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Sanctity of Human Life open house Sunday

On Sunday, Jan. 23, the Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center will commemorate National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) to raise awareness about the inherent special nature of human life and what the community can do to support women facing unplanned pregnancies.

The Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center will join hundreds of other organizations like itself across the country who will be sharing with the public about its work and inviting individuals to tour the Center and become involved as supporters or volunteers.

The open house will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

In 2010, the Center saw 1,324 client visits with the help of 20 volunteers. That total number of client visits represents 175 women and 31 men, plus their children, born and unborn. About 23 percent of those visits were with primarily Spanish-speaking clients.

National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday was declared a special day in 1983, by President Ronald Reagan to focus on the sanctity of human life and the fundamental right to life.

Statistics show that abortion in America is decreasing and the work of pregnancy centers is having an impact.

In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million in 2000. From 1973 to 2005, more than 45 million abortions occurred according to the Guttmacher Institute.

There are approximately 2,300 pregnancy centers in North America providing practical help and emotional and spiritual support to people facing unplanned pregnancies to empower them to choose life. Nine out of ten women who visit a Care Net affiliated pregnancy center choose to carry to term.

According to TIME Magazine, pregnancy centers are playing a role in why abortion rates have fallen in recent years, “That would seem to be evidence that the quiet campaign for women’s hearts and minds, conducted in thousands of crisis pregnancy centers around the country, on billboards, phone banks and websites, is having an effect.”

Founded 13 years ago, the Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center provides practical help and compassionate support, including a variety of educational programs and services, to empower women to carry their pregnancy to term. The Center is affiliated with Care Net, NIFLA and Heartbeat International. For information, visit www.PagosaPregnancyCenter.org.