Seventeen, that was the age I first got pregnant. My boyfriend at the time was an alcoholic and cocaine addict who was also frequently unfaithful and physically abusive. After a year of feeling worthless and trapped, I finally developed the courage to leave him. At the same time I found out I was pregnant. I felt torn, I didn’t know what to do and I definitely couldn’t tell my parents. I knew that I didn’t want to be connected to this man for the rest of my life but I also understood that by being pregnant, I was already a mother. My boyfriend's mother begged me to keep the baby in hopes that it would straighten her son out. My father didn’t agree so I made an appointment to see a doctor. I was shown a picture of my baby and told that it was too early in the pregnancy, so it wasn’t even a baby at all. The doctor told me that it was just a bunch of cells and mucus, and that it would be harder on my teenage body to have a baby than to get an abortion. Deep within me I knew she was lying but her voice became louder than all the others so I followed it and had an abortion. Afterwards I felt so empty, like an undercurrent of loss flowing through my body.
Many years later, having come through several failed relationships and after three abortions, I had convinced myself that I never wanted to have children. Life went on but each year after my abortions, I would calculate the would-be-birthdays of my unborn children. It was like an imaginary celebration and funeral that I felt obligated to observe year after year. And still I wonder, would they have been a boy or a girl? What would they look like now/then?
God had a different plan for my life. I married a man and got pregnant right away. I can honestly say that I have never felt more love for another human than the day I looked at my newborn son. Years later I was blessed again with a daughter. I will never fully understand the grace I have been given to bear children but I am completely humbled at the privilege to be a mother.
When I found out about the House of Grace Pregnancy Centre I knew that I had a responsibility to support the vision. When I walked through the doors I could feel the warmth and love they had created. As I walked into one of the rooms, my heart ached. It was a place where women could come and talk about their unexpected pregnancy, a place where she would be seen and heard while facing this very important decision. I sensed that I would not have felt so alone and could have been empowered with options. I saw that women received support for all options and if they decided to parent, they could pick out clothes and other necessities for their new babies.
Then I heard the whisper in these walls. “What if this was available to you when you first were pregnant?” I got emotional, I could see the love and feel the hope displayed all around me. And I began to wonder some more, “...What if?...”
At House of Grace Pregnancy Centre we envision a community of Grace where no woman, man or family, faces the effects of an unexpected pregnancy alone; where God's grace is experienced, empowering them to process their fears & griefs in a safe place, with dignity & hope.
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