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COLUMN: Study confirms benefits of pregnancy centers

Sept. 19, 2018
      
By Liberty Counsel

       Pro-life crisis pregnancy centers are not only providing services that save the lives of unborn babies and women, they are also saving communities millions of dollars each year, according to a recent report.
       The Charlotte Lozier Institute released an 80-page report this month detailing that pro-life pregnancy centers across the nation provided free services last year to two million people and saved communities $161 million. The A Half Century of Hope, A Legacy of Life and Love report was conducted by institute researchers who analyzed the impact of 2,600 of the estimated 2,750 centers in the U.S. in 2017.
       According to the report, services "including pregnancy tests, options consultation, sexual risk avoidance education, parenting and prenatal education, ultrasound and medical services, community referrals and material support" were offered to women, youth and men.
       "Half Century of Hope" also found that registered nurses and medical sonographers contributed 400,100 hours of free services last year and that 679,600 free pregnancy tests were given out. In all, in the year 2017, approximately 67,400 people volunteered at pregnancy centers and 7,500 medical professionals offered their time and skills to conduct services for free.
       In addition, the report states that pregnancy centers reported having seen around 24,000 clients for after-abortion support, with more than 1 million students attending community-based, sexual risk-avoidance education presentations.
       The report summarizes, "Recognized as one of the greatest volunteer-based movements in history, pregnancy centers hand down a legacy of love to protect unborn children as well as assist women and men facing some of the most difficult situations life has to offer. Pregnancy centers have grown into a global movement and remain a testimony to love in action. This report highlights the tremendous service contributions of pregnancy centers, several of the incredible life stories in which they have played a significant role, the numerous ways in which centers enhance maternal, women's and child health and their massive contributions to family and community well-being in the United States."
       Liberty Counsel's case, Mountain Right to Life v. Becerra, was sent back from the U.S. Supreme Court to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, after the High Court ruled in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra that crisis pregnancy centers cannot be forced to promote abortions. In this case, Liberty Counsel represents three pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in Southern California that were forced to promote abortion as a result of the California Reproductive FACT Act.
       This law forces pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to endorse the government language promoting the abortion message on their front door, in their waiting room, and in every advertisement for the crisis pregnancy center, in 48-point font and in up to 13 languages.
       One of Liberty Counsel's clients, the Pregnancy and Family Resource Center in San Bernardino, receives no grants or government money, but its donors are individuals, churches and businesses. This one center alone has 300 appointments and 125 unique clients each month. Flanked by two abortion facilities, the Pregnancy and Family Resource Center is helping to save hundreds of babies every month.

       Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, started in 1989, that provides pro bono legal assistance on issues pertaining to religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family.

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