HELP ALERT! Practical charity needed now! BLOGGERS! HELP!

Via my friend Fr. Finigan (whom I trust absolutely in this regard):

I have received a message from a group who help mothers who are tempted to have an abortion. Here is the information:

This young girl’s baby is due in 3 days time and she has not yet got any of the essentials she needs for when he arrives. This girl previously had booked an appointment for abortion but changed her mind and has faced a really difficult pregnancy and has shown incredible courage to keep her baby despite immense pressure to have an abortion. Right now she needs really practical help and money. We are trying to raise at least £1000 [roughly $1580] for her to get some basic essential and support her and the baby is due in 3 days! Please give generously via Paypal to

Owing to the circumstances of the young lady, the details must be kept confidential but I am happy to vouch that this is a bone fide appeal. If you are able to help, please do. It would be a good Christmas gift to the Lord.

You should be able to give on Paypal in either US dollars or GB pounds.

Perhaps giving in pounds would save them the hassle of converting the amount later.

Right now £10 = around $15.80.

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  1. Penta says:

    For reference, Father, what’s the exchange rate from USD to pound sterling? (IE, how much in USD should I give to give, say, $10?) Might be helpful to know.

  2. You can give in dollars also. But go HERE for a conversion tool.

  3. benedetta says:

    Done, Father. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to help.

  4. wanda says:

    When I click on the red link, nothing happens. I tried Fr. Finigan’s page, but there the link comes up as a blank email ‘to’ the crisis pregnancy address. Am I doing something wrong? Thank you.

  5. Genna says:

    Wanda, You will have to copy the email address, open up your Paypal account and then paste it into the box that comes up under the Send Money box (in the menu at the top of your account page). The group is registered on Paypal.

  6. wanda says:

    Thank you, Genna. I’m not so hip on these things.

  7. AnAmericanMother says:

    Thanks for letting us know, Father. Prayers for the young woman and her baby as well.

  8. Girgadis says:

    Done, as you have asked.

  9. Done.

    Our Lady of Guadalupe, intercede for this woman, and for all mothers who are struggling in this way.

  10. Inkstain says:

    Done, Thank you Father

  11. Andy Milam says:


  12. TomB says:

    If you use Fr. Z’s link, you can pay in pounds or dollars. I chose pounds. You can also pay the Pay Pal fee if you wish to save them a little more.

  13. Beau says:

    Done, and thanks for the opportunity to show some charity Fr.

  14. Childermass says:

    Thanks for the notice, Father. I just sent some money.

  15. Done. As an adoptee, I pray for this child and mother and also call on Our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede.

  16. motheroften says:

    I have spoken to two women in the last 6 months who said had they had the essentials in place for their baby, their decisions would have been different. I suddenly realized that the abortion issue for some had a practical face. It isn’t always about convincing then to make the right choice, but rather making sure they feel safe. Thanks for letting us know Father.

  17. benedetta says:

    motheroften, I agree that is very true. Although at least in the U.S. numerous support networks do exist, quite often someone close to the mother is pressuring her and this can lead to panic. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the “nesting instinct” and one can imagine how this can turn into great anxiety when the basic immediate needs seem so immense and others are sending the message that they will not be of support to her or her child. An expectant mom does need to look around and know that there is a crib, diapers, warm clothes, as just a start. It is good that there are those who will take the time to be with a mom such as this, who will counter the psychological force to help show that the mom that there are those who do in fact care what happens to her and her child. While public support is important, there is also need for a personal encounter with women who know what she is going through.

  18. MOP says:

    Father, let us know if Fr. Finigan needs more contributions to meet the goal of helping the pregnant lady.

  19. asophist says:

    There was once, in the center of a big town nearby, an excellent Cuban restaurant and bar with live Latin jazz that was the best of its kind. I frequented the establishment for a few years, before it closed its doors. One summer afternoon, while I was seated at the bar enjoying a favorite Scotch whiskey before meeting a friend for dinner (if I remember rightly) a stunningly attractive young woman sat down in the seat next to mine. Somehow, a conversation was struck up in the course of which she informed me that she was pregnant. She also informed me that she was a striptease dancer at a nearby club. This was followed by news of her decision to abort her child. She didn’t know who the father was. She admitted to promiscuity. I was dumbfounded. Never in my life had I been, or even imagined I would ever be, in the position of hearing anything like this or of meeting anyone like this woman. She then went on to elaborate her reasons for deciding to have the abortion. They mostly consisted of her fears for her future. I sure wish I knew at the time of a network of people who would help somebody like her, but I was stymied. My advice: be prepared. You never know when a family member or friend – or in my case, a total stranger practically popping up from nowhere – may approach you with an abortion discussion. Trying to moralize with them will only make them walk away. They need somebody who can help them out with life’s needs, and with love and charity. I wish I could have helped her, but I was practically speechless! Don’t let this happen to you. I have felt badly about it ever since.

  20. MOP: I sent Fr. Finigan an email to find out what is going on.

  21. kwooding says:


  22. For to us a child is born…

    Done. Thank you, Father!

  23. anthtan says:


  24. Mariana says:

    Done. And thank you, Father!

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