To date, some 300,000 women have reached out to Real Alternatives for help in coping with their crisis pregnancies. The organization provides free counseling, adoption referrals, and ongoing support in order to make it easier for women to choose life. Through the video “Empowering Women for Life,” available on its website, Real Alternatives offers the emotional personal testimonies of women who found hope thanks to the compassion of its staff and volunteers.
Each of the women’s stories is different, but there are common threads: afraid, struggling with addictions or poverty, these women considered abortion and decided against it.
One woman’s own mother attempted to force her to end her pregnancy, but the woman found herself unable to go through with an abortion. She looked to Real Alternatives for the support she needed to make the right decision for herself. When the baby was born, her mother was the first person to hold the child.
Another woman knew that her addiction had the potential to kill both her and her unborn baby. Through the Real Alternatives provided, she persevered through her personal crisis and is now working to improve life for herself and her child.
In the video, the group’s counselors note that being loved despite their mistakes can serve as a powerful incentive for people to turn their lives around.
Launched in 1996 through a state-sponsored initiative to lower abortion rates, Real Alternatives originally served women through 72 centers across Pennsylvania.