Nurse Practitioner Rosemarie's day was just about done until Ella called at 5:59 pm. Ella’s voice was shaky. She was scared, confused and honest about considering having an abortion. She had the paperwork with her, ready to complete for the procedure. Rosemarie scheduled her the following morning, on her day off. What a miracle from the start.
During her appointment, Ella shared with Rosemarie that she had been to the clinic years ago for her first pregnancy which she carried to term. She refers to her child as "the love of her life". She admitted having an abortion the following year. In fact, she still had the folder with all of the prenatal resources the nurse gave to her years ago. She said, "I just knew if I came back to the clinic, I would be cared for like before. I just knew you guys will help me figure things out."
Ella was reserved initially, answering questions with short responses but became more comfortable sharing her feelings and concerns later in the appointment. It was a pleasant surprise for Ella when she saw nurse Kathie, who did her ultrasound years ago! She was given an ultrasound and was provided with prenatal education and resources. Ella was informed of post abortion counseling available at the clinic. At the end of her appointment, Ella was asked if she would like to be prayed for, she responded tearfully "Yes, please". A follow up call was made the following week. Ella stated she had made the decision to keep her baby and had already scheduled an appointment to start prenatal care!
YOU are the reason Ella felt empowered to choose LIFE that day! Thank you for the constant love and support you bring to the women and men we serve. This would not be possible without you.
Rae was 17 years old, still in high school, and frantic. When the home pregnancy test came out positive she called her boyfriend crying. But he didn’t give much support. He was scared, but he tried not to show it. He needed time to think. So he told her that they would talk later. Needless to say, she could not sleep that night as waves of panic washed over her. Alone and terrified, she tried to sleep but it was pointless. Finally, she just got up and searched the internet. “There is no way I can have a baby right now she thought.” She searched for abortion clinics in the area and had a list made up by morning. She decided to call each one and go to the earliest appointment she could get. She made an appointment for the next day at the local abortion clinic.
Rae was still concerned about the support she would receive from her boyfriend so she asked him to meet up and talk. Over lunch, he told her that he thought it was best to get an abortion. Being 17 himself, he didn’t feel ready to have a kid. Rae could tell that he was scared. She felt alone and didn’t think that she would ever get an abortion. At the abortion clinic, Rae was having second thoughts. The clinician told her that the baby was just a mass of cells and that she could take the abortion pill without having an ultrasound. But Rae thought to herself, “How do you know it’s a mass of cells if you can’t see it?” She left without making a decision, but she made another appointment. She decided to get another opinion and that’s when she stumbled upon Obria Medical Clinics in Whittier.
When Rae came to see us, she tried to act normal but she said it hit her like a ton of bricks. She couldn’t help but cry. When she was offered an ultrasound, she thought, “Great! I could see for myself if there was just a mass of cells or a baby.” During the ultrasound, Rae saw that the baby was small but it had a heart beat! She knew it was a baby and not just a mass of cells. Staring at the little heart beating on the ultrasound screen, Rae said, “That’s my baby!” The due date turned out to be her boyfriend’s birthday. Before leaving, Rae made an appointment to return so her boyfriend could come and see their baby too. She was confident that after he saw their baby on the ultrasound, he would be all in!
Greta called us from the side of the road, halfway between her house and an abortion clinic. She was in her late 20’s and had just relocated from Asia to LA county with her husband during the Pandemic so they had very little social support. Greta was pregnant and feeling isolated with the "stay at home" mandate. When she took that at home test, her fears instantly flooded her mind. She was overwhelmed and was considering an abortion.
When she came to see us, Greta told our nurse that she planned to terminate because of Covid-19. As the conversation continued, Greta said that she was actually thinking about keeping the baby; it was really her husband who wanted her to have an abortion. Her husband was very nervous about the effects of Covid-19 on her and their baby. Our nurse was able to talk with Greta and provided her with information from the CDC for keeping a healthy pregnancy during Covid-19, and how to limit any health risks.
