“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