by Steven Ertelt
April 1, 2006
Annapolis, MD (LifeNews.com) — The staff and leadership of the Severna Park Pregnancy Center think it’s no coincidence. They always knew that someday they would be near to or occupy the office that formerly house an abortion business.
The organization that runs this and the Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Center were always looking at space around the Gynecare Center abortion facility.
According to The Capital newspaper, they first looked at an office space in the same Ritchie Highway office building as Gynecare. But when the time came to settle on a location, Gynecare was gone and their office suite available.
"Abortion is a forever decision and a woman deserves all the information to make that choice," Pamela Palumbo told the Capital newspaper.
Her center is no different from the thousands of others across the nation. It provides free pregnancy tests, STD testing, ultrasounds, counseling, education, information, referrals and practical needs such as baby clothing and supplies for pregnant women.
The center educates women about adoption and provides a post-abortion program for women having problems following their abortions.
Rev. Brian Hamilton and members of Arundel Christian Church in Severn support both centers.
"We think something like this can give people an alternative and help folks navigate the waters," Hamilton told The Capital.
Palumbo told the newspaper how the center’s staff and volunteers have transformed the office from an abortion facility into a pregnancy center.
They’ve knocked down walls, replaced the carpet and put in a fresh coat of paint. What she described as an "oppressive" office is now bright and cheery.
The Capital reports that one of the former rooms where abortions were performed is now a prayer room, and the old office of the abortion facility director is now a supply room with all sorts of baby materials.
Palumbo says she expected 2,000 women to visit the pregnancy center in 2006.
Gynecare has not closed down but now has a new office in another part of Severna Park.
Related web sites:
Severna Park Pregnancy Center – https://www.pregnancyclinic.org