Please note this entry is written with Christian readers in mind, but we hope the ideas are also useful to Jews, Muslims, and anyone else who regularly participates in a religious community.
Surveys suggest approximately 4 in 10 women who get abortions were attending church regularly at the time they aborted. While many churches work to support women with unintended pregnancies in the community (e.g. fundraisers for local pregnancy resource centers, volunteering at food banks, diaper drives), it’s also important to have programs or policies for responding to unintended pregnancy among church members themselves. These programs offer immediate practical and emotional support, and their existence signals that the church can be a source of hope, love, and redemption.
Some churches offer parenting classes, host baby showers, connect expecting parents to mentors, organize meal trains, coordinate babysitting for older siblings, or organize prayer groups and bible studies specifically for new moms. Churches, often in partnership with pregnancy resource centers, can also be the source of information about local programs to help with nutrition, healthcare, housing, job hunting, baby supplies, and other needs. Learn what ministries your church has in place and find out how you can help support those efforts. If your church doesn’t have any specific programs, ask who you can work with to set something up.