Crisis Pregnancy Centers give women hope

Crisis pregnancy centers are in the news.

In Virginia, a pro-abortion candidate for House of Delegates blasted his pro-life opponent for volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center.

Alex Askew put out a mailer (below) that stated that Karen Greenhalgh “wants to restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.”


Ms. Greenhalgh fired right back:

“Alex Askew has started a shameful line of attack against me. There is a good reason that I became involved working at crisis pregnancy centers.

When I was only fifteen years old I was a rape victim. I know how truly terrifying it can be to have nowhere to turn. My attacker told me he knew where I lived with my family and not to say a word.  I had nowhere to go, no one to talk to, no options. I felt like my life had no value.

I had no choice except to live with the fear, the shame and guilt.

Years later I made a choice for myself, I chose to help other victims. My work at the crisis pregnancy center focused on helping women in similar circumstances and providing them with the resources I wish I had when I was 15.

It’s shameful and disgusting that a male politician like Alex Askew is discrediting my support for women in crisis, many who were rape victims like me with no where to go, no one to talk to. I will not allow him to weaponize an issue he knows nothing about, just to try and save his seat.

The truth is Alex Askew knows he is in trouble and would rather attack me than talk about his record of putting families at risk by pushing to defund the police, covering up the parole board scandal, releasing violent criminals and rapists early, and even opposing a measure to crack down on sexual assault in our schools.

Despicable policies like these create even more victims, and none of his lies will distract the residents of HD-85 from Alex Askew’s failed agenda.

Askew’s choice was to release violent criminals. My choice was and is to help their victims.

Shame on you Alex.”

Iowans for LIFE Executive Director, Maggie DeWitte, called crisis pregnancy centers the “lifeblood of the pro-life movement:”

Maggie DeWitte

IFL Executive Director, Maggie DeWitte

“One of the biggest myths is that pro-lifers only care about the baby and they don’t do anything for the mothers.  If anyone who believes that would take one step into a pregnancy resource center, they would realize how wrong they are.  They are on the front line, day in and day out counseling woman who feel that they have no choice but to end the life of their unborn child.  They are walking along side them, giving them hope, education, counseling, spiritual direction.  They are empowering women to realize they can make a life giving decision for their unborn child and that they are not alone.  The help that CPCs provide doesn’t stop when the baby arrives; they are helping those women and families every step of the way.  They are helping to send the message that women don’t need abortion; abortion is not healthcare and pregnancy is not a disease.  Abortion hurts women, and the CPC’s reflect the true mission behind the pro-life movement; love them both!”

Crisis Pregnancy Centers rely on volunteers for much for much of their outreach. By contrast, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers make big bucks on the backs of the babies they abort.

Shame on them.