Despite popular culture suggesting otherwise, women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant have far more options for themselves and their babies than the pro-choice segment of society would suggest.
Pennsylvania nonprofit Real Alternatives offers a program that provides services to new and expectant mothers who need additional support.
Real Alternatives founding CEO Kevin Bagatta joined “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning to discuss how — for the past 27 years — the organization has dedicated state funds to adoption agencies, maternity homes, pregnancy centers and Catholic Charities.
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Bagatta is former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. To quote Casey, at the first Real Alternatives dinner, “Our business is to fight the poison of hopelessness with love.”
“And that’s really what the program is about,” Bagatta said.
Across all agencies, the CEO said more than 400 counselors are available at any given time to support women who are feeling the pressure of continuing their pregnancy and giving birth to their baby.
“First and foremost [the counselors] Listen to what she does,” he said. “Listen to where she’s at and meet her — ask her what the stressors are, what her stressors are — and then we’ll help her.”
Bagatta explained that Pennsylvania is setting an example for other states in the wake of the Roe v. Wade reversal.
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The nonprofit organization currently serves over 337,000 women in Pennsylvania.
It has also expanded efforts in Indiana, where 92,000 women are receiving assistance.
“We have helped 12 other states to start programs, and we need more help and capacity building, so women feel empowered for life,” he said.
As controversial as the abortion debate is, Bagatta prides himself on providing a positive approach to his business.
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“What about America,” he said.
“We help people. We solve problems. And that’s what this program represents.”
His group offers “free, caring and completely confidential pregnancy and parenting support services” at 1-888-LIFE-AID. The Real Alternatives website (realalternatives.org) also shares other important information.