Pro-lifers are eager to help women, kids in need

To the editor:

Pro-lifers are ready and eager to help women and children in need. I am concerned that the claims in Mr. George Fisher’s letter will give struggling moms in our community the wrong impression.

Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Lewistown and Mifflintown offers compassionate, non-judgemental services to pregnant and parenting families. Every year, they provide hundreds of families with free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, diapers, cribs, car seats, baby clothing, counseling and more.

Heartbeat in Millerstown offers many similar services, as do more than a dozen other pro-life pregnancy centers in State College and Harrisburg. One organization in Lancaster called Mom’s House even provides free child care, scholarships and job assistance to single mothers who are attending college. And Catholic Charities and other pro-life ministries offer numerous additional services, ranging from food and shelter to counseling and health care.

A few weeks ago, a young woman I know who runs a pro-life group in Texas organized an effort to donate supplies to immigrant mothers and children at the border. Her group, New Wave Feminists, started small, but quickly became overwhelmed by the support. Within days, more than 50 pro-life groups joined her project and collected $120,000 worth of items and $150,000 in monetary donations for women and children at the border.

This is a very small sample of how pro-lifers help families in need.

This stereotype that pro-lifers don’t care about women or babies after they are born does not hurt pro-lifers as much as it hurts families in need by giving them the false impression that there is no support if they choose to parent their child.

Many are pregnant women and girls who feel afraid and alone. They often feel pressured by a parent or boyfriend to have an abortion. They may think there is no hope, no help for them and their baby, and abortion is their only option. I know because I’ve met them — right here in our community. They deserve to know that there is support, and pro-lifers are providing it. We care about them and their children, and we want to help.

If you or someone you know is pregnant or parenting and needs help, please call Crossroads at (717) 242-0301 or visit www.paprolife.org/pregnancy-centers-in-pa/for a complete list of resources in Pennsylvania.

M.E. Bilger