The director used to attend anti-abortion protests. Now she tries to help pregnant women and new mothers find jobs, emotional support or a place to shower. By Elizabeth Dias. It was a Thursday, and her first client was coming at noon.
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Illustration by Cathryn Virginia. Many of them were clutching rosaries, and some bore signs decorated with images of beatific infants, with the implication that similar infants were in immediate danger of being murdered. They were, by their own description, facing down "the Evil One;" later in the day, a protester would tell me that an acquaintance of hers had once seen the devil himself crouched atop a different clinic and mistaken it for a gargoyle. At one point, one of the protesters abandoned her post on the sidewalk to vigorously spray the clinic's sign with holy water.
A crisis pregnancy center CPC , sometimes called a pregnancy resource center PRC ,  is a type of nonprofit organization established to counsel pregnant women against having an abortion. CPCs are typically run by Christians who adhere to a strictly socially conservative viewpoint,  and they often operate in affiliation with one of three non-profit organizations: Care Net , Heartbeat International , and Birthright International. As of [update] , there were approximately 2, CPCs in the United States, as compared with 1, abortion clinics ,  and Canada has several times as many CPCs as abortion clinics.