Heartbeat International’s “Babies Go to Congress” campaign

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Heartbeat International is a faith-based network of more than 1,000 pregnancy centers around the world, CNSNews.com reports. Affiliate staffers helped bring many women and their children to the Capitol, including Dori Eddols of Columbus, Ohio.

Eddols, now 32, became pregnant when she was 17 and unmarried.

“We were not married and I got pregnant and so we went to a Planned Parenthood because I didn’t know there was a difference between a Planned Parenthood or a pregnancy crisis center,” she said. “I didn’t even know there were crisis pregnancy centers.”

Believing Planned Parenthood would explain her choices, she said she and her then-boyfriend Greg, to whom she has now been married for 15 years, went in to a clinic for a pregnancy test.

Though Eddols expected she would be called back into a room to hear her test results, a staffer came into the lobby and announced that Eddols was pregnant.

“She said, ‘OK you’re pregnant,’ right there in the waiting room,” Eddols told CNSNews.com. “‘When do you want to schedule your abortion?’ I just turned to my boyfriend and said, ‘We gotta get out of here.”

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