By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
To save one preborn child and a mother from the harm of abortion during a pandemic is a miracle. To save 99? An exceptional grace, achieved by a pregnancy resource center that was determined not to let COVID-19 stand in the way of its life-saving and life-changing work.
Morning Star Pregnancy Services, based in south central Pennsylvania, has become more essential than ever during the Coronavirus crisis. As its Executive Director, Linda Plummer, stated in the organization’s recent newsletter, “As abortion clinics continued to stay open during the pandemic, Morning Star kept our doors open as well.”
The busy pregnancy help center relied on fortitude and creativity to come up with ways to serve its pregnant and parenting clientele.
“COVID-19 challenged us to provide phone and video counseling, distribute emergency supplies of formula and diapers to families, and deliver other programs and services in new and different ways,” Plummer added.
Plummer and her team are dedicated to women, not only before their babies are born, but afterward as well. Morning Star recently received a call from Children and Youth Services on behalf of a mother whose baby was at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
“Our nurse manager, Mary, was able to deliver Morning Star’s Safe Sleep Class over the phone that same day to the new mother and Morning Star provided her with a Pack ‘n Play crib, giving her baby a safe place to sleep,” Plummer said.
“Mary identified other emergency needs as well. Morning Star was not only able to provide her with diapers and formula, but also to make a connection with this mom so she feels supported in her community,” Plummer added.
At a time when many of us feel disconnected because of social distancing, this innovative pregnancy resource center has managed to make women feel accepted and loved by a community of true caring and compassion.
Plummer is confident “that Morning Star will come out of this pandemic stronger and even better able to serve the women, men and families who need us most.”
Morning Star managed to take what some would see as 99 problems and transform them into scores of life-saving solutions. Because of this pregnancy center’s heroic work, the statistical equivalent of five kindergarten classes of children have life, and their mothers have been empowered by hope. It’s a legacy of life that will continue, long after the COVID crisis has come to an end.