By Kaila Leilani
I just received great news, I’m going to be an auntie again! This isn’t an aunt in the traditional sense, where one of my brothers has a child. Instead it means one of my cousins is having a baby! I’m a Native Hawai’ian and am still living on the island. Family, or ohana, is everything to us here. Aunts are strong female role models and live all over our community.
There are so many amazing pro-life activists who have taken up this prolife cause, rallying groups in Washington DC, getting personhood amendments passed at the state level, etc. But that isn’t the only way we, as pro-lifers, can protect the lives of innocent babies as well as the mothers who are also victims of the profit driven abortion mills.
We can help by advocating ways to keep pregnant young women in school, to help them find jobs, to help the find housing, to help them with the never ending things that are needed to raise a child, etc. We also need to remember it’s not just about tangible items, it’s about love. We need to be there for these often scared, lost girls and women. To show them we don’t think less of them for their pregnancies that we can be there to support them through pregnancy, birth and raising their child. We can become their ohana. Just like my family, where family is based on love, not blood.
Here is a great place to start helping women: The Gabriel Project. The Gabriel Project provides crisis pregnancy counseling focusing on the sanctity of life, for both mother and child. Adoption counseling is provided. Mothers who keep their babies are matched up with a mentor who help them, not just through pregnancy, but after birth. Other resources provide diapers, clothes, and other equipment new mothers need.
Let’s start brainstorming other ways to help as well! Maybe you can go to your local human services office (where people go to get SNAP [food stamps], WIC [Women Infants and Children] credit for food and healthcare etc.), your local church, your local community center, etc. and see if they know of any pregnant women in need. Any other ideas? Please leave them in the comments!
It is our duty to help other humans in need and respecting life in all it's stages, mother and baby!