Community Comes Together to Help Women Who Experience Unplanned Pregnancies
Ashley came to True Care Women's Resource Center seeking confirmation of her pregnancy. She told her Advocate if her test was positive, she planned to abort. She and her boyfriend had not been together very long and because she wasn’t sure if the relationship would last, she intended to abort and avoid being a single mom. The nurse confirmed our patient’s positive pregnancy test, and as she conducted the ultrasound, she explained to Ashley she was seeing two beating hearts. The young woman stared at the screen and cried. The nurse scheduled Ashley to return the following week for her STD results and a second ultrasound. By the next week, the babies had grown and their heartbeats were even more evident. Ashley could not deny the lives within her, and she signed up for True Care’s Early KinCare Resource Program and the Baby and Me Program, intending to carry to term.
Abortion would have taken the lives of these two babies had Ashley not come to True Care in Casper, Wyoming. And, she came to True Care because our doors are open. And, our doors are open because the community of Casper values life, values women and their unborn. The evidence of this truth was clear on Saturday, June 3rd as many gathered and walked (or ran) for life during True Care’s annual summer fundraiser. (see videos and photos of the event on the Pro-Life Casper Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ProLifeCasper/). We met nearly half of our financial goal that day, and we are prayerful the rest of the goal will be met in the weeks ahead as sponsors mail in their pledges.
Pro-life folks care about people, and many of them operate businesses. A woman who sells women and children’s clothing is stepping forward this month and donating 20% of June sales to True Care. Lindsay Kalinowski owns a small boutique clothing brand, Matilda Jane Clothing. Every year Matilda Jane hosts a charity program for donating back to communities and organizations near and dear to their hearts. This year, Lindsay plans to donate her 20% of June order proceeds to True Care. If you would like to host a party so you and your friends can see this fun clothing line, call Lindsay at 307-277-1187. She can fill you in on the “perks” of being a hostess. You can also shop online using this link: http://www.matildajaneclothing.com/lindsaykalinowski. If you find some things you would like to purchase, select Lindsay’s name as your hostess (Choose a Jane) during the checkout process. It’s that simple! If you have questions about sizing, etc., call Lindsay; she is happy to help. True Care thanks this wonderful Casper woman for her commitment to life and for helping True Care help women and their unborn.
True Care relies on donations from the community; we receive no government funding. But, it’s not just money that keeps True Care open – it’s also volunteers. About 25 people give their time to the organization, meeting one-on-one with patients, conducting follow-up calls to women who have been through our doors, answering phones as receptionists, or serving behind the scenes in various capacities. There is always a need for more volunteers, so if you’d like to help the ministry continue reaching women who are vulnerable for abortion, women like Ashley, please give us a call at 307-472-2810; we will find a role suitable to your talents and comfort that meets True Care’s needs.
As we move forward into the future, especially with the July closing of Wyoming’s only Planned Parenthood, the need to serve women experiencing unplanned pregnancies will likely be even greater. The partnership between True Care and pro-life individuals, churches, and businesses also needs to grow if we are to continue reaching women vulnerable to abortion – women like Ashley. Because of the compassion and passion of this community, three lives were saved the day she walked into True Care – and for that, we thank you!
Won’t you continue to help us help women like Ashley in the coming months and years?