CINCINNATI — Nearly $250,000 is going to pregnancy centers across the Cincinnati area.
The city's Catholic Archdiocese raised the money in direct response to the Roe v. Wade decision.
Sirkayla Willis just found out she’s pregnant with her fifth child.
“I got emotional. I started crying," said Willis. "I wasn't mentally prepared to have another one."
She said she thought about abortion, but after talking with the father things changed.
“He was real supportive,” said Willis.
She came to the pregnancy center in Cincinnati and got her first ultrasound.
The center helps provide baby supplies on top of pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, counseling, parenting and adoption services. It's all to help pregnant women.
Laura Curran, the center’s executive director, said the center got a little more than $10,000 dollars to keep those services going.
“We were very, very happy because we don't take any tax dollars," said Curran. "All our funding comes through private donations, private grants, churches, and just generous individuals."
The most recent grant came from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
The Catholic Church raised $229,682 for pregnancy centers after the Roe v. Wade decision.
“We don't do abortions or refer for abortions, but we certainly talk to her about the barriers that the things that are happening in her life that make her feel that abortion is her only choice,” said Curran.
With the help of the pregnancy center, Willis is getting ready to have a new baby coming in May next year.
“It finally set in that I’m gonna be a mother of five,” said Willis.
Across the Cincinnati regions, 20 pregnancy centers received $10,440 each from the Catholic church.