A majority of Americans voice support for maternity hospitals and pregnancy resource centers three months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade, revealed a recent poll.
The 85 Fund poll, which was conducted by Creative Response Concepts, or CRC, Research from August 3-7, found that 74% of respondents from all political backgrounds strongly or somewhat support public funding for these centers after learning what services the centers offer.
“Support for local pregnancy centers comes from concerned, pro-life Republicans, Independents and Democrats, who all agree that women should have help with life-affirming alternatives to abortion,” said said Jor-El Godsey, president of Heartbeat International, to the daily. Report in a press release.
“In fact, Pregnancy Center supporters even include members of the pro-choice community who want to ensure a woman has more than one choice for her unwanted pregnancy,” Godsey said.
Pregnancy resource centers offer women a range of free services, including ultrasounds, material assistance, referrals and follow-up appointments with the center, according to Live Action.
Maternities also offer many different services such as housing for single mothers and pregnant single women, and often offer counseling, food, education, transportation and assistance in applying for financial aid, according to Unplanned Pregnancy.
“His plan [or Pregnancy and Life Assistance Network] celebrates the life-saving and life-changing work of more than 2,700 pregnancy and maternity centers across the country that offer hope and help to moms and babies,” said Jill Stanek, director of community outreach for Her PLAN, at Daily Signal in a statement.
“These organizations exist to support pregnant women and mothers in whatever circumstances they may face, offering widely respected care and resources. Supporting this vital safety net by connecting support providers across seven categories of care is Her PLAN’s goal,” Stanek said.
Only 64% of respondents were initially in favor of using public funds for maternity clinics and pregnancy resource centres. However, after learning more about the services they offer, such as providing clothing, diapers and other needs, support for these centers increased.
Nearly 80% of Republican respondents, 72% of independent respondents and 73% of Democratic respondents support publicly funding pregnancy resource centers, according to the poll.
“With an average customer satisfaction rate of 99%, Pregnancy Centers and Maternities are poised to continue their vital and vital work, empowering women to choose life, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and walking alongside them every step of the way — even years later,” Stanek said.
Pregnancy resource centers across the country have been vandalized since the US Supreme Court ruling leaked on May 2. The first known attack took place the next day at the Trotter House in Austin, Texas, according to Pregnancy Help News.
In the United States, 65 offices of pro-life groups and pregnancy resource centers have been targets of violence and vandalism, Catholic Vote reported.
Eighty percent of those polled support the prosecution of protesters who “[engage] in acts of vandalism and violence against pregnancy resource centers and churches,” the poll found.
Respondents also overwhelmingly agreed that “elected officials should publicly speak out against this behavior and call for those who engage in it to be brought to justice.”
“Whenever a pregnancy center is harassed or vandalized, it is the pregnant women who seek help who are the most affected. Pro-abortion militiamen throw dangerous tantrums and destructive tantrums and they must be held accountable,” Godsey said.
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