Lucy felt terrified when she saw the positive pregnancy test.
She had been dating her boyfriend Michael for only a few months, and wasn’t currently working.
They were both young – and in no way felt “prepared” for parenthood.
They talked about their options, and both agreed that abortion was their “best choice”.
The couple began looking online to find an abortion facility.
Thanks to your support of Heroic Media’s OAASYS (On-demand Alternatives to Abortion SYStem) Emergency Response ads, they were connected to OAASYS’s Pregnancy Help Center partner in Tampa, Florida instead, and made an appointment to be seen.
When Lucy and Michael arrived at the pregnancy center for their first appointment, they were “visibly terrified”.
It was clear they were scared to become parents.
They wanted an abortion – and admitted that they felt scared about abortion as well.
Their client advocate helped them to understand the financial, physical, and emotional costs of abortion.
They only became more unsettled and conflicted as she gently spoke these truths to them.
Then the conversation turned to other options, primarily parenting.
Lucy and Michael had a chance to verbally process all their fears.
And… with every voiced fear, the room began to “feel lighter”.
Their client advocate could see weights “lifting from the couple” as they spoke their fears out loud.
After listening, their client advocate began to compassionately offer ease to their fears.
She explained all the support programs the pregnancy center offered expecting parents.
They discussed material and financial resources, parenting classes, healthcare, and getting involved in a local church community if desired.
Toward the end of the conversation, Lucy and Michael were feeling more confident about the possibility of parenting, and accepted the offer to return for a free ultrasound in a week.
When they returned for their follow-up appointment, they shared that they had decided – after hearing the truths about the risks and adverse effects of abortion–that they’d changed their minds about pursuing abortion and would parent their child!
They were still feeling nervous about becoming parents, but lifted by the further truth that they were not alone and with the support of the pregnancy center and local community, they were confident they’d made the right decision.
And thank you for the critical role you played in helping connect them to the opportunity to hear and embrace the truth and choose life!!
You are heroic!
John 8:32: “…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”