support systems through churches that can offer large pools of support for women with deeper, long-term needs.

Other inventive ways to meet women’s needs include programs aimed at “sponsor a baby“, which provide free resources and advice for mothers, and centers which regularly compile Amazon Wish Lists for Moms (which are often filled in minutes.) There are also maternities, local support groupsand government grants available with counselors willing and able to help navigate the process.

These kinds of local solutions are the cornerstone of the movement and exemplify the kinds of sustainable programs unencumbered by political whims. Combined with bipartisan policies on innovative paid leave legislation and Medicaid child health insurance, this means both parties can work together on maternal health, regardless of the deerthe status of.

Attacking pregnancy centers creates a culture of fear and hinders the empowerment work they do to provide families with the necessary parenting tools. The work of pro-life organizations directs desperately needed resources to women in need.

It’s time for both sides to condemn terrorism against pregnancy centers and help those who do the hard work that allows women to thrive in motherhood, expected or not.

Ericka Andersen is a freelance writer in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the author of the next title Reason to come back: why women need the Church and the Church needs women. You can find his work at ErickaAndersen.com.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.

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