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Speakers praise pregnancy care center at annual fundraiser
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A crowd at First Baptist Church listens to Ann Gainey, executive director of Choices Pregnancy Care Center, at the center’s annual fundraising gala Thursday evening. - photo by Kristen Oliver

There have been great, tumultuous times in the history of this country, and America faces one now.

So said Star Parker, Republican politician, author and conservative political activist, as she addressed the large crowd gathered Thursday evening for the Choices Pregnancy Care Center annual fundraising gala.

“This isn’t the first time in the history of America we’ve had a big moral question on the table,” said Parker, who was the keynote speaker. “A time that you have a crime against humanity and a whole lot of people doing a whole lot of work, trying to say, ‘It may be legal but it’s not lawful in God’s eyes, and we’re going to do what we can to stop this madness.’”

Choices is a faith-based nonprofit center offering several free services including ultrasounds and some low-cost services such as STD testing. It has two locations in Hall County: 4591 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch and 434 Green Street Place, Gainesville.

Parker compared the work done by people at such pregnancy centers today to the “heroes” of yesterday.

“We need our Harriet Tubmans out there,” she said. “We’re in a great hour. And during a great hour in slavery, Harriet Tubman, she decided it might be legal, but it wasn’t lawful in God’s eyes.”

Parker shared her story, including years on welfare and “abortion after abortion.”

“I was so used to welfare paying for my abortions,” she said.

She spoke out against the American welfare system saying, “the rules are, ‘don’t work, don’t save, don’t get married and we’ll kind of keep you enslaved to this poverty plantation.’”

After years of what Parker described as a “dark time,” and a period of “mourning, deep agony,” she walked into a pregnancy resource center, which helped her find her faith.

She commended the Christian-faith foundation at Choices.

“God’s going to work through people’s lives, the same way he worked through my life,” she said. “The same way he’s going to work through the lives of absolutely every young woman and man that comes into our Choices centers.”

A video Thursday shared the story of one such young woman named Whitney, who had four pregnancies before her 22nd birthday.

Her first son was stillborn, but after two more sons and a failed relationship with the father, she found herself pregnant for the fourth time. Friends from church brought her to Choices, where she was able to find adoptive parents for her newborn son.

Giving her child a future with a new family was “the best decision” she ever made.

“Up until I was pregnant, I never knew Choices existed,” she said. “It’s awesome to know that in a dark hour such as that, someone is there to help you and to guide you. And you couldn’t ask for more godly women.”

Choices executive director Ann Gainey also spoke Thursday, asking those in attendance for donations to help keep the centers serving the community.

“As Christians, we have to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough,’” Gainey said.

Southern California-based Parker said she was grateful to speak Thursday evening and to see the work being done at Choices, which served 1,773 clients last year.

“I get to go into quiet communities and meet the decent people who are just doing the most amazing work for God,” Parker said.

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