"And her choices are abortion, adoption, parenting. And some of the clients come in right at that [time]. And some of the girls that come to our center considering abortion … And some of them, when they come at that point, if they have a positive pregnancy test, the baby can be very small, and it can be difficult to pick that baby up and to see that baby on the sonogram.
We want to talk to her about abortion; we want her to be fully informed about that. We don't do adoption services, but we can refer her for those. But there are good choices, and there are bad choices, and we do believe that abortion is a bad choice. I don't think there [are] many abortions when it's not easy accessibility. And we just latched on to that, because we really feel that identifies who we are. I'm not saying we're doing good, I'm not saying we're doing what we should do, but I'm saying that those two numbers need to go together. Well, our primary strategy for closing the last clinic in Mississippi is prayer. We just believe that abortion is a spiritual issue.We are the Center for Pregnancy Choices; that's what we are dealing with. So if a person were to ask you what are the actual choices, the choice is to keep your baby, right, because [you don't really encourage] choices other than having a baby? There's a deception about abortion that it somehow helps women. People are blinded to the truth that abortion destroys babies, …I really think I do want to have an abortion, [and] I've really heard everything that you have to say." What do you do with her then? We do not refer to abortion clinics or abortuaries; that wouldn't be life-affirming. We have parenting classes for her, to teach her if she's never had a baby … So the girls come, and we have classes, and we interact with them, and we teach them about how to bathe the baby and how to massage the baby, and they earn points. And then they can go and spend those points for items in the store that we have. We want to make it unnecessary so a woman with an unplanned pregnancy has a place to go where she can get help, and she can give life to that baby and life to herself. One of our core values is to be a life-affirming agency, and so we don't make referrals for abortions. what to expect with her child, with childbirth, those kind of things. Now, if there's ever an emergency -- of course, there are emergencies that arise -- we've got plenty of baby stuff and baby items, but we [also] have lots of help, practical help, that's very encouraging: … [Y]ou told me that you actually want to make abortion unnecessary in Mississippi, and unattainable in other words. And we want them to stop doing that in Mississippi. So we don't want there to be places in our neighborhoods where babies are being killed.
We believe the initial pregnancy choice begins with deciding whether or not to have sex. Infant mortality includes those that are dying right after birth and those that are dying before birth. little human beings, but human beings nonetheless that are worthy of respect, that are worthy of protection and guard. our church had purchased some property, and our hope was to move adjacent to that abortion clinic, but it proved unnecessary because the abortion clinic closed down before we moved in.