New Salvation Army partnership offers pregnancy testing

Published On: Dec 10 2012 06:59:20 PM PST   Updated On: Dec 10 2012 07:19:31 PM PST
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Under a new partnership, the Salvation Army is helping provide medical services for women, but organizers are hoping the community doesn't get the wrong idea about what is actually being offered.

On E. Indiana, near Division, painted in bright read and white, there's definitely a sign that catches your attention.

"Always wanted a medical clinic here someway but it's really hard to set one of those up," said Captain Kyle Smith with the Salvation Army.

Each Monday and Thursday, Life Services, a faith-based pro-life ministry, sets up outside the Salvation Army to offer free pregnancy tests.

"Probably 1,500 to 1,600 families will come on to our property a month so it's a great opportunity for them to connect and get these free services," said Smith.

Life Services recently launched the i-Choice mobile clinic providing free ultra sound exams, pregnancy tests and pregnancy consultations but Life Services director Annette Miller says i-Choice doesn't necessarily mean pro-choice.

"It really doesn't. Choice means a plethora of great options," said Miller.

All options being covered not just pro-life, "but we do educate young women on abortion and that option and we educate them on parenting and adoption," Miller added.

The Salvation Army knows the partnership may raise some eyebrows.

"I'm not here to make a political statement. I'm just saying that this is a great service for those that are pregnant and free testing, free ultrasound, I mean, if I was pregnant that would be great. I can't get pregnant so I'm alright on that one," said Smith.

But that hasn't stopped people in the past from making their own assumptions and sending their messages via Red Kettle delivery.

"I hate to even say what was on those things but they were false. I've been called a baby killer which is obviously not true," said Smith.

Life Services has been helping women in Spokane for 20 years.

"And so what Life Services exists to do is to add the options to choice. To add the information to choice, hence the i-Choice," said Miller.

The Salvation Army hopes this new partnership will provide a valuable health service to the community without coming down on either side of the debate. It encourages anyone with questions about their mission statement or services to contact them directly at (509) 325-6810.