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With crisis pregnancy centers under attack in Congress and throughout the country in both the media and from pro-abortion groups, three leading pregnancy center organizations held a briefing on Capitol Hill to educated lawmakers and their staffs about the centers and their work.

Heartbeat International joined with representatives of Care Net and National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a group that provides centers with legal help, told hold the briefing last week.

Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., the national director of Heartbeat, told that members of Congress and staff members from both political parties attended the forum.

“After an onslaught of attacks against pregnancy centers, there is a great need to be proactive and explain to Congressional members and staffers the importance of the life-saving work of pregnancy centers across the country,” she said.

Harthshorn also pointed to recent national media attention pregnancy centers have received from Time magazine and CBS News.

“We needed to present the history of the pregnancy center movement along with our vision for the future where women are able to recognize abortion as the harmful choice that it is,” she added.

[21March07,, D.C.]