“Babies Saved:” What does that really mean?
Excerpted:From an article written by Jor-El Godsey – President, Heartbeat International
Some suggest that reporting “babies saved” somehow means a pregnancy resource center is not woman-focused and only interested in saving babies. Apart from being an affront to the core nature of life-affirming, pregnancy help, this thought discards the technical truth that no pregnancy center anywhere has actually saved a baby. What has happened in every instance is the woman was loved, resourced, informed, cared for, and/or, thus empowered, to save her own baby.
“Babies saved,” then, is pro-life shorthand. The two words are not so much about a powerful result achieved – though they are that – but a quick way to communicate the result of a team effort of pregnancy helpers – receptionist, counselor, nurse, etc. – directing energy, effort, and empathy, to that woman so that she could envision the path where her baby gets the chance to experience the joy of life. That is what we mean when we celebrate, “babies saved.”
Sometimes those decisions are made well before she narrows abortion to the only choice. Sometimes those decisions are made when she just can’t seem to make the scheduled abortion appointment. Sometimes those decisions are made in the waiting room, or even on the abortion table. And sometimes those decisions are made early enough that the potential of termination quickly gets pushed aside. Sometimes, those decisions even happen well after a visit to a pregnancy help center. Whenever they happen, and however she comes to that place, we celebrate her courage and her willingness to say yes to the Gift of Life. Certainly we are motivated to save lives from the pain that arises from the permanence of abortion. It’s important to present ourselves as the safe place we are. That is why we are willing to greet her (and him) warmly, provide critical information necessary to make a healthy decision, and recognize that the choice is truly theirs. But we are very interested in the best choice – one that everyone can live with!
CPC is an affiliate of Heartbeat International.