WASHINGTON/May 5, 2014 --
A group of leading Israeli experts on stemming abortions recently traveled to the United States for meetings with key congressional leaders, including the former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, to share best practices. With independent studies in both countries showing that a large percentage of women opt for abortion because they feel they cannot support a baby financially,
Dr. Eli Schussheim, the founder and president of Israel's Committee for the Rescue of Israel's Babies-EFRAT, met with four U.S. senators and nine members of the House of Representatives, to discuss the life saving work of EFRAT, and if the possibility of the non-profit expanding their activity to the United States.
EFRAT assists thousands of pregnant women annually with monthly food packages and basic baby equipment such as cribs, strollers, baby baths and layettes. Over 3,000 trained volunteers are constantly available to provide women facing an unwanted pregnancy with one-on-one counseling and emotional support backed by EFRAT's assurance of physical assistance.
Dr. Schussheim's meetings included briefings with Former Vice Presidential candidate and chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas), Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Georgia), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), among others. At the meetings on The Hill, Schussheim stated that in all of his years running EFRAT, not a single woman has ever regretted having her child, each of whom was saved for a mere $1,800 worth of supplies and equipment. Since 1977, EFRAT has saved the lives of over 50,000 children in Israel - including Jewish, Arab, Druze and Bedouin. EFRAT's goal is to inform women faced with an unwanted pregnancy that there are choices.
"For almost four decades we have enabled more than 57,000 Israeli woman to keep their babies, "said Dr. Eli Schussheim, president of EFRAT-C.R.I.B. "By removing societal and financial pressure from mothers-to-be, we have devised a simple but effective alternative for many women who otherwise would have had abortions in Israel - a system that could easily be implemented in the United States."
Since 1977, EFRAT-C.R.I.B has offered woman with proven financial difficulty all of the essentials needed to deliver and care for their baby for up to two years. These packages include everything from strollers to cribs, to food and clothing. In some cases food packages are also supplied to supplement the rest of the family. EFRAT-C.R.I.B's 3,000 trained volunteers and social workers are constantly available to provide women facing an unwanted pregnancy with one-on-one counseling and emotional support backed by EFRAT's assurance of physical assistance. Through a combination of education and economic assistance, EFRAT has helped establish a new generation of Jewish families. For more information, please visit http://www.efrat.org.il/english/.