By David Knopf/Richmond News
A life-changing moment Connie Taylor experienced for herself may soon become the impetus for changing other lives.
Taylor, a cancer survivor who will soon turn 60, decided in November to found an organization that would provide resources for Ray County-area women who are pregnant and consider abortion their only option.
“You wouldn’t believe the number of abortions there have been in Ray County the past 10 years,” said Taylor, whose Ray County Women’s Resource Center will open soon at 112 S. College St., a half block off the square.
The storefront office at the corner of Franklin Street most recently served as headquarters for county Republicans.
Taylor said the non-profit organization would provide pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, counseling and referrals.
“The services that I provide will be provided free of charge. I will subsist on donations,” said Taylor, who plans to solicit contributions from the public and area churches, as well as hold fundraising events like Saturday’s Eagleton Center concert by the blues band Levee Town.
“I call it Ray County, not Richmond, because I want it to be available to women in Lexington, Richmond, Hardin and Polo, so they don’t have to drive all the way to Liberty (for counseling).”
Taylor said several things motivated to found the organization here. While volunteering for a similar resource center in Liberty, Taylor said the center’s CEO, Carol Graham, told her that an organization called Excelsior Springs Crisis Pregnancy Center would be closing down.