U.S. pregnancy centers conduct 16M+ client visits in Dobbs era, delivering $350M+ in services and goods: report

U.S. pregnancy centers conduct 16M+ client visits in Dobbs era, delivering $350M+ in services and goods: report ( Stiven Rivera/Pexels)

Pregnancy centers in the United States delivered more than $350 million in services and goods during more than 16 million client visits in 2022, a new report says, earning a near perfect positive client experience rating in the process.

In its first pregnancy center report since the 2022 Supreme Court Dobbs decision reversed Roe v. Wade, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) surveyed 2,750 pregnancy help centers in the U.S. to analyze the centers’ services, material support, and health care contributions to women and families nationwide.

CLI is the education and research arm of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America and provides study and public policy analysis on pregnancy help and the life issue.

The 2022 report, Hope for a New Generation, is the fifth in a series of such studies since 2009 and regarded as the foremost analysis of pregnancy help.

“In the Dobbs era, the demands upon pregnancy help centers have increased daily,” said Charlotte Lozier Institute President Chuck Donovan. 

“Many states are responding with new funds and new policies to support the centers’ work,” Donovan said. “At the same time, new attacks are launched daily by violent radicals and by politicians who should know better.” 

“Some would find these challenges daunting,” said Donovan, “but as our report shows, pregnancy help center leaders see in this situation new opportunities to serve generously with love and compassion for those in need.” 

Significant findings in the new report include:

  • In 2022, pregnancy centers met with clients over 16 million times, both in person and virtually, with an estimated total service value of at least $358 million annually.
  • Pregnancy centers provided services to almost 975,000 new clients.
  • Vital services provided at no cost: pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting education programs, baby diapers, wipes, formula, outfits and more.

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The multitude of services and other forms of support for women and families provided by pregnancy centers are detailed in the report, along with the estimated value of the services and care, provided almost always at no charge to clients. The report also breaks down specifics of staff and volunteers, including those who are licensed medical professionals.

The stats reflect distinct increases in the number of clients served and the multi-millions of dollars saved by communities due to the goods and services provided by U.S. pregnancy centers. 

The numbers also directly repudiate false assertions by pro-abortion individuals that pregnancy help centers are “fake clinics” that do not employ medical personnel. The innumerable offerings from pregnancy centers, along with client satisfaction results, refute as well as well abortion apologists’ claims that pregnancy centers deceive women.

“Of the over 16 million client sessions that took place, 97% self-reported a positive experience,” CLI’s statement on the report said. “These numbers speak to why 91% of Americans support pregnancy centers, according to a 2023 Knights of Columbus–Marist Poll.”

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The CLI report comes as recent CDC data has indicated that 32,000 more babies are born annually since Dobbs, and as CLI reports, news coverage shows both a growth in demand for pregnancy services and marked increase in the pregnancy help safety net that addresses the need.

“The report documents how pregnancy help centers have identified and responded to an array of challenges through their many services that promote maternal, child and family health and well-being,” said CLI.

Hope for a New Generation is a collaborative effort to compile national survey data from CLI and the three national pregnancy help networks: Care Net, Heartbeat International, and National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NFILA). 

The president of Heartbeat International remarked upon the significance of the report’s contents and its implications for shedding light on the important work of pregnancy help.

“Every CLI report on pregnancy center services is a revelation of the power of pregnancy help,” Jor-El Godsey said. 

“The pregnancy help community, year in and year out, continues to serve women, men, families, and futures,” said Godsey. “This report highlights important metrics that tell the story of faithful, dedicated, tireless pregnancy help advocates making a difference across the U.S.”

Editor's note: Heartbeat International manages Pregnancy Help News. Chuck Donovan serves on the Heartbeat International Board. This article has been updated for statistical clarification.

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