Pennsylvania Program Has Saved 310,000 Babies From Abortion Over 25 Years

The following article published in Life News is about a pro-life organization. Real Alternatives helps women choose life for their babies. Their counseling and services not only save the life of the baby, but also save their mom from a lifetime of grief and regret.

When you visit the Real Alternatives headquars outside of Harrisburg, you’re not going to find case-workers and pregnant women looking for help. But the work that is done here makes it possible for those two groups of people to meet each other and have that potentially life-saving assistance provided.

“When we talk about providing support, we’re talking about the Catholic Charities throughout the state providing support,” said Kevin Bagatta, the President of Real Alternatives. “We’re talking about pregnancy centers providing support and we’re talking about maternity homes providing support.”

There about 90 Real Alternatives-affiliated pregnancy centers providing support throughout Pennsylvania, using about 370 counselors. They’re about giving pregnant women a choice too. They are dedicated to provide support to encourage childbirth so the client need not feel she needs to choose abortion.

What Real Alternatives does is provide government resources to all of those centers. That has made a huge difference in pregnancy services in the some 24 years that Real Alternatives has been in existence. In that amount of time, almost 310,000 women have been helped. That doesn’t include the babies, just the moms!

Many times the young, pregnant woman is alone and is being pressured to have an abortion. Bagatta says the counselors will help her realize she does not have to abort her baby because of her situation. And that she is not by herself.

“After the pregnancy, especially with young people, that unplanned pregnancy, or unexpected pregnancy can become a crisis parenting situation,” Bagatta said. “We’ll be there with them for that time to make sure they are ready and are providing good parenting and good nurturing and are being taken care of during that first year of life.”

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has offered the nation, in these turbulent times we live, a clearly different policy choice on helping women in unexpected pregnancies. It funds a program that provides love and life-affirming support to the women and then to her baby. This program lowers abortion by supporting the pregnant woman through her crisis. Shouldn’t every state have such a program?

For the rest of the story, see
https://www.pacatholic.org/real-alternatives-coming-up-on-25-years-of-work-and-310000-women-helped/

One Woman’s Journey from Crisis Pregnancy to Loving Adoption

The following was sent to me by a very dear friend from Facebook.  She is sharing her story so those who find themselves in similar situations will know that there is always hope and loving solutions available.  If you are pregnant and in need of help, please contact one of our pregnancy help centers.  The national hotline number is: 1-800-712-HELP or text HELPLINE to 313131. 

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On February of 1998, I found out I was pregnant by an older man that I had met at my job. At that time, I was a newly divorced single mother of a two-year-old boy, and working two jobs to make ends meet. After my divorce, I got very depressed and felt lonely. I, then, made some unwise decisions. I was not very interested in this man, but he was nice to me and gave me the attention that I had been wanting. Looking back, I was yearning for a ‘father figure‘ or someone who would take care of me.

One day, I contacted a close family member to confide in her. I was in dire poverty, and considered living in my car. My relative suggested an abortion, stating, ‘nobody would know.’ Once I told the Father he was not upset, but disinterested, he said he was too old and told me I should get an abortion; his children were all grown and he’s not going to do it again. The option of abortion was the last word I wanted to hear.  I finally decided to pray to God.  I poured out my heart to Him, stating, ‘God, I can barely take care of myself and my son; I cannot do this.’ I remember breaking down and crying out to Him, stating over and over, ‘Please tell me what to do.’

After, I had the urge to look through my phone book. While searching through my phone book, I came across ‘Abortion Alternatives’ and found ‘Birthright’ and a Crisis Pregnancy Care Center in my area. I thought I should give them a call,but I waited a few days.

Though I was baptized Catholic in my early 20’s, I fell away from my faith, interestingly enough, I drove past the Church, St. Michael’s in my hometown.  It had a huge sign out front that read “Pregnant? Need Help?” This caught my interest. I walked right in, full of embarrassment & nerves. I didn’t know where I was going or what I was doing but God did! I saw a bunch of people in a small room in the corner of the Church praying. So, I thought, prayer wont hurt and maybe someone here can tell me who to talk to.

