Pro-life advocates are on the ground providing basic support to mothers and babies who recently have crossed the American border.
The border crisis and reports of poor conditions inside immigration shelters prompted at least 50 pro-life groups to get involved. Conservative Review reports the organizations raised almost $50,000 in six days to provide diapers, formula, clothing, water, medicine and other supplies to families in need.
“Bottles to the Border” began with New Wave Feminists and Abby Johnson’s And Then There Were None, two pro-life organizations based in Texas, according to the report.
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, who runs New Wave Feminists, said she believes being pro-life “goes well beyond politics.” She said the border crisis is a “people issue,” and this is one way pro-life advocates can put their belief that every human life is valuable into action.
“It’s not something where you can just say ‘I only care about these people,’” she said. “No, we are a movement that’s built on caring about the human dignity of all human beings.”
On Monday, And Then There Were None leader Pamela Whitehead told Blaze Media that they raised more than $30,000 in monetary donations and $17,500 in materials since Tuesday, when they began the effort.
Over the weekend, New Wave Feminists posted a photo of the supplies that have been collected so far:
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And though it’s not the typical effort that pro-life groups tend to pursue, it’s all a part of living out a pro-life worldview, Whitehead explains.
“If I lived in a world where abortion was unthinkable but hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness all increased, would I have accomplished my pro-life mission?” Whitehead asked. “If I really want to care about people, then I have to live that out.”
“I don’t think there’s any talking point that’s going to prove that to anyone,” Whitehead says, adding that she believes that actions like these are the best way to change people’s minds.
The organizations plan to collect donations through July 13. Donations may be made through the New Wave Feminists website. Herndon-De La Rosa said 100 percent of the donations will go to help women and children at the border.
Abby Johnson encouraged her followers to donate last week in a Facebook post.
“I encourage us as a movement to not just be against abortion. Let’s be a movement that is FOR more than we are against,” Johnson wrote. . “Let’s be a movement that reaches out to those who need our physical and emotional assistance…whether those people are walking into an abortion clinic, at the border, or are homeless.”