Thursday night I went to the annual fundraising banquet for LifeChoices, a local crisis pregnancy center. This organization is fighting the battle to protect unborn babies in the nonpolitical arena. (There’s certainly plenty of political sentiment in the supporters as well, of course, but that’s not the organization’s mission.) They provide counseling and real medical care to women facing unplanned pregnancies. They put the lie to the liberal propaganda that conservatives only care until the baby is born with their Backdoor Boutique, parenting classes and other programs to help mother and baby during and after the pregnancy. They also provide STD testing for men and women and post-abortion counseling for women dealing with a past decision.
A new life is a blessing not a curse. This organization helps hundreds of women see that their “bad situation” isn’t really a bad one at all and providing the support to help them make the situation a good one.
As you probably imagine the organization is supported heavily by churches. That shouldn’t be
surprising and it shouldn’t stop nonreligious people from helping with an important cause. They’ve never sent my check back for lack of a priest’s approval. Churches were also at the forefront of the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement; moral leaders providing moral leadership instead of just moralizing is a good thing.
I don’t expect that readers from other parts of the country will donate to LifeChoices (though I’m sure they’d love the support), but there are similar organizations all over the country and even in other countries. (I mentioned one in Israel previously, the Friends of Efrat).
There are a lot of businesses that underwrite the organization also, with about a third of its donations coming from businesses, a third from churches and a third from individual giving. One of those businesses is a national company and a big employer in the area, so I’m giving them a plug – General Mills/Pillsbury. Go Doughboy!