(Secular Pro-life) If you have the financial ability to donate to a pregnancy center, now is the time to do so. Pregnancy centers and their clients face tremendous challenges from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Nearly three out of four people who have abortions say that financial strain contributed to the abortion decision ("I can't afford a baby now."). Pregnancy centers exist to provide the support necessary to make choosing life easier, including free baby and maternity supplies, job training, prenatal care, and direct financial assistance.
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As the coronavirus causes major disruptions to the tourism, entertainment, sports, and service industries, with the effects reverberating to other sectors, the number of families needing financial help is growing. The situation will get worse before it gets better.
Making matters worse, many non-profits, including pregnancy centers, have been forced to cancel or postpone fundraising galas. And on top of that, as universities close and elderly Americans are advised to stay home for their own safety, pregnancy centers could lose two major sources of volunteers: college students and retirees. It's a perfect storm.
Please donate to your local pregnancy center. If you don't have a local center, consider giving to a center in a hard-hit area, like Washington state. Your generosity can make a world of difference for a struggling family.
Editor's Note: This article was published by Secular Pro-Life Perspectives and is reprinted with permission.