Pro-life nonprofit organisation helps Indiana to cut its abortion rate
The nonprofit organisation behind an Indiana Department of Health Services programme for parents and expectant mothers is celebrating six years serving Hoosiers along with an eight per cent 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 programme, 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 organisation, in releasing its fiscal year 2019-2020 year-end figures, said it provided “life-affirming counselling, mentoring and support services” to over 16,000 Hoosiers in running the Indiana Pregnancy and Parenting Support Programme. The Health Department said the state’s abortion rate dropped 3.4 per cent in the same time period.
Mary Ellen Van Dyke, executive director of Right to Life of Southwest Indiana, told The Christian Post her group supports RA’s programme, which received $2.25 million from the state government in the last fiscal year. She said such efforts help prospective mothers think through their choices and opportunities.
Nearly 72,000 Indianans have used Real Alternatives’ services over its half-dozen years serving the state, which began by order of then Governor Mike Pence in 2014. “Real Alternatives has empowered women for life by providing positive, life-affirming pregnancy and parenting support services to women and families in need. I am grateful to all the men and women who have dedicated their time and talent,” Pence later wrote to the organisation.