HUEYTOWN, Ala (WIAT) — The building may look small from the outside, but Director Becky McDonough describes the services as wide-reaching.
The Pregnancy Resource Center in Hueytown offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and counseling to expectant mothers.
McDonough meets with women from all age ranges and stages of life to discuss the options in the case of an unexpected pregnancy.
“You basically have 3 options: abortion, parenting, or adoption,” says McDonough, “I just ask, ‘Where do you want to start?’ And we go from there.”
The faith-based organization aims for the latter two, but McDonough says many women have left the clinic with only one option in mind.
She says sometimes those women come back after going through with an abortion.
“We are not an ‘I told you so’ clinic,” says McDonough.
One of the services offered at the PRC is grief counseling for the women who received an abortion.
Wednesday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the state’s anti-abortion legislation into law, criminilizing the procedure.
The PRC is prepared to help moms through the remaining options.
McDonough shares her personal experience with adoption.
“I hid my pregnancy for 6 months,” she says, telling the story about giving her child up for adoption.
She and her daughter met when her daughter turned 24.
“She thanked me for giving her life.”
Another counselor at the center is an adoptive mother. Photos inside the clinic show the excitement on Angel Hudgens face when she met her baby.
The PRC works with Lifeline, and they help connect expecting mothers to the adoption agency.
For the moms that choose the parenting option, the PRC offers parenting classes and counseling.
Thursday evening, several moms who completed a three-week parenting course were given a baby shower. The moms received diaper bags, clothes, diapers and wipes, bottles, and other items to help them raise a new baby.
Another option is an “Earn While You Learn” class. The one-on-one counseling session works with new parents and aims to help parents successfully navigate obstacles.
The parents earn “Mommy Money” while attending the classes and are able to pick up necessities in the Caterpillar Corner.
McDonough says just this week, a mom picked up a Pack-N-Play.
When asked if the PRC is expecting to see more women now that abortion is no longer an option, McDonough said the center has been open for over 30 years, and they’ll continue to stay open and serve women.
The PRC is a non-profit organization. To learn more visit their website here.