By Carol Tobias, NRLC President & Pro-Life Perspective Host
The Pro-Life Movement is a uniquely personal movement. It is a Movement that must wrap its arms around fear, confusion, hopelessness, poverty, and a host of powerful emotions. One of the most important things we can do as pro-lifers is learn to meet the needs of women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant.
There are many ways pro-lifers can meet women’s needs. Every one of the 50 states has a National Right to Life affiliate that does an immeasurable amount of good work planning and working toward pro-life state laws. There is a vast National Right to Life network you can be a part of, if you are not already. In addition to National Right to Life affiliates, there are pregnancy resource centers, church groups, and women’s groups through out the country.
Women by the thousands have been helped by pro-lifers. I believe that hearing the personal testimony of women whose lives have been touched by the kindness and generosity of pro-lifers helps us keep our eyes on our goal – saving the lives of both mothers and their babies.
Today, I’d like to share with you once such story of a woman whose life was changed by the love and support of the right to life movement. We’ll call her “Maria” to protect her privacy.
Maria had given birth to a child a year and a half prior to finding out she was once again expecting. She and her boyfriend were going through a tough time together, both emotionally and financially. When she came to the pregnancy resource center, she was looking for information and help to obtain an abortion.
When Maria discovered that she had mistakenly wandered into a pro-life pregnancy resource center, she was not upset. She said that after she realized that she wasn’t going to get help with an abortion, she resolved to be nice and polite (rather than getting up and leaving immediately). She was not particularly interested in what the councilor had to say because she was pretty sure that she wanted an abortion. But she had persistent nagging doubts about her decision to abort.
As many pregnancy resource centers do, the councilor showed Maria a positive video on life in the womb. The video talked about how the baby’s heart was beating by day 22, probably before Maria even knew she was pregnant. It showed tiny fingers and toes developing.
All of this was news to Maria. While watching this video on the miracle of human life, Maria was struck with the conviction that there was a human life inside of her, growing and developing. He had a heart, a brain, and tiny fingers and toes.
Maria said, “There were so many things [the councilor] said that made me think about this baby. There was a life inside of me and he was growing. I couldn’t go through with this and kill my child. Now I look at my son and see his big, beautiful eyes and his happy smile and I can’t believe I thought of having an abortion. I never would have known this special little boy. When I hold my son, I think of the people who helped me and how they gave me a chance to hold my son. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have a beautiful boy.
For some women like Maria, meeting their need is as simple as giving them information on fetal development. Others may need emotional or financial support. Still others may need help making an adoption plan or figuring out a way they can have a baby and still finish college.
Everything we do – no matter how small it may seem – makes a difference in the lives of mothers and their unborn children. And we must always be prepared to respond compassionately with facts and assistance. We’ve provided several resources at prolifeperpsective.com. I encourage you to take a few minutes to check them out.
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