By Sarah Terzo
Suzan, a British woman, told her story. She was pregnant and already had three children. She didn’t” think she could cope with another, and she scheduled an abortion. But she met pro-lifers on the way in:
“When I got there [pro-life protesters from the group Abort 67] gave me information about abortions…
They had some leaflets about abortions and they started talking to me. They had pictures of a foetus at eight weeks and they had pictures of aborted babies…..
I was really scared. I told them I had three kids already and I didn’t need this baby but they told me I didn’t have to go through with the termination…..
They took me to a coffee shop, they bought me tea and I said I would go home and try to think about it.
I tried not to listen to them, but they were praying for me and I was crying and shaking.
The way they talked to me gave me faith and their encouragement [and] made me decide to keep the baby.
I promised them I’d go to the doctor in a few days. They promised to come with me.
They kept in touch and came to my home to encourage me. They kept checking I was ok. That kept me going.
Now I thank God I didn’t pass through that process. At eight weeks you can really see the leg is already formed, the head, the face.
Then when I finally saw my daughter, I thought, ‘How could I have wanted to terminate this baby?’
She has given me joy and peace in my family. She has made me and my partner stronger.
The campaigners have also helped me by providing clothes for the baby.
They don’t pressure you outside the clinics if you don’t want to listen. They’re just giving their opinion.
They should be allowed to do it because some people will change their minds. If I didn’t listen to them, I would have regretted it all my life….
I want people to have the happiness and peace that I have.
My daughter Miracle is now eight months and two weeks old. She’s standing, walking around the table on her own. She’s really growing fast…. I thank God I didn’t do it.”
From ‘I thank God I didn’t abort my baby” BBC Newsbeat Nov 28, 2014.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.