Rick Santorum rallies 1,005 at pro-life Women’s Center fundraiser

2013-02-28T21:00:00Z 2013-03-01T16:46:05Z Rick Santorum rallies 1,005 at pro-life Women’s Center fundraiserLU ANN FRANKLIN Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 28, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

HOBART | The pro-life movement continues to gain strength because younger generations have embraced the cause and because crisis pregnancy centers have opened to bring “a message of love, of God’s love, of loving the child in the womb, the mother and the father.”

Rick Santorum, 2012 presidential candidate and social conservative, brought that message Thursday to 1,005 guests attending the annual Celebrating Life fundraiser dinner at Avalon Manor sponsored by The Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana.

A two-term senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum introduced the Workplace Religious Freedom Act in 2005 with Sen. John Kerry, the nation’s new secretary of state.

The act, which died in committee, sought to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to modify the definition of "religion" for purposes of coverage under that act. It would have required “employers to make an affirmative and bona fide effort to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of employees,” according to the Library of Congress.

Santorum said he spoke at March for Life two months ago and that more than half of the 700,000 people who attended were younger than 30.

“It’s a young person’s movement,” Santorum said. “That’s because young people are a visual generation. … They can’t deny what’s often on their refrigerators, the sonographs of them in the womb.”

Santorum said the pro-life movement has also changed.

“Those in the pro-life movement were often judgmental mountain-top moralizers,” he said, adding that crisis pregnancy centers have now opened across the country and provide non-judgmental care for women who are facing unplanned pregnancies.

The Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana “gives women an alternative to abortion. Everything we do is free,” said Tom Porter, of Crown Point, vice chairman of the board of directors.

Among the services provided by the pro-life center are ultrasound, free pregnancy tests and post-abortion counseling.

For women who choose to parent, The Women’s Center provides pregnancy support through parenting classes, referrals and a learn and earn program. The center also provides information on adoption for clients who want to carry their children and are not ready to parent.

Opened in 1989 as the Lake County Women’s Center, the organization has locations in Crown Point, Highland, Demotte and Valparaiso. The Valparaiso center is on the second floor of a building with Planned Parenthood on the first floor.

A new location will open in downtown Gary in the near future, Executive Director Jackie Moffin announced at the dinner.

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