The objective of Prestonwood Pregnancy Center is to be available to as many people as possible, letting them know what options they have in the event of an unplanned pregnancy, according to the director Leanne Jamieson.
To better achieve this goal, the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, started by the Prestonwood Baptist Church in 1991, opened its second location directly across from Planned Parenthood’s largest abortion center in Dallas.
The expansion plan was originally to revitalize another crisis pregnancy center located near the Planned Parenthood location. The struggling center was about to close. But when Jamieson discovered an empty building across from Planned Parenthood, she began to pray that God would open doors and provide a way for the two crisis pregnancy centers to merge and open a new location.
âWe were driving next to the Planned Parenthood and at the time we were talking about the repairs that would be needed and the fact that it wasn’t a great location,â Jamison said. âI mean we were looking for a lot of money. He needed a new roof, he needed a complete update.
As they walked past, Jamieson pointed to the empty building across the street and said if she could move the center anywhere it would be there. Slowly, and by the grace of God, the doors opened for Prestonwood to open in this same building.
âGod was just planning for us to be here,â Jamieson said. âWe made the renovations very quietly. The last thing we did was put the registration in the weekend before the opening.
Jamieson said he chose the location because when women come to Planned Parenthood, it is usually because they think they have no other option or are looking for answers to a question. seemingly impossible situation.
âI truly believe that most people who request an abortion do so for very basic reasons,â Jamieson said. âOften there is a lot of fear around their pregnancy and because of that fear they are really looking for some kind of answer, we could say hope. Hopefully the pregnancy doesn’t have to change their life in some way. which they consider disastrous.
âWe are here because we want to offer them a real choice. We want to be a light in what is often a very dark situation. In my experience, Jesus shines the most when the going is darker. We thought, âLet’s position ourselves so that those who come to the abortion facility can see us and make them think and eventually come to us for them. “
Prestonwood Baptist Church pastor Jack Graham said the move was timely.
âI truly believe this relocation is the greatest opportunity we have had in our 29 years of operation,â Graham said in an interview with Fox News. “To offer hope where it has been lost, to offer a better choice that leads to life instead of death, and to show grace and love at a time when many women are their greatest need.”
Jamieson said the decision to open across the street was not driven by a belief that Planned Parenthood is the enemy, but rather by the fact that they wanted to educate people about their options.
âFamily planning is not the enemy; we know who the real enemy is, âJamieson said. âPlanned Parenthood is made up of people who need the love and grace of our Lord and Savior as much as the customers who walk through our door. But we move forward because this is a place where the enemy has positioned themselves and we want to say that we can serve them (the clients) and they have more options than abortion.
In 2019, the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center served more than 12,500 clients and, up to June, Jamieson said it had seen around 8,000 clients, a 43% increase from 2019 at the same time. In June alone, they saw 269 customers, a 35% increase from the previous year.
Jamieson said people just want to be loved, heard and cared for, and to know that they are not alone. The Prestonwood Pregnancy Center hopes to meet these needs.
âSome of the stories we hear would break your heart,â Jamieson said. “But I’m so grateful to know that I know a Lord who specializes in the broken.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Tess Schoonhoven is a writer for Baptist Press.)