A new study in the journal “Contraception” estimates that one in seven women in Ohio has visited a pro-life pregnancy center for help.
News Medical reports researchers at Ohio State University surveyed 2,529 women of childbearing age and found about 14 percent had visited a pro-life pregnancy center.
The researchers found that low income women and black women were the ones most likely to say they visited a pregnancy center.
Though the researchers disparaged pregnancy centers’ work, claiming they “may serve as another obstacle to medical care,” meaning abortions, they admitted that the centers provide free help to women who need it, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, diapers, formula, baby clothes and more.
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Here’s more from the report:
In Ohio, where more than 100 centers are spread throughout the state, [many] are funded by state dollars. In 2019, during the time of the survey, the state committed $7.5 million over two years to support the centers. Centers that focus on adoption may also receive funding from the sale of “Choose Life” license plates.
The study, though written by researchers with a pro-abortion bias, indicates that pregnancy centers are helping many mothers and babies in need.
Pro-life pregnancy centers are nonprofits that operate on small budgets with a small staff and volunteer support. Some do not receive any taxpayer funding but rely entirely on donations from individuals.
There are an estimated 2,700 pro-life pregnancy centers across the United States. Recent research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found these centers served almost 2 million people in 2019, providing more than 730,000 pregnancy tests, nearly half a million ultrasounds, 1.3 million packs of diapers and more than 2 million baby outfits.