Friday, April 4, 2008

Care Net: Houston Tragedies Point to Need for Pregnancy Centers

Care Net: Houston Tragedies Point to Need for Pregnancy Centers

LANSDOWNE, Va., April 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- Care Net President Melinda Delahoyde spoke out Thursday about the recent tragedies involving two Houston-area 14-year-old pregnant teens. "How tragic that these two young girls felt that secretly disposing of life was their only option!" said Care Net President Melinda Delahoyde. "We are saddened they didn't receive help from one of the nine Care Net pregnancy centers that exist in Houston to offer hope and assistance to people like them." On April 2, a girl gave birth in a bathroom and her baby drowned as she tried to flush the toilet. On March 30, a stillborn baby was delivered in an airplane bathroom and placed in a trash bin.

Serving over 300,000 people every year, Care Net pregnancy centers offer free and confidential services to people facing unplanned pregnancies and related sexual issues. Services include pregnancy tests, options counseling, limited ultrasound, parenting classes, material assistance, STD/STI information, after abortion help and community referrals.

"Young women in these situations often feel so scared and alone that they are in denial about their pregnancy," said Delahoyde. "What a sad state of our society - that some girls may not have a family member or adult helper who will help and love them unconditionally. The good news is that there are over 2,300 pregnancy centers that have sprung up across North America to step in the gap. No person facing an unplanned pregnancy should ever feel completely alone, ashamed and without hope when such an outpouring of support and compassion exist in our nation's pregnancy centers."

Care Net mourns for the young people and families of Baytown and the greater Houston area. Leaders of Care Net's local Baytown affiliate have expressed sorrow that their center was not allowed to help the young woman from Cedar Bayou Middle School. They hope that through this tragedy more local teens will come to learn of their services as well as begin to make healthier choices for their future.

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