South Carolina Pregnancy Center Saves Lives & Reaches Souls

From left: Carolina Pregnancy Center staff members Caroline Plexico, Madison Rainey, Debra Ortt and Alexia Newman.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) — This spring, Alexia Newman will celebrate 30 years as director of Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, one of the largest crisis pregnancy care centers in South Carolina.

When she interviewed for the job in April 1989, she did not even know it was a pro-life ministry. “I had to ask before I would continue. I did not know anything about crisis pregnancies,” she said. Since then she has become a seasoned veteran, heading a ministry that saves lives and reaches people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What has characterized her tenure at such a demanding post when the average stay of a director is less than three years?

“We have a great and supportive staff and board along with tremendous church and community support,” she said. “For me, I could not have stayed here as long as I have if I didn’t sit under good preaching and just stay in the Word.”

Newman recalls vividly her first client.

“When I talked to her alone, she said she knew what they had done was wrong — sin,” Newman recalled. Her boyfriend was playing ball at a local college, and they were both active in their church.” The young lady’s plan was simply to speed up the time of their engagement. She did not plan to abort the baby, but the boyfriend entered the conversation that day full of anger and demanded that she get an abortion, saying, “If you don’t, we are done.” The girl was devastated, but her parents were supportive. She was able to finish her degree, do her student teaching and get a job. “She met and married a wonderful man seven years ago. He adopted her son, and they now have four children. The family is doing great,” Newman said.

Crisis pregnancy centers began to show up in the 1960s but increased dramatically in the wake of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Today, there are 26 of these centers in South Carolina.

The first year Newman was director, the center saw 56 women, then 139 in year two. And by the third year, 839. She said, “Now we average 2,600 a year.” While she does not know exactly how many babies have been given an opportunity to live through the ministry, she says, “I can comfortably say thousands.”

Today there are six full-time staff members, approximately nine interns a year, and 75 to 80 volunteers. The center averages 60 people a year professing faith in Christ. That is followed up with discipleship ministry for each one. Newman is discipling eight high school girls currently.

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Source: Baptist Press