Empowering women through unexpected pregnancy means supporting them beyond the birth

This column is an opinion by Tia Gerwatoski, a volunteer with the group 40 Days for Life in Calgary. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ.

One of the unfortunate misconceptions surrounding the abortion debate is that what we call pro-life advocacy ends with the child’s birth — abandoning the mother, her newborn, and any sort of responsibility after that act. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

With the subject of abortion access in the news, following last month’s decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn the abortion protections in Roe v. Wade, I think it’s important for you to know that those of us involved in this movement in Canada strive to elevation women by providing knowledge, time and assistance, along with community support to empower them if they decide to follow through with their pregnancy.

Fortunately for Canadians who make that decision, there is a wealth of resources, support and care available.

Canada has pregnancy resource centers in towns and cities from coast to coast, where the priority is to journey with mothers in understanding the resources and supports available to them if they decide to keep their baby.

Network hub

Studies show that, although reasoning is multifaceted, a large percentage of women have abortions due to a lack of financial resources. Many pregnancy resource centers act as a hub of networking and connection to deal with issues such as this; they have access to a wide scope of referrals to other agencies for a range of housing options, including emergency housing, long-term housing, and low-income housing, as well as information on subsidies.

Financial mentors are provided and referrals are made to agencies that educate on credit counselling, debt consolidation and financial education so that women can create a plan to

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