The nonprofit behind an Indiana Department of Health Services program for parents and expectant mothers is celebrating six years serving Hoosiers and an 8% decrease in the state abortion rate during that period. It’s also marking a busy quarter-century helping Pennsylvanians choose life.
“Thanks to this continued statewide program, pregnant women have another person to assist them, which empowers them to overcome obstacles and pressures so they can choose life for their preborn baby,” said Real Alternatives CEO Kevin Bagatta in a statement on the group’s Indiana work.
The charitable organization, in releasing its fiscal year 2019-2020 year-end figures, said it provided “life-affirming counseling, mentoring and support services” to over 16,000 Hoosiers in running the Indiana Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program. The Health Department said the state’s abortion rate dropped 3.4% in the same time frame.
Mary Ellen Van Dyke, executive director of Right to Life of Southwest Indiana, told The Christian Post her group supports RA’s program, which received $2.25 million from the state government last fiscal year. She said such efforts help prospective mothers think through their choices and opportunities.
“I believe it makes a world of difference to have someone to present to you the facts, the realities, and to calm your fears,” she said to CP.