Another new study confirms that pro-life pregnancy resource centers are succeeding in helping mothers choose life for their babies.
The study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that abortion-minded women who visit pregnancy centers are 30 percent more likely to change their minds and give birth to their babies, National Review reports.
Pro-life pregnancy centers are community-based non-profits that provide free pregnancy and parenting support to millions of people every year across the U.S. Their services typically include counseling and pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes, maternity and baby clothes, diapers and car seats. Some also offer medical services including well-women exams and STD testing and treatment. Many offer post-abortion counseling as well.
The new study, published in the journal “Plos One” in July, had a clear pro-abortion bias, but the results still confirmed that pro-life pregnancy centers have a strong, life-saving impact.
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Researchers followed more than 800 women seeking abortions to examine how visits to pregnancy resource centers, referred to as crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) in the study, affected their decisions about their unborn babies.
“Having visited a CPC was … associated with higher odds of planning to continue the pregnancy, rather than having had an abortion, even when controlling for sociodemographic, decision conflict, and distance characteristics,” the researchers found.
According to their results, “… significantly fewer respondents who had visited a confirmed CPC had had an abortion by follow-up (29.5% compared to 50.5% among those who had not visited a CPC).”
They also found that women who lived further away from a pregnancy resource center were less likely to visit one.
The researchers noted that a number of women did not follow up with them in their study, meaning their pregnancy outcomes are unknown. As a result, they said their estimates about the impact of visiting a pregnancy center are “conservative,” and more research should be done on the matter.
Pro-life advocates know that pregnancy centers save lives.
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.
Another study published in the journal “Contraception” in May estimates that one in seven women in Ohio has visited a pro-life pregnancy center for help.