Wednesday, July 26, 2006

In Defense of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Crisis pregnancy centers targeted in latest abortion lobby campaign salvo
National Catholic Register July 21, 2006
Jennifer Roback Morse

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (National Catholic Register commentary) – The abortion lobby must be desperate. They evidently feel threatened by little old ladies who give away free baby clothes to women in crisis pregnancies.

The abortion lobby’s latest hyperventilation, a campaign calmly titled, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers: An Affront to Choice,” launches a very unsubtle, non-nuanced broadside against crisis pregnancy centers.

After reading a few of the headlines of news stories dutifully publishing abortion lobby press releases, I decided to take a look at the study myself, to see if there was any substance to their claims.

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This is the best article yet that I've read on crisis pregnancy centers. Why we need to defend our right to help women who are in dire need is beyond me -- I don't recall Mother Teresa ever having to defend her work with the needy. No, I am not comparing myself to Mother Teresa -- far from it. But in our imitation of her and of Christ, we are servants to the poor and the needy. At least we are attempting in our own little way to provide for the single, divorced, and married mother's needs materially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We are supporting families in need, not attempting to annihilate them like the abortion industry. Most women come to us requesting formula and diapers for their babies. They also ask for maternity clothing and clothing for their babies. They may have other problems or concerns that require the assistance of an attorney or a medical specialist. If we don't have exactly what they need, we refer them to someone who can provide for their individual needs. We also give the woman accurate factual information regarding contraception and STD's as well as abortion so she can make an informed decision (along with her partner) based on truth, instead of the lies provided by the abortion industry. How can we do this without the millions of dollars that Planned Parenthood receives from taxpayers and from doing abortions every year? We rely on the generosity of good people who support human life -- who believe in living out their faith and their beliefs and in following Christ's commandment to "Love thy neighbor as thyself."


Barb, sfo said...

Thanks for this.

It also reminds me to get in touch with a fellow SFO who regularly volunteers in a Crisis Pregnancy Center. Normally around Christmas they are pretty well stocked...I'd bet that around now they could use some help.

Catholic Fire said...

You're welcome, Barb!

Most babies are born in August and September, so we are seeing a lot of pregnant moms and newbies at this time of year.

Supplies tend to dwindle in the summer -- a time when they are needed the most. The items that are needed the most are diapers and formula.

Thanks for sharing that thought.

God bless you,