Danielle (not her real name) already had two little boys, aged one and three, and she did not want to have any more children. To complicate things, she was in the midst of a divorce and had been sleeping with another man, so she was not exactly sure who had fathered this baby. Her ultrasound was unclear; there were things that just did not look right. However, she was also very early in her pregnancy. One thing that was clear was her desire to abort!
Danielle is just one of many women who enter the doors of the AAA Center for Pregnancy Counseling who are unsure of what they intend to do if they are pregnant. A growing number, like Danielle, have pretty much determined that they will abort. In fact, we have seen a dramatic increase in the last few months in this those who think their only real option is to destroy the child in their womb.
At the Center, we look at this as a sign that our advertising is being successful. This is exactly the type of woman we want to see: those who are feeling backed into a corner as far as abortion is concerned. The pressures of life, as well as a lack of support, make them feel that having a child is not an option. If not for us, they would probably head right for the abortion clinic. However, inside our doors they find a place of safety and support; a refuge where they can think things out and make a clear decision. It is also a place where, through the amazement of ultrasound, they will meet their precious child for the first time. For many, that meeting alone makes abortion impossible.
When one of our team called Danielle a few days later, things had already begun to turn around. She’d found the courage to tell her mother and sister and their loving support took her by surprise. She’d also been able to calculate that her husband was the baby’s father. When she told him, he amazed her by his excited response. Danielle verbally expressed her gratitude at finding us rather than the abortion clinic!
Two weeks later, Danielle’s ultrasound showed an active 9-week-old baby, with a strong heartbeat and tiny little legs and arms. She reported to us that her marriage was back on track and happier than ever. It is for women like Danielle that we exist!
In March of 2011, best-selling author and renowned speaker, Bruce Wilkinson, spoke at our banquet. Bruce has a passion for pregnancy centers and the work we do in saving unborn children, as well as the life-changing support given to their mothers. As Bruce spoke, God moved and we were able to raise an amazing amount of financial support. With it we were able to hire enough new staff to double the hours we are open, as well as to begin a television campaign.
With just these two changes a rather remarkable trend has occurred. Not only has the number of women we see drastically increased, but we are now drawing in an even greater number of women like Danielle: women who would have gone straight to the abortion clinic if they had not found us. In fact, from June to November, the number of those who were determined to abort increased by 12%, from 45% to 57%! In other words, over half of the women who enter our doors and are actually pregnant fully intend to abort their child. After coming to us, only around 20% of those actually did. We are so grateful for the 80% who will now have a chance at life!
Sadly, there were also women like Samara (not her real name either) who was born in the Middle East, and whose family still lives there. As grateful as she was for our loving concern and care, she was terrified that her father and brother would kill her if they knew she was pregnant. Sadly, her boyfriend was not willing to marry her or even provide her with much support. Feeling backed into a corner she aborted, even though she told us she didn’t want to. Sometimes the pressures of life are just too great and fear wins the day.
Every day is a battle for life at the AAA Center for Pregnancy Counseling. Please pray for us and women like Samara and Danielle. Pray also that the support will continue to pour in so we can be here for them at their greatest moment of need.
Keeping it true! Barb