“Unplanned” Actress Ashley Bratcher Announces Partnership With Heartbeat International to Offer Scholarships to College Students Facing Unexpected Pregnancies

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The actress who portrayed Abby Johnson in the pro-life film ‘Unplanned’ has launched a scholarship fund for college students facing unplanned pregnancies. 
In a video posted on her Facebook page last week, Ashley Bratcher announced that she was partnering with Heartbeat International to offer scholarships to mothers facing unplanned pregnancies “so they can continue pursuing their dreams while raising their children.”

The actress said in a news release that she had received “an overwhelming number” of messages from women impacted by “Unplanned” after its release earlier this year.

“Some described the sacrifices they made in choosing life, and some were currently facing unplanned pregnancies that they feared would interfere with completing or attending college. It was then that I realized the need to reverse the negative stigma surrounding unplanned pregnancies,” Bratcher said on the fundraising site for the scholarship fund.

“Women CAN pursue their careers, live out their dreams, and have richer, more fulfilling lives while balancing motherhood,” she added. “Sometimes, it just takes a little help. I wanted to be a part of empowering mothers to chase their dreams and to provide a means for those who chose life to continue their educations.”

The opening date of the application process for potential candidates has yet to be announced.

Bratcher went on to say that many women are not aware of the support and resources available to them through pregnancy centers and other agencies. And the scholarship is another way to show them that they are not alone.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter