Downing: Commemorate Roe v. Wade by helping those facing unplanned pregnancies

January 12, 2014 

Downing

— Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion, citizens across the country started creating pregnancy-resource centers to offer alternatives to abortion.

In Columbia, members of several evangelical churches got together in November 1983 and formed Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center. Our mission is to offer practical services in a compassionate and responsive manner that will encourage women, men and families to choose life for their pre-born child.

For more than 30 years, Daybreak has come to the assistance of more than 25,000 women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy. With offices in downtown Columbia and Lexington, Daybreak offers free, compassionate services through its 24-hour hotline, personal counseling to both men and women, free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, adoption referrals, childbirth/parenting classes, dating and relationship classes, post-abortion recovery, college campus outreach and a teen-pregnancy prevention program for middle and high school students that reaches thousands of teens annually in four counties.

But with your help, Daybreak can do so much more. During Sanctity of Human Life Month, we’re asking each pro-lifer in the Midlands to begin 2014 by taking a stand for life. Please call Daybreak at (803)771-6634 and offer to volunteer.

Those with a voice need to speak up for those who cannot. But we need to do so with love. With grace. With mercy. By offering real help and hope to those who need it. Shouting through a megaphone won’t change anyone’s mind, but meeting the real needs of desperate people with kindness and compassion will change hearts. This is what Daybreak does for our community every day.

It is a desperately frightening thing to know that the lives of precious children in this country are not protected by our Constitution. We have laws protecting sea turtles and bald eagles, but not human children. To quote Dr. Seuss, “A person is a person no matter how small.”

Maggie Downing

Executive Director

Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center

Columbia

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