I met Jessica in New York City as she was walking into a women’s center to get an abortion. After we got talking a little, she began to share her life story with me. Jessica already had two small children at home, and her baby’s father was in jail and couldn’t support her. She was scared to tell her parents because she knew her father would be angry, and her mother was the one pushing her to get an abortion. However, despite all of this, Jessica agreed to come on the bus and have a sonogram done. As we waited for the woman in front of us to be done, Jessica told me all about the two boys she already had. I could see she genuinely had a tender heart and loved her children deeply. But as she talked about the stress of this upcoming baby, she began to close her heart off in an effort to avoid the painful thoughts of what it would take to abort the precious child within her. After a thoughtful pause, I could see she was wrestling with the weight of what lay before her…and then she began to tell me she secretly hoped this one was a girl, a girl that looked like her and she could dress up and do her hair. She began to cry as she talked about how her mother was forcing this abortion on her. It was an honor to hold her hand, look her in the eye and remind her that this was her baby, not her mothers, and it was her right to choose to give a little girl a chance at life. Jessica walked out of her sonogram appointment beaming, ecstatic that this new little baby was, in fact, a little girl. She sat down, and we canceled her abortion appointments right there and called her mother to let her know she would not be having an abortion. I was so proud of Jessica’s renewed strength as she stood up to her mother’s protests. Her courage was an inspiration to the other women sitting on the bus, waiting for sonograms. She began talking with them about keeping their babies, and as they saw another in their same position stand up and believe in the seemingly impossible, every single woman on that bus at that time decided to keep her baby as well. Jessica’s excitement for life was absolutely contagious, and whether she knew it or not, Jessica helped save not just her own baby that day, but three others. I was astounded by the grace and power of God in that moment, and I began to think about how our society is full of cowards today – those who look for shortcuts, the convenient and easy way out. I wondered how many other everyday heroes like Jessica are out there, learning to live with integrity. Jessica is now 8 months pregnant and absolutely thrilled about her new daughter.