When the plan to open a new pregnancy support center next to a proposed abortion center was vetoed this spring, Jenny Hunsberger, vice president of Women’s health center in South Bend, Indiana, pledged to continue serving the community anyway.
“We are sad that caring for women and families in South Bend has got caught up in politics,” Hunsberger said at the time, referring to Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s decision to veto a rezoning bill that would have allowed the opening of the pro-life pregnancy center.
“Although this is a setback, the Women’s Care Center continues to serve,” Hunsberger said. “The 73 women of this community who walk through our doors today will receive compassionate and skilled care without judgment. “
Today, the Women’s Care Center delivers on that commitment in an even more important way, with the intention of finally opening a new location by the end of 2018. Better yet, the new location is right across from its original destination and just across the street from the same proposed abortion center.
Much to the gratitude of the team at the Women’s Care Center, in the days when South Bend Council failed to override the mayor’s veto, the organization was offered the perfectly zoned property by a man of local business.
Ann Manion, president of the Women’s Care Center, told the story in a press release:
“In 34 years with Women’s Care Center, I have been fortunate to witness what I believe are miracles. And an incredible example is the unsolicited offer we received just days after the last board meeting. You may recall that dozens of immediate neighbors have expressed their strong support for our new location at 3527 Lincolnway West. And one of them, who has a business right across the street, stepped in and offered his perfectly zoned property at 3530 Lincolnway West. On this new site, without any hindrance, we can immediately start renovating the site and hope to serve moms and babies in the west by the end of the year.
Manion says the new location is not the product of the generosity of a single donor, but of an entire community of supporters.
“Many have asked about the ‘donor’ who made the expansion possible,” she writes. “It is important to note that there is not just one. There are dozens who have come together to support this project in a meaningful way and hundreds who make our mission possible every day. Throughout our history, our donors have always been generous. It is because they care deeply about the women and children we serve.
According to Manion, two in three babies born in the town of South Bend now start with the Women’s Care Center. Currently, 1,449 babies are expected from customers in St. Joseph County.
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For Manion, these babies represent the “choice” that many women would lose if their only recourse in a time of desperation was to go to the proposed abortion facility.
“Many have asked, ‘Why are you moving to Lincolnway West? “The simple answer is that our presence gives women choice,” she writes. “With 29 centers in 10 states, we’ve seen time and time again that Next Door saves lives. In an environment of peace and security, many more women are likely to further explore their options, come to our center for help if they need it, and ultimately choose life.