Help the Center celebrate our 40th Anniversary and 29th Annual Walk For Life on Saturday, May 21st at 9:00 a.m. at Veterans Park, Redondo Beach. All in the community are welcome to participate by walking or just coming to the park to enjoy a beautiful morning at the beach. Onsite registration will begin at 7:15, and any announcements, raffles or other festivities will take place before the Walk this year, so come early.
A Team Kickoff Celebration will be held the evening of Tuesday, April 5th at the Toyota Museum. More details to come.
May The Life Force Be With You!
AB 775 was signed into law by Governor Brown in early October. This would require pregnancy help centers like ours to post information to our clients about where they can receive free or low cost abortion services.
To prevent this from ever being enforceable, an injunction will be filed on behalf of pregnancy help centers around the country and we will keep you posted. #stopab775 #reprofactact
I came to the Center because I saw one of your billboards, and since I thought I was pregnant, I decided to confirm it. When I came to the Center I was 6 or 7 weeks. I had my first ultrasound here, which was wonderful.
My husband and I have three children and he was not supportive about having another baby. Even though I wanted to keep this baby I was feeling pressure to terminate. From the first time I sat down with a client advocate I felt comfort from the stress I was experiencing. I realized I could walk through it with God and we would be ok.
When I was 10 weeks my husband insisted I have an abortion. At 14 weeks I had a serious car accident. I was hemorrhaging, and had very little support from my husband. My situation was delicate, but I was still pregnant. At 20 weeks the Dr. told me I had partial placenta previa and I had to have physical therapy. Still, my husband wasn’t supportive and never came to a doctor’s appointment with me. I only gained about fifteen pounds in this pregnancy, probably because of the stress, and I had a few emotional breakdowns during the pregnancy.
Finally, I told my husband: “I’m not going into labor with your negative attitude, so either support me or I don’t want you in the labor room.” He finally came around and became supportive. After the baby was born, he told me he was glad I decided to have our son. He’s been a great dad and help to me.
I had a positive experience at the Center. I got MediCal and other information I needed, and lots of support through a very stressful pregnancy. Three words I would use to describe the Pregnancy Help Center: Supportive. Caring. Informative.
Our third annual fundraising banquet was held on Thursday, October 29, 2015, and was a great success, with over 400 supporters attending. Keynote speaker Kirk Walden #kirkwalden #buildingawallofhope, inspired and entertained us with his vision of building a wall of hope to strengthen pregnancy help centers such as ours around the country.
With the challenges we currently face with the passage of AB 775, requiring us to post information for our clients about where they can receive free or low cost abortion services #stopab775, now more than ever we need you to stand with us.
At the banquet we launched a plan to move to a larger facility in the near future so we can reach our goal of becoming the #1 choice for women experiencing unexpected pregnancies. Learn more about how you can support this plan.
Remember, your support saves lives.
When I found out I was pregnant I really didn’t know where to turn. I was so embarrassed as it wasn’t my first time down the road of unplanned pregnancy. I felt like such a failure. What would people say? I was in a difficult nursing program, working as a live-in nanny, and the father and I were not in a stable relationship.
I was scared I’d lose my job along with my housing if the family I worked for found out, and what would happen in school? I studied around the clock, was stressed out and had long clinical hours, not ideal for pregnancy. With much encouragement from the baby’s father I scheduled an appointment for an abortion.
I knew this wasn’t right but I was desperate and scared. I turned to my faith, which led me to the Pregnancy Help Center. My counselor was so awesome. I felt comfortable to share my history with her and as well as my current crisis. She was so sweet, didn’t judge and was so encouraging. We ended up meeting many times at this cute coffee shop and she’d just listen. She gave me hope. There are so many obstacles, but she helped me see my options for every tough decision ahead. Anytime I needed to talk she was there.
I made three appointments for an abortion and with my counselor’s help I was able to make the right decision for me, despite the pressure from my child’s father, and give Max life.
The love and support didn’t stop there. I did end up losing my job and was scrambling to find a place to live and get settled so I was ready for school. I was so discouraged as nothing was coming up, but my counselor helped me stay strong, focused AND opened up her beautiful home to me.
I was able to rest my head, focus on school and take care of the baby growing inside of me. The last few months were difficult with unexpected health problems, the father’s lack of support and challenging nursing program but I was safe and supported so I was able to march right through.
I now have a beautiful, healthy, happy baby boy named Max. He is such a blessing and I am so in love. I am so thankful I didn’t end this pregnancy out of fear of the unknown. I’m fairly certain he wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t have the support, as awful as it sounds.
I am also happy to report that his father has come around and is an amazing dad and has thanked me numerous times for not aborting. Thank you, Pregnancy Help Center, for everything and for still only being a phone call away.