By Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the wake of a bill introduced in Congress that could threaten the life-saving work of crisis pregnancy centers, congressmen on Capitol Hill this week got a chance to listen to key members of a pint-sized constituency whose lives were profoundly touched by such centers.
Four moms and three children - two of them babies - went to the Longworth Congressional Office Building on Wednesday as part of Heartbeat International's 6th Babies Go to Congress event. They arrived to tell their stories of how crisis pregnancy centers helped them see new options other than abortion, and to show off the smiling faces whose lives were saved in the process.
One mother told congressmen the story of how an ultrasound obtained through her local crisis pregnancy center made her realize her tiny daughter's humanity - and helped save a life she had felt pressured to end. "I had no idea it was a baby. I really thought it was just tissue and was just blown away that she had a head and arms and legs," said mother Danica Fountain.
"I just want members of Congress to know how important these centers are and they're so good for our community and our country," said Fountain, whose daughter Elia, now 8, came along for the trip.
The mothers and pregnancy center representatives who participated said that their message had been well received by several congressmen.
Earlier this month Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced that they would introduce a bill to force crisis pregnancy centers to clearly advertise their lack of abortion services.
The "Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act" is strongly backed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood, who have complained that such centers often position themselves near abortion clinics and attract potential customers.
However, the bill has been descried by pro-life groups and pregnancy care centers as a transparent attempt by abortion providers to protect their bottom line, and to prevent women from considering alternatives to abortion. Read more.