During their discussion, Greta mentioned that she and her husband had started reading the bible and tuning into virtual worship services. In her homeland, religion had been discouraged. She knew in the pre-communism days, people would make sacrifices to the river god or various gods. This familiarity with presenting a sacrifice to a god was a bridge for our nurse to share about Jesus being the ultimate sacrifice... for her. They talked about forgiveness, His amazing love and even the bible as a way through the ages for people to know Him, to be forgiven and have a relationship with our living God. She had many questions about Jesus and Christianity. Our nurse had the amazing privilege of praying with her as she gave her life to Christ.
Greta left our clinic that day with a new mindset and confidence in her decision to keep her baby. She was given ultrasound pictures of her active baby and was referred to a clinic nearby for prenatal care. Due to our new safety measures put in place, her husband waited patiently in the car during her appointment. Greta could not wait to see her husband and show him the pictures of their unborn baby!
Two lives were saved that day, thanks to our Heavenly Father and YOUR faithful support!
Liza was just 17. She shared that this was her first pregnancy and that she and her boyfriend/father of the baby planned for her to have an abortion. She was accompanied by her boyfriend. Both felt anxious but "wanted to see the baby". They preferred not to inform her mom and step-dad for fear of being "kicked out of the house like her older sister was when they found out she was pregnant". The patient felt supported by her best friend's mom who offered to drive her to Planned Parenthood the following week for a scheduled abortion. She felt that having her baby would keep her from finishing high school.
Liza was encouraged to express her concerns, and her questions were addressed. She and her boyfriend were both quiet but attentive to the images of their baby during the ultrasound and accepted pictures. Liza was agreeable to receiving information about abortion procedures to help her make an informed decision. An informational brochure on adoption through Bethany was also provided. Liza was encouraged to review the informational brochures with her boyfriend.
The Optimal Health Essentials handout entitled, "Ways to be intimate without having sex" was given to the patient and her boyfriend. After the patient left, the nurses prayed that Liza and her boyfriend would have a change of heart; that her plans to have an abortion will not go through. They prayed that she would have adequate resources and that her family would support her with her pregnancy.
Three weeks later, Liza called the clinic to schedule a second ultrasound. She and her boyfriend had decided to keep their baby! She was 16 weeks pregnant at that time. They planned to inform her mom and step-dad about her pregnancy and decision to parent.
Thank you for your prayerful and financial support. It does not go unnoticed. YOU are the reason Liza and her boyfriend felt empowered and found the courage to choose life!
Grace was abortion vulnerable with a young son. She had an ultrasound scan and was very early but had a strong heartbeat. During the appointment, Grace shared she wanted to get closer to God. One of our advocates made a follow up call a few weeks after her due date to see how she was doing. She was very excited to hear from the clinic and shared she had a baby boy and that he was doing very well.
Penny came in last year, single and in her 20s. She called the clinic wanting an abortion. During her appointment we learned she was unsure of who the father of the baby was. Penny came in for a return appointment and began considering adoption. In the midst of a lot of chaos in her life she was able to make a very strong decision for herself and her child. We recently learned she had her son and decided to place him for adoption.
Staring at her positive pregnancy test, Gina was in a state of disbelief. She had just made an appointment with her doctor to get her on birth control. If only she had made the appointment a few weeks earlier, she thought to herself. With two children already at home and working full time, how could she afford to have another baby?
Gina’s family members were very pro-life and she knew they would be very disappointed if she chose to have an abortion. However, she wondered what her boyfriend would think since he had mentioned before that he was not ready for another child. She was afraid that he would want her to have an abortion and would leave if she decided to carry to term.
At her family’s request, she scheduled an appointment at our Whittier clinic. After meeting with our clinic nurse and myself, then seeing the ultrasound of her baby, Gina had made up her mind. That was her baby! Gina expressed to me that deep down she could never forgive herself if she proceeded with an abortion. I gave Gina a copy of the ultrasound to take with her. To be able to see that little life and watch the heart beat as the baby moved about, surely made an impact on her life.
