Mothers to Show Congress Babies Saved From Abortions to Help Pregnancy Centers
by Steven Ertelt
July 26, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Mothers who are glad they went to a pregnancy center and were given assistance in choosing abortion alternatives are headed to Congress. They want elected officials to know that these centers are providing both practical support and counseling that pregnant women need.
Sponsored by Heartbeat International, the Heartbeats Babies Go to Congress campaign provides an opportunity on Capitol Hill for women to speak publicly about their gratitude for the pregnancy support they received when faced with an unexpected pregnancy.
Moms and babies will testify before elected officials that pregnancy help centers are good for America.
Danica Fountain of Arizona who felt pressured to have an abortion, is one of the mothers who will be present.
I was absolutely shocked to see that this so called blob of tissue, the term I so commonly heard people use when referencing a pregnancy this early on, was in fact a fully formed baby! She had a head, arms and legs," she said.
When I saw my babys heart beating I knew I would do anything to protect my child, said Fountain, who is scheduled to meet with members of Congress this week.
The emotional support I received from the pregnancy center helped me realize that I could succeed as a single mom. So I continued in my full time position, knowing they were there if I needed more encouragement or practical help. I can never thank the Womens Center of Tucson enough," Fountain added.
Heartbeat president Peggy Hartshorn told LifeNews.com today that Congress needs to hear from the women served by nonprofit pregnancy centers.
This is the best way to show how pregnancy centers are helping women and families. I am grateful that these busy moms have made it a priority to travel to our nations capital to share such positive things about pregnancy help centers. This is a testament to the fact that our elected officials need to support public policy that preserves the bond between mother and child," she said.
With this trip, Heartbeats campaign will have reached 125 congressional offices and Heartbeat public relations director Virginia Cline says that’s critically needed.
These moms and babies put real faces on the abortion issue as they testify to the fact that pregnancy help centers are serving communities by uniting thousands of individuals passionate about life who fund the community-based pregnancy centers to help women build strong families, she said.
Heartbeat affiliates provide options and resources for pregnant women who are not satisfied with the choice to abort a child. Our families and the future of our country are strengthened by the life affirming work of pregnancy help ministries," Cline continued.
Terrie Thompson, a client of Heartbeats Chicago affiliate is also scheduled to testify to congressmen this week.
Aid for Women assisted me throughout my pregnancy and well after my daughter was born. Ever since, they have been my rock, she aid. They have remained steadfast. When I lost my apartment, they helped me find shelter. When I couldn’t work, they supported me financially, and when I needed support, they were there for me emotionally. They listen with an open ear and heart, and always help me find solutions."
Heartbeat affiliates provide the emotional support and practical help needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy, setting the standard for true reproductive healthcare for women. Without any financial gain, Heartbeats network provides the vital information women need to make an informed decision, the facts that abortion providers often leave out.
Utilizing more than 25,000 volunteers, Heartbeats network saves about 2,000 babies a week from abortion. Doctors, lawyers, nurses, social workers, educators and other professionals are pregnancy center volunteers; many of whom have had a personal experience with an unexpected pregnancy.
Related web sites:
Heartbeat International – https://www.HeartbeatInternational.org
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