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Harnessing the technology of the Internet to reach a generation much more likely to go online than use a phone book, a pro-life program is helping to educate pregnant young women about their options to abortion, saving countless unborn lives in the process.
The Life Donor Program places banner ads on the Internet on websites, chatrooms and search engines where girls and women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant will see them. Clicking on the ad brings the Net surfer to OptionLine.org, a site that explains abortion and the alternatives available, offering personal help to those facing a crisis pregnancy. The goal of the program is to have the women visit a care center in their local areas to get the help they need to carry their babies to term.
Along with images of young women, the ad includes the text: “Pregnant? Scared? You have options. Click here now.”
“Research has indicated that 70 percent of women contacting OptionLine and believing they may be pregnant are considering an abortion,” the Life Donor Program website explains. “However, once they visit a Care Net pregnancy center, less than 10 percent follow through with terminating their pregnancy. Ninety percent will choose life!”
Care Net is a nationwide network of pregnancy centers that sponsors the program, along with Heatbeat International.
States the site: “Imagine a woman choosing an abortion because she was unaware of the caring support and alternatives already available to her. Now you can help save the lives of unborn babies by showing those with unplanned pregnancies that they do have options.”
The program seeks donors who will give a tax-deductible gift of $24 a month to the effort. Organizers say $24 translates into six pregnant women contacting Care Net about their options.
The OptionLine website includes a phone number women can call to talk to a counselor who then refers callers to local care centers. There also is a page discussing the stages of human gestation along with images of developing babies in the uterus.
Another page, entitled “Considering abortion?” states, “Abortion is not just a simple medical procedure. For many women, it is a life-changing event with significant physical, emotional and spiritual consequences. Most women who struggle with past abortions say that they wish they had been told all of the facts about abortion and its risks.”
The page goes on to explain various abortion procedures and presents the risks of abortion.
The site also offers help with those who are struggling after having an abortion.
Said one woman helped by the service who is quoted on the website: “The consultant listened to my needs and connected me to a local center that helped me the very same day.”
Another woman helped by the service says she definitely would have had an abortion if she had not seen the OptionLine ad.
“My daughter Quiasia is already 7 months old – I can’t believe it,” Sherita says. “She has just learned to sit up on her own and feed herself. I love it! The truth is, if I didn’t see the ad offering free help when I was pregnant, I would have had an abortion, and my precious baby, Quiasia, wouldn’t be here today. That center saved me from making the most horrible decision I could have ever made. Thank you for helping me choose life.”