Ohio Rep. Bill Johnson was in town last week to tour the Pregnancy Help Center, 4845 Market St., Boardman.
"In our 25 years in the Valley, the center has seen over 30,000 client visits," said the center's Executive Director Sally Dubinsky. "In the past six years alone we have given out over 200,000 individual diapers to clients."
The Pregnancy Help Center is a combination ministry and medical facility that offers free services to women at risk for abortion in the Mahoning Valley. Medical services include pregnancy testing and limited ultrasound to diagnose a viable intrauterine pregnancy. Each client is presented with information on various options they can take during pregnancy.
The center also provides parenting classes, breastfeeding classes and Bible study. They also have an Earn While You Learn program in which clients can earn points they can use to shop in the center's 2,000 square foot baby boutique. They can purchase, with their points, items such as diapers, baby food, infant clothing and baby equipment and accessories.
After the visit, Johnson said, "It was an honor to visit the Pregnancy Help Center and see firsthand its commitment to protecting innocent life. This is so important to Eastern Ohio, where the majority of people believe that life is a gift from God. Through a strong foundation of faith, the Pregnancy Help Center is helping women realize that with God's love they can make life-saving decisions when dealing with unplanned pregnancy. Right now, religious liberty is being attacked by the federal government with President (Barack) Obama's takeover of health care and its disastrous mandates. This underscores the critical role that the Pregnancy Help Center plays in the community."