By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director
I had just picked up some coffee, hoping the jolt of java would help me power through the rest of my day.
As I approached the intersection, I saw her, holding a sign which read, “Pregnant. No job.”
I beeped my horn and signaled for her to come up to my car window. I knew handing her cash was not enough–she needed much more than a few dollars could bring. She needed hope, compassion, companionship–not to mention a car seat and baby clothes.
What she needed was downtown–at a pregnancy resource center.
I quickly gave her the name of the center. The stoplight turned and I had to join the parade of traffic passing through the intersection.
But my conscience would not allow me to abandon this woman, or the distressing situation in which she found herself. So I ultimately circled back, parked the car, and approached her again–this time with cell phone in hand, ready to give her the address of the pregnancy center.
I explained to her the resources and services which the center could provide. She seemed a bit incredulous, not realizing that there was an entire facility dedicated to serving the needs of pregnant women, free of charge.
Pregnancy resource centers provide a critical safety net for women who find themselves in difficult situations. The comprehensive counseling and mentorship which the centers provide can be crucial to a pregnant woman’s journey.
Internet ads, billboards, and flyers can all help to spread the word. But sometimes the best messenger is another person, who can carry the message of love through a personal interaction.
I am so grateful for my local pregnancy center, and the many centers which dot my state. They provide a safe haven for women and their babies during difficult times, and contribute greatly to the quality of life in our communities.
They are a beacon in the darkness, and their light of hope shines brightly during these stressful times.