"I was so nervous and scared and freaking out... I didn't know if I even should keep the baby...But, we had a lot of support that we both really needed. They prayed with us...I probably wouldn't have my daughter if it weren't for SMPCC."
"They [SMPCC] were so caring and welcoming. You don't normally have that if you are a teen and pregnant, you're really usually pretty alone."
Kay & Sam
At 25 years old, almost finished with her bachelor’s degree and just beginning a fun yet fragile relationship, Kay saw her future as wide and free. However, when receiving a positive pregnancy test, the prospects of her imagined future became unclear. She and her boyfriend, Sam, planned to take the life of the baby they had conceived. After sharing with our nurse in a counseling session and meeting her baby, Sara, through an ultrasound, the two decided to keep and raise her.
During their pregnancy, the two completed numerous Earn While You Learn parenting lessons and earned 200 diapers, baby furniture, clothes and more. After delivering Sara, Sam and Kay decided to have a Christian wedding and move in together to provide stability for their baby. Kay now has a full-time job and Sam is finishing his studies at WCU. They are now happily married, parenting with joy and gratitude.
Unhappily married to her high school sweetheart with two kids, Jenna experienced abortion. Twice. The first time, Jenna miscarried what would have been her third child. To help her deliver this miscarried baby, the hospital issued a "Medical Abortion," or the abortion pill to take at home by herself. As often happens, this pill caused such excessive bleeding that both of her young children who were present truly feared for their mother's life. An ambulance rushed her to the hospital where she received multiple transfusions and had to stay in the ICU (not uncommon when using the abortion pill). She has deep emotional scars.
Shortly thereafter, she conceived again and had a still birth of a son at 22 weeks. Unwilling to do the RU-486 again, Jenna went to the hospital for a DNC abortion procedure. Unfortunately, her epidural did not work and she felt the entire procedure take place.
Three years later, Jenna came to SMPCC terrified that she was pregnant and wanted to have an abortion so that she could escape the pain of another lost pregnancy.
Medically, it was impossible to deny her reasoning, and together, we worked through recognition of her baby as a person and transitioning conversation to focus more on faith and less on fear. Her faith had to be stronger than her fear. In faith, she kept and delivered her sweet baby.
Megan, a single mom of two, her youngest only 15 months old, arrived at our clinic asking for information about abortion even though it was hard for her to say the word. She is proud of her ability to provide for her children but admits that it is a difficult task to face alone. She says her boyfriend will support her pregnancy decision either way, but she does not know if she wants to parent with him. Because it was an abusive relationship, she regrets marrying the father of her first child ten years ago. This experience makes her even more unsure of her pregnancy and current partner.
As she continued to share about her baby daughter with deep compassion in her voice, explaining that her daughter was supposed to be a twin, but she miscarried the other baby toward the beginning of the pregnancy. In this moment of the conversation, our nurse felt led to ask the name of her unborn baby. Megan broke down and said, "He had a soul and I never named him." And that was when the reality of what she is facing today fell into place for her. She said, "I have already lost one little soul and I can't believe that I would want to give up another one."
Megan saw her 0.4 cm long baby on ultrasound and watched its heart beat with amazement. We referred her for further care and she pledged to contact us and talk through adoption plans before making an abortion decision for this baby.
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Prayer for Spiritual Strength
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.