During our follow up phone call, I asked Gina how things were going and if she had told her boyfriend yet. She said that when she told him the news, he was so excited and began to cry when he saw the ultrasound pictures of his little baby. He couldn’t believe how well formed the baby was already. Gina was so relieved and felt a weight lifted from her shoulders. They couldn’t wait to expand their little family! If only you could have seen the joy on these proud parents’ face! Because of your generosity, Gina was able to make the decision to preserve this new life!
Written by Obria Volunteer
- Dianne Thomason
Five years ago, Olivia’s world turned upside down. She became a single mother to a beautiful little girl. Her family didn’t offer her much support, so she joined WPCC’s Stepping Stones Support Program for the support and help it offered. Within this community of single mothers, she felt loved and cared for. This was something she had not felt in years.
She enjoyed their fellowship and bible studies, as well as getting to express herself through crafts and cooking. Through the Stepping Stones classes, she was able to create a better life for herself and daughter. Through the program, she found a church, which has welcomed her with open arms. She is also enrolled at Rio Hondo College working toward a career in the health care industry. Olivia’s life changed for the best through our Stepping Stones program. Thanks for making that possible for her!
Written by Obria Staff Member
- Samantha Torres-Wright
I could tell Hannah was stressed about being pregnant from the first phone call. She walked into our waiting room completely tense. She quickly flipped through all of our magazines till I took her back to our intake room. When I asked if she had already decided what to do about her pregnancy, she quickly said she was having an abortion.
After spending some more time talking with her, I realized Hannah was in a difficult spot. She hadn’t spoken to her family in years. She didn’t have a steady job. And worst of all, her boyfriend threatened to leave her if she didn’t go through with an abortion. By the end of her appointment,
Hannah knew she couldn’t have an abortion. Yes, life would be incredibly difficult. But she resolved to get a steady job and raise her child on her own! Through your support, Hannah was able to receive the help and resources needed to make a healthy outcome of her pregnancy!
Written by Obria Staff Member -
Some of you may remember this story from our 2013 Banquet, but for those of you who are newer, we wanted to bless you with the opportunity to hear this amazing redemption story as well.
When Brenna was pregnant, she didn't come to WPCC. Instead, she went and had a termination. After the termination procedure, she struggled emotionally. Her mom was worried about her and found our healing support program online.
Click the video to hear what happened!
Laura was certain if she told her parents that she thought she was pregnant, they would be devastated. What would they think of her? So she decided not to tell them. It would be easier to have an abortion. She was 20, halfway through college and working part-time. She figured she had plenty of time later in life to be a mother.
She came to see us at WPCC to confirm her pregnancy via an ultrasound. But Laura saw something she didn’t expect to see, a little baby growing inside of her. As the nurse described how her baby was developing and growing, she knew she could not abort her child. After the appointment, she went home and told her parents about her pregnancy.
Understandably her parents were shocked, but completely supportive of her keeping the baby. They were excited to be grandparents! Thanks to your support, a mother and grandparents are enjoying a precious baby this holiday season!
Written by Obria Staff Member -
Camila & Violet
Camila left her appointment still wanting an abortion. I knew it was ultimately her decision, yet my heart was heavy for her. She had seen her 11 week old baby on the ultrasound, but it didn’t shake her resolve to have an abortion. Months later, I went to contact her for the after-due-date follow-up. I prepared myself to hear about her abortion procedure and offer her information on our post abortion healing. To my surprise, I heard all about her baby girl, Violet! Camila explained when she left her appointment, she couldn’t even entertain the idea of being a parent. She had no one to help her. Yet on the day she scheduled her abortion, all she could think about was the image of her tiny baby on the ultrasound. The more she thought about her baby, the more she wanted to be a mother. Camila said being little Violet’s mother was the best thing that has ever happened to her. She was extremely thankful for the ultrasound we provided her. Without it, she said she would not have her daughter.
Written by Obria Patient Advocate
- Sharon Kuang