A recent testimonial published by pro-life group Save the Storks featured the story of a woman who recounted her decision to keep her baby after coming quite close to having an abortion.
The article, penned by the unnamed woman, opened with her explaining how surprised she was to learn of her pregnancy.
“The gynecologist put her hand on mine as she told me I was pregnant. I was in shock,” she wrote. “I couldn’t have a baby right now with everything that was happening in my life — large work commitments, a possible wedding in the future, and my mom’s health. I could think of a hundred more reasons why a baby just wouldn’t work.”
She went on to write that both she and her boyfriend, Dan, grew up in Christian homes and had been taught to wait until marriage to bring a child into the world. The pregnancy, though, meant that their families would be more than aware of the fact that they hadn’t quite lived up to those teachings.
“Being pregnant would mean that everyone would know who I really am,” she wrote.
While Dan didn’t want her to have an abortion, the woman felt it was the best path forward. So, the couple made an appointment at a clinic outside of their town, and despite her own hesitations, she went inside anyway.
“I wanted to turn around right then, but all I could think of was the shame and embarrassment that would come with being pregnant,” she wrote. “I knew abortion was wrong, but it was a wrong that I could hide.”
But when it came time for the doctor to take her into one of the examination rooms, she recalled suddenly standing up and walking right out of the building. Feeling confused, she told Dan she wasn’t sure what to do.
She knew abortion was wrong, but also felt like she couldn’t handle the shame that would come with her pregnancy.
“It felt like I had no options,” she wrote, noting that she looked up at that very moment and saw a giant purple bus outside the building with bold letters and three critical words: “You Have Options.” And a pro-life woman with Save the Storks then approached her, brought her and Dan onto the bus and talked to the couple. In the end, they weighed the pros and cons and realized abortion wasn’t an option.
“We decided to keep our baby! From that moment on, my heart has been filled with relief and peace.” she said. “We are so thankful for the counsel we received on the Stork Bus and the continual support we have found in the local pregnancy center.”
Read the entire testimonial here.
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