You are the friend of the parents of a pregnant teen: what would you say to them?

By Dave Andrusko

We received some very interesting (and affirmative) responses to a recent post written by a mother whose teenage daughter had become pregnant and how the family together found a life-affirming answer (“Mom, I’m pregnant.”).

I would really like to hear from you–what you’d say in the following two scenarios to the parents.

First, you pretty much know for sure the mom and dad desperately do not want their daughter to abort. What advice could you offer? (We’re assuming, for the sake of this discussion, that the girl was legally or otherwise felt obligated to inform them she was pregnant, knowing she may now go to the abortionist.)

Second, alternatively, you know the girl does not want to abort but her parents’ first instinct is to counsel/browbeat/coerce her into aborting. (As you know this happens more than is generally recognized.)

How would you attempt to reach those parents? You can assume either that their motives are not the best or that they are genuinely convinced that their daughter’s life would “be ruined” unless she aborts.

And, if you want to add a further wrinkle, assume you are talking to the parents of the baby’s father.

Let me know what you think at daveandrusko@gmail.com.