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From left, Craig Poston, board chairman, and Claire Cheely, executive director of the Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center present William Byrne, Grand...
Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center’s board members, from left, Dr. Jeff Petersen, Miriam Vanderlaan (co-chair), Sean McDowell (keynote speaker), Maur...
A member of the Knights of Columbus prepares ingredients for part of the fundraising dinner Feb. 23 for the FPRC.
A member of the Knights of Columbus prepares ingredients for part of the fundraising dinner Feb. 23 for the FPRC.

“Defending Life” event well attended

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Issue 11, Volume 17.

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center’s (FPRC) eighth annual fundraising banquet "Defending Life," held February 23 at Zion Lutheran Church drew an overflow crowd.

Organizers said Sean McDowell, a Christian apologist and author, served as the keynote speaker and provided a "poignant and memorable message."

FPRC director Claire Cheely said many of the attendees commented on the outstanding evening. Cheely said "excellent" table service was provided by youth from North Coast Church.

"People from the community, various churches, and organizations underwrote the event and sponsored tables," said Cheely. "The generous gifts received reflect the heartfelt concern for defending life in Fallbrook."

At the event, Senator Joel Anderson’s representative, Christian Pedersen presented a certificate of appreciation to the Knights of Columbus Fallbrook Advertisement
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Council 7069, "for their generous support toward the purchase of the ultrasound machine for Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center." The Knights also received a plaque of appreciation from the FPRC board.

"The Knights have been instrumental in assisting the FPRC in many ways, including providing and preparing the banquet’s excellent meal," said Cheely.

The FPRC provides service to those in the community with an unplanned pregnancy. FPRC offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds to those who qualify, parenting classes, material assistance, referrals to local resources, and counseling.

"The center will soon become licensed as a medical clinic so that more services can be offered to those in need," said Cheely.

For more information, visit or call (760) 728-4105.



Comment Profile ImageEd
Comment #1 | Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 12:08 am
I wonder if the same people who "underwrote the event and sponsored tables" will be underwriting the cost of feeding, housing and educating these children once they're born? I doubt it.
Comment Profile ImageGustav
Comment #2 | Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm
Ed, I am not sure of your point. What are you proposing?
Comment Profile ImageLeah
Comment #3 | Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm
As a longtime Fallbrook resident I am proud we have this resource for women.
My favorite bumpersticker "What about unborn women's rights?"
Comment Profile ImageLoving Mother
Comment #4 | Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm
I believe Ed is saying that people who can't afford to feed, clothe or educate themselves should be killed Gustav.
Comment Profile ImagePro-Choice
Comment #5 | Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm
Or maybe Ed is saying that people who advocate against safe and legal reproductive choice for women should help deal with the economic social ramifications of the laws that they wish to impose on all of us.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #6 | Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 11:11 am
No one is taking away your "choice" comment #5 but the door revolves both ways. Those of us who are "pro life" and believe that the one place a child should always be safe is in their mother's womb, are happy to see women choosing to give life to their inborn child. The majority of the babies born to these young women will be going to loving adoptive homes.

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