The centers provide a variety of services: prenatal care, testing and treatment for STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections), ultrasound examinations, instruction in childbirth and midwifery, nutrition, social work, parenting, and post-abortion counseling. For the idea that abortion leaves no mental scars is another myth of the pro-choice lobby.
It would be hard to imagine the growth and vitality of the pro-life movement in this country without the leadership and support of the Roman Catholic Church, symbolized and embodied by the late John Cardinal O'Connor's declaration that any woman anywhere who was going through the crisis of an unwanted pregnancy could turn to the church for help. (That pledge has since been renewed by the current archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan.)
Catholics are scarcely alone in this fight for life. In New York City, the Manhattan Bible Church (Bill Devlin, pastor) runs a soup kitchen that has served over a million people since 1973, the year Roe v. Wade was handed down. Its K-through-8 school has enrolled some 90,000 needy students since its founding. Its church families have taken in babies and pregnant women in need of help, including both the drug-addicted and HIV-positive. The church runs a 150-bed drug rehab center and prison ministry on Rikers Island, all without taking a penny from the taxpayers.
These are just some of the examples of the churches and ministries whose devotion to life isn't just lip service. For more such documentation, see "The Lazy Slander of the Pro-Life Cause" in the online journal Public Discourse. (It was reprinted in the Winter-Spring 2011 issue of the Human Life Review.) Yes, Christianity lives.
I hope this begins to answer the "hard" question the letter-writer posed about pro-lifers. When it comes to supporting children (before and after birth) theirs is a record unmatched by pro-choice groups like Planned Parenthood, which remains the largest abortion-provider in the country. And it doesn't hesitate to accept federal funding -- and lobby for more.
Planned Parenthood may fly under the banner of "women's health" or "family planning," but it was responsible for 332,278 abortions in this country just in 2009, or one every 95 seconds. That's roughly the population of a city the size of Cincinnati.
Now would be a good time, while Congress is supposed to be looking for ways to control the federal deficit, to cut off Planned Parenthood's water. Such a move would address both of the country's two great deficits: fiscal and moral.
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