Houston Teen Mom Tragedies Show Need for Pregnancy Centers, Advocate Says

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 3, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 3
, 2008

Houston, TX (LifeNews.com) — Two tragedies involving teenagers show the need for the thousands of pregnancy help centers across the nation. Care Net President Melinda Delahoyde tells LifeNews.com that the recent news stories involving Houston-area teenagers show crisis pregnancy centers are needed to help more women and young girls.

Delahoyde pointed to a March 30 story that received international attention when a stillborn baby was delivered in an airplane bathroom and placed in a trash bin.

Then, on April 2, a girl gave birth in a bathroom and her baby drowned as she tried to flush the toilet.

"How tragic that these two young girls felt that secretly disposing of life was their only option," Delahoyde told LifeNews.com.

"We are saddened they didn’t receive help from one of the nine Care Net pregnancy centers that exist in Houston to offer hope and assistance to people like them," she said.

Care Net pregnancy centers nationwide serve over 300,000 people every year by offering free and confidential services to people facing unplanned pregnancies.

Services include pregnancy tests, options counseling, limited ultrasound, parenting classes, material assistance, STD/STI information, after abortion help and community referrals.

"Young women in these situations often feel so scared and alone that they are in denial about their pregnancy," said Delahoyde. "No person facing an unplanned pregnancy should ever feel completely alone, ashamed and without hope when such an outpouring of support and compassion exists in our nation’s pregnancy centers."

Instead of promoting the work of such centers and their ability to help women, abortion advocates have unleashed a new bill in Congress that would place burdensome restrictions on them.

An attorney who regularly helps such centers with legal, medical and insurance assistance told LifeNews.com abortion centers are behind the bill because pregnancy help centers take away business and profits from doing abortions.

Related web sites:
Care Net – https://www.care-net.org