Avoyelles Pregnancy Center now open for business

Published: Apr. 9, 2019 at 4:23 PM CDT
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Avoyelles Parish has a new pregnancy center and it's the second one now in Central Louisiana.

The pro-life ministry center opened on Monday and is located in Marksville. The facility will offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds as well as answer any questions a mother may have.

The first pregnancy center opened less than two years ago in Alexandria.

Ministry officials said the goal is provide families with life-affirming alternatives to abortion from the time they become pregnant until their child’s second birthday.

Cenla Pregnancy Center's Board President, Brian Gunter, said he's excited about the opening and hopes the new location will be more convenient for any mothers, especially those in a crisis.

"We noticed that about 90% of our clients were from Rapides Parish, and we saw that 30 mothers in Marksville and in Avoyelles Parish had an abortion last year,” Gunter explained. “We weren’t serving them at our Alexandria office. So we're opening Avoyelles Pregnancy Center today as a way to reach those women and to help them, we want this service to be here in their community so that they don't have to drive all the way to Alexandria, right here in Marksville, Avoyelles Pregnancy Center can help them."

Heidi Peavy, RN will serve as the Director of Avoyelles Pregnancy Center. She can be reached at or call (318) 314-3061. You can also visit