Claire had been considered “the black sheep” of the family.
With a father making a living as a banker and her mother an attorney, it seemed that every decision Claire made was “a disappointment.”
They were not thrilled about her lifestyle – at 24 years old, she already had two little boys with her long-term boyfriend.
To help provide support, they allowed the young family to live with them.
However, the “day-to-day pressure” was also daunting for Claire.
Her parents did not approve of her job as a waitress, and they were constantly urging her boyfriend to “learn to code” and leave his job as a mechanic.
Even Claire’s older sister, who was finishing nursing school, managed to paint Claire as “a disappointment.”
Every member of Claire’s family seemed to believe they could micromanage her into “making better choices” that would set her on a path of austerity rather than impending poverty.
When Claire became pregnant – her fifth pregnancy in total – every member of her family “jumped into action.”
Mom scheduled an abortion appointment at the local Planned Parenthood, Dad offered up another lecture on personal responsibility, and her sister “called in” to work so she could attend Claire’s abortion appointment with her.
When the day came for the abortion appointment, Claire wasn’t feeling certain that she really wanted to get an abortion.
She took to the internet and began searching for possible… alternatives?
Thanks to your support of Heroic Media’s OAASYS (On-demand Alternatives to Abortion SYStem) Emergency Response ads, she was connected with OAASYS’s Pregnancy Help Center partner in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as a potential alternative to an abortion business.
She made an appointment to be seen there.
When Claire and her sister arrived for the appointment, Claire inquired about alternatives to abortion.
She revealed that she’d had two abortions in the past, and wasn’t sure if she could stomach the thought of going through with a third, even though it was already scheduled.
The pressure from her family was severe, and she felt trapped.
Maybe if she pursued adoption as a “new” option, the family would get off her back?
Claire’s sister was relentless during the appointment, reminding Claire every second that “abortion was her ‘only route’ to move past this” and “fix her life.”
Finally, Claire stepped into a counseling room, asking her sister to remain in the waiting room.
During that time, Claire broke down into tears.
She asked her client advocate about parenting resources, but also about spiritual resources.
In Claire’s mind, she felt that she needed to find a community that would support her and help her to begin breaking free from her family’s negativity and pressures.
Her advocate helped her cancel the scheduled abortion appointment.
She informed her sister and her parents – and they did not kick her out of the house!
Eventually, after several solo return visits, Claire asked to pray with her advocate to commit her life to Christ – and subsequently got her entire family connected to a local church!
And rather than the adoption option, she ultimately chose to parent t