Life’s Choices has been watching with anticipation, along with the rest of our nation, to see what decision would be coming from the Supreme Court as it relates to abortion laws. Today marks that day.
Our organization does not get involved in political activism or attempting to influence legislation, as is clearly stated in our bylaws. However, we do keep close watch on current events so that we always remain relevant in our services.
Today’s reversal of Roe v. Wade does not make abortion illegal in the United States, but rather, gives the power back to individual states to decide. In Pennsylvania, abortion is legal until 24 weeks gestation. Other states have greater restrictions, and some may now make the decision to ban abortion completely.
What does a post-Roe culture look like for Life’s Choices?
At Life’s Choices, we are well aware that any change in abortion laws will not solve the problem of unwanted pregnancies. Whether or not abortion laws become more restrictive in Pennsylvania, we are here to provide women in unintended pregnancies with practical support. We are here to help them through their immediate crisis as well as seek long-term solutions to the complex problems that drive them towards abortion.
One way we are doing that is by an increased focus on follow-up care through case management services. We are committed to walking beside our client on her journey and not just sending her away with a handful of pamphlets. For needs that go beyond our ability to provide, we recently connected with an organization called LoveLine, a case management resource focusing on meeting needs of single moms. Our clients have already benefited, receiving rental assistance and professional therapy as a follow up to services received in our offices.
We invite moms and dads to learn parenting skills by participating in over 150 classes through a program called Bright Course. These classes can be done in our office or remotely from their own home. Each time they complete a class they earn points that can be used in our Baby Boutique to supply them with diapers, wipes, formula or other baby items.
Our Baby Bundle provides an expectant mom with an abundance of free resources and at the completion of classes she earns a brand-new car seat and a newborn photo shoot, a service donated by local professional photographers.
One of our specialties is early pregnancy confirmation through ultrasound. This service becomes more relevant as at-home medical abortions are currently available through telehealth appointments. A pregnancy test alone gives very little information. Whether a pregnancy is planned or unplanned, whether someone desperately wants to be pregnant or desperately wants to be “unpregnant,” an early confirmation ultrasound allows a woman to fully understand her current situation in order to make the best choices for her future.
Today, women and men across the nation are processing this historic moment through the lens of their own belief system, their values and past experiences. Passions are ignited, and that is understandable. It is our hope that rather than turn against one another we would join together to support women and provide them with resources to make positive life decisions that lead them towards a healthy and successful future.
We are grateful to be part of a caring community, and we welcome any woman or man who needs pregnancy or parenting support to come to us for help and hope. Life’s Choices does not discriminate in providing services because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, gender or orientation.
Now is the time for social services, nonprofits, churches and individuals to link arms and provide women with every possible resource in their choice for life. To learn more about our completely free and confidential resources, we encourage you to take a look around our website or contact us for more information.