By Luanne Hunt / For the Daily Press
As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is being considered for a seat on the highest federal court in the U.S., the subject of abortion and Roe vs. Wade seems to be on many people’s minds.
Some believe if Kavanaugh is appointed, Roe vs. Wade will be overturned, thus giving way to the return of back-alley and coat-hanger abortions.
But according to Victoria Robinson, spokesperson and director of external relations for Save the Storks, terminating a pregnancy is tragic in and of itself and her organization has set out to help allay the problem.
“We’re not about polarizing people, we just want to make sure women know they have options,” said Robinson, a mother of four. “When you’re carrying a child, especially in the early stages, you haven’t really grasped the concept that there’s an actual baby growing inside you.
“But when you have an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat or see arms and legs moving around, it’s a hard thing to deny.”
In 2012, Save the Storks founders Joe and Ann Baker began setting up Sprinter vans with state-of-the-art sonogram equipment to serve women who were thinking about having an abortion.
By 2014, the Bakers’ organization had grown beyond their wildest dreams and today, Save the Storks has over 40 vans (which are referred to as Stork Buses) in operation across the country.
According to Robinson, any expectant mother who boards a Save the Stork bus will receive an ultrasound, counseling, basic medical care and other resources she may need at no cost. Robinson said 4 out of 5 women who board and see their baby for the first time in the ultrasound, choose to carry their child to full term.
“We are never going to judge you,” said Robinson. “We are not out there condemning, just out there helping. We’re going to meet you where you are with love and compassion and then action.”
Save the Storks’ buses are owned by pregnancy centers nationwide, which operate the vehicles as affiliates of the charity. Save the Storks helps the centers pay for the buses through through its fundraising efforts. The organization estimates that a donation of $35 per month will go a long way toward saving the life of a baby.
“We need to change the conversation about how we see this issue by looking at people and not getting into a fight about who’s right and wrong,” said Robinson. “Where does that get anyone?”
To donate to Save the Storks or learn more, visit www.savethestorks.com.
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