Meet Emily.

She’s looking down at her pregnancy test. It’s positive. Her mind starts racing. She wasn’t prepared for this. She wasn’t expecting this. What should she do? 

She can’t think straight, but at the same time, her thoughts consume her. She begins to worry. Abortion seems like a good option, but she’s not even sure what it entails. And isn’t abortion pretty controversial? 

Emily turns to the Internet for answers. After a quick search for resources that could help her, she finds an abortion hotline.

It wouldn’t hurt to call the number, would it? Emily wants to know what abortion is so she can make an informed decision. 

When Emily calls, she receives information about abortion. The woman on the other end quells Emily’s worries—she tells Emily that abortion is just the removal of pregnancy tissue. The only pain that Emily will feel as a result of the abortion is a bad case of cramps. That sounds manageable. It’s not long before Emily receives a referral to a clinic. She doesn’t ask for information about parenting or adoption. The person speaking to her doesn’t mention those things. And besides, abortion seems so easy. Just one procedure, with the power to take all of her anxiety away. She pushes any conflicting thoughts about abortion out of her mind. 

“You’ve already made the first step by calling us,” the woman on the other end says encouragingly. And Emily—told nothing about the risks of abortion—agrees.

Emily also didn’t know about maternity homes, where she could have a safe place to stay and raise her baby. She wasn’t told about free baby supplies and resources, either. She never knew that a pregnancy center could be minutes away, ready to offer life-affirming compassion and support. Emily was uninformed regarding Safe Haven laws, under which she could give birth and then safely leave her baby at a hospital. And the topic of adoption was never brought up during the call.

Emily represents the many, many women who the government is trying to prey upon. The most pro-choice government in the history of the United States has decided to fund a national abortion hotline. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be responsible for creating the hotline. In total, the line will cost $1.5 million dollars in tax money. Pro-lifers will pay for it, pro-choicers will pay for it, and people who don’t care about abortion one way or the other will pay for it. It will promote abortion, and only abortion. It would not support pregnancy resource centers, and it would not acknowledge the science that shows abortion risks

If you’re pro-life, you’re not very happy about this. The good news is, you can do something about it. A petition has been created to stop the government from funding this hotline.

This petition was created by CareNet, a pro-life Christian nonprofit. By signing, you will be stating that you believe in “the inherent value and dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death.” It will also show your commitment to put that belief into action. You’ll be affirming the desperate need to fight the efforts to fund the abortion hotline.

By adding your name, you’ll also acknowledge that pro-life hotlines (like Option Line, for example) provide “hope, help, and non-judgemental support” to women. You’ll be expressing your support for a culture of life, and your opposition to pro-choice federal overreach.

Does that sound like you? If so, sign the petition by clicking right HERE. We must all take a stand against this hotline.

Isn’t it empowering to support the preborn? Signing petitions isn’t the only way to get involved in the fight. If you want to further your activism, check out the bottom of THIS article. It will provide you with ten ways to help save lives!

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