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Progressive politicians, such as Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have attacked pro-life pregnancy centers following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, going so far as to call for them to be shut down across the country.
But the women who run these centers say nothing could be further from the truth.
Fox News Digital took a call with four Mississippi crisis pregnancy center leaders for an interview and learned how these centers are supporting the families they serve from pregnancies and beyond.
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Karen Sims, executive director of the Hope Clinic of Hattiesburg, Miss., said her clinic has “established a strong foundation for our services and we’re going to grow and expand.”
“We are a medical center at Hope Clinic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and we offer free pregnancy tests, free ultrasound counseling and education,” Sims said of the services her clinic offers. “We have a program called Connections where we work with young women and provide them with those practical needs, so baby supplies and mentoring and we just follow them through their pregnancy and help them.”
Shannon Bagly Busby, director of the Center for Pregnancy Choices (CPC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi, told Fox News Digital that her care for mothers-to-be is different from pro-abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood because they serve their patients beyond of the “initial desire”. for the walk out the door.”
“So they come to us wanting one thing, but they get all these other services offered to them,” Busby said. “They can have ultrasounds, they have baby boutiques, they earn where you learn, that ranges from teaching them about the first trimester to money management.”
“They get a partnership with us. They get a place that they can really go to again and again, year after year after year, and we can help them and almost all of their areas,” he continued.
Busby noted that his clinic also helps expectant mothers and fathers find jobs to support their new growing families and that they also perform weddings, baptisms and christenings.
Michelle Johnson, director of client services for Vicksburg CPC, which receives funding from local churches, told Fox News Digital that the intersection between faith and the clinic she works for is what makes them “unique.”
“We believe that life has great value. So, because we believe that, we don’t just talk to the mother. We don’t just talk about the baby,” Johnson said. “We talk about life as a whole… We believe that life is important.”
Johnson said she thinks “that’s one of the reasons pro-life people have been misunderstood, because people don’t understand” that pro-life pregnancy centers care for families after the baby is born.
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For months, the US has faced a shortage of baby formula, but stockpiles at pregnancy centers like Vicksburg’s CPC have helped ease the burden on the families they serve.
Busby said that amid the shortage, Vicksburg’s CPC saw “double” its usual baby formula traffic while store shelves were empty. She noted that, before the shortage, baby formula used to be on their shelf “for a pretty long period of time,” but now “they can’t keep it on the shelves.”
Sarah Smith, executive director of CPC of Meridian, Miss., said she worked as a “car seat technician,” helping parents install car seats provided by CPC clinics.
Smith also said her clinic offers classes where parents can redeem points for necessities such as “maternity clothes, baby items, baby gear, breastfeeding gear, postpartum supplies and toys, and” also cribs, bounce houses, all that sort of thing.”
“But we also recently started working in partnership with the Department of Health because our state has some equity issues in maternal health…” Smith said. “And one of the things that we thought would be good is to start training more people to serve as doulas because we saw that a lot of women who came in were single mothers and they didn’t have anybody.”
Warren this month accused pro-life crisis pregnancy centers of “torturing” pregnant women seeking abortion information and called on the federal government to “shut them down across the country.”
“In Massachusetts right now, those crisis pregnancy centers that are there to mislead people seeking help to terminate pregnancy outnumber the real abortion clinics three to one,” Warren told NBC. 10 Boston.
Crisis pregnancy centers, or CPCs, are generally faith-based and offer reproductive health care, prenatal care and counseling to help expectant parents choose life over abortion. Most centers offer free testing and treatment for STIs, pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins, ultrasounds, post-abortion care, parenting classes, adoption referrals, and even free baby clothes and diapers once the baby is born. The centers receive funding primarily through private donations and grants from religious organizations, but many states also allocate public money to the centers through programs such as “Choose Life” license plates, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
As of 2021, there are roughly 3,000 crisis pregnancy center locations in the US, says the Charlotte Lozier Institute. A 2019 study by the institute found that 8 out of 10 locations offer free ultrasounds and almost all locations offer free material assistance for new families.
CPCs across the country reported an increase in vandalism and threats in the wake of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, who ended the federal right to abortion and returned the problem to the states. A week after the Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, at least five The CPCs were attacked and dozens more have been attacked since then.. Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America published a study in June reporting more than 40 “incidents of violence, vandalism, and intimidation” since the May 2 leak.
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Democrats like Warren say CPCs spread misinformation about the risks associated with abortion in an effort to persuade women to give birth. She introduced the Stop Anti-Abortion Disinformation Act last month, which would “direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting disinformation in advertising for abortion services and for other purposes.”
In June, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law directing the state health commissioner to investigate CPCs in the state to determine their “impact” on pregnant women’s access to care.
Busby said having discussions in the media helps combat the “Facebook education” taking place in the United States, noting that the social media giant’s algorithm “shows you what you want to see.”
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“I think it is also our responsibility to educate those who support us, but to help them today to get the message across as well, because we are just one person representing each clinic, and sometimes there may be those who have a little more focus on the aggressive end. Busby said. “And that’s what we’ve been fighting sometimes more internally than anything else.”
“So I think it’s important for us to show love and compassion, but at the same time the truth,” he added. “And there has to be a balance of that.”
Warren’s office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.