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July 2020 Letter – Moniqua’s Story

As you follow today’s headlines and consider the various conversations, I’m hoping to encourage you from a unique perspective that you and I share as supporters of Women’s Choice Network. We’ve all had to pause over this past few weeks to listen, pray, and do some soul searching. Rather than provide solutions or commentary, I’d like to remind you of the amazing ways that you have touched the lives of those most vulnerable in our city. Young moms and dads have been impacted; their lives have been transformed because you cared for them in their most vulnerable moments. Let me give you an example.

Moniqua is now a young mom in our Life Support Program. But 6 months ago, she was preparing for an abortion and wanted an ultrasound to find out how far along she was. She saw our ad, made an appointment and after seeing her scan, she began to cry. Our staff wrapped around her with support, material aid, and friendship. 

 “I am unbelievably grateful. You have been such a blessing throughout my whole pregnancy. You have truly been there for me. I am eternally thankful you came into my life. You have supported me in ways you don’t even know.”  –‘Moniqua 

A decade ago, our Board of Directors became aware that over 40% of abortions in Pittsburgh were suffered by African American women (who comprise less than 13% of the population). In 2009, two suburban pregnancy centers prayerfully sought ways to address this glaring and heinous social injustice. Those two organizations reorganized as Women’s Choice Network with a mission to plant our centers in areas of our city that were targeted by abortion clinics. We have maintained a strong and influential presence on North Side’s East Ohio Street, in the heart of Oakland, and at Monroeville’s medical hub.  We further expanded our services to address the various needs of all people facing unplanned pregnancy and provide testing, programs and tools to build healthy relationships.  I wanted you to know that your support has made the difference. Here’s how. 

  • In the last 5 years, we’ve served 7,700 clients at 12,800 unique appointments

  • 42% of our clients are “Caucasian”

  • Just over 40% of our clientele is “African American” or “Multi racial” 

As Christians, we believe that every person matters and we must work to rescue those who are often targeted, marginalized, or forgotten.  Your faithful giving reaches them with life transforming impact. 

 “I truly appreciate everything you have done for us. We feel so blessed to have met you and your weekly calls really help me so much. You are so amazing. THANK YOU!”–‘Amelia,’ Amelia and her boyfriend were abortion minded when they came into the center, but after options counseling and seeing her baby on the ultrasound screen, Amelia chose life. Praise God! 

Because life matters, 

Amy Scheuring

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