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Saturday's New York Times included a surprising story on the front page about an evangelical pregnancy center in Newport, Tennessee. Reporter Elisabeth Dias spent time with Wendy Ramsey, who runs Options Pregnancy Help Center in the basement of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church for expectant mothers. The article respectfully explored how Ramsey is trying to make a difference in the lives of pregnant women -- and yes, tries to evangelize about Jesus.
The June morning was quiet, the opposite of the anti-abortion protests she used to attend. Protests alone, she had come to think, were “not how Jesus handled anything.” She remembered a Bible story of Jesus welcoming an outcast woman — people like the pregnant women and new mothers she now spends her days trying to help.
Legislation - There
“If we want to be pro-life, we have to want more than legislation,” she said. “It just can’t begin and end there.”
This is a fine point, but it also feels like a cartoon of the average pro-life activist, that they only march and never support pregnancy centers.
Paragraph - Article
There's another paragraph like that deeper into the article:
She [Ramsey] finds truth in the critique by many who support abortion access that their opponents do not care about life beyond birth. “All we want is the baby to be born, and then we are not going to give the parents any kind of tools to take care of it,” she said of many others in the anti-abortion movement. “We are not going to come alongside them, we are just going to feel like we won.”
Ramsey - Others - Crusade - Abortion - Lobbying
Let's guess Ramsey wasn't intending to slam "many others," but to describe how the crusade against abortion isn't just the lobbying. The Times isn't in the habit of suggesting the abortion advocates "feel like we won" when an abortion takes place.
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