A new report reveals that pro-life pregnancy centers across America has helped 2 million people, mostly women and youth, and saved communities $161 million in costs in just one year.
In the 80-page report from the research arm of the pro-life advocacy organization Susan B. Anthony List, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, researchers Mai W. Bean and Moria Gaul note that their study, “A Half Century of Hope, A Legacy of Life and Love” commemorates five decades of life-saving pregnancy center outreach. The very first pregnancy center opened in Toronto, Ontario in 1968 and since similar kinds of centers in the United States have followed their prototype.
The report provides an comprehensive analysis of the impact of 2,600 of the estimated 2,750 centers in the United States last year, and examines the scope of their medical and social services by featuring touching personal testimonies of clients who accessed them reaching back as far as 35 years ago.
One of two online surveys that pregnancy centers across the country distributed by their national network, pregnancy center state coalition or regional leader, or parent organizations were studied.
Those pregnancy centers provided approximately 2 million people in the United States with free services in 2017, which saved communities $161 million annually in estimated costs.
Free ultrasounds are offered in more than 7 in 10 locations, which is a 24% increase since 2010, according to the study’s findings. The study found that registered diagnostic medical sonographers and credentialed nurse sonographers contributed 400,100 hours of free services last year, and 100 mobile ultrasound units brought services to women out in the community.
Approximately 67,000 volunteers serve pregnancy centers, including an estimated 7,500 medical professionals who offered their time and skills for free. These centers administered 679,600 free pregnancy tests and nearly 300,000 mothers and fathers attended parenting courses.
In addition, the pregnancy centers saw more than 24,000 after-abortion support clients for support, counseling and referrals for professional help as needed, and more than 1 million students attended community-based sexual risk avoidance educational presentations.
“Through the leadership and guidance of national as well as smaller networks, pregnancy centers have grown into a global movement,” the executive summary notes.
In January, the Christian Post reported that network crisis pregnancy centers in the United States are increasingly moving toward greater standardization and are intentionally framing the conversation about pro-life medical services in a more holistic manner, particularly since the health care system in the U.S. is in dire need of solutions.
“Abortion is considered good medicine today. The health care system has adopted abortion as a good item,” Dr. John Bruchalski, founder of Divine Mercy Care and who runs Tepeyac OBGYN in Fairfax, Virginia, told CP in an interview at the time.
While many medical providers and patients disagree with that, “the missing piece has been doctors standing up and saying ‘We want to help women with real comprehensive and building of health care,'” he said.
“If we can use charity, competence, and excellence with standards, then the 50 to 80 percent of women who intrinsically do not want abortion on demand, they can trust these people across the country rather than ending up in a tight spot or a difficult medical situation and then not knowing what your doctor would do.”
The CLI study concluded: “The scope of services and healing work of pregnancy centers are helping to reclaim and rebuild a life-honoring paradigm of true reproductive health nationwide. By assisting women, men, youth, and couples they are helping to strengthen families and communities. The life-changing encounters and experiences at pregnancy centers across the country tell a compelling story of strength through support and service.”
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