They Say They’re Pro-Choice But Attack Pregnancy Centers Offering Women Real Choice

Opinion   |   Janet Morana   |   Jan 16, 2023   |   6:09PM   |   Washington, DC

Pregnancy resource centers have long been a punching bag for the pro-abortion movement, and it’s no secret why.

People who proclaim themselves “pro-choice” really want women to have only one choice when facing an unexpected pregnancy: Abortion.

Pregnancy resource centers offer actual options. That’s why they have been pilloried for decades in the media as “fake clinics” and have been dragged into various courts in an effort to force operators to include abortion on their menu of choices. Courts all the way up to the Supreme Court have stood up for the rights of these centers that provide not only the basics for babies, but also job training, education, referrals to social services and much mor for mothers.

Despite all that, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, called for the centers to be shut down because of the “harm” they do to women.

Since the leak of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked to the media in May, attacks on pregnancy resource centers have become increasingly violent. Pro-life advocates have been shot and shoved by unhinged abortion extremists. Molotov cocktails have been tossed inside pregnancy resource centers, windows have been shattered, computers smashed and ominous messages scrawled in red on walls and windows.

More than 200 of these attacks have been recorded. Not a single arrest has been made.

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Now that the U.S. House of Representatives is dominated by pro-life Republicans, a congressional resolution was passed this week condemning the attacks. Only three Democrats voted for it. The rest, apparently, are OK with violence as long as it’s directed at the innocent unborn and the people working to save their lives.

The text of the resolution recognized the “important role pro-life facilities, groups, and churches play in supporting pregnant women, infants, and families” and asks the Biden administration to use law enforcement authorities to step up protection of these centers.

We shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for the abortion-extremist-in-chief or his minions in the House and Senate to act, but there is something all of us can do to support the pregnancy help movement.

At this year’s National Prayer Service on Jan. 20 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., pregnancy help pioneers will be honored for their front-line activism and their life-saving work.

Those who will be recognized during the interdenominational service have each spent decades in the trenches, some of them starting their work before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion throughout the country.

The recipients of the 2023 Pro-Life Recognition Award are:

Margaret (Peggy) Hartshorn, chairman of the board of Heartbeat International.

Denise Cocciolone, founder and president of the National Life Center, the parent organization of 1st Way Pregnancy Centers.

Thomas Glessner, founder and president of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates

Christopher Bell, founder and president of Good Counsel Homes  for expectant and new mothers and their children.

Joan Andrews Bell, a pioneer in pro-life activism who has faced arrest more than 100 times for blocking the doors of abortion businesses.

Christopher Slattery, founder and president of Expectant Mother Care – EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers.

Roland Warren , president and CEO of Care Net.

Sister Paula Vandegaer, founder of International Life Services, will be honored posthumously, and the service will likewise recognize Birthright, which has been providing help to pregnant moms throughout North America for more than 50 years.

We hope every pro-life person in D.C. for the March for Life will attend the service to thank these selfless heroes as they face the dual challenges of fending off attacks from pro-aborts while meeting the needs of mothers for whom abortion might no longer be a choice.

The 28th annual National Prayer Service at Constitution Hall will feature preaching, music, and the awards ceremony.

The hall opens at 7:30 a.m. ET for a Catholic Mass for anyone wishing to attend. The service itself will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Last year’s musical guest, Christian recording artist Mike Donehey, brought the house to its feet and will return for an encore performance. Priests for Life National Director Frank Pavone will deliver the keynote address.

The service is free, tickets are not required and groups traveling by bus to the March can be easily accommodated.

Constitution Hall is at 1776 D St. NW, Washington, D.C. I hope to see you there.

LifeNews Note: Janet Morana is the executive director of Priests for Life and the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. She is the author of Recall Abortion; Shockwaves: Abortion’s Wider Circle of Victims and Everything You Need to Know About Abortion – For Teens.