February 7-- The pregnancy clinic run by the Rachel's House ministry in Vidalia is beginning its fourth year and reports it has saved 87 babies from abortion.
Katy Sammons with the First Choice Georgia Pregnancy Clinic reports that 60% of abortion-minded women they've counselled have changed their minds after visting the clinic.
"The ultra-sound is the key in us helping them to make a life affirming decision because when they see that image it's hard for them to deny there's a life at stake.
"Many people who have abortions have some serious psychological effects and often they say if I had only known, if I had only had more information, I might have made a different decision," Sammons says.
The clinic offers free pregnancy tests and has seen more than 700 women in the past three years.
"Our goal is try to reach women who have an unplanned pregnancy and don't know what to do. When they come in, we provide them a free pregnancy test and, if they are far enough along, we offer a free ultra-sound test. The ultra-sound is important because they don't know if they have a viable pregnancy and they may not know how far along they are.
"We use that ultra-sound to provide them with information and we also have additional information about fetal development and about abortion procedures and the risks associated with those procedures.
"We talk with them about their circumstances and why they are considering having an abortion and just help them think through the decision. They're in crisis and may not be thinking clearly and sometimes they just need someone to talk to who will listen to them," she said.
The clinic is located on Meadows Street in downtown Vidalia and may be reached on the phone at 538-0762 and on the web at www.firstchoicepregnancyclinic.com .