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Birthright of Albany, Inc. celebrates 40th anniversary

Pictured at Birthright’s recent 40th anniversary celebration are Carolyn Duclos, right, and guest speaker Monica Daniels. (Special photo)

Pictured at Birthright’s recent 40th anniversary celebration are Carolyn Duclos, right, and guest speaker Monica Daniels. (Special photo)

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Chris Bates is the director of Birthright of Albany, Inc. (Special photo)

ALBANY — Birthright of Albany, Inc. recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Birthright is a nonprofit organization that provides support for women facing unplanned pregnancies. The reception honoring its years of service to the Albany community was hosted at the Knights of Columbus.

“The local council for the Knights of Columbus has been a great support to us throughout the years,” said Chris Bates, director of Birthright of Albany. “They’ve really been good to us.”

The ceremony honored volunteers and board members of both past and present, including members of the original group who started Albany’s chapter in March of 1974.

“We see women in some of their darkest moments,” said Bates, “and we want them to know they are not alone.”

Birthright is an international and interdenominational organization that offers women an alternative to abortion. Services offered include pre-pregnancy tests, counseling, and referral to other agencies in Albany area depending on specific need.

“All client information is always held in strict confidence,” Bates said.

In addition, donations are always welcome — especially maternity clothes and basic baby items such as diapers and blankets.

Birthright has chapters across Canada, the United States, and Africa, as well as a 24/7 North American toll-free Helpline. Birthright is supported by devoted volunteers and private donations.

The Albany chapter of Birthright is located at 413 Lucile Street off Dawson Road.

For help or more information, call (229) 883-5433, or the national hotline at 1-800-550-4900 after hours. Information is also available on the organization’s website at www.birthright.org.