Motorists in the Diocese of Orlando will begin to see inspiring pro-life messages as part of their daily commutes. Two billboard campaigns are educating the public on the development and sacredness of life and encouraging women in crisis pregnancies to get the help they need.
The first campaign began in March and includes 30 pro-life billboards in the Metro-Orlando area with images of mothers, babies, and women in unplanned pregnancies. Some signs inform the public that 18 days after conception a baby’s heart is already beating, some thank the parents for choosing life, and some encourage women in crisis pregnancies to know their options such as adoption; all billboards include a phone number where a woman in need can get help. The billboards will run anywhere from 4 months to one year.
This initiative is organized by Ralph and Yoli Cory, who began working with Life Saver Ads to purchase pro-life billboards seven years ago as members of Holy Family Parish’s Pro-Life Committee. Today the Corys are members of Blessed Trinity Parish in Orlando and are seeking to expand the ministry to other pro-life groups, Knights of Columbus Councils, and Council of Catholic Women affiliations in the diocese.
“Our goal is to save babies and we try to do that through information,” explained Ralph Cory. “The messages are directed at educating people and offering help to people who don’t know where to turn. We want people to understand when life begins. Having that information could even save a baby in the future.”
Catholic Charities of Central Florida Adoption Services is sponsoring the other campaign with four billboards in Orange and Brevard counties. The messages includes “Babies are a gift from God: Consider Adoption,” “Adoption: A Choice Everyone Can Live With,” and “I didn’t give her away, I gave her a chance.”
The billboards direct people to contact Catholic Charities of Central Florida where birth mothers and couples wishing to adopt are guided through every step of the adoption process with love and care by licensed counselors. The billboards went live in the beginning of May and within one day Catholic Charities had already begun receiving inquiries about their services.
“The overall goal is to let women in unexpected pregnancies know that adoption is one of their options and to know who to call to get good information about it,” explained Leesa Elliott, adoption services manager for Catholic Charities. “We’re excited to see the response. It’s such a huge audience we’ll be able to reach.”
To contact Catholic Charities Adoption Services call 866-973-8638. More information is found here: http://cflcc.org/adoption-services/.