About Us

Co-Founders Hank & Sally Chardos

Co-Founders Hank & Sally Chardos (pictured) have five children and twenty grandchildren.

Birthright office

Birthright of Charlotte office.

Birthright of Charlotte Billboard

Birthright of Charlotte billboard.

Our History

Birthright began in Toronto, Canada, in 1968, when Louise Summerhill, a busy wife and mother of seven children, felt something should be done to help women facing unplanned pregnancies. Twelve years later, in 1980, Hank and Sally Chardos opened the Columbia SC chapter, now one of about 250 locations served by Birthright International.

Hank served as the Executive Director of Birthright of Columbia for 41 years. In 2023, Hank and Sally founded the Charlotte Chapter! The Birthright of Charlotte office is open, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Birthright is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Services are free and confidential.


Birthright of Charlotte Board of Directors

Dr. Stephen Blaha

Sally Chardos

Dr. Jessica Clarke-Pounder

Tanya Cook

Brandon Humphries

Craig Johannesmeyer

Jennifer Stalford

Rev. Joshua Voitus