Amber raced home from work, a little nauseous after her lunch break.
She’d only started feeling a little “off” earlier in the week, but things had become unbearable.
After some thought, she ran by the closest CVS to grab a three-pack of pregnancy tests.
As she suspected, she was pregnant.
And she was overjoyed!
Becoming a mother was her dream, and this dream was becoming more real by the second.
She was already painting the nursery in soft neutrals in her mind when her boyfriend came home from work.
Before he even spoke, Amber began to realize that the future “was not as bright” as she’d been imagining it for the past 90 minutes.
The couple had a complicated relationship.
In her mind, Amber believed a baby would “bring them closer together,” but her boyfriend’s outlook wasn’t so bright.
The day went on and Amber kept her secret to herself.
In the meantime, she began to observe things about her boyfriend that had been “so easy to overlook” up to this point: he was angry, selfish, and lazy.
Still, they’d been together for so long… and Amber felt a commitment to him she “couldn’t explain.”
Now that she was bringing a baby into the fold, she felt it even more important to stay in a committed relationship so her baby would have a father.
The next morning, Amber decided to share the exciting news with her boyfriend.
His reaction was beyond any expectations that she had.
He furiously yelled: “Why are you even telling me? Why didn’t you just go get an abortion?!”
Amber was shell-shocked.
She never dreamed of getting an abortion.
Over the next several days, he continued to push the abortion.
He even enlisted his family members to begin pressuring Amber to get an abortion.
On one occasion, his mother stated, “I had an abortion, so you can too!”
After nearly a week of pressure from all sides, Amber became convinced that parenting her baby was not even an “option”.
Her boyfriend was threatening to leave, and she was beginning to believe the lie that it would be “better to get an abortion” than to bring a baby into a disparate situation with no father.
She began searching online for an abortion facility.
Thanks to your support of Heroic Media’s OAASYS Emergency Response ads, she was connected with OAASYS’s Pregnancy Help Center partner in Phoenix, Arizona instead, and made an appointment.
It only took one short discussion with the client advocate at her first appointment for Amber to see truth.
The pregnancy center provided a place for her to process her situation and feelings.
Her client advocates affirmed what she knew in her heart from the beginning: she was more than capable of raising her baby, even on her own.
With their encouragement, Amber reached out to her mother, who was also very supportive.
Within a week, she packed her things, told her boyfriend she would not have an abortion, left him, and moved in with her mom for additional support while she continued her pregnancy and prepared to have her baby.
Thank you for the critical role you played in helping empower Amber to “see straight” in the midst of all of the pressure and coercion to abort and choose life for herself and her precious baby!
You are heroic!
1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”