I just got home from closing events in Wisconsin … where they fed me fried cheese curds (look it up if you aren’t aware of these) and bratwurst. But the highlight was meeting a mom who chose life for her baby during a previous 40 Days for Life campaign … and now goes out to pray at the vigil!
Today is Day 40, and I have just one story — a very powerful story.
I’ll keep her identity and location confidential … but here’s the story, in her own words, of how hearts are changing — one at a time.
I WANT THEM TO KNOW
I found out five weeks ago that I was pregnant.
My immediate reaction was — have the baby. The pregnancy was unplanned, and the father of that child-to-be was no longer a part of my life. The morning after I found out I was pregnant, I started realizing what bringing a child into this world would mean for ME and MY life and MY future. I wasn’t thinking about the life being created inside of me.
I started thinking about abortion.
I have always been pro-choice, and most of the people in my life are as well. When I told the father, he said he could not have a baby — but he would pay for the abortion. When I started telling other people about my situation, most said I would be insane to have the baby. Logically, I felt like they were right. I am in no position currently to raise a child.
But in my heart, I knew having an abortion would scar me forever.
I made an appointment for a medical abortion at Planned Parenthood for the following week. Giving birth to a child would certainly change my life, and I knew I wasn’t ready for that. But I started researching what my options were.
If I had the baby, I could keep it or give it up for adoption and give a family the greatest gift of their lives. And I started considering how an abortion would affect me. I knew I would regret it and never forgive myself.
I decided to have the baby and cancelled my appointment at Planned Parenthood; but I didn’t tell many people because they would think I was crazy and try to discourage me. I felt so good about my decision.
I started reading “Unplanned,” by Abby Johnson.
[Note: Abby is the former director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in College Station, Texas, who quit her job after witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion. She is now involved in pro-life outreach.]
About a week and a half after I found out I was pregnant, I had a miscarriage.
I was devastated. I didn’t realize how excited I was about the life growing inside of me until it was no longer there. This has been one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. But I realized through it how wrong abortion is. I want everyone to know this too!
I stopped reading the book when I had the miscarriage, but I just picked it up again a couple days ago.
I want to get involved in a big way. I want to help women with their decision. I want them to know they would not be crazy to have a baby, even if they can’t be the ones to raise it. What can I do to help your cause?
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done to make this monumental campaign such an amazing success. You inspire me!
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
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