The raging wildfires in western Oregon shut down many things over the past Labor Day, including the local Planned Parenthood. But God made sure that no flame or smoke was enough to shut the doors of Dove Medical, a pro-life pregnancy center in Eugene.
Dirk Weishaar, deputy CEO of Dove, said air purifiers have already been installed at their facilities to purify the air in the light of COVID-19.
âThey were just a way to keep our staff and patients safe,â he said. âAnd then when the forest fires hit and the smoke was so thick, they also purified the air of the smoke so that we could stay open. This again ensured the safety of patients and staff. “
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Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon closed on September 8 due to wildfires, which devastated neighboring communities and led to evacuation orders.
And when the smoke cleared and the abortion center was able to reopen, a three-week delay led many women to choose Dove Medical instead of waiting to be seen by the abortion giant.
Many of these women were seeking tests for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, offered by both Planned Parenthood and Dove.
Some of the women who enter Dove have an abortion mind or are susceptible to abortion, Weishaar said.
âThey want to know how far they are because it determines the type of procedure they will get – including whether or not they can get the abortion pill,â he said. âThat’s why they come to us.
But unlike Planned Parenthood, Dove does not perform abortion. Instead, the Medical Pregnancy Assistance Clinic offers ultrasounds, along with other vital options for pregnant women at a crossroads.
âAnd now, months after the smoke clears, Dove Medical remains busy. They have often doubled the number of their patients before the wildfires.
âIt’s an increase,â Weishaar said. “We have been constantly busy.”
Forest fires can end lives. But by the hand of God, maybe the one in Oregon saved some as well.
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