The Coastal Bend Republican Coalition gathered on May 19 for its weekly meeting at a local barbecue joint. Over brisket and coleslaw, members listened to the speaker they’d invited for the evening: Jana Pinson, the executive director of the Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend.
Brooke Alexander found out she was pregnant 48 hours before the Texas abortion ban took effect. The only place she could find to get an ultrasound, to determine how far along she was, was a crisis pregnancy center — a religiously affiliated antiabortion facility. Now Alexander has two baby girls and is struggling to make ends meet. Meanwhile, the crisis pregnancy center is capitalizing on her story:
To explain the center’s work, Pinson told a story about a girl who showed up with her mom on the morning the Heartbeat Act took effect, asking for an abortion.
The mother and daughter “were so furious with us,” Pinson said, “so angry.”
But as soon as they saw the ultrasound, she said, everything changed.
“The moment we put that wand on her sweet belly and two babies popped up … it absolutely melted them.”
Last year, Pinson said, 583 abortion-minded and abortion-vulnerable women chose to continue their pregnancies after visiting their facility.
At their banquet in March — with over 2,800 attendees from across the region — Pinson and her staff lit 583 candles.
One of those was for Brooke.