By Carole Novielli - Posted at Live Action:
Despite false claims that pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) are ‘fake clinics,’ PRCs have saved over 800,000 lives from the violence of abortion in just the past five recorded years (2016-2020). This information comes from a report entitled, “Saved Impact at U.S. Pregnancy Help Centers,” published by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI).
“Approximately 3,000 [pregnancy help centers] PHCs form the foundation for a network of pregnancy help including adoption agencies, maternity housing, Alternatives to Abortion state funding programs, newer state-level initiatives like Her PLAN (Pregnancy and Life Assistance Network) and more,” CLI stated in its release.
Abortion-vulnerable and abortion-minded women
According to CLI, the “Lives Saved measurement is specifically defined as the total number of pregnant women assessed as being at-risk for abortion who choose to carry and give birth to their child (or children, in the case of twins and multiples, whereby several lives are counted) after visiting a PHC.” The information is contained in a de-identified dataset, they noted.
CLI defined abortion-vulnerable women versus abortion-minded women as “Abortion-Vulnerable (AV)” and “Abortion-Minded (AM).” An AV woman “has not eliminated the possibility of abortion; she lacks support from significant influencers; and she is undecided about her pregnancy.” An AM woman “is seeking information on how to obtain an abortion; she has an abortion scheduled; and an abortion procedure has been initiated (such as the introduction of laminaria, or ingestion of the first pill, Mifeprex, in chemical abortion).”
In total, CLI says pregnancy centers saved 828,131 lives in the U.S. (2016-2020).