Pennsylvania’s Pregnancy and
Parenting Support Program Assists Over 200,000 Women and Lowers
Abortion During Bad Economy!
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, February 11, 2013
–Pennsylvania’s first-in-the-nation Pregnancy and Parenting Support
Program has served
last 17 years. Started in 1996 to offer women counseling and
mentoring support as an alternative to abortion, the statewide
Program has provided
over 1 million
support service visits to women throughout the Commonwealth of
Real Alternatives is the statewide administrator for the Program.
Kevin Bagatta, President and CEO of Real Alternatives said, “It has
been so gratifying over these years that so many women who were
alone and facing a crisis pregnancy had another person to assist
them and empower them to overcome obstacles and pressures so they
could choose life for their preborn baby.” Real Alternatives uses a
network of 93 pregnancy support centers, Catholic Charities, and
maternity homes, and their over 500 caring and compassionate trained
counselors to provide free pregnancy support and parenting education
services to women and families in our state.
fiscal year 2011-2012 ending June 30, 2012, 18,948 women were
provided comprehensive counseling, mentoring, education, and support
services that were available to them throughout their nine (9)
months of pregnancy and twelve (12) months after the birth of their
baby. The program received funding of $5.794 million that fiscal
year through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public
Welfare. The Program's administrative cost ratio was 7.86%.
Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that the
number of resident abortions performed in Pennsylvania in 2011
dropped by 2.2% to 34,459 from the previous year. That figure
represents a 7.3% drop from the 1995 number of 37,173 abortions, the
year before the program began.
Real Alternatives Vice President, Thomas Lang pointed out, "With the
difficult economic times we have experienced the last couple of
years, comes increased pressure to abort. For women who come to our
Program pressured by others to abort, 87% no longer consider
abortion after receiving services in our Program.” Lang continued,
"Thankfully, in fiscal year 2011-12 our statewide Program served
more women seeking services for unexpected pregnancies than at any
time in the program's 17 year history.” A record setting 13,068
pregnant women received services in that one year alone."
“When explaining the program to government officials from other
states, I’ll often ask them, ‘Do you know what they call a positive
approach to the most controversial issue of our time? They call it a
solution!’” Bagatta said. Real Alternatives has assisted 14 other
states to start taxpayer-funded programs to reach out to women
facing unexpected pregnancies in their states. In 2006, the State of
Texas, requested assistance in replicating the Pennsylvania program.
That program, administered by Texas Pregnancy Care Network, has also
been a great success in providing pregnancy and parenting support
services to 71,978 women at 373, 963 support service visits.
For more information, call Kevin I. Bagatta, Esq. at
View a short film about this successful
program at: www.RealAlternatives.org/film/