Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, testified at the state Capitol Nov. 9 before the Republican Study Committee of Colorado at its informational hearing on “fetal tissue trafficking.” Smith was on an afternoon panel of officials representing pregnancy resource centers. Below is his opening statement as prepared.
LARRY SMITH’S OPENING STATEMENT
Right across the street from Planned Parenthood, Catholic Charities operates Lighthouse Women’s Center. I invite you to come see us there. On Pontiac Street that divides Planned Parenthood from Lighthouse, six miles northeast from here, there are choices being made daily — for life or for death. Here’s how Lighthouse was described by Catholic News Agency earlier this year: “Lighthouse offers a revolutionary approach to crisis pregnancy care, which they call a ‘continuum of care.’ Depending on the client, that care may include emergency assistance, shelter, counseling, child care and victim assistance, in addition to provision of diapers and material needs for moms with newborns and infants. Their connections to other Catholic services and centers in the archdiocese means they can help women through whatever challenges they may face.”
Around town, you can see billboards up for Lighthouse Women’s Center, encouraging women with unplanned pregnancies to call or text us at 720-450-1317. All our services are free. Recently, Real Choices — with locations in Boulder, CU Boulder and Lafayette — became part of Catholic Charities. We’re creating a regional network of pregnancy resource centers along the Front Range that eventually will become full-service medical clinics.