Centacare talks up pregnancy helpline success

Centacare has applauded the positive response of a pregnancy counselling Helpline which has assisted more than 2500 people since its launch last May.

The $15.5 million Howard Government initiative provides women and families with well-informed, non-directive counselling.

The Catholic Weekly reports Centacare chief Bernard Boerma says he welcomes the contribution the phone service provides.

"It provides balanced information to those seeking advice following the discovery of an unplanned pregnancy," Mr Boerma said.

"Despite criticism it is not meeting expectation, it is particularly heartening to see the new Health Minister's office say that it was early days and that the Helpline has the Labor Party's in-principle support," he said.

Mr Boerma said while Centacare is not involved in the ongoing provision of the helpline, it continues to provide support to pregnant women and their families, through its own pregnancy support service," he said.

"The Centacare Pregnancy Counselling and Support Service provides compassionate, non directive counselling and support for pregnant women and their families and will continue to provide these services in future," he said.

The Helpline operates across Australia 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 422 213.

Helpline response cheers Centacare (Catholic Weekly 20/02/08)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)

Women's groups concerned over helpline privacy (CathNews 26/04/07)
Centacare defends pregnancy counselling role (CathNews 11/1/07)
Life Office applauds PM's pregnancy hotline (CathNews 3/5/06)
Catholic Welfare pushes for more abortion counselling (CathNews 20/2/06)

17 Jan 2008