Heartbeat International (crisis pregnancy center network)
Heartbeat International is an international association of over 900 crisis pregnancy centers, providing assistance in education, training, support services, and networking with other centers. It does not "offer, recommend, or refer for abortions or abortifacients." It is the second largest CPC network in the United States.
Heartbeat International started in 1971 under the name Alternatives to Abortion, in response to increased liberalization of abortion laws in several states, which would eventually culminate in Roe v. Wade, making abortion legal across the United States. Its founders believed that legalizing abortion would result in more, not fewer, abortions, as (in their opinion) women would be pressured into choosing abortion. Therefore, Alternatives to Abortion started as a humanitarian organization to provide a "safety net" of emergency pregnancy support as a counter to the pressure to abort. The organization adopted its current name in 1993.
Heartbeat describes itself as a "Christian association" whose materials are "consistent with Biblical principles."
- Official website
- Option Line - 24-hour telephone and web-based listing and referral service operated by Care Net and Heartbeat International.
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