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Ellis County pro-life organization forms

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SHERRY LONG
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ELLIS COUNTY - Believing human life is a sacred gift from God, Ellis County Right to Life has recently formed and was looking for new members.

Dana Rausch, president of the Ellis County chapter, said women in the county need to know when faced with an unplanned pregnancy there were people willing to help.

'I do realize that abortion is legal in the country,' she said noting it was probably one of the first things a woman thinks when facing an unwanted pregnancy.

'I would want the girl to consider the life inside her. I would want her to know the physical and psychological effects of an abortion.'

Rausch said the chapter would not pressure any woman into making a decision, but give them the materials necessary to make an informed decision.

Referrals to adoption agencies, maternity homes and doctors willing to see patients on a sliding scale basis would be available from the chapter.

The group's primary focus is to educate the public on the options available.

'Adoption has changed drastically over the last several years,' she said.

'People are open to it now and talk about it.'

Rausch said one friend who was opposed to abortion actually considered it after being faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

Instead the friend was referred to a maternity home in Tyler where she picked the family who would adopt her baby.

The friend now gets pictures and videos from the family allowing her to watch her baby grow.

'She longs for the child, but she knows she did the right thing,' Rausch said.

Membership is open to anyone and requires a $25 annual dues fee which helps support the chapter's outreach programs and helps the state level organization open more local chapters.

'I'd like to see an active pro-life voice in Ellis County,' Rausch said.

The group's funding comes from donations and fundraisers, but the state office did lend the local chapter $500 to get started.

'The money must be repaid within a year,' she said.

Rausch said she has long been a pro-life supporter.

In high school and college she volunteered at the Ark-La-Tex Crisis Pregnancy Center in Shreveport, La. when her mother served as executive director for several years.

Rausch also became active in a pro-life organization at Regent University while attending law school in Virginia.

Ellis County Right to Life's parent organization based in Houston, the Texas Right to Life, seeks to promote life three ways; opening new chapters, lobbying state legislators on laws to protect the unborn and elderly and public education.

Rausch said while the chapter does not have any set dates for educational outreach at this point they hoped to develop a calendar soon to attend county-wide festivals.

For more information on becoming a member contact Rausch at 214-686-1932.

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