Fort Lauderdale, a city in Florida, USA, has almost as many inhabitants as the Romanian city of Arad: around 160,000 people. This is the number of American children who celebrated their first Christmas in 2015 thanks to the work of local staff and volunteers at pro-life pregnancy centers, according to statistics released by Heartbeat International. The numbers, published in the first-annual Life Trends Report, draw only from Heartbeat International’s 1,300 locations in the U.S., but point to 160,000 lives rescued from the threat of abortion in 2015 alone.
Adding in the number of mothers who have chosen life for their babies in 2015 at pregnancy centers and medically licensed pregnancy clinics not affiliated with Heartbeat International, the number of lives saved would jump to 300,000 – the size of Pittsburgh or of Romanian city of Timișoara.
Jor-El Godsey, the new president of the international network of Heartbeat International pregnancy help centers network, with over 1,800 affiliated centers in 50 countries, has stated: “To know something of the footprint our life-saving network is making—not to mention those life-minded centers who aren’t affiliated with us—is truly overwhelming.”
On January 21st, 2016, together with six pregnancy center directors, as well as the moms and babies spared from the threat of abortion, he joined Heartbeat International’s event Babies Go to Congress in Washington, DC.
Over 12 previous trips dating back to 2009, Heartbeat International has brought a total of 119 moms to tell their story of how local pregnancy help made a life-saving difference in their lives to congressional representatives and senators.
“What’s incredible to me about the overall numbers is how quickly we can overlook the value of each individual life in the context of 160,000 or 300,000 saved from abortion,” Godsey said. “Staff and volunteers at local centers, clinic, maternity homes and non-profit adoption agencies are concentrated on just one person at a time. If we can reach that one person—that mom—with the practical help and compassionate support she deserves and is oftentimes without, we know the impact that can make.
“A report like this helps us get our arms around the positive ripple-effect pregnancy help organizations really have in our world.”
In November 2015, Senator Mike Lee submitted a draft law to thank the organizations which support women in pregnancy crisis for their contribution to local communities.
“The real measure of their significance isn’t in the words of a floor speech in the United States Senate, or in the outcome of a vote,” Lee said. “It’s in the thousands of lives they save from the pain of abortion every year. The millions of teachers, soldiers, nurses, friends and spouses whose lives and contributions to our communities we might never have known had it not been for the unassuming heroes down at the local pregnancy center, giving their time to keep the lights on, to answer the phones, and to help young women find the hope and the courage to choose life.”
Source: REPORT: 160K Children Rescued from Abortion Celebrating First Christmas published on Pregnancy Help News