About one in four women ages 16 to 45 in the United States has had an abortion due to an unplanned pregnancy, said Angela Franey, executive director of Abria Pregnancy Resources. And about 62% of all women who consider abortion and go ahead have a religious affiliation, Franey said. “Most of them feel like they have no choice and that’s all they can do is abort, rather than find options,” she said.
Franey recently joined Practicing Catholic radio show host Patrick Conley to discuss the services offered at Abria and how congregants can support women dealing with crisis pregnancies and build a culture of life. . Abria has a location in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul, the latter located near a Planned Parenthood facility.
“We’re within sight,” Franey said of nearby Planned Parenthood. “We chose this place because of its strategic location, knowing that we wanted to give this opportunity to women to know that they have options, to know that they can choose life, that we are available.”
Abria staff discuss options for women “and know that God will speak to them in their hearts and move them to make the best choice,” Franey said. “We want to serve not only the unborn child but… the woman, the mother,” she said. “We know that if we help her, she will make a choice for life.”
One way for staff members to do that is not to push, Franey said, but to ask questions, including “do you feel supported right now? Is there someone in your life who would cheer you on with this unexpected pregnancy? Is there anyone you could reach out to? »
“We ask the woman questions and know she can find the answers that God has put in her,” Franey said.
People can support Abria in different ways, Franey said, starting with prayer. No ministry is without prayer, she said. Bring Abria and the women the staff members meet with to God in prayer, she said, “that they will hear and understand and choose life.”
The faithful can also contribute time, talent and treasures, Franey said, adding that people can become ambassadors to those in their sphere of influence, telling them about Abria, how they can support the life and get involved.
To learn more about supporting Abria, visit supporters.abria.org. To hear the full interview, listen to this episode of “Practicing Catholic,” which begins at 9 p.m. June 3 on Relevant Radio 1330 AM and repeats at 1 p.m. June 4 and 2 p.m. June 5.
Produced by Relevant Radio and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the latest broadcast also includes interviews with Fr. Tom Margevicius, worship director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who provides an introduction to the liturgy and how to participate; and Father Spencer Howe, pastor, and Sam Backman, director of sacred music, at Holy Cross in northeast Minneapolis, who discuss an upcoming Eucharistic procession that has been taking place for 17 years.
Listen to their interviews after they air:
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