A powerful example of the pro-life movement’s commitment to helping mothers in need, actress Patricia Heaton, pro-life leader Lila Rose, and others helped raise $50,000 in 24 hours for a young Texas mother and her baby girls.
Brooke Alexander and her twin daughters were recently featured in a Washington Post article criticizing the heartbeat law in Texas. Alexander admitted she wanted an abortion when she was pregnant with her twins, but the law prevented her from having one. Now she is happy that her daughters are still alive.
Last week, the 18-year-old from Corpus Christi set up a GoFundMe page to help her and her husband, also 18, buy diapers and formula and pay their housing and car bills.
“I’m 18 years old, and I have two 4-month-old twins,” she wrote. “My husband is also 18 and just left for basic training, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to take care of us. … We struggle to make ends meet, and every donation helps. Thank you.”
Pro-life advocates soon noticed the young family’s plea for help and responded — raising nearly $50,000 in less than 24 hours to help them, according to Fox News.
Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action, shared a link to the fundraiser on Twitter last week, asking people to support and encourage the family.
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“Friends, let’s show our support for Brooke, Billy, Kendall, and Olivia, the young family recently written about by the @washingtonpost! They deserve all the encouragement in the world. Donate below,” she wrote on June 21.
Heaton, a pro-life advocate and award-winning actress known for her roles in “The Middle” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” also shared the fundraiser on her Twitter page that day.
The donations poured in quickly, along with encouraging messages from pro-lifers nationwide. To date, more than $70,000 has been raised for the family.
Alexander posted an update to the fundraiser’s website later in the ting: “We’re so excited! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Everyone.” She also shared a short video and a few photos of her daughters.
The outpouring of support for the young family shows the commitment of pro-lifers to helping families in need, something they have been doing for decades and will continue to do after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week. As states can once again protect unborn babies from abortion, pro-life advocates are working hard to expand support services for families in need, including through maternity aid centers, maternity hospitals, adoption agencies, and more.
Rose encouraged pro-life Americans to keep up the good work after the fundraiser hit $50,000, noting that many others needed help too.
“If you want to support other young families choosing life and need help making ends meet, follow @HumanDefenseINI and @letthemliveorg! Your support can make a world of difference and help save a life!” she wrote.
Many other charities help pregnant and parenting mothers in need, including Heartbeat International, CareNet, Catholic Charities, and ProLove Ministries. Only Heartbeat International and CareNet run thousands of maternity centers and other pro-life charities in the US.