In a powerful example of the pro-life movement’s dedication to helping mothers in need, actress Patricia Heaton, pro-life leader Lila Rose and others helped to raise $50,000 in 24 hours for a young Texas mother and her baby girls.
Brooke Alexander and her twin daughters recently were featured in a Washington Post article critical of the Texas heartbeat law. Alexander admitted that she wanted an abortion when she was pregnant with her twins, but the law prevented her from getting one. Now, she is happy that her daughters are alive.
Last week, the 18-year-old from Corpus Christi set up a GoFundMe page to help her and her husband, also 18, buy diapers and formula and pay their housing and vehicle bills.
“I am 18 years old and I have two 4 month old twins,” she wrote. “My husband is also 18 and just left for basic training and I’m worried I won’t be able to provide for us. … We are struggling to get by and any donation helps. Thank you.”
Pro-life advocates soon noticed the young family’s plea for help and responded – raising almost $50,000 in less than 24 hours to help them, according to Fox News.
Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action, shared a link to the fundraiser on Twitter last week, asking people to support and encourage the family.
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“Friends, Let’s show our support for Brooke, Billy, Kendall and Olivia, the young family recently written about by the @washingtonpost! They deserve all the encouragement in the world. Donate below,” she wrote June 21.
Heaton, a pro-life advocate and award-winning actress known for her roles in “The Middle” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” also shared the fundraiser on her Twitter page that day.
The donations quickly came pouring in – along with messages of encouragement from pro-lifers all across the country. To-date, more than $70,000 has been raised for the family.
Alexander posted an update on the fundraiser website later in the week, writing: “We’re so excited! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Everyone.” She also shared a short video and a few photos of her daughters.
The outpouring of support for the young family demonstrates pro-lifers’ dedication to helping families in need, something they have done for decades and will continue to do after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week. Now that states may protect unborn babies from abortion again, pro-life advocates are working hard to expand support services for families in need, including through pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, adoption agencies and more.
Rose encouraged pro-life Americans to keep up the good work after the fundraiser reached the $50,000 mark, noting that many others also need help.
“If you want to support other young families choosing life who need help making ends meet, please follow @HumanDefenseINI and @letthemliveorg! Your support can make a world of difference and help save a life!” she wrote.
Many other charities also help pregnant and parenting mothers in need, including Heartbeat International, CareNet, Catholic Charities and ProLove Ministries. Heartbeat International and CareNet alone run thousands of pregnancy centers and other pro-life charities across the U.S.