They had out their rosaries,I had none. I was feeling more foolish by the minute & considered leaving and asked myself, “what am I doing here?” I listened and tried to follow their prayers.  I knew the simple prayers.  I was caught off guard when I discovered they were doing a rosary for the unborn!  I can’t leave now. They will hate me and shame me I thought. When it was finally over I waited and approached a lady and said I really enjoyed the rosary and had a question – I was so nervous! Uh, yeah, I actually saw your sign out front and I’m pregnant, I just blurted out. I probably cried. She gave me a big hug and she asked if I knew how far along I might be. I said maybe a month. She took out of her purse a tiny plastic doll (what I thought it was) and said your baby is probably around this size then. She gave it to me. She asked if I knew about the Pregnancy Center. I said not really. She set me up to visit the Pregnancy Center here locally. You know what? I never knew her name, but I will never forget her.

The Pregnancy Center helped me find many resources and were very kind to me. This is where I also read about the adoptive parents. Reading about this family,  I found that they lived in the hometown where I grew up, and that they had been longing for a baby.  I knew then they were the right parents for my baby.

I learned they had many of the values I had, had been married over 20 years, and waited and longed to have a baby for about 20 years as well! They nearly had a baby twice, but in each case, the birth-Mother changed her mind and decided to parent. That is her right to do so, but I fell in love with this couple like they were my own family. Before I ever heard the term ‘love them both’, they truly did love me and the baby! I also saw how they interacted with and loved my toddler son. I never considered any other family, I knew right away they were the One!

At five months pregnant, the adoptive mother attended an ultrasound appointment with me. We were able to find out together that I was having twins! During the appointment, the adoptive mother said that she saw an extra little hand across the ultrasound screen as if one of the babies were waving and saying, ‘Hi, I am here, too.’ Finding out that I was having twins confirmed my decision of adoption, that I could not care for three babies alone, and I wanted my twins to have a father in their lives.

The twins were born in September 1998, only three days before my due date. Even though I had a lot of trouble during the delivery, close to having a blood transfusion and hysterectomy, the twins were born perfect and healthy.

To be 100 percent honest, I almost changed my mind and decided I wanted to parent at the last moment. Oh, how I didn’t want to break their heart, but when I was very close to having a hysterectomy, I thought I am still so young, these might be my last children. God had His hands in all of it throughout. I am happy and grateful that I decided to place them in an open adoption with this loving family.

The journey was not always roses; no journey is. There is grief and loss and pain, but there is also beauty, and trust and  love and  family! To this day, the adoptive parents and I still remain friends, and my birth children are loved by me and many others.

I was pressured to abort and my situation was then considered a ‘crises pregnancy’.
I didn’t know how or what to do. I wanted them to have everything and to have a Father too. To know that they are loved by so many!

Never given up-only given More; Given Life; Given a family Given Hope and a Future  – (Jermiah29:11) Given Love

As birth Mom, I am blessed with Open Adoption, the ‘adoptive ‘Mom said to me – you will never have to worry about them or wonder about them being off in the wild blue yonder (her words).

They are soon to be 21! Happy birthday to these precious young adults. I love you with all my heart. I hope in sharing my story that especially those being pressured or considering abortion will heed my words below:

Please don’t let anyone pressure you to abort your child! 

You are a Strong Mama and there are many wonderful resources, (like Pregnancy Centers) that love you and your baby and will help see you through.

If you know it is not possible to parent or unable, whatever your situation may be, remember that adoption is a loving option.  Life is a beautiful gift and adoption is an amazing journey.

Thank you for reading. God Bless. And Happy 21st birthday to my birth twins!
You never regret choosing Life! ~Birth Mom Mindy

 

 

 

The Crossing UMC to Host ‘An Evening of Hope’ on September 27th

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The Crossing United Methodist Church is hosting ‘An Evening of Hope’ on Friday, September 27th at their church in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania (map).

Allison Henry, a member of The Crossing UMC told us “the purpose of this community-wide event is education, awareness, compassion, and transformation.”   She further stated “the centerpiece of this program will be hearing the testimonies from several of the young women that have been helped by the various pregnancy help centers in Bucks County.  You’ll hear their stories of how these organizations were there for them in their hour of need and provided the resources and spiritual support necessary to allow them to choose life for their babies.”

