Dorothy Wallis hadn’t pictured herself in this situation. But then again, that could be said for many of the tens of thousands of people affected by the past week’s devastating floods in southern Louisiana.
Some 30 parishes throughout the state have been declared disaster areas as of Wednesday afternoon, as part of the storm that has left 10 dead and over 40,000 homes damaged since early last week.
But Wallis, the president and CEO of Caring to Love Ministries, now has to deal with the results of the flood that has done an estimated $425,000 of damage to Care Pregnancy Clinic in Baton Rouge.
Though parts of Baton Rouge are known to be flood-prone, that wasn’t the case for the site of Care Pregnancy Clinic. And that was the reason Wallis and her board declined to carry flood insurance on the property.
“All three ultrasound machines were damaged and need to be replaced, dry wall stripped, etc.,” Wallis wrote on the organization’s website. “The building needs repairs and all office electronic equipment must be replaced.”
While Wallis and her team are seeking the funds and expertise to make repairs, they are also looking to fill a more urgent need. An abortion clinic just up the street was undamaged by the flood, and abortion-vulnerable women are still calling the pregnancy center at the same rate as before the flood.
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That in mind, Wallis has put out a request for an RV—on loan or donation—to set up a makeshift mobile ultrasound unit so that women in the area still have access to the life-affirming care her center has offered to 128,000 women and their children since 1980.
Wallis’ request is all the more urgent considering the abortion industry’s notorious opportunism in times of crisis. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, for example, Planned Parenthood arrived not with needed material aid, food and shelter, but with abortifacients, including the morning-after pill.
Similarly, Planned Parenthood clinics responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, by offering free abortions to grieving New Yorkers.
“Unless pregnancy help organizations are there to set the standard for true compassion and support for women, someone else will—namely, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry,” Heartbeat International president Jor-El Godsey said. “This is an incredible opportunity for the pro-life community to pitch together and provide life-affirming help to women and families in Baton Rouge and beyond.”
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None of the nine Heartbeat International affiliates on the ground in the area hit by the storm were affected directly by the storm. At least one center—Women’s Life Ministries Pregnancy Center—is already mobilizing efforts to serve the nearby community from its location.
If you would like to contribute to Heartbeat International’s H.A.L.O. fund, which comes alongside affiliated organizations dealing with natural disasters, you can do so at www.HeartbeatServices.org/fund-halo.
You can also give directly to the pregnancy help organizations below by starting a fundraiser page at www.YouSaveBabies.org.
To find out how you can help Dorothy Willis and Care Pregnancy Clinic, click here.