Pro-life advocates all across the country are working hard to expand support for pregnant and parenting families in anticipation of Roe v. Wade being overturned this summer.
As many as 26 states are expected to ban abortions, and pro-life advocates know that more pregnant mothers will be looking for help.
A new report at the Christian Post highlights a number of ways pro-life organizations are preparing to provide that help once Roe is overturned, including working with churches, encouraging men to be responsible fathers and expanding adoption services.
Roland Warren, the president and CEO of CareNet, which runs more than 1,100 pregnancy centers across the U.S., said their focus is on supporting the whole family so that mothers and fathers can help each other as they raise and nurture their children.
“You have to understand it’s not just about the woman. It’s not just about saving the baby. It’s about reaching the guy, creating a family,” Warren told the Christian Post.
He said they recently hosted a men’s conference, and they have been working churches on ways to support pregnant mothers in their local communities.
“The model has to be engaging guys, so he’s that support,” Warren said. “And if that’s not possible, then the church comes in and steps in to assist.”
Human Coalition president Jeff Bradford told the Christian Post that they also have been connecting with churches as well as doctors and community organizations about ways to help reduce infant mortality and provide housing, employment and education services to mothers.
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“We’re looking at programs that can help women, especially those that are in vulnerable situations, socioeconomic situations that are more difficult for that,” Bradford said. “And we want to make sure that we, as the pro-life movement and the church, can come alongside her and help.”
Others are expanding adoption services for children and birth moms.
Lifeline Children’s Services works with birth mothers to create adoption plans for their children, but it also supports the birth mothers through their struggles, offering budgeting and job training classes and other programs, according to the report.
Lifeline president Herbie Newell said they are ready to see Roe overturned, and they have been steadily increasing their outreach across the U.S.
“We’ve already recruited and prepared church partners and legal partners to be able to get those women to the best places where they can be helped,” Newell told the Christian Post. “In the last year, we have scaled to the point where we’re ready to work with women in all 50 states and even in the states where we may not have a physical presence.”
These pro-life organizations represent just a few of the thousands of charities that help mothers choose life for their unborn babies. In the U.S., there are an estimated 3,000 pro-life pregnancy resource centers alone.
Research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found these centers served about 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, all for free.
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.
Pro-life advocates also run maternity homes, medical facilities, scholarship programs, counseling services and much more. These programs give families hope, encouragement and the chance to overcome their struggles while becoming the mothers and fathers that their unborn babies need them to be.