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Heartbeat Pregnancy Centers Deliver Hope for Life

Heartbeat Leaders March for Hope on First Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision Upholding the Ban on Partial Birth Abortion


'America can do better than abortion,' said Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. 'Thousands of pregnancy centers around the world are providing positive choices for women faced with an untimely pregnancy. The women we see in our pregnancy centers are open to new life when hope is offered.'


Contact: Virginia Cline, Heartbeat International, 614-885-7577


DALLAS, April 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- On the first anniversary of Gonzales v. Carhart, Heartbeat International joins with The Justice Foundation, Operation Outcry, and compassionate supporters from around the world to march for a future where abortion is unthinkable. The Hope for Life march begins at the Heartbeat International Conference at the Sheraton Hotel (formerly Adams Mark) and proceeds to the Dallas Courthouse, where the Roe v. Wade case was initiated and paved the way to more than 40 million abortions.


"Often, women tell us they were encouraged to abort, persuaded that abortion is a good choice without being informed about life-saving options. These same women tell us they would have rejected abortion had they known the truth and been encouraged to choose life," said Hartshorn. "Women need to know that Heartbeat is here to provide healthy alternatives to abortion."


Close to 700 pro-life pregnancy center leaders from the U.S. and 14 other countries are participating in the 2008 Annual Heartbeat International Conference to strengthen alternatives to abortion and provide hope and healing for those who have suffered from abortion.


More than 30 pro-life leaders from Canada, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, Nepal, Serbia, Russia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are participating.


Conference keynote speakers include: Dr. Alveda King, founder of King for America and Civil Rights Activist; Julie Parton, founder of Prestonwood Pregnancy Center; June Hunt, founder of Hope for the Heart; and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group


Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is one of the millions of women who regret choosing abortion. She is especially concerned about the history of abortion clinics that target minority communities.


Heartbeat International, founded in 1971, is an interdenominational Christian association of 1,070 pregnancy resource centers and post abortion groups in 48 states and 42 countries. Heartbeat International connects callers with the local help they need through OptionLine.org (800-395-HELP), a joint hotline operated with Care Net.