Finding out you’re pregnant can be some of the most unexpected and overwhelming news you’ve ever received.
There are probably tons of questions rushing through your mind, like, “What about my life, education, career, and goals? Will I have support if I chose to bring this child into the world? What options do I have? Who will I go to to talk about this?”
These are all very real and valid questions and in the above video and brochure, we will address each one, and more. But first, I ask you, in the midst of this crisis, to take a breath. Even though you might feel scared, pressured, or confused, you don’t have to deal with this on your own. There are many caring and compassionate people who can and want to help you.
There are 3 important questions to ask yourself when facing an unplanned pregnancy:
1. “How many weeks into the pregnancy are you?”
The answer to this question might surprise you and could ultimately make this decision for you. If you don’t know, don’t worry, because simple and FREE ultrasound can easily show you this.
Statistically, you are more likely to choose to keep the unborn child living inside you if you actually see him or her for the first time. Because of this, abortion providers may neglect to show you the reality of your child revealed in these live images.
Indeed, modern science tells us what you’re seeing on an ultrasound screen is not just a cluster of cells, but is actually a unique and precious human being. Thousands of embryology textbooks, science professors, and medical researchers confirm that at the moment of fertilization, when sperm meets egg, all of the unrepeatable DNA that determines your baby’s countless traits such as gender, ethnicity, and eye color are present.
If you are like most women, who find out that they are pregnant by 5 or 6 weeks into pregnancy, your baby is 3-4 weeks old and most likely, already has a heartbeat!
“When I saw my baby for the first time, I fell in love. I did not know I could love another human being so much. I could not be more thankful that I did choose life.” -Hannah, TN. Watch Hannah’s story here:
2. “What is abortion and what are it’s health risks and long-term effects?”
In the following videos by Live Action News, Dr Anthony Levatino, a practicing OBGYN who himself performed over 1,200 abortions explains the different kind of abortion procedures:
In first trimester Suction and Aspiration surgical abortions, which occur anywhere from 5-13 weeks of pregnancy, the abortionist inserts a suction catheter through the cervix into the uterus. The suction machine is then turned on, and the baby is rapidly torn apart by the force of the suction and squeezed through this tubing, followed by the placenta.
In second trimester Dilation and Evacuation surgical abortions, which occur anywhere from 13-24 weeks of pregnancy, the abortionist opens the cervix and uses a clamp to grasp and pull an arm or leg of the unborn baby. One by one, the baby’s limbs are removed, along with the intestines, the spine, and the heart and lungs. The abortionist then grasps and crushes the head of the unborn baby and removes the placenta, scraping out any leftover tissue or body parts in the uterus with a curette.
Remember, if you choose abortion, you are putting yourself at risk of major complications such as perforation or piercing of the uterus, hemorrhage, and infection, which can even lead to lifelong sterility and, in rare cases, death. This is why Planned Parenthood will require you to sign a consent form that states, “I understand that my doctor cannot make any promise regarding the end results of the abortion or my care.”
Medical or “toilet bowl” abortion pills also come with a list of harmful side effects such as anywhere from a few hours to several days of pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, cramping, and bleeding. However, if you have already taken the first pill, RU-486, it is not too late to reverse its effects within the first 24 hours and save the baby. Help is available through the 24-hour, nurse-staffed hotline by calling 1-877-558-0333 or visiting AbortionPillReversal.com
Additionally, you should be aware of the emotional trauma that many women have suffered from abortion:
-One study found that women who choose abortion have a 65% higher risk of clinical depression compared to those who give birth. 1
-Another study found that 60% of women surveyed after abortion responded, ‘Part of me died.’ 2
-An 8-year study found that women who chose abortion were, sadly, 6 times more likely to commit suicide than those who gave birth. 3
If you struggle with post-abortive guilt or grief, remember that healing is possible and that God’s Love and Mercy is always infinitely larger than your past mistakes. Many men and women have found a safe space on private weekend retreats to voice the heartbreak that abortion has caused them. Learn more at RachelsVineyard.com
3. What is your conscience telling you?
This is perhaps the biggest life decision you’ve ever had to make and no one should ever pressure you to go against your inner values, morals, or beliefs.
It can be hard to resist the influence of all of the voices around you in order to listen to the voice within your heart.
Spend time in silence, reflection, and prayer and you will begin to understand that this life, this human being inside you was nestled there by God Himself.
Who will your child grow up to become? A scientist? A singer? A world leader? Another parent? Only God knows the special plan He has for him or her.
For these 9 months, this person depends upon your body and your cooperation. It won’t always be easy, but if you say, “Yes” to Him, God will equip you with all the strength and support necessary for bringing this unique and precious little child into the world!
In the words of Abby Johnson, former 8-year director of Planned Parenthood and author of the book become movie, “Unplanned“:
Having a baby is hard. But there is nothing that will bring you more happiness. I will never forget the first time she looked at me and smiled. It was like she knew me…she knew she was part of me…she knew I was her mommy. I remember the first time she called me “Mama.” Her voice was so sweet, so perfect. I WAS her mama. Only me. I gave her life; she gave me joy…joy that I would have never experienced without her.
I remember when she cut her first tooth, when she took her first step, her first Christmas, her first birthday. All of these firsts that I could have taken away because of “choice.” Choice. Choice because we are scared? Choice because we