BIRTHRIGHT, INC., which opened its first Cleveland office at West 147th Street and Detroit Avenue in March 1971, is a nonsectarian volunteer organization offering pregnant WOMEN of all ages an alternative to abortion. It counsels single and married women experiencing emotional or financial difficulties who wish to continue pregnancies to term. Birthright was modeled after and named for the Toronto, Canada, organization founded in 1968. By 1973 Birthright had opened an office on the east side and by 1978 had added a PARMA office. The nonprofit agency offers the following free and confidential services: emergency shelter, pregnancy tests, education about childbirth and parenting, medical and adoption referrals, and a limited supply of maternity and baby clothing. In 2006 Birthright had three area locations, with the main office located at 14701 Detroit Avenue in LAKEWOOD. The executive director is Bernice Wilson.

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