by Steven Ertelt
October 25, 2007
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — A New York chain of crisis pregnancy centers continues to provide positive alternatives to women considering abortions in the Big Apple. The center has employed a unique idea by using a converted motorhome with a portable ultrasound unit to assist women with unplanned pregnancies.
LifeNews.com reported in February about Expectant Mother Care’s mobile unit and its plans to park the motorhome at major abortion facilities six days a week to give women other options apart from abortion.
EMC founder and president Chris Slattery told LifeNews.com at the time that the idea marked "a dramatic new chapter in the pro-life movement’s efforts to reach out in compassion to women" and he says the mobile unit continues to help women.
Slattery gave an update on the outreach to CBN News.
"We go out to the toughest neighborhoods in the South Bronx and the most international area of Queens where there’s a huge pocket of abortion clinics along a strip we call it ‘Abortion Row,’" he said.
On four days out of the week, Slattery and his ultrasound technician and bilingual counselor head to an abortion center in the Bronx. They offer free ultrasounds and helpful counseling for women in a variety of situations.
"We’re probably intervening with a dozen women a week who we get to take an ultrasound, talk with the counselor in either English or Spanish," he told CBN.
Slattery said the mobile pregnancy center is seeing a high percentage of success.
"We are successful probably eight out of 10 times. We’re successful in turning the mother around if we can get her in to talk with us," he explained.
Julie Beyel works with the RV and tries to get women headed to the abortion business to talk with her staff instead, she told CBN News.
"What I do is I basically look…to see if women may be getting dropped off in a cab and I approach that woman to let them know we offer free help for pregnant women," she explained.
Slattery indicated that the abortion center can’t do much about their presence.
"There’s nothing they can do except the cursing they throw at us and occasional harassment of us. We’re pretty much free to do what we want on this public sidewalk," he said.
He said pregnancy centers across the country have visited with him about the mobile center with the idea of duplicating the concept in their communities. He said pro-life advocates as far away as New Zealand have contacted him.