Helping Women – All Year Long

By Carol Tobias, President

Editor’s note. This editorial appeared on page three of the March digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to read the issue in its entirety and pass stories along to your pro-life friends and family.

Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life

On March 8, the world “celebrated” International Women’s Day, widely promoted by the United Nations. Since various UN-funded organizations and agencies undertake considerable efforts seeking to to create an international “right” to abortion, it is difficult to ignore the hypocrisy– half of the innocent unborn children killed are women.

That same day, some people in the U.S. participated in “A Day Without a Woman” (ADWAW). The goal of ADWAW, we were told, was to make the country aware of how important women are. This was to be accomplished by encouraging women to not go to work and to not shop (except women-owned companies). Apparently, organizers convinced themselves that women who don’t show up for work will be more valuable to their employers.

The organizers for ADWAW were many of the same who organized the anti-Trump Women’s Marches in January. One of the stated goals of this latest event was a push for “reproductive rights” which, as we know, is abortion. In response, many women (and men) pointed out that unborn women have no rights and that Planned Parenthood will kill unborn children because they are women.

All of this reinforced to me, yet again, the fact that the so-called women’s movement doesn’t care about women. When a woman becomes pregnant and isn’t sure how to handle the pregnancy or what she is going to do for the coming months and years, it is the pro-life movement that steps up to accept the challenge and comes forward with help and support.

We don’t need special days set aside to encourage activism or determination. The pro-life movement has a huge warm heart and open loving arms, helping women and children through difficult times every day of every year.

Right to Life groups work with state legislatures to make available to women as much information as possible to help them make an informed decision about their unborn child. Thousands of pregnancy resource centers provide hands-on care and support to help the woman through this difficult time.

I’m impressed with the way many churches are stepping forward to help a woman in need. More than 25 years ago, John Cardinal O’Connor made news when he offered medical and legal care to any needy pregnant woman who rejects abortion.

Embrace Grace is an organization that equips churches to, basically, “adopt” a single pregnant woman in their area, to provide her with spiritual, emotional and physical support throughout and following the pregnancy. Many of the churches partner with a local pregnancy resource center which becomes a referral point, connecting the churches with women who need and want their support.

As Stephanie, one young woman helped by the program, stated, “After attending Embrace Grace, I started seeing a transformation in myself. A seed was being planted in my soul by these selfless, wonderful, amazing women that I spent time with every week. I started to think differently about my circumstances and I began to see the great joy and miracle my baby was to me. My baby saved my life. My son put my life back on track and I had a whole new perspective. I had no idea how amazing being a mother was going to be while I was pregnant. I could only imagine but it was even more than I could have dreamed when I finally laid eyes on my blessing.”

The pro-life movement has helped many women by establishing homes for unwed mothers. One such home in Wisconsin, A Place of Refuge, provides a safe place for women to live during the pregnancy and for a period after the baby is born. The women here are also given a chance to further their education as local college students offer tutoring services. Members of the business community work with the women to prepare resumes and practice for interviews so they can find meaningful employment to take care of their children.

And, of course, all these wonderful services will support a woman who has chosen adoption, giving another family the joy of loving and raising a precious child.

At this year’s March for Life in Washington, DC, Bishop Vincent Matthews of the Church of God in Christ stated that their churches were getting involved in pro-life efforts and that members were lining up to adopt children of women who want to have abortions. Matthews declared, “You have a choice. We will take your children.”

The Life Ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has been conducting an Eyes of Life campaign to highlight stories of individuals who have chosen life in spite of the real and great struggles they face in living each day. Faced with a culture that promotes death through abortion and euthanasia, the Eyes of Life campaign encourages people to recognize that all life, from conception to natural death, is sacred, valued and a gift from God.

Many churches and organizations have also stepped forward to help women who have experienced abortion and are dealing with the after-effects of that decision.

These examples are just a minute sample of the many options available. There is no way to catalog or summarize all the help that is available to a woman who is facing an unplanned pregnancy or who is looking for support after the abortion.

Those who march for women’s “reproductive rights” could learn a lesson from pro-lifers. Loving and supportive care helps women to be all they can be; they don’t have to kill their children in order to be successful and happy.