The Wausau organization offers support to women during pregnancy and after an abortion

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) — Most of the time, the news of a pregnancy is planned, exciting, and something to look forward to. Other times it’s unexpected and can be devastating. An organization in Wausau wants women to know, regardless of their initial feelings, that there is support.

The Hope Life Center did not offer abortions before the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade on Friday, but they want women to know the support they offer women at all stages of pregnancy .

Hope Life Center staff have said they want to be there for all women and the court ruling has not had a big impact on how their organization operates despite its focus on pregnancy and sexual health.

“We also want our clients to know that we are not judging them and that the decision is always theirs,” said executive director Jack Hoogendyk, Hope Life Center.

They offer pregnancy tests, abortion information, abortion support and more.

At a time when many women feel they have less power, Hoogendyk said her organization can provide support and information.

“Education is power and we don’t think such a decision should be made without having all the information they need,” Hoogendyk said.

Hope Life Center also connects women with adoption agencies and early parenting education. Staff can provide advice and resources to all women who come for free.

“What are your options?” And what’s involved in the decision you’re about to make,” Hoogendyk said.

Hope Life Center is a pro-life Christian organization, but Hoogendyk said that regardless of a person’s decision to have an abortion or not, the center wants them to know they are not alone.

“If they choose to terminate a pregnancy, we will always be there to support them afterward,” Hoogendyk said.

They also have a program that helps with their mental health after an abortion.

“There are many women and men who have had this experience in their past. For a lot of them, there’s a lot of regret, guilt and just pain in that memory,” Hoogendyk said.

Hope Life Center offers free pregnancy and STD tests for women.

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Channel 7 spoke to Planned Parenthood executives following Friday’s decision. They say that while abortion services are suspended, they are working to connect patients to abortion clinics in Minnesota and Illinois.

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Aubrey L. Morgan