Kansas City CPC Robbed of Technical Equipment

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 28, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kansas City CPC Robbed, Tech Equipment Stolen
by Maria Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
July 28, 2003

Kansas City, KS (LifeNews.com) — A break-in has delayed the opening of a crisis pregnancy center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Thieves robbed the Pregnancy Resource Center of a phone system, televisions, and a VCR that would have been used to show educational videos to women facing unintended pregnancies.

"It’s disappointing, but we’ve just got to move on and get past it," said Deborah Schilling, the center’s director.

Schilling, in an interview with LifeNews.com, said she’s been helping to man a smaller center in Kansas City for the past two years, but that the need for pregnancy counseling is so great in the area that she felt the need to expand. 

For months, Schilling and volunteers have been working to open a new, larger center. The break-in is just one more obstacle the group must overcome.

Schilling notes that the crisis pregnancy center is located near an abortion facility, making it a convenient location for women who would like to explore alternatives to abortion.

"We have three abortion clinics right here, but there’s been nobody down here to give alternatives," Schilling said.

The break-in has actually led to some favorable coverage of the Pregnancy Resource Center by the news media.

One television station, KCTV, ran a story on its web site. The lead of the article read, "Bad guys dashed the plans of a group trying to do some good." 

As a result of the publicity, Schilling has received a donation of three computers, but additional donations are necessary to maintain the center.

"Hopefully, we’ll be up and running by next week," Schilling said.

Those wishing to donate can call (913) 233-BABY or write to the Pregnancy Resource Center, 725 Central, Kansas City, KS 66101.