By Eliza Jane Phillis
As support coordinator of OSFL, I would like to bring attention to some of the organizations in Ottawa which exist to help women facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. These organizations work hard to defend the rights of the women they support and their children. Therefore, I believe they deserve some recognition for their work. Also, I hope that if anyone reading this, or someone they care about, is ever faced with the fear and confusion of an unplanned pregnancy, they will remember that these organizations are there to help with options counselling, physical and emotional support, and, if needed, post-abortive counselling.
As well, if you are interested in learning more about these organizations or volunteering with them, I strongly urge you to follow the links below.
First Place Pregnancy Centre is an organization which we have supported in the past as a club. They offer real options counselling, support for women during and after their pregnancies, and support and counselling for women suffering after an abortion.
Birthright of Ottawa is another organization dedicated to counselling and helping women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They provide one-on-one support during the difficult decision making process, as well as referrals to a number of important services such as medical care, professional counselling, and other community resources.
The Miriam Centre in Orleans offer assistance and support to mothers during their pregnancy, as well as assistance and resources for new mothers/parents facing difficulty, and support for parents who have lost a child to miscarriage, abortion, or infant death.
Rachel’s Vineyard is an international organization which organizes retreats to bring healing to post-abortive men and women. They are holding a retreat in Ottawa next month. Please check their website for more information. The information on who to contact specifically for the Ottawa retreat can be found by clicking here.
I strongly urge every pro-lifer to check out the links above and to become familiar with the services offered by each of these wonderful organizations. An unplanned pregnancy can happen to anyone at any time, and having the resources readily available for the woman who comes to us seeking guidance can make all the difference in the world. But remember, that the first resource for these women is you, and the greatest gift you can give is love.