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By Jennifer Hartline

7/31/2010 (5 years ago)

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Pregnancy care centers offer women something other than a dead baby

Pregnancy care centers across this country are a real, living threat to Planned Parenthood clinics because they offer women something other than a dead baby.  They offer women actual help - material, emotional, practical, medical and even financial help when they need it most.  They offer life and hope, and naturally, Planned Parenthood hates that because it means fewer clients, fewer abortions, less money for them.

Crisis pregnancy centers are saving babies' lives every day.  Tell Congress to leave them alone.

Crisis pregnancy centers are saving babies' lives every day. Tell Congress to leave them alone.


By Jennifer Hartline

Catholic Online (

7/31/2010 (5 years ago)

Published in U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Congress will have some little visitors this week.  Women who rejected abortion thanks to the assistance of crisis pregnancy care centers are taking their babies to Washington, D.C. to let Congress know how thankful they are for the work of these life-saving centers.  They and their babies are living proof of the incredible good these crisis pregnancy centers are doing across the nation.

Babies Go to Congress is a project of Heartbeat International, which has a network of more than 1,100 different centers caring for pregnant women in over 50 countries.  Their volunteers number more then 25,000, including doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers and social workers.

These moms and babies are making themselves heard because CPC's are being dishonestly targeted by Congress.  Here's how:

On the one hand you have Planned Parenthood.  They receive millions and millions of dollars of our money to fund their abortion mills nationwide.  They will eagerly "help" any mother kill her baby for a steep fee.  They will "help" a pregnant, underage girl while protecting the identity of her adult abuser, and then sell her contraception so she can go right on being abused with less chance of becoming pregnant again. They make lots and lots of money killing babies, even though they get obscene sums of money from you and me through federal and state funds.

On the other hand, you have pregnancy resource centers.  Crisis pregnancy centers, maternity homes, non-profit adoption agencies, abortion recovery centers, and pregnancy help medical clinics that offer pregnant women whatever help they may need - all without charge.  These centers do not receive millions and millions of dollars in federal and state funding.  They operate under the power of donations and volunteers.  There's only one thing they will not do - they will not kill the baby.

So who does our Congress decide to go after with unnecessary and punitive legislation?  

Pregnancy care centers across this country are a real, living threat to Planned Parenthood clinics because they offer women something other than a dead baby.  They offer women actual help - material, emotional, practical, medical and even financial help when they need it most.  They offer life and hope, and naturally, Planned Parenthood hates that because it means fewer clients, fewer abortions, less money for them.

So the pro-aborts have persuaded some politicians to sponsor a bill called the "Stop Deceptive Advertising in Women's Services Act" (HR 2478).  The bill would demand the Federal Trade Commission develop advertising rules for pregnancy care centers.It is now HR 5652

NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the pro-aboriont community find it outrageous that a pregnancy care center would advertise that they can help a pregnant woman when they will not provide her an abortion.  NARAL Virginia called it 'deceptive" that CPC's use roadside billboards that say, "Pregnant?  Need Help?  Call 1-800-395-HELP" because the women answering the phone will not recommend abortion.  To the pro-abort mind, the only way to help a pregnant woman is to sell her an abortion.

NARAL has even gone so far as to write to and and ask them to remove all advertisements for pregnancy care centers.  (But the abortion mills want to be able to advertise under the guise of "Abortion Alternatives.")

The pro-aborts are furious because pregnancy care centers are opening up in close proximity to their abortion mills, often right across the street.  Crisis pregnancy centers do not pretend to be hospitals.  They are clear about what they offer to pregnant women, which is compassion, assistance with their pregnancy and an alternative to abortion.

HR 2478 is more about punishing CPC's at the behest of the abortion industry than about truth in advertising.  After all, if truth were so important, there should be Congressional outrage over the lies Planned Parenthood tells to women about the development of their baby, giving blatantly inaccurate medical information in order to persuade the woman to abort.  Not to mention Planned Parenthood's penchant for covering up the rape of minor girls and helping their adult abusers escape charges.

No, once again, the abortion lobby is waving their bloody wallets in Congress's face and the result is this ludicrous legislation aimed at CPC's who simply want to save babies' lives and offer women some real help.

One such woman is Terrie Thompson, who said the volunteers are her local center "have been my rock."  "When I lost my apartment, they helped me find shelter. When I couldn't work, they supported me financially, and when I needed support, they were there for me emotionally.  They listen with an open ear and heart, and always help me find solutions.  For that, I thank them."

Danica Fountain from Arizona is another mom scheduled to meet with members of Congress this week.  She says she felt pressured to abort her baby, but thanks to the Women's Center of Tucson, a local pregnancy resource center, she chose life instead.  "I was absolutely shocked to see that this so-called 'blob of tissue,' the term I so commonly heard people use when referencing a pregnancy this early on, was in fact a fully-formed baby!  She had a head, arms and legs," said Fountain.  "When I saw my baby's heart beating I knew I would do anything to protect my child." 

"The emotional support I received from the pregnancy center helped me realize that I could succeed as a single mom.  So I continued in my full-time position at the bank, knowing they were there if I needed more encouragement or practical help.  I can never thank the Women's Center of Tucson enough."

Indeed, thank God for the caring people who volunteer at CPC's all over the country.  Thank God for the women they serve, the babies they save from death, and the impact they are having for life.  Tell Congress to leave them alone.  HR 2478 needs to be aborted immediately.


Jennifer Hartline is a grateful Catholic, a proud Army wife and mother of four precious children (one in Heaven).  She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online.  She is also a serious chocoholic.  Visit her at My Chocolate Heart.


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