By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Brandy is a woman whose story demonstrates the tremendous role pregnancy resource centers play in our communities.
She had come to the Morning Star center in south central Pennsylvania in the midst of a tremendous ordeal. She had fled an abusive relationship, three little girls in tow, when she found out she was pregnant.
Ultimately, as a result of the compassionate support she received from Morning Star, Brandy chose to place her child for adoption. A difficult decision—but one she felt was the best option for herself and her baby.
This year, Morning Star has tallied more than 3,100 client visits. It is one of a number of pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies that are part of Pennsylvania’s Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services program.
That program is now in jeopardy, following Democrat Governor Josh Shapiro’s announcement that he plans to not renew the contract of Real Alternatives, which has successfully run the award-winning program for 27 years.
Organizations such as Morning Star empower women, helping them to make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families. They are to be applauded for providing caring assistance to survivors of domestic violence and other pregnant women facing dire circumstances.
Pregnancy care centers are an important part of the safety net for women in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Those who criticize the centers would do well to visit them—to see first-hand the success stories that are part of their everyday work.
At a time of economic uncertainty in our country, pregnancy resource centers are more critical than ever in providing material resources such as diapers and baby clothes for families. After all, you cannot get a onesie at a Planned Parenthood.
So let’s redouble our efforts to support centers such as Morning Star, which are building a bridge to the future with each woman’s life that they touch.