Stories of Life

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 17:03

From loss to life

A few months ago, I was laid off from a very good job. Because of this, my daughter and I were forced to move in with my mom. This was very embarrassing for me, as I have always been self-supportive. I do not receive child support from my daughter’s father. I put myself through college as a single mom and was proud of my accomplishments. I found out I was pregnant right before I was laid off from my job. The pregnancy was not something I planned, but the result of a one night stand with a long-time friend. Already knowing I would have to move in with my mom, I decided to have an abortion. Having already had one in the past, it was something I did not want to go through again, but I would sacrifice the embarrassment of my family knowing this, on top of a job…
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 15:32

Waiting and Waiting

In January of last year, I found myself in my last year of college, happy in my relationship with my boyfriend, living with my parents – and at the time, unfortunately pregnant. Knowing my parents would be so disappointed in me, thinking I would not be able to finish school and in speaking with my boyfriend, we decided to have an abortion. We believed, even though both of us are practicing Christians, it was the only way – and to us, the easiest and best. I found Solutions Mobile Unit when searching for abortion clinics. When I called, I was told that they do not provide abortions, but they could confirm my pregnancy with an ultra-sound and it was free. My boyfriend agreed to come with me to the appointment. In seeing the baby, both of us began to cry. Even though still early in the pregnancy, I could still…
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 12:18

Change of Heart

In November of 2016, I took a home pregnancy test and it was positive. I literally felt sick as soon as I read the test result. My family had such high hopes for me. My other sisters already had children and none of my sisters were married. I was the one that had done things right. I had finished school, went to college and had a good job. Now this. I could not bear for my family to know and be disappointed in me, so abortion was the only answer. I would do it secretly and no one in my family would need to know. I called Solutions Mobile unit thinking they would be able to help me make arrangements for an abortion. When I called, I was told that they did not do abortions, but I could come in for a pregnancy test and ultrasound. Since their services were…
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:22

A Father's Choice

Many times, we forget there are three lives closely impacted when facing an unplanned pregnancy: the woman, the child in the womb...and the father of that child. We hear much about "a woman's choice", but what about the man involved? We often hear from the men we serve that they are in support of whatever their partner wants - "it's her choice, it's her body." As client advocates, we will often ask the man involved when he answers in that way, "What if it were your choice? What would you do?" The response is usually quiet contemplation, with a side glance to his partner, and then he will say "I would choose to have the baby." He does not use the word "fetus", he uses the word "baby." JC was one of these fathers. He came with his partner who was seeking an abortion. Viewing the ultrasound and seeing his…
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:15

Anna's Story - Do the right thing

I never thought in a million years I would have an abortion. My parents always taught me to do the right thing. My father always told me “when you make your bed, you have to sleep in it.” I always looked down on women who would even think about having an abortion. I'm not perfect, but I would never kill a baby. Well that thinking works when you never think you would get into a situation where you would even have to think like that. After breaking up with my boyfriend and always being so careful with faithfully using a condom, I could not believe it when I missed my menstrual cycle - for sure once, maybe twice. My periods can sometimes be irregular so at first, I was not too worried. I took a home pregnancy test, it was positive. I still could not believe it. I just started…