Rather, Mancini emphasized that “women deserve to know all of their options,” such as “the love, compassion, and free resources that are available to them through the vast pro-life safety net.” The pro-life movement, she said, supports women “before, during, and after pregnancy.”
To discuss the resources available to women, Mancini was joined by Jean Marie Davis, the executive director of Branches Pregnancy Resource Center in Brattleboro, Vermont; Dr. John Bruchalski, the founder of the pro-life nonprofit Divine Mercy Care; and Mississippi Deputy Attorney General Whitney Lipscomb.
“We’re not just a pregnancy center,” Davis said. “That’s one-eighth of what we do. We also help the women.”
Davis discussed her personal experience as a victim of sex trafficking from age 2 through 29 and her decision to choose life after becoming pregnant. She chose to keep her son after she visited a local pregnancy resource center “when they allowed me to hear that heartbeat” and now runs Branches Pregnancy Resource Center “because I was helped, now I can give back to the community.”
Branches administers several programs, which include efforts to help women who are being sex-trafficked, help women suffering from domestic violence, and help men who are going to be fathers.
“A choice is actually giving them the ability to make a decision,” Davis said.