In a shocking move that puts the lives of innocent babies at risk, Governor Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania, a known pro-abortion Democrat, has decided to terminate the state’s long-standing contract with Real Alternatives, an organization that provides vital support to pro-life counseling centers. This decision, reported by the Associated Press, demonstrates the governor’s commitment to promoting abortion access and disregarding the value of every unborn child’s life.
Dem Governor Ends State Funding for Pro-Life Centers
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 5, 2023
Real Alternatives, an organization that has historically received significant state and federal funds, has been instrumental in supporting Catholic charities, anti-abortion centers, and maternity homes that assist women in crisis pregnancies. By ending the 30-year long contract, Governor Shapiro has signaled his willingness to abandon these organizations and the women they serve.
After nearly 30 years, Gov. Josh Shapiro will end state funding for anti-abortion counseling centers in Pennsylvania.
The Democratic governor called it a 'win' for a "woman's right to choose." pic.twitter.com/mHNcoyriEk
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) September 1, 2023
Lawmakers had allocated $7 million to Real Alternatives last year, allowing them to fund over 70 centers across Pennsylvania. These centers provide essential services such as housing, materials, and parenting counseling to women who have chosen life for their unborn babies. One can only imagine the despair these women will face as they are deprived of the support they desperately need.
One brave woman, Alyssa MacAfee, shared her story with the outlet, revealing the life-changing impact of the assistance she received. Homeless and jobless, Alyssa discovered she was pregnant and turned to St. Margaret of Castello Maternity Home, which receives funding from Real Alternatives. Thanks to their support, Alyssa was able to give her child the gift of life and find stability in her own life. It is heartbreaking to think that other women in similar situations may no longer have access to such life-affirming help.
While Governor Shapiro claims that his administration will support abortion access instead, it is clear that this decision will ultimately lead to a substantial increase in abortion rates across Pennsylvania. Real Alternatives has played a vital role in providing alternatives to abortion and empowering women to make choices that honor the sanctity of life. By severing ties with this essential organization, Governor Shapiro has demonstrated a disregard for the lives of unborn children and the well-being of their mothers.
It is truly a sad day when politics and ideology override compassion and humanity. The government should be working to protect the most vulnerable among us, not actively seeking to undermine their chance at life. Governor Shapiro’s decision reveals a troubling lack of respect for the sanctity of life and a callousness towards the real-world consequences of his actions. We must stand firm in our commitment to defending the rights of the unborn and supporting organizations like Real Alternatives that provide vital resources to women in need.