On June 2, 2014, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge blessed the new offices for Birthchoice Pregnancy Medical Care Center before a crowd of about 80 supporters, who gathered to celebrate the move and the good work performed by the organization.
Almost every window of the new office overlooks the abortion clinic on Drake Circle, and since the move, more than one hundred women have sought assistance from Birthchoice. “We have had 63 women who were vulnerable for abortion, and of those, 46 have decided to have their babies,” said Linda Plummer, Director of Birthchoice. “We have had 12 rescues from the abortion clinic on Drake Circle in a little over six weeks, including one on the day our doors opened, April 15. When we were at Merton Drive, the old office, we had 29 rescues for the whole year!”
The staff and board of directors of Birthchoice have been searching for three years for a new space near the abortion clinic.
“God has a plan and his own timing,” Ms. Plummer said to those gathered for the blessing. “We want to thank you for your generosity during this time and prayers that have helped us to be here today.”
Bishop Burbidge echoed her words of thanks for the resources and prayers that have allowed the Birthchoice staff to be God’s instruments.
“Through the readings today, we see that there is trouble in this world,” he said. “But Jesus Christ says, ‘I have conquered the world.’ The Lord is victorious over evil, darkness, and death itself.”
Bishop Burbidge prayed: “God our Creator, we give thanks to You, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother’s womb; grant we pray, that we, whom You have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life.”
He then blessed the building, saying, “God, Author of all life, You sent Your only Son to be Savior and Lord. He calls us together as His Church to carry on the work on behalf of all human life. Send down your blessing upon His building. May it be a beacon of hope for those who seek Your charity and merciful love. May all who come here experience the presence of Your Son, and know the joy of His friendship. May your servants generously welcome all who come through its doors and devote themselves to the example of Your Son, who came to serve and not to be served. We ask this through Christ our Lord.”
Ms. Plummer said, “It is such a wonderful honor to have the Bishop with us this evening. His blessing is so important to us here at Birthchoice. We are surrounded by the prayers and love of our Church, which helps to strengthen us in our work here.”
Since the move from the old location on Merton Drive, Birthchoice increased the number of counseling rooms from two to three, added a bigger ultrasound room, a break room and a conference room. There is a spacious storage room filled with donations for mothers, including some beautiful items from a knitting ministry in a local parish.
Birthchoice has been providing free services to pregnant women in the Raleigh area since 1971. Offering pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, and other services at no cost and with no obligation, Birthchoice cares for clients in a respectful and loving environment, empowering them to make an informed decision. Clients can reach Birthchoice at 919-781-5433 for guidance and assistance in English or Spanish, either by telephone or private appointment.