Friday, January 16, 2009

Nation's First Government-Funded Abortion Alternatives Program Helps 20,000 Women in 2007-08

Real Alternatives, the statewide program administrator for the award winning Pennsylvania Alternative to Abortion Services Program, has reported that in fiscal year 2007 -2008 a record 19,742 women were provided comprehensive counseling, mentoring, and support.

In 2007-2008 the program received its highest funding of $6.5 million per year by the Commonwealth's Department of Public Welfare. "We have seen a steady decrease in annual abortions since the start of the program 13 years ago," said Kevin Bagatta, Real Alternatives President & CEO. "To date, the citizens of Pennsylvania have placed $59 million of tax payer funds to provide pregnancy and parenting support services to 150,000 women experiencing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. We are striving for the day when no woman in the Commonwealth feels that she must have an abortion – that is what the program is about."

Bagatta said “This state-funded support program is the only program to lower abortions after there is a crisis pregnancy. It continues to work because of the approximately 500 counselors and mentors statewide meeting the needs of women in unplanned and crisis pregnancies. By providing a counselor to be with the woman in need from the moment she finds out she is pregnant to 12 months after the birth of the baby, this program empowers her to overcome her obstacles and crisis. She is not alone. She knows someone is with her to help her. An alternative to abortion is not a pamphlet, it is another person … it is one woman seeing another woman in crisis and loving her and supporting her like she is her own daughter. This program represents the best in America."

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thejournalistachronicle said...

20,000 abortions in 01-08? That is horrific. I was chatting with a friend who's baby is due in just a few weeks, and she was telling us how abortion in the US is legal up to something like 26 weeks, but that babies born at 26 weeks can survive. What is wrong with these mothers. What is so horrible about carrying the baby to term and then giving it to a loving family with a father and a mother. So many couples want to have children, but can't. It's so sad. Thanks for the post!

Secular Heretic said...

It is a real contradiction by health care services. In one room they are saving a baby at 26 weeks because the mother has gone into pre mature labour while in the next room a 26 week old child is dying through an abortion.