From the Director 

A Heart Was Changed

A Heart Was Changed

DeliberatePrecise in providing life-affirming early pregnancy medical care and pregnancy/early parenting support.

Luna (not the client’s real name) imagined that a baby would be the answer to her problems. Her marriage had been difficult; her husband seemed distant; and her heart was full of loneliness. Luna thought her prayers had been answered when her pregnancy test came back positive. But then Luna’s world came undone. Her husband had been having an affair – and the pregnancy hastened a painful separation and the start of divorce proceedings. Luna decided to keep her ultrasound appointment but planned to abort later that week. She just couldn’t have a child now. Not like this. Not with him. Not alone.

Luna spent time with a nurse and began to explain her fears and all the reasons why she just “had to have an abortion.” The nurse listened and explained what would happen during the termination procedure, answering Luna’s medical questions with honesty and compassion. When Luna was ready, the nurse provided a free ultrasound, and a tiny baby with a clear heartbeat quickly appeared on the screen. In that moment Luna realized “I can’t do that to my baby.” A heart was changed – a life was saved.

Today, Luna has a healthy, progressing pregnancy and is under a doctor’s care. She is working with a local sister-agency to determine if the best choice for her and her child is a parenting plan OR a plan to place for adoption. Luna’s life is still very complicated – she has little support in her pregnancy and carries many wounds from her dissolving marriage – but Luna is confident that choosing life for her child was the best choice.

Words Matter…

In the days ahead, we will all have opportunity for personal conversations with our family, our friends, our neighbors, and even strangers regarding the overturning of Roe vs. Wade. As we begin (or continue) these divinely appointed interactions, let’s try to remember a few things:

  • Women and men with personal abortion trauma walk among us every day and often never disclose their personal stories.
  • We can strongly disagree and still demonstrate respect toward those with other viewpoints.
  • We can begin every conversation from a place of tender compassion.
  • Every word that comes from our mouths can and should reflect the love of our merciful Savior and Lord.
  • Many people are profoundly concerned and afraid about the long-term potential lack of access to necessary life-saving care if abortion access is restricted or eliminated.
  • The media is not accurately reporting medical truth and is not challenging the inaccurate statements of those featured in the current news cycle.

Here is some truth – truth that is both medically accurate AND life honoring. Abortion is the willful termination of a viable pregnancy.

Emergent medical intervention to address a non-viable pregnancy is NOT abortion – regardless of how it is medically coded for insurance purposes, medical records, or media reporting. Even Planned Parenthood agrees with this statement. Below is a simple explanation of what abortion is, and what abortion is not.

The following medical treatments are not selective/elective abortions:

  • Medical intervention to treat an Ectopic Pregnancy is not selective/elective abortion and will continue to be readily
  • Medical intervention to treat an incomplete spontaneous miscarriage (also called a spontaneous abortion) is not selective/elective abortion and will continue to be readily available.
  • Medical intervention that is required when a pre-birth baby no longer has a heartbeat in the womb is not selective/elective abortion and will continue to be readily available.
  • Medical intervention to treat a Molar Pregnancy is not selective/elective abortion and will continue to be readily available.
  • Medical intervention to treat Anembryonic Gestation, also known as a Blighted Ovum, is not selective/elective abortion and will continue to be readily available.

Those Among Us

As we await the Supreme Court’s Ruling on a case that could change what access to abortion in the United States looks like please remember:

Women and men with personal abortion trauma walk among us every day. So do women and men who had medical intervention when a non-viable pregnancy was discovered or death before birth occurred.

They are our sisters and brothers, our daughters and sons, our neighbors, and the people who sit next to us in church.

May God direct your honest and compassion filled conversations in the days ahead.

Your Servant and Sister in Christ – Trisha Wilson, Executive Director