Pastoral care is available through the Catholic Church and encompasses a broad range of services provided with competence, compassion, and dignity. For the full discussion, visit the Diocese of Manchester website and explore the many different links under the "Ministries" tab.
In 1984, Cardinal John O'Connor of the Archdiocese of New York gave a landmark address, 'Human Rights, Human Lives'. In it, he summarized the Catholic Church's position on the defense of human life, starting with care for mothers facing unplanned pregnancies:
"I can assure every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy that the Archdiocese of New York will give you free, confidential help of highest quality…It makes no difference if you are Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, of any other religion or no religion at all. The Archdiocese of New York is prepared to do everything in its power to help you and your unborn baby, to make absolutely certain that you need never feel that you must have an abortion.”
Like the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Manchester has made the same commitment. For help, Catholic Charities of New Hampshire is a wonderful place to start. They offer Adoption & Maternity Services, and they mentor new parents through Our Place.
Here are some other local and nationwide pregnancy support resources: