While Democratic politicians continue to claim that crisis pregnancy centers harm women through lies and coercion, one woman has credited such an organization with saving her life.
Pro-life pregnancy centers have received the ire of Democratic politicians following the US Supreme Court ruling on June 24 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization who canceled the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, with one senator even pushing for the closure of these organizations.
The targeting of pregnancy centers does not sit well with Gina Marie, a mother who has been greatly helped by a pro-life pregnancy center. She came across a blog post calling pregnancy centers “bogus” and encouraged people to vandalize them, as many were vandalized in the months before and after the Supreme Court ruling.
In October 2019, Marie received help from Help for women, a pro-life pregnancy center with multiple locations in the suburbs surrounding Chicago, Illinois. After all the organization had done for her, Marie told the Christian Post in an interview that she just “lost her” after seeing the blog post. The post prompted her to take to Facebook to share her experience.
“I was like, ‘Everyone who thinks pregnancy centers aren’t real, they’re very real. My kids and I wouldn’t be here today, literally wouldn’t be here today. I would either be dead , or jail if it was ‘t for Aid for Women’,” she wrote in the post.
“I took it very personally because they met me at a time in my life when I was pretty ready to literally give up,” she said. “And now that I’m where I am today, it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, oh, my God,'” she said.
Marie discovered Aid for Women after learning she was pregnant in her late twenties. In the months leading up to contacting the group, Marie was homeless and living in hotels, unable to pay for the one she was staying at when she learned of the pregnancy.
She met the baby’s father in a bar. When she told him about their child, he threatened to tell the police that she had raped him if she did not have an abortion.
At the time, Marie was battling a drug and alcohol addiction and had spent time in prison, which caused her family to stay away from her. She got in touch with her mother, who asked to meet her at Denny’s. After meeting Marie at the restaurant, her mother gave her the phone number for Aid for Women.
“When I found out I was pregnant, it was a huge change in my life,” Marie said. “My whole life was about to change. I thought it was going to end, but it turns out it was exactly what God wanted.”
At first, the mother-to-be was skeptical about what the organization could do for her, thinking it was just a phone number. But she called them, and within a week she moved into Heather’s houseone of the centre’s women’s maternities.
As well as providing Marie with accommodation, Aid for Women staff drove her to job interviews, which she began applying for immediately after moving into the house. She got a job at an animal hospital less than a week after living at home, and staff continued to drive her to work.
“They also drove me to the grocery store, to the doctors. They even paid for me to go back to school for a few semesters,” she recalled.
Marie gave birth to her daughter in February 2020. But she also has a son born in December 2010. While at Heather’s House, Aid for Women took Marie to visit her son, who has lived with his grandparents since about four years.
“They paid for my therapy. They paid for dental work,” she said. “Almost every time there was a need, they would meet it and take care of it.”
Marie says that even now the staff continue to help her. She remained friends with the director of the organization, with whom she regularly discusses the financing of her therapy.
“They gave me diapers or gas cards if I needed them,” Marie said. “They’re still super involved in my life.”
Mary goes to school full time and studies ultrasound while working part time at her daughter’s daycare. She will graduate from school in two years. Additionally, Mary expects her son and daughter to live with her within three months while she and her parents work out a transition plan.
According to a 2020 report published by the national pro-life advocacy group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America and its research arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, 2,700 pregnancy centers nationwide have provided nearly 2 million people with free resources estimated to be worth nearly $270 million in 2019.
A CLI 2017 report estimated that the free resources pregnancy centers offered to clients saved communities nearly $161 million annually.
Despite the benefits these groups offer pregnant women and their families, there is room in Congress to crack down on what Democratic lawmakers call the “deceptive tactics” of pro-pregnancy life organizations that dissuade women from having abortions.
Senator Bob Menendez, DN.J., introduced the Stop the anti-abortion misinformation lawwhich claims that pregnancy centers present themselves as “comprehensive health care providers” to prevent abortions.
If passed, the bill would “direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting misinformation in the advertising of abortion services.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., co-sponsor of the bill, went so far as to argue that pregnancy centers are “torturing” women and should be shut down.
In a July 6 Posting on TwitterWarren expressed concern that pregnancy centers outnumbered “3 for 1” abortion centers in Massachusetts.
“We must do everything to protect Americans seeking reproductive care,” Warren wrote.
Democratic members of Congress have also called on Google to make it harder for users to find pro-life pregnancy centers online.
The politician’s efforts against pro-life centers come as several pro-life organizations nationwide have been the target of firebombings and other acts of vandalism after the release of a draft notice in May showing that the Supreme Court was about to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
The CompassCare pro-life pregnancy center in Amherst, New York, was set on fire on June 7. The act was allegedly committed by activists affiliated with Jane’s Revenge. This group has also claimed responsibility for other acts of vandalism, including the bombing of the office of a pro-life pressure group in Madison, Wisconsin. CompassCare reopened about two months later in August.
After the arson attack, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a law asking the New York State Department of Health to conduct a study and release a report “examining the unmet health and resource needs faced by pregnant women in New York City and the impact of centers limited-service pregnancy clinics” that do not refer patients for abortion.
CompasCare CEO Jim Harden told CP the bill was essentially the state government’s way of saying it would not investigate the arsonists but the victims.
“[It’s] not just a physical attack, but a legislative attack and a public relations attack as well as leveraging … law enforcement officials and attorneys general to attack pro-life pregnancy centers,” Harden said. “We have done nothing wrong and the only thing we have done is provide free ethical medical care and comprehensive community support to women in need without any state or federal money. be invested in us. »
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