“Do you want to hear the heartbeat?”
The ultrasound technician’s simple question changed everything for Andrea, an unwed teen who found herself pregnant, scared, and considering an abortion.
“Wait, there’s a heartbeat?” Andrea asked, stunned at the prospect that the baby in her womb was anything but a mere clump of cells.
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The 19-year-old, who had already scheduled her abortion for another day, then heard her baby’s heartbeat — and everything changed.
“It was like an instant, ‘Oh, this isn’t just flesh — you know, a clump of cells.’ … It made it very real for me,” Andrea told Live Action News.
She left the clinic that day and realized an abortion would be a mistake. She canceled her appointment and decided to have her baby. With the support of her parents and family, Andrea initially wanted to place her child up for adoption — but baby Olivia’s birth changed everything.
“There was just no way. [Seeing her] was pretty magical, it was just so special. I think that after giving birth, the underlying fear was that I wasn’t going to be a good mom,” Andrea told Live Action News. “The world kind of tells you that all these things need to be perfect — perfect spouse, perfect wedding, perfect finances.”
After hearing Olivia’s cries, though, she realized she was equipped and decided to raise her baby.
“She was the biggest blessing ever,” Andrea said of Olivia, who is now 24 and just had a baby of her own. “God knew exactly what He was doing.”
Read the full account here.
Stories like this continue to be told in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion across America. It’s a powerful account of a woman who chose life for her baby.
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