Birthright of Chillicothe was host to this year’s 2019 Birthright State meeting. The theme of the Sept. 20-21 meeting was “A Slice of New Life,” and allowed Birthright volunteers from all over the state gathered for two days to learn how to better help women facing an unplanned pregnancy, Director of Birthright of Chillicothe Kay Green said.

This month marks the Chillicothe center’s 16th year of operation and the 50th anniversary of Birthright International (in the USA), headquarters based in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Doris Adom Asante, Birthright director in Ghana, Africa, was the main speaker on Friday evening.

Addressing the group on Saturday was Barb Patrick with “Mom’s Empowerment Program” in Missouri, Cape Girardeau group discussion of “Abortion-Minded Women”, Allison Pickering on “Emotional Changes and Post-Partum Depression” and 7th District Missouri State Representative Rusty Black on “Legislation affecting those we serve”.

The Regional Director, Glenda Merten, from Kansas City, conducted the meeting. Merten was surprised with a celebration for her volunteer service of 48 years to Birthright, according to a press release.

Birthright of Chillicothe is directed Green and advised by a seven-member board of directors with Joe Timmons, chairman. The center opens 5:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 3-5 p.m., on Wednesdays. The center is located at 703 Webster, Chillicothe and is staffed by 20 volunteers.

“The center continues to help those in need because of appreciated generous community support,” Green said. “Our goal is for ladies, who find themselves with unwanted pregnancies, to carry the baby full term and either keep the child or we will refer them to an adoption agency.” The motto for the local Birthright Center and others around the globe states: “It is the right of every woman to give birth and the right of every child to be born.”

The center also offers some basic supplies for those in need. All services are free and confidential.

Birthright is always accepting new volunteers who are interested and have a listening ear and a

caring heart. Contact the center and leave a message if for more information. The organization can be reached by phone at 660-707-0268, text 660-552-0068, email birthrightofchillicothe@gmail.com or the 24/7 helpline at 800-550-4900.