Pregnancy Group to Step-Up Volunteer Efforts

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If Congress passes a health care reform legislation that includes abortion funding, Pregnancy Resource Centers will step-up their efforts, according to a Wednesday report from the organization.

Pregnancy Resource Centers serve nearly 2 million people each year all across the country, offering alternatives to abortion, including prenatal services, birth classes, and job training.

Dr. Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International, anticipates a great movement in the United States.

"Well, it was really phenomenal to see that our movement, our pregnancy resource movement, which started 40 years ago actually, is one of the greatest volunteer movements in the history of our country," she said.

"And the research revealed that 29 out of 30 people involved in pregnancy center work are volunteers. And they're volunteers with a passion," she added.

Hartshorn also said the report did some research on the funding of pregnancy centers.

"(The report) concluded that about $200 million in funding is raised every year by the pregnancy centers," she said. "Ninety percent of that is from charitable giving." 

Hartshorn said it is evident how the public and the church has rallied to support the pregnancy resource movement.

"That's really exciting," she said. "Last year also highlighted the fact that many pregnancy centers and volunteers received the Presidential Service Award at a ceremony at the White House, recognizing that this is an exemplary movement of faith-based and community organizations."

Pregnancy Resource Centers growth is attributed to the public's desire for abortion alternatives. In addition to the 2,300 PRC's nationwide, they also run a 24-hour hotline.

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