FLUSHING – Martha Chima, single mother of three, is dating The bridge to life pregnancy aid center in Flushing to get clothes and other supplies for her children.
The center, located on the second floor of a house that also houses a daycare center and a Lutheran church, helps pregnant women and new mothers with the aim of helping women avoid abortion and keep their babies.
But the centre’s lease will end next year. He will be rezoned and now needs financial help to move in and buy a new home.
It provides advice and referrals for medical services such as ultrasound scans as well as baby clothes and supplies, all free of charge.
“We are living during the New York State Reproductive Health Act (RHA) and seeing more scared young women,” said Cathy Donohoe, president of Bridge to Life.
“This is the raison d’être of a strong pregnancy service network – a number of pregnancy care centers that support each other, from housing and medical needs, to self-diagnosis and material assistance. , what we do. We’re doing whatever it takes, and we’re not just pro-babies. We support everyone from conception, without exception, ”she said.
Francesca Yellico, Managing Director of Bridge to Life, understands the centre’s clients because she was once in their shoes: she had an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 18.
“After I had my baby I remember being in my room and just holding it, crying at the thought that I even considered [abortion] for a second. My daughter would not be there. And I got better informed, I started to educate myself on the procedure… I thought, these poor girls; someone has to do something to help them. So I started volunteering as a counselor and it changed the course of my life, ”Yellico said.
“This little girl, my daughter, whom I once thought about having an abortion, is now pregnant with baby number 3. Before becoming pregnant, she was also volunteering as a counselor in the same place as me”, a- she added. “It’s about arming people with the truth.”
The Bridge to Life is a donation-dependent, non-profit organization. He’s trying to help save the lives of unborn children in a city that is unofficially the abortion capital of the world.
According to data from the Guttmacher Institute reported by Abort73.com, a pro-life site, 31% of pregnancies in New York State ended in abortion in 2017, the year for which the most recent data is available, and according to Guttmacher himself, the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 and 44 in the state in 2017 was just over 26, about double the national average.
that of New York Reproductive health law, which was enacted in January 2019 by Governor Andrew Cuomo, extended abortion rights in the state. The RHA allows abortions in the third trimester – after 24 weeks of pregnancy – if the fetus is deemed “non-viable” or if the woman’s life is in danger.
In addition, last year, New York City spent $ 250,000 to enable low-income women to travel to the city from other states to obtain abortions. Activists said it was the first time that a US city has allocated funds specifically for abortions, according to at the New York Times.
“Women deserve better,” Donohue said.