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Care Net Offers "Real Choice" to Abortion

( [email protected] ) Mar 20, 2004 03:30 PM EST

In response to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)’s decision in endorsing the pro-choice position on abortion, Care Net, a Christian non-profit organization that supports a network of 700 pregnancy resource centers in the United States and Canada, is trying to offer alternatives to abortion, to reverse its decision.

Despite the lack of health and safety regulations in the abortion industry, NAACP decided to take the pro-choice position because they see “women of color seek abortion at rates higher than their percentage in the population.”

“The NAACP’s decision to endorse abortion rights is irresponsible,” said Janine Simpson, Director of Urban Center Development for Care Net. “This organization should be concerned that one in three African American pregnancies end in abortion, that over 1,200 black children die every day, and an estimated 70 percent of abortion

providers are in minority neighborhoods. The NAACP should bemoan these facts and look for solutions for the African American family.”

In 2003, Care Net launched an initiative targeting underserved urban areas across the country to make access to abortion alternatives a real choice for African American women.

“The goal is to empower every woman to have real choices,” Simpson said. “Not just the choice of abortion, which is convenient for the moment, but real choices that will change their lives.”

Care Net’s Urban Initiative educates communities about the abortion problem and to reinforce pregnancy resource centers in the community, where pregnant women could have the access to pregnancy tests and counseling, material assistance, abstinence education, post-abortion counseling and, medical care.