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 later 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 WPCC 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 WPCC 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 WPCC 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 WPCC Pasadena Office Manager -
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 WPCC Patient Advocate
- Sharon Kuang