On Friday, President Trump spoke in the White House Rose Garden about his support for the pro-life movement, and had four women behind him who had experienced an unexpected pregnancy and considered aborting them but ultimately joyously bore those children.
But in all likelihood, the joy those women experienced at bearing their children and the continuing joy they gained from rearing them would not have occurred without the vital help of pregnancy centers, the same places that save the lives of hundreds of babies who would have otherwise been slaughtered.
As Jay Hobbs writes at pregnancyhelpnews.com, the women were in Washington, D.C. to inform legislators about the value of pregnancy centers at an annual event called “Babies Go to Congress,” hosted by pro-life pregnancy help network Heartbeat International. But the apex came Friday at the White House.
Here are some of their stories:
Kelsey Hedges got pregnant as a college student, but really got a shock when she visited the Pregnancy Resource Center of Rolla, Missouri, and found out through a free ultrasound that she was bearing twins. She had thought of aborting her baby, prompting her to explore Planned Parenthood near University of Missouri’s campus. Instead, after seeing the ultrasound, she opted to bear her two daughters, Izabella and Brielle. She said, “I was in love from the moment I laid eyes on both of them. They are such a blessing in my life and bring so much joy to myself and the rest of my family. I thank God often for my girls and for PRC who saved me and my pregnancy.” Kelsey graduated as planned with a bachelor’s degree, and has already begun a master’s degree in accounting.
Nadya Boyer thought of Planned Parenthood when she got pregnant, but a prior visit to Elizabeth’s New Life Center in Lebanon, Ohio, still lingered in her mind, and while she was waiting in Planned Parenthood’s waiting room, she made her decision, leaving and heading back to Elizabeth’s New Life Center. She and the father of her baby got married; she said later of her unexpected pregnancy, “It was not the end of the world. If anything, I’m so much better off today.”
Paula Garner was 17 when she tested positive on pregnancy tests; she turned to Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers in Raleigh, North Carolina. She and her husband Chris now have two daughters, Skylar and Audrey. She was so inspired by her experience that she wants to work as a pregnancy center counselor, and her path toward her psychology degree has been aided by a scholarship awarded by Care Net, a network of pregnancy centers.
They showed us the love of Christ at a time when we felt so far from God and his plan for our lives. Sometimes I sit back and think that without my daughter, and without being directed to Hand of Hope, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be the person that I am today, and I don’t even know if God would have been able to get a hold of my heart the way he has. Before my daughter was born, I was headed down a very bad path in life, but her life has given me new life in Christ. It changed the entire direction that my life was headed in and for that I could not be more thankful.