Silvia came to the PHC seeking an abortion. She was young, bright, very soft spoken and scared. Being an honor student in her senior year in high school, she had a bright future ahead of her. Her father lived overseas and supported her financially, but if he were to find out that she had a live-in boyfriend or was pregnant, he would stop all support. Her mother lived nearby but was emotionally unavailable. Her boyfriend wanted her to abort their baby.
We counseled with her, discussed her pregnancy options, and performed an ultrasound. She was early in her pregnancy and had to come back for a follow up ultrasound. We suggested she bring her boyfriend and to our surprise, she did return with him a week later. They both saw a beating heart on the ultrasound. As we addressed their fears and concerns, it was clear her boyfriend was leaning towards abortion. “Silvia” cried, feeling alone, knowing there was a life within her, yet abandoned by those closest to her.
We offered love, support, and told her we would keep her in prayer. A month later, we called to see how she was doing. She said she was still undecided and asked if she could come back to the PHC. She had scheduled 3 back-to-back appointments: The first was to visit the PHC, to see her baby’s growth one more time via ultrasound. The second was to meet with an adoption representative that we had recommended. The third was to meet with another organization for an abortion.
By now, she was 14 weeks pregnant. On the ultrasound, she could see her baby moving around, hands waving, feet kicking. Once again, we discussed her options, offered love, support, and prayer. She left the PHC and went to her other two appointments. A week later, we called two times but she did not answer. We assumed she had an abortion. We decided to close her chart and send her a final email reminding her that we cared about her. Surprisingly, she responded, saying she could not abort her baby or put her baby up for adoption. She was going to parent. She is still alone in this decision, but she knows the PHC believes in her and prays for her. You too, may continue to pray for Silvia. A prayer that one day, with the birth of her child, her loneliness may be filled with joy, and that she will come to know the One who can bring sustaining joy into both of their lives.
*”Silvia’s” name has been changed to protect confidentiality.
“Feeling scared and not knowing what to do, I searched the internet for help and found Pregnancy Help Center Lake of the Ozarks. During my appointment, my Client Advocate was very helpful and understanding. She gave me all the information that I needed and answered all my questions. I was provided an ultrasound and was able to see my healthy, nine-week baby. During my pregnancy, I participated in PHC’s pregnancy and parenting classes and was provided with baby items. — Today, my daughter Lyla Grace is three months old. I am so happy to be a mother! I am looking forward to going back to work and starting school so that I can provide us with a stable future. I greatly appreciate all the support that the Pregnancy Help Center has given me!”