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Innovative pregnancy resource centers continued to offer life-saving services during pandemic

by | Dec 2, 2020

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

2020 will be remembered as a year when Americans faced the worst pandemic in a century. But it was also a year in which pro-life advocates stepped up to the challenge of trying to preserve innocent life against tremendous odds.

In Pennsylvania, for instance, the Administration of Gov. Tom Wolf’s ban on elective surgery during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis did not extend to abortion. Indeed, Planned Parenthood Keystone advertised on its website that the only “service” it was providing to clients was abortion.

In addition, for a period of five months, it appears that the PA Health Department failed to conduct abortion facility inspections, as required by state law. The ostensible reason was Coronavirus. But, as a number of lawmakers pointed out, the failure to inspect abortion centers jeopardized the health and safety of countless numbers of Pennsylvania women. 

Still, innovative pregnancy resource centers continued to offer life-saving, life-changing alternatives to aborting precious preborn babies. One central Pennsylvania center, Morning Star, reported, “During the pandemic abortion clinics remained open, therefore it was critical for Morning Star to keep our doors open to see our most vulnerable women considering abortion. By providing vital confidential counseling services as our country was sheltering in-place, 260 lives were saved from abortion.”

Meanwhile, another pregnancy help organization, the Carlisle Area Family Life Center, told a local television news outlet that demand for diapers, wipes, formula, and other necessary supplies skyrocketed during the Coronavirus pandemic. Without groups such as the Family Life Center, struggling mothers and couples would have nowhere to turn.

In Pennsylvania’s legislature, lawmakers undertook a valiant effort to ban dangerous tele-abortions through the telemedicine bill known as Senate Bill 857. Sadly, pro-abortion Gov. Wolf, a former volunteer clinic escort for abortion giant Planned Parenthood, vetoed the measure, solely because of its tele-abortion ban. As a result, a much-needed bill expanding telemedicine during the COVID-19 crisis died because of pro-abortion politics.

Despite the abortion-promoting efforts of Gov. Wolf and his Administration, pro-life advocates remain undaunted. If anything, they are more committed than ever to defending the dignity of each human life, no matter what the obstacles and no matter what the sacrifice required.   

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