New Study Shows Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Served 2 Million People, Saved Communities $161 Million in 2017

A Save the Storks van fitted with ultrasound technology for use outside of abortion clinics at CPAC 2017.
(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST, BRANDON SHOWALTER)

New research reveals that pro-life pregnancy centers across the nation have in just one year helped 2 million people, mostly women and youth, and saved communities $161 million in costs.

In an 80-page report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life advocacy organization Susan B. Anthony List, researchers Moira Gaul and Mai W. Bean note that their study “A Half Century of Hope, A Legacy of Life and Love” commemorates five decades of life-saving pregnancy center outreach. The first freestanding pregnancy center opened in 1968 in Toronto, Ontario and ever since similar kinds of centers in the United States have followed their pattern.

The report provides a thorough analysis of the impact of 2,600 of the estimated 2,750 centers in the U.S. last year, examining the scope of their medical and social services and featuring moving personal testimonies of clients who accessed them as far back as 35 years ago.

The pregnancy care center outreach movement has thus seen birth of a third generation impacted by pregnancy center outreach, the report explains. The centers that were studied completed one of two online surveys pregnancy centers across the country distributed by their national network, parent organization, or pregnancy center state coalition or regional leader.

In 2017, those pregnancy centers provided approximately 2 million people in the U.S. with free services, saving communities $161 million annually in estimated costs.

More than seven in 10 locations offer free ultrasounds, a 24 percent increase since 2010, the findings show. Credentialed nurse sonographers and registered diagnostic medical sonographers contributed 400,100 hours of free services last year, along with 100 mobile ultrasound units to bring services to women out in the community.

Approximately 67,000 volunteers serve pregnancy centers, including an estimated 7,500 medical professionals who offer their time and skills for free. Such centers administered 679,600 free pregnancy tests and nearly 300,000 mothers and fathers attended parenting courses.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter