“Ahna and Garrett and baby Emma were living testimonies of how young people need long term care and support and education to prepare for parenthood or adoption”, says Cindi Boston, the executive director of the Pregnancy Care Center. She explained that stories like these were ones that lawmakers needed to hear. “They were able to move out of the crisis because of all the help they had. This would not have fallen into place without the help of a pregnancy center.”
Pregnancy center workers do have one request-that lawmakers don’t support legislation that cramps their work. After several unsuccessful attempts to drive women out of pregnancy centers, NARAL and its ilk are resorting to legislative means. Pregnancy help centers rely on a model of informed choice, giving women complete information about adoption, abortion and parenting. This is hardly coercive, but it hasn’t stopped abortion advocates from claiming that it is, and introducing ‘truth in advertising’ legislation, that would require the centers to state that they are not medical clinics. Still, pregnancy help centers are not fazed. “We must be effective to be getting under the skin of pro-choice folks”, says Jor-El Godsey, the Vice President of Heartbeat International.
There’s been a lot of bad news for abortion in recent weeks. From Kermit Gosnell’s indictment for murdering seven live born babies to a string of undercover Live Action videos, exposing Planned Parenthood’s irresponsible response to sex trafficking, the news has been dire. In the aftermath of these terrible developments it’s good to see what positive responses to unplanned pregnancies looks like.