BY JUDY CARLSON
WEALTH MANAGEMENT CONTRIBUTOR
John Ramstead, husband and father, shared his personal journey of becoming a grandfather.
Alternatives Pregnancy Center held its second annual Men’s Breakfast at the Glenmoor Country Club June 13.
Founded in 1982 by three men, Alternatives provides a way to help meet the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual needs of the woman, child, partner and family facing an unintended pregnancy.
Alternatives recognizes the male influence in a life decision. As director Linda Saccamono pointed out, “Over the past 36 years we have helped 93,000 women. Each one of those women had a man involved. The father of the baby is the most influential person in the life decision for that child.”
Keynote speaker John Ramstead shared a riveting story about his 7-month old grandson Alexander James (AJ), who he wouldn’t have known, or even known about, had his son’s partner quietly chosen abortion. Two of her girlfriends encouraged her to meet with a client advocate at Alternatives. Despite extreme pressure to get an abortion, she chose instead to meet with a counselor. As a result of those conversations, AJ was given life.
Alternatives offers counseling options specifically for men as they process their own role and uncertainty in the unintended pregnancy decision. When the man feels supported, the woman feels supported.
Advisory board president Blake Burget closed the program with some challenging questions. “What are we as men called to do and understand about the issue of life? What role should men play in the fight for life?” Alternatives offers many ways men can support and get involved with these important life decisions.
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