Arkansas Legislature Applauds Work of Pregnancy Centers in Helping Women
by Steven Ertelt
June 11, 2009
Little Rock, AR (LifeNews.com) — The Arkansas state legislature on Wednesday issued a citation recognizing the work of pregnancy centers in the state that help women find alternatives to abortion. The centers provide medical, material, educational, and other support and assistance during and after their pregnancies.
Arkansas Sen. Gilbert Baker sponsored the resolution commending the groups.
"The Arkansas Legislature is pleased to present an official ‘citation’ honoring the pregnancy centers of our state," he said.
"Those that serve within pregnancy centers are to be commended for their sacrifice of time, energy, and resources on behalf of thousands of families in our communities. Your network of support for women is a wonderful example of that great spirit of American volunteerism that is so critical, especially in today’s economy," Baker added.
Melinda Delahoyde, the president of Care Net, a network of more than 1,100 pregnancy centers across the country, thanked the legislature for recognizing the centers’ enduring service to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
"It’s not every day that those serving in our nation’s pregnancy centers get honored and thanked for their ministry to women and men in our communities," she told LifeNews.com.
"We’re grateful for Senator Gilbert and others who have taken time to bestow a state ‘citation’ in order to honor the approximately 42 pregnancy centers in Arkansas that offer free, confidential, and compassionate help to women," she continued. "Care Net joins with you in thanking Arkansas’ amazing pregnancy center staff and volunteers, some of them who have served for more than 23 years!"
Pregnancy centers exist to offer information, practical help and emotional support to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies to empower them to carry their pregnancy to term, Delahoyde said.
According to Care Net pregnancy center statistics, nine out of ten pregnant women who visit and receive help from a pregnancy center choose to carry to term.
Pregnancy centers offer a wide variety of free services, including parenting and childbirth classes, adoption information, abstinence education, community referrals for health care, limited ultrasound, STD/STI information, and after abortion recovery programs.
Related web sites:
Care Net – https://www.care-net.org
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