by Steven Ertelt
June 1, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Care Net, the national pregnancy support center network, is growing, thanks to the acquisition of Sav-A-Life Outreach Centers. The Sav-A-Life Outreach Centers support some 70 pregnancy resource centers in the southeastern part of the United States.
Officials with both networks say they hope the merger will strengthen and expand the national pregnancy center movement as it works to help women with unplanned pregnancies or who are considering an abortion.
Sav-A-Life pregnancy centers will become affiliates of Care Net. Care Net presently supports nearly 800 pregnancy center affiliates in both the U.S. and Canada. The merger will take place on July 1.
“This is one of the most exciting developments in the 30-year history of Care Net,” said the group’s president Kurt Entsminger. “We are delighted to welcome all of the Sav-A-Life centers into the Care Net family.”
Meanwhile, Polly DuBose, president of the Sav-A-Life Outreach Centers, said her organization “couldn’t be more thrilled about being a part of Care Net. Together, we anticipate reaching even greater numbers of women and men with the hope and help offered at pregnancy resource centers.”
Pregnancy centers provide women with free pregnancy tests, peer counseling, post-abortion support, and other means for empowering women and men facing unexpected pregnancies. In some cases, pregnancy centers offer ultrasound, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and prenatal care.
Observers note that the reach of Care Net services is impressive. Its affiliates serve more than 125,000 pregnant clients, perform more than 20,000 ultrasounds, and present the abstinence message to more than 900,000 students.
By adding Sav-A-Life to its network, Care Net’s reach will extend even further.
“It makes sense that we work together toward our mutual goals. There is much that the two organizations can learn from each other,” said Care Net’s Entsminger.
According to its website, Care Net has been promoting, equipping, and developing pregnancy support centers for more than 20 years. Care Net’s Urban Initiative recently announced the opening of a new pregnancy resource center in Washington, D.C.
Care Net centers follow a "commitment of care" requiring that clients be treated with the "utmost of integrity and professionalism." Centers have policies in place to ensure that clients are “never coerced, misled, or pressured."