Why We Do It: The Convictions of a Pregnancy Care Centre

In his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus was not concerned primarily with his own interests, but with ours.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; In your book were written, every one of them The days that were formed for me, When as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16This conviction propels us to treat every woman who enters our doors with the utmost respect and care and to serve her to the best of our abilities: she is there on purpose.

 

The work of a Pregnancy Care Centre is neither easy nor popular. The women with unexpected pregnancies who seek our assistance often face immense emotional, financial, social, and spiritual pressures to choose abortion. Supporting them and enabling them to face these pressures requires a tremendous investment of time and energy and emotion from highly dedicated staff and a large network of volunteers and supporters.

Society at large does not generally value this kind of service to women and some actively oppose it: PCCs are sometimes falsely accused of obstructing access to abortion and of misleading women with false information about abortion. Some opponents are actively seeking to undermine the work of PCCs through the removal of charitable organization status and through attacks on social media.

In the face of this opposition to very challenging work, the question arises, “Why do we do it?”

The Pregnancy Care Centre of Toronto holds three central convictions that compel us to this difficult and important work, convictions that derive from and align with the ethos of the Christan gospel.

First, we believe that while there are unexpected pregnancies, there are no unintended pregnancies

No matter how unplanned or unexpected a pregnancy, we are convinced that it has happened on purpose, that it is God’s intention. This is a bold claim: it suggests that there is nothing random or pointless about our existence, that each of us exists on purpose, that we are truly and objectively meaningful and significant.

To a culture awash in the assumption that human existence is, at root, without purpose or meaning, this claim sounds deeply implausible.

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