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Transformed by Reality

Facing the reality of our choices and understanding the lasting impact they have on our lives can be challenging. How many times have we found ourselves thinking, "If I just ignore this problem long enough, it will eventually go away?" Unfortunately, avoiding our issues and hoping they will resolve themselves is rarely an effective solution. Denial often leads to compounded problems, making it even more difficult to address them later. Confronting our challenges head-on, while difficult, is the only way to truly resolve them and move forward in a positive direction.

Jackie came to our Monroeville pregnancy medical clinic with her best friend. She explained to our staff that she was still living at home and had been with her boyfriend for a few years, but still felt like a child herself. When her pregnancy was confirmed, Jackie' face showed disbelief. She said, "I just can’t be pregnant, I just can’t be." Our staff asked Jackie what options she was considering, and she shared that she did not believe in abortion but couldn’t see a better alternative. She was afraid to tell her parents and thought that if they didn’t find out, it would be as if it never happened. However, our staff posed a crucial question that made Jackie reconsider: “How do you think you’ll feel if you have an abortion and don’t tell your parents? Can you bear that secret for a lifetime?”

The weight of this question made Jackie feel the full impact of reality. Although this pregnancy was not part of her plan, this baby was real and she could not ignore that fact. Jackie admitted that she had not considered the consequences of an abortion—emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Over time, and with persistent encouragement from her mother, Jackie finally shared the news. She was surprised by how supportive her mother was, reassuring her that everything would be okay and that both her parents would help in any way they could. Another surprise was her father's reaction; he was the happiest about the news and very excited to have a grandchild.

After three ultrasounds, Jackie chose to embrace life with the full support of her family and boyfriend. Her story is one we encounter frequently. The portrayal of abortion in the media often suggests that it has no lasting impacts, but this is misleading. Our approach is to delicately explain the reality of abortion while presenting all available options, enabling women to make the most informed and confident decision possible. Please continue to pray for Jackie, that her transition into motherhood may be smooth and joyful. Pray for our Father to surround this family with His protection and guidance. We pray that this little life comes to know Him and discover the unique purpose He has for their life.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

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