In response to vicious criticism from HBO’s John Oliver, pro-life organization Save the Storks has launched the most significant campaign in its history.
The video campaign comes just in time for Mother’s Day, a holiday the faith-based group believes is especially significant for Christians, who recognize motherhood as a precious gift from God.
In an episode that aired last month, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver claimed that Crisis Pregnancy Centers “…deceptively steer women away from abortion.”
The crass sketch involved the comedian explicitly mocking Save the Storks, and showcasing his own fake version of the group’s famous Stork Bus, a luxury mobile medical vehicle that has delivered hope and crucial health resources to women all over the country. The group dismissed Oliver’s portrayal as dishonest and harmful to an effort that has helped so many women.
Save the Storks’s “Why so many?” campaign provides a compelling response to Oliver’s empty claims.
Produced by the wildly successful Harmon Brothers ad agency, the video series is the agency’s first major campaign for a non-profit organization. It features real-life footage of women who found hope inside one of the organization’s Stork Buses.
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Thousands of expectant mothers have changed their mind about abortion after visiting a Stork Bus. To date, Save the Storks has funded 42 buses, with 4,000 women choosing to keep their babies, according to the organization.
But the organization came from extraordinarily humble beginnings.
After coming up with the vision to help pregnant women in crisis Save the Storks founder Joe Baker and his new wife Anne took out a line of credit. But they weren’t planning on buying a house. Instead, they purchased a gutted-out Mercedes Sprinter. This would become their first medical van!
“They toured America together living on $3 a meal. They were selling people on a vision for a mobile medical bus, allowing mothers to connect with their baby’s heartbeat for the first time,” the video explained.
“Hundreds of donors caught the vision, and the Save the Storks was born..”
Despite the video being shared just two days ago, it has already been widely shared on social media with over 1,000 shares. “God bless you for working so hard to make a difference,” one person commented on the post.
As you’d expect, there were also a few negative responses. “Along with this.. should come follow up care and help for those who are in need or there will be neglected children,” one person jabbed. But Save the Storks gave an excellent response: “All the women who we encounter are offered additional resources through the local pregnancy center. Some centers offer support until the child is 2 years old.”
Through this powerful video campaign, Save the Storks is hoping to inspire more people to get onboard with their life-saving vision.
“There are untold millions who have long been eager to come to the aid of would-be mothers in crisis; millions who believe they have limited opportunities to make a real difference. That changes today. This Mother’s Day campaign gives passionate, pro-life Americans the most measurable, quantifiable, and easily-accessible tools in history to make an unlimited impact wherever they are, beginning immediately,” the group’s Director of External Relations Victoria Robinson said in a statement Wednesday.
“Had information and resources like this been available to me when I was a young mother in crisis, I would have made vastly different choices. Every would-be mother has a fundamental right to understand all of her options during pregnancy, and we can’t wait to see how expanding on the success of Storks will transform countless lives…forever.”
Find out more about Save the Storks by visiting their website here.
(H/T: Save the Storks)