*Mary came in for a pregnancy test and appeared nervous and upset. She had moved to the US trying to make a living for herself and wanted to finish her schooling. Now, faced with being a single parent, with the father of the baby living in another country and terrified to tell her parents, Mary felt alone and trapped. She wept the entire time she was at the center.
As Mary continued to open up to the Client Advocate (CA) her desperation became more apparent. They began talking about church and her relationship with God. Although she knew abortion was wrong, she could not imagine raising a child on her own. After hearing the Gospel, she felt overwhelmed with shame because she wanted to abort her baby.
The CA encouraged Mary to trust God to provide for the future. She explained that her desire to complete her education could still be accomplished, even with a baby. Mary also received information on the programs, services and referrals available to help her be successful. Still feeling overwhelmed by the circumstances, Mary left still considering abortion.
A few weeks later the CA was able to reach Mary on a follow up call. To her delight, Mary said she decided to keep her baby. She told her parents and they did not kick her out as she thought they would. When asked what changed her mind she said she realized “the baby deserved to live.”
Thank you for helping Mary realize the “possibilities” ahead of her and the precious life within her!
*Name has been changed.