Jessica and Ben: The Importance of Ultrasound
Jessica and Ben were shocked when they found out they were expecting another child. As a married couple, they were using birth control and were not planning on having any more children. “We always wanted two children,” they said, “and we have our boy and our girl and we are happy with that.” Jessica didn’t expect to struggle so much with their decision to have an abortion and was very depressed to be in this situation. After viewing their first ultrasound, the couple stated that they were “sad,” but felt that they should just go through with the abortion.
During a phone call with the advocate a few days after the ultrasound, Jessica asked if they could come back to have a second ultrasound. “I just can’t make up my mind,” she said. “My heart tells me to have this baby, but my head tells me to go through with the abortion.” During the second ultrasound, the couple could not believe that their baby’s heart was beating so strongly. “It became our baby as soon as I saw that strong heartbeat.” The couple had their second daughter, Maiyalee, in May.
Isabel: Pregnant in High School, How Can I Have a Baby?
Isabel was a high school senior when she learned that she was pregnant. “No way am I having a baby,” she said. “I am way too young.” Both Isabel and the baby’s father were afraid of how their parents would react and thought just having an abortion without telling them was the best thing to do. However, when Isabel had her ultrasound, she started to cry. She told her nurse that she was raised Catholic and knew abortion was wrong. And now that she had seen her baby, she could not go through with it.
Isabel came back for a second appointment with us, this time accompanied by her mother. Both families ended up embracing this young couple to support them in being parents. Their baby boy, Josian, was born in March of this year. A few months later, her advocate delivered a Welcome Baby Gift to her home and was greeted by a very proud, new mother. Isabel thanked her for helping her make the right choice: “I just love my baby so much and cannot imagine my life without him in it.”
Catherine & Joel: Their Ultrasound Changed Everything
Our patient, Catherine, and her husband Joel, were prepared to have an abortion, but they knew nothing about the procedure or the risks that could come with it. The couple already had two young children and believed they were not ready for another child. So, they set up an appointment with us to have an ultrasound and to learn about the different types of abortion.
During the ultrasound, Catherine wept silently while she saw her baby for the first time. Her husband reached for her hand and said, “No need to cry, we are not aborting this baby.” They welcomed their baby boy Brody in August and told us, “We are so grateful that we came to your clinic. We would have made the biggest mistake of our lives and missed out on this precious son we all adore.”