Help Pregnancy Centers Through Prayer This Week
This week, starting Oct. 23, pro-life pregnancy centers across the United States are preparing for an onslaught of attacks by supposed “choice” organizations -- supporters of Planned Parenthood, including Lady Parts Justice League, NARAL Pro-Choice America and many of its state affiliates, Abortion Care Network, and many others. These attacks are under the guise of “Exposing Fake Clinics,” the label these groups have given pregnancy medical resource centers like True Care.
Although a similar “call to action” was sounded in July, very little took place. This week’s “Expose Fake Clinics” campaign seems better organized, and with colleges and universities into their fall semesters, those of us in the pro-life movement and working at pregnancy centers anticipate a larger response.
How Can These Groups Harm Pregnancy Centers?
The call to action these groups are promoting is three-fold:
- Leave negative reviews of pregnancy centers online, through sites such as the center’s Facebook page, Google reviews, and Yelp. One center has already seen an influx of negative reviews.
- Protests outside of pregnancy centers – demonstrators are encouraged to protest along the sidewalks of centers. This action occurred in July at several East Coast centers, and one was captured on film whereby a man, his young son in tow, passed by and ended up talking positively about the experience he and his girlfriend had at that particular center, saying, in part, “This little guy wouldn’t be here if not for that [center], you know what I’m saying?”
- Calling a pregnancy center’s Scheduling Line, pretending to be a potential patient, asking a lot of questions, and then posting a negative review online. Some people may even make an appointment, come into the center pretending to be a patient, and then posting a negative review.
Protests draw attention and may keep patients from coming into a pregnancy center, and online reviews are read by people, especially those age groups centers are most likely to serve.
Why do people do these things? Because they believe the messages that organizations like Lady Parts Justice League tout. On the ExposeFakeClinics website, the organizers say, “there are close to 4,000 fake clinics all over the country vs. only 780 real abortion providers.” NOTE: No pregnancy center says it provides or refers for abortion. The website also says pregnancy centers use phony ads to trick pregnant women into making appointments, promising ‘free ultrasounds’ or ‘pregnancy support.’” NOTE: Don’t most women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies want compassionate support and the opportunity to know how far along they are so they can make informed decisions? The website verbiage continues, “Once inside, people are lied to, shamed, and pressured about their reproductive health decisions, often delaying their procedure or pushing them past the deadline for a legal abortion altogether.” NOTE: These people have obviously NOT been to True Care; our staff and volunteers are loving, compassionate, and non-judgmental – our patients know this and many express these thoughts on their exit surveys. Some staff and volunteers have their own abortion experiences, which they will share if the patient wants to hear, but we push NOTHING onto our patients. We provide them education on all their pregnancy options, education that is factual and not likely to be heard at an abortion clinic. Plus, our services are free; an abortion isn’t.
What Can You Do?
How can you help pregnancy centers during this week of anticipated attacks? PRAY! Daily, the staff and volunteers at centers across the country pray, not only for themselves but also for the patients they will serve. We are in a battle, as Scripture says, but not against flesh and blood (though at times it seems that way), but against dark principalities. We are called to “put on the full armor of God,” and we do that every day before meeting with patients.
We covet your prayers that the army of God’s soldiers inside pregnancy centers will be equipped to stand strong, especially this week. Pray in particular for centers located near college and university campuses, including the center in Laramie, as well as those located in large cities. Although they are the most likely targets of protests due to their locations, no center is immune, especially for negative online reviews. And, any one of us could have a “fake patient” call or walk through the door.
James 5:16 reminds us, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” This week, please earnestly pray for True Care and our staff and volunteers and for all the other centers, their staff and volunteers in Wyoming and throughout the nation. Your prayers ARE powerful and effective. We sincerely thank you for your support this, and every week!