Admission is free and there is no pre-registration required.  You will have an opportunity to chat with the representatives of these pregnancy help centers and make a donation. These non-profit groups depend on our generosity to keep their doors open.

Further details about this event can be found on the flyer below.  For additional information, please contact Rob Arner at TrpsNThere@aol.com.   

An Evening of Hope Flyer

 

 

We Can Help You – And We Will

The following is by Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia from their August newsletter.  If you or someone you know are pregnant and in need of help or experienced an abortion and would like to speak to someone, please contact one of the Hotline numbers listed in the image in this post or call 610-626-4006; text 484-451-8104. 

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Oftentimes when standing outside abortion centers, as we reach out to women (and men), we say, “You don’t have to do this— there’s help! There are options, information, support, assistance, housing, community, clothing, counseling, as well as other forms of help.  We want to help you and we want to help your baby. There’s no problem or difficulty so insurmountable that you can’t overcome it. You are stronger than you think you are!” We can truly help…and we will.

Jhanee was one example. She was living in a friend’s van while putting herself through school. She was pregnant and in need of help. She heard about our maternity home, Guiding Star (it could have just as easily been another home for pregnant moms such as Cradle of Hope, Our Lady’s House, Mother’s Home, etc.). She  met with the Guiding Star director and when there was room, Jhanee moved in and expressed how the home really helped her. Two years later she’s independent, working, living in an apartment, and raising her 10 month old child. Later Jhanee contacted us because her employer cut her hours and she was having troubles paying rent that month. We had her complete a ‘rental assistance’ application and state her need (including her plan to not continue to be in this situation). While Jhanee was visiting our office to receive a check for rental assistance made out to her landlord, she mentioned that she had no furniture in her apartment. Two days later someone called me and said she wanted to donate furniture to the Pro-Life Union. I said, “Thank You, Lord!”—I know someone who needs some furniture. Pro-Life Union board member, Patrick Stanton, and a moving company delivered it to her apartment.

That’s what we call the Continuum of Care. If a mother is unexpectedly pregnant, homeless, or in some other challenging situation, we say, “We can help.” And we do help. She gains housing at Guiding Star (or some other home), support, counseling, parenting classes, community, and other ways of assistance. Then she moves into independent living and we stay in contact. If she needs help again, she will know where to turn.

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“Unplanned” Movie Star Establishes Scholarships to Help Pregnant Women Keep Their Babies

“The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will be a lifeline to a young mom’s future as she makes the brave choice to embrace motherhood.”

LifeNews Note: Andrea Trudden writes for PregnancyHelpNews, where this originally appeared.

Inspired by her role as Abby Johnson in the movie Unplanned, Ashley Bratcher is partnering with Heartbeat International to offer moms facing unplanned pregnancies educational scholarships so they can continue pursuing their dreams while raising their children.

The Unplanned Movie Scholarship fund is now accepting donations at www.UnplannedMovieScholarship.com. 

“Women CAN pursue their careers, live out their dreams, and have richer, more fulfilling lives while balancing motherhood. Sometimes, it just takes a little help,” Bratcher said. “I wanted to be a part of empowering mothers to chase their dreams and to provide a means for those who chose life to continue their educations.”

The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will honor brave women who choose life when facing an unplanned pregnancy with a $5,000 annual scholarship to put toward their education. The application process for the Unplanned Movie Scholarships will open at a later date.

“Tucked into Unplanned is a vivid reminder that education can present an obstacle to accepting the new life within,” said Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International. “The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will be a lifeline to a young mom’s future as she makes the brave choice to embrace motherhood.”

When asked about the partnership, Bratcher said, “Working with Heartbeat is an opportunity to direct women to the support that so many of them are seeking. Not only will the scholarship financially support the decision of mothers to continue their education, but it will also connect them to an organization that will support them throughout their pregnancy and beyond.”

Heartbeat International is the first and largest pro-life pregnancy help network in the world, with over 2,700 affiliated locations in more than 60 countries. Heartbeat’s mission is to Reach and Rescue as many lives as possible, around the world, through an effective network of life-affirming pregnancy help, to Renew communities for LIFE in order to achieve their vision of making abortion unwanted today and unthinkable for future generations.

“Heartbeat International is an organization that represents the essence of all that I believe the pro-life movement should be. Women are supported, empowered, loved, and never judged,” Bratcher said.

What You Can Do to Save Lives!

Below is commentary by Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  
There are many women out there who are hurting because of a decision they made or one that was made for them.  As Maria reminds us, there are many alternatives out there to help women heal after an abortion and many pregnancy help centers ready to help women who are facing a difficult decision. 
Please take a moment to read Maria’s article  and if you know someone who needs help, please offer that help to them in a loving, compassionate way.  I’ve listed links to a few pregnancy help centers and post-abortive groups below.  
You could be the One
By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Whenever I contemplate the effect of abortion on women, I think of a friend I will refer to as “Jessica.”
A boyfriend pressured Jessica into an abortion when she was a young teenager. She felt she had no say in the matter, and she believed she was powerless.
Years after that tragic event, she firmly believes that if a single person had supported a decision for life on the day of abortion, her baby would not have died.
A noteworthy national poll bears that out. The survey of post-abortive women indicated that the vast majority of respondents would have decided against abortion if just one person had offered support. Just one!

Read more

Help Centers 

CareNet – use this link to find a CareNet Center in your area.
United States Pregnancy Help Centers – use link to find help centers in your area
In Southeast Pennsylvania, use this link provided by the Pro-life Union of Greater Philadelphia to find pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, adoption services and post-abortion help.
For post-abortive care nationally, use this link provided by Hope After Abortion.
Sidewalk Servants is a project of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.  This program’s aim is to  educate volunteers on the best way to offer help to women who are contemplating abortions.

Generation Life Beach Outreach in Wildwood

Every year, crowds of recently graduated high school seniors flock to the Jersey Shore for Senior Week.

And who is there to meet them? GenLife and a team of volunteers to talk about love, life, and chastity.

Youth and young adults are invited to join us in this outreach to our peers.

Visit here for more information: Beach Outreach Sign Up

Living Out the Corporal Works of Mercy

The following was found in the parish bulletin of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in center city Philadelphia.  

Pro-life warriors are often belittled by pro-aborts and the main stream media as only caring about the baby in the womb and doing nothing for the mother and the baby once it’s born.  As you can see by the article below, this is not the case. Mothers’ Home is one of the oldest homes in the Greater Philadelphia area, started by the very people who are vilified with the lies of pro-aborts and their cohorts.  

Please read this article and if you can, send a donation to support them with their work.  

Mothers Home

Mothers’ Home is a residential shelter which provides a safe haven for vulnerable, pregnant women in a crisis who choose life as a sacred gift. Mothers’ Home is located in Darby, Pennsylvania and was founded in 1991 as a program to provide hope and support for young adult women who choose life for their unborn child despite rejection, abandonment, and ongoing obstacles. Mothers’ Home provides shelter for up to 28 women during their pregnancy and the first 6 months after their babies are born.

Mothers’ Home encourages the residents to celebrate the joy of new life while also preparing to become independent young women and caring mothers. They focus on the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, sexual, and spiritual dimensions of each resident’s life. To do this, Mothers’ Home promotes empowerment and self-sufficiency by providing residents:

Counseling services
Pre and postnatal health education
Childbirth and development classes
Parenting classes
Job readiness training
Housing search assistance
Educational classes on budgeting, legal, and nutrition
Initial personal and baby supplies
Supportive relationships

In the basement, a Community Outreach is provided via the Sharing Space which is comprised of a baby clothing and equipment boutique. Low-income families can come to shop for gently used baby clothing, equipment, and household items that have been donated.

DONATIONS:
Mothers’ Home is in need of new or lightly used items for babies and moms, including:
Baby formula (Similac Advance and Sensitive)
Baby clothing (Newborn to 6 mo)
Infant strollers, car seats, and carriers
Maternity clothes
Gift cards for Target, Walmart, CVS, etc.
Toiletry items

Checks may be written to “Mothers’ Home” and mailed to 51 N. MacDade Blvd., Darby, PA 19023. Find volunteer opportunities or give online at: mothershome.org