Anne’s Story part 2…Beth Bill, R.N., Staff Nurse

Serving as the center nurse, I was able to meet with Anne* and Mike* for their scheduled ultrasound appointment about two weeks later. Anne seemed happy and relaxed as I called her name and took her to the ultrasound room. Before discussing her medical history, I asked how she was feeling about the pregnancy and if she was still considering an abortion. Right away Anne answered back with a broad smile that she was going to have the baby. Since the patient notes indicated that Anne had presented as strongly abortion-minded at her pregnancy test appointment, I asked her what had changed. She explained that she and Mike finally made the time to talk through the pregnancy and they decided they wanted to have the baby. Anne said that abortion was off the table and no longer an option. When it was time to see the baby on the screen, Mike was brought into the room.

Both mom and dad turned their faces toward the screen and began grinning as they saw their 9 week gestation baby for the first time. After the scan, I asked if they wanted to watch a brief fetal development video. They happily agreed and I noticed that both parents were staring intently at the iPad. I’m thankful that after praying for them and saying “amen”, I happened to notice “dad” wiping tears from his eyes. These parents DID embrace the value of this little life – Praise the Lord!

*clients names changed

Anne’s Story part 1… Pam White, Moline Center Director

Recently, I met with Anne*, a client determined to have an abortion. With a 3-year-old child at home, Anne said she was not ready for another child. Sadly, Anne had chosen to abort a previous pregnancy just a few months earlier. She had used RU486 (the abortion pill) that resulted in some complications requiring a follow-up surgical abortion. As we met, Anne expressed concern about how a second abortion so soon would cause complications for her. I could see the emotion on her face as we discussed her options. Anne was convinced that she “had” to have an abortion.

Anne’s partner Mike* waited in the reception area where one of our male volunteers had the opportunity to talk with him. He seemed to be disengaged and didn’t want to talk. After the pregnancy test was completed, Mike joined Anne but didn’t participate in the conversation. Mike is both the father of the aborted child and the father of the child being discussed now. Mike didn’t make eye contact and seemed willing to leave the decision up to Anne.

I wrapped up the appointment, feeling like there was nothing I could do or say that would help them to see that this child had value. This couple had already experienced an abortion with complications but seemed determined to abort again. I set them up for an ultrasound, waited, and prayed that God would intervene, and they would choose life.

*clients names changed

Heartlines – Sustain the Journey

When Abortion seems like the “only” option…

Almost every day, women walk through our doors who are seriously considering or planning for an abortion. When asked why, here are some of her most common answers…

“I am scared.” “I am alone.” “I cannot handle, afford, or take care of another child.” “It’s not the right time.” “It’s not the right person.” “This is not what I had planned for my life…at least right now.”

Our culture makes it increasingly easier and more acceptable for pregnancy termination to occur. These days a pill (or medical) abortion can be delivered to your front door or retrieved from your doctor’s office. But the consequences of that choice can be complicated, devastating, and lasting. Recently Anne* came to our center looking for help – pregnant again just months after her pill abortion and thinking some of those very same things. Anne was scared. Anne was in crisis. The life of this pre-born hung in the balance. You made the difference in the life of this mom! YOU made sure that the help she needed was available (read more about Anne on the next page). Your gift today will help provide honest and compassionate care, medically accurate options education, and life-affirming ultrasounds to other moms just like Anne.

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