— Organizations united in support of life-affirming, volunteer-driven centers that support women, men, and children —

40thSealCare Net and Americans United for Life joined the Colorado State Legislature today in praising the work of pregnancy care centers in a special resolution recognizing the work of volunteers across the state.

Pro-life advocates and legislators honored the service and loving support of volunteers who daily care for mothers, fathers, and their children, born and unborn, assisting them at a pivotal moment. Senators Kevin Lundberg and Larry Crowder sponsored the resolution with the support of the CFA Foundation and Colorado Family Action.

The resolution recognizes the “life-affirming impact of pregnancy resource centers on the women, children, and men and communities they serve” and the “integrity and compassion” with which they provide those services.

“Pregnancy centers are often the only place in a community that women and men can count on for comprehensive support when faced with a pregnancy decision,” said Roland C. Warren, president and CEO of Care Net. “Pregnancy centers don’t just help women and men choose life, but also give them the material, emotional, and spiritual support they need to give abundant life to their children and families. Therefore, we wholeheartedly join the Colorado State Legislature in praising the courageous work of pregnancy centers in Colorado and across the country.”

“Building a culture of life takes place on many fronts, as caring people show that working for a day in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law begins with helping mothers during their pregnancies,” said AUL’s General Counsel Ovide Lamontagne who was present in Colorado at today’s passage of the resolution. “Pregnancy Care Centers are a powerful force within the pro-life community, providing love and support for women and their families.”

The resolution is based on the “Joint Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Centers,” available in AUL’s 2011 Model Legislation & Policy Guide. Dozens of states have passed similar resolutions in recent years praising the work of pregnancy centers, which are also known as crisis pregnancy centers and pregnancy resource centers.

Pregnancy Centers are local, nonprofit organizations that provide compassionate support to women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions. Services provided by centers may include pregnancy decision coaching by trained advocates, free pregnancy tests, information about pregnancy options, material resources, and post-decision support (including parenting education and abortion recovery groups).

Founded in 1975, Care Net supports one of the largest networks of pregnancy centers in North America and runs the nation’s only real-time call center providing pregnancy decision coaching. Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through its life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, organizations, and individuals. Learn more at http://www.care-net.org.

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971