A Hundred Reasons Why Having a Baby Just Wouldn’t Work

The following story comes from Gulf Coast Storks in Southwest Florida. The gynecologist put her hand on mine as she told me I was pregnant. I was in shock. I couldn’t have a baby right now with everything that was happening in my life—large work commitments, a possible wedding in the future, and my mom’s…

The Day I Met My Baby

The following story comes from the CURO Women’s Care Clinic of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. “There’s no way I’m sticking around if you keep this baby.” That’s what my boyfriend said to me when I found out I was pregnant last month. So, I had to pick between my boyfriend, who I’ve been with for…

“If I Stay Too Long, I Might Choose to Keep the Baby”

The following story comes from Several Sources Shelter in Englewood, NJ. Last April, I found out I was pregnant with my fifth child. When I told my husband Jose, he responded by saying, “So, what are you going to do? You know we can’t afford another baby now.” I made an appointment to get an abortion…

Eight Kids, No Job, and the Bus that Changed Everything

The following story comes from Women’s Choice Center in Bettendorf, IA. I found out I was pregnant about two months ago. With eight children, no job, and a boyfriend serving time in prison, this news didn’t come easy. I was excited to meet my child but had no idea how I would raise nine children on…

Tamara’s Story

The following story comes from Gulf Coast Storks in Southwest Florida. With my husband and I both working and managing our three children, the thought of another child at the moment was just too overwhelming to consider. So when I missed my menstrual cycle, I had a sick feeling in my stomach. I took a…

Beth’s Story

The following story comes from the Pregnancy Care Center of Rincon in Savannah, GA. I woke abruptly this morning and remembered the pregnancy test I took the night before. No, no, that couldn’t have been real! I blinked, hoping it had been a dream. The stress of the night before flooded back. I rolled over…

Shelby’s Story

The following story comes from Real Choices Pregnancy Medical Clinic in Grapevine, TX. Shelby stared at me in disbelief, insisting that she absolutely could not be pregnant. She lifted up her shirt to reveal a fit stomach and then slumped back onto the leather exam table. Shelby came to us to get a free pregnancy…

Victoria’s Story

The following story comes from Several Sources Shelter in Englewood, NJ. My name is Victoria and I am twenty-four years old. I live in Paterson, NJ in an apartment with my four-year-old disabled son. I planned to get a job following high school, but with a child that needs 24/7 care, this quickly became impossible….

Grace’s Story

The following story comes from Women’s Choice Center in Bettendorf, IA. My name is Grace and I’m eighteen years old. I found out I was pregnant at the age of sixteen. My boyfriend and I decided to keep the baby. We love our little girl. She’s my entire life. I’ve sacrificed so much for her,…

Agnes’ Story

The following story comes from Gift of Hope Pregnancy Center in Englewood, NJ. My name is Agnes. Last Saturday, I woke up with morning sickness a reminder for my appointment for an abortion at the Metropolitan Women’s Clinic in Englewood, NJ. My husband and I married young and he has been abusive towards me throughout…

Eliza’s Story

The following story comes from the Pregnancy Care Center of Rincon in Savannah, GA. My name is Eliza. I am twenty-six years old and a single mother of two. I have a three year old and a seven month old and I don’t know what I would do without them. While motherhood is challenging, those…

Denise’s Story

The following story comes from Gulf Coast Storks in Southwest Florida. When I found out I was pregnant, I felt an immediate connection with my baby. Because I was raised without a mother, I always wanted to be there for a child in the ways that my mother was never there for me. However, my…

Jessica’s Story

The following story comes from Elizabeth’s New Life Center in Dayton, OH.  We pulled up to the small white house to see a young woman sitting on the front porch with her head bent down, her hands pressed against her forehead. This was Jessica. She was several months pregnant and suffered from extreme anxiety, which…

Alba’s Story

The following story comes from the Gulf Coast Storks in Southwest Florida. As a mom of two, I know my body well. When I took a home pregnancy test, it told me what I already knew—I was pregnant. I made three different appointments to get an abortion and cancelled them all. I couldn’t make up…

Reina’s Story

The following story comes from Several Sources Shelter in Englewood, NJ. My husband and I found out we were pregnant in December of 2013. At the time, I wasn’t authorized to work in the United States and my husband’s job barely provided for the two of us. We sought out help, but had no community…

Daria’s Story

The following story comes from The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford in Rockford, IL. “How did I get here?” I asked myself. I was standing in the bathroom of a gas station with a pregnancy test sitting on the lid of the trash receptacle next to me. I watched as the symbols slowly appeared on…

Allison’s Story

The following story comes from The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford in Rockford, IL. Overcome by emotion, Allison stepped into the Stork Bus. She was thirty-one and a mother of four children. Fears filled her head… She feared the possibility of having to care for another child on her own. She loved her four children,…

Matt’s Story

The following story comes from Pregnancy Resource Center of the South Hills in Pittsburgh, PA. Before the rush of the day set upon us, the mild mannered mechanic quietly approached our mobile medical unit. As he spoke, his voice gave way to years of wear and tear, a gentle mixture of kindness and hard living…