Jenny Golding, executive director of Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center, was the guest speaker at the July 19 meeting.

In addition to clinics in Franklin and Sylva, SMPCC has a mobile clinic providing ultrasounds and pregnancy testing. They also offer parenting courses, newborn supplies, and help connect clients to other resources in the community. Golding said contributions from individuals, churches and community organizations allow them to provide services free of charge.

SMPCC is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian outreach ministry. The organization’s mission is to “educate, encourage and empower women and men to make informed life choices.”

Golding said they support clients in whatever decision they make about their pregnancy. She added that after seeing the ultrasound, 90% of the clients choose to continue the pregnancy rather than get an abortion. They also assist clients who opt to place their baby for adoption.

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