‘Pro-choice’ left seeks to make abortion only option for women facing unplanned pregnancies

by Chris Lange

Chris Lange, FISM News

 

At a time when abortion advocates are working tirelessly to shutter pregnancy help centers across the U.S., a new report sheds light on the invaluable services these organizations provide to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.

The pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) recently reported that 2,750 life-affirming pregnancy help centers (PHCs) in the U.S. provided nearly $370 million worth of pregnancy services and material goods to clients in 2022.

This includes more than $175 million in free medical care, $113 million in free education and support services, and nearly $80 million worth of material goods and other resource items. PHCs also provided more than 16 million virtual and in-person sessions with clients between 2019 and 2022. Material services and baby items provided to families increased by 194% during the two years. 

As CLI explained in the report, the objective of PHCs is to provide women with “emotional, physical, relational, material, practical, and spiritual” support to help them “both give birth to their children and pursue their life goals, rather than to see their children’s lives abruptly ended by abortion.”

CLI previously estimated that, between 2016 and 2022, nearly 830,000 women at risk for abortion chose to keep their babies after visiting a PHC.

The first pregnancy help center opened its doors in 1969 as individual states began legalizing abortion, according to the report. The Supreme Court’s ruling that enshrined federal abortion rights would come nearly four years later.

Currently, there are roughly 3,000 PHCs across the country that serve families with a host of ever-expanding services, including ultrasounds and chemical abortion reversals.

“Pregnancy centers are widely embraced as integral to the growth and success of a national pro-life safety net in a post-Dobbs America,” the report states.

PREGNANCY HELP CENTERS UNDER ATTACK

Despite the myriad of free and low-cost services PCHs provide to families, they are increasingly under attack from the left.

Pro-life pregnancy organizations and churches across the U.S. were targeted with domestic violent extremism in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2022 Dobbs ruling, including death threats, vandalism, property damage, arson, and firebombing.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) vowed to “crack down” on PHCs. She and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced legislation in June 2022 that would criminalize so-called “disinformation” promulgated by crisis pregnancy centers, using the left’s catch-all term for ideas that challenge radical progressive ideology. The Stop Antiabortion Disinformation Act (SAD) would punish violators with fines of up to $100,000 or 50% of the entity’s total yearly revenue.

The following month, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, vetoed state funding for maternity homes, adoption tax credits, and other budget items that support women in crisis pregnancies who want to keep their babies, as reported by The Federalist 

Colorado’s Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed a law in April 2023 banning healthcare workers in the state from prescribing progesterone to reverse chemical abortions.

Earlier this month, New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Heartbeat International and 11 PHCs in the state for promoting an abortion reversal medication. James accused the organization of using “false and misleading statements” about the effectiveness of the progesterone medication.

LifeNews reported that California recently passed a law barring PHCs from performing baby ultrasounds. 

MORE WORK TO BE DONE

As hard as the “pro-choice” left is working to make abortion the only choice for a woman facing a crisis pregnancy, PHCs are equally determined to continue to provide vital resources and support to women in crisis pregnancies. 

“Despite the persecution [PHCs] receive, they will continue to love and empower women and fight for life,” PreBorn!, an Indiana-based non-profit pro-life organization, said on its website. “PRCs are invaluable to their communities, truly making a difference in families, and providing help and hope in times when there is none.”

According to the CLI report, PreBorn! has provided charitable grants to PHCs since its founding in 2007. The organization has more recently supplied hundreds of ultrasound machines to pro-life clinics across the country. 

Karen Czarnecki, Executive Director Charlotte Lozier Institute, and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a joint forward of the CLI study that, despite the documented services, resources, and support PCHs offer to women coping with unexpected pregnancies, there is still much work to be done, particularly in terms of countering the left’s narrative that an unplanned pregnancy will ruin a woman’s life.

“Opponents of pregnancy help are tragically real, but the true resistance to life and to the well-being of women is fear…fear of loss of education, economic harm, or, perhaps most important of all, relationships,” they wrote. “For these reasons, pregnancy centers must not only offer medical and social resources, but reservoirs of emotional support, security, and companionship. Increasingly, they must signal they are in it for the long haul.”

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