“I am writing to thank you for helping me come to terms with making the right decision. My husband and I had been separated, but were trying to get back together. We had two young children and were barely making ends meet. My period was late and I was so scared. I had been so careful. I took the pill every day and never missed a day. Three days after my period should have started, I called Birthright. They had done pregnancy tests for my other children and I trusted them. I went in and got a pregnancy test and to my disbelief, it was positive. I was in a blur.
When I told my husband, he insisted I have an abortion. Scared and afraid of being alone, I called an abortion clinic and made an appointment. I went in the next day. They told me I was 6 – 8 weeks pregnant. I asked many questions about having an abortion and was assured that everything would be fine. But something inside just did not feel right. I decided to go back to Birthright.
The volunteer at Birthright showed me what the baby looked like at 6 – 8 weeks. I was amazed to see it looked just like a baby. I was trying to convince myself that it wasn’t alive and having an abortion would never affect me or my family. The volunteer listened to my fears and about the issues I was dealing with in my life. She assured me she would give me the support and help along the way. I was afraid and scared, but I had faith. There was a LIFE growing inside me and I couldn’t kill an innocent person just because I wasn’t ready or it was an inconvenience. I could never live with myself knowing I took away somebody’s life.
I continued to keep in contact with Birthright and gave birth to a healthy baby girl. I didn’t know if I could do it by myself. At first, it was hard, but she is the happiest baby I have ever seen. She has fulfilled our family and I would never, ever change my decision. I am so thankful and can never express how grateful I am to you. Without your help and guidance, I would have made a horrible mistake and I don’t know if I could have lived with it. Thank you.”