DENVER -- In the fight over abortion, some have accused pro-lifers of focusing on the child with no attention to the mother or what happens after birth.
Now a clinic right across from Denver's Planned Parenthood may help put that notion to rest by focusing the women facing crisis pregnancies.
Some 15,000 to 16,000 women get abortions in Colorado during the average year, many of them at Denver's Planned Parenthood.
For years now, the second largest abortion clinic in America has been churning out dozens of the procedures every day in one Denver neighborhood.
But now they have a competitor. The Lighthouse Women's Center sits just across the street with its sign in full view of almost anyone heading to Planned Parenthood.
It offers women an alternative to abortion along with help for their unexpected pregnancy in the form of ultrasounds, counseling, medical care, and supplies.
Mother of God Parish's Monsignor Bernard Schmitz said he's overjoyed at the Lighthouse clinic opening. He talked to CBN News during a prayer vigil just outside that nearby Planned Parenthood.
"Some of the girls and some of the men who come here come here because they think it's the only alternative that they have," Monsignor Schmitz said.
Lighthouse Executive Director Lynn Grandon agreed the new center represents hope.
"This is like 'last chance for gas for a thousand miles' for these girls," Grandon told CBN News.
"It's crucial because they could turn down that road, see our sign, and something could still touch their heart, even at the very last second as they're contemplating abortion for their baby," he said.
Nurse sonographer Paula Suhr wanted to perform ultrasounds at Lighthouse and make a positive impact on each pregnant woman or girl that comes through the door.
"There's never really a mundane day because they're really life-changing decisions. And it's an honor really to be part of something like that for somebody," she said.
A 2,000-Year Old Tradition
Grandon said Lighthouse follows in a 2,000-year tradition of Christians fighting to save babies.
"The ancient Romans would throw away the babies they didn't want," she explained. "They put them out in the street or out in the wilderness to freeze to death or for wild animals to kill them."
"But Christians observed that, even 2,000 years ago, and they rescued those babies and raised them as their own," she said. "And that made such an impact on a lot of the Romans that it caused them to convert."
While Monsignor Schmitz supports the Planned Parenthood protests, he is happy that Lighthouse provides a real alternative for those contemplating abortion.
"It's not just some people gathered on a corner, but there's a place where they can go," he said. "There's a place where they can be received. There's medical services there. There's honest good people there."
Suhr said prayer follows each visitor to Lighthouse.
"Our encounter might be brief, but we don't forget them. And, of course, God doesn't forget," she said.
In these desperate times, many women may feel there's no alternative but abortion. But the Lighthouse Women's Center has come to Denver to show that no woman should give up hope, and she should never give up on her baby.