You are probably overwhelmed. You are likely scared. You are in a foreign country, away from what you know. You are being questioned by strangers. Unsure of your future and where you might live in the next few months.
You are also pregnant, seeking an abortion, and the whole nation is talking about you. The pro-life side wants you to choose life, and the pro-abortion side wants to make your story a precedent for free abortions in America. It might feel like you are being tugged in every direction, that you are a piece in a political game of chess.
But I want you to know, as someone who’s been there, you are not alone.
I was also faced with a pregnancy that was unplanned. I’m not an immigrant. I didn’t have to run here to escape an abusive situation. But just like you, I was scared. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to keep my baby. Scared that I couldn’t be a mom because I didn’t know how to be a mom. Scared of being shamed or judged.
But in the midst of the fear, I felt empowered. Because I was counseled on my options. I knew that I had access to abortion, but that I also had the opportunity for adoption or parenting. Because of that counseling, I was able to work through my fears and choose life.
Something they won’t tell you at the abortion clinic is how amazing it is to be a mother.
They won’t tell you that when you’re awake at 3:00 in the morning, trying not to fall asleep before you baby does, you get to see the sweetest of sleepy smiles. That sometimes, your baby will laugh in her sleep and it will melt your heart.
They won’t tell you about the dreams and hopes you will have for your baby, wanting only good things for her. They won’t tell you how many hours you will spend just staring at your baby’s face, memorizing every inch. They won’t tell you how relieved you will be when you hear that first cry in the delivery room and the overwhelming love and peace you will feel when they put her on your chest for the first time.
They won’t tell you those things. But I will. Because in the past three months, I have felt all of those things. I have learned how to love another human being with such a deep intensity that it truly brings me to tears on an almost daily basis.
And while motherhood is incredible and rewarding, it is also challenging and it truly takes a village. Thankfully there are countless resources to help you through motherhood or the adoption process.
Despite what the pro-abortion lobbyists might be telling you, pregnancy resource centers are there to guide you through this decision and provide you with resources. They exist to help women just like you. They exist to show you that you are not alone.
Even if you choose to place your baby with another family, you will not be alone. You will feel the love and support of a tribe of mothers who have made the same choice as you- a choice that shows true selflessness and sacrificial love. You are not alone.
You are not a piece in the government’s game of chess. You are not a pawn that can be used for the gain of one side or another. You are a woman who deserves more. You deserve to feel empowered, not pressured by your circumstances.
Jane, I write this to tell you that you are not alone.
You have thousands of people around you, holding you up and supporting you when you feel like you cannot do it on your own. You are stronger than you know. Don’t listen to the voices of politicians telling you what to do. Listen to your heart. Listen to the heartbeat of the life growing inside you.
This isn’t the easiest journey. But it is one of the most empowering and rewarding journeys that you can take.
Every day, women are being pressured into abortion However, nobody should be told abortion is their only option.
Instead, let’s join together to make sure people in unexpected pregnancy situations are supported and loved so they can make life-affirming choices for their children.
We’re asking pro-lifers around the country to help us end the pressure surrounding abortion once and for all. Sign our pledge today!
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