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April 9, 2019

Community Partner Highlight: Options United

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OneLife LA is rooted in the fundamental truth that we are all connected to one another. The isolation of individuality is a myth, the reality is that what one person does affects someone else. Pope Francis has warned against individualism as a way to isolate ourselves from one another:  individualism centered on the autonomous subject tends to see the human person as a being whose sole fulfillment depends only on his or her own strength.

That’s why it’s up to all of us to work together to protect, defend, and proclaim the beauty and dignity in every human life. Our Community Partner Options United uses love, communication, and creativity to reach women in crisis pregnancy situations and empower them to choose life for their unborn children.

Options United runs a call center that welcomes calls from women who are in need. Often these women feel helpless or without options. Through one phone call, the women are introduced to a network of local pregnancy centers and follow-up calls to accompany and pray with women in need.

Through their contacts with local pregnancy centers, Options United makes sure that no women makes a decision out of fear, shame, or hopelessness. There are incredible stories of hope on the Options United website, like this from “Julie”:

Pregnant with her third child, “Julie” called to receive information on abortions. She was scared and felt unable to have a third baby at the time. An Options United staffer encouraged her to first get an ultrasound of the baby before making any decisions. A few days later, the staffer followed up with “Julie” to see what she decided and was happy to learn that “Julie” had gone into the pregnancy center!

“Julie” was moved by the kind staff and the warm atmosphere of the clinic, which was unlike any other clinic she had visited in the past. After seeing the ultrasound and hearing her baby’s heartbeat, she chose life!

Her voice projected true happiness and the staffer shared with “Julie” that she and others had been praying for “Julie” and her baby since they received her first phone call. “Julie” asked that they continue to pray for her as she would now need it with three little ones!

No matter where the women come from or what their background is, every woman is welcomed and loved by Options United.

OneLife LA is proud to partner with Options United year-long in their creative and life-saving work! Visit their website today to find out how you can defend life in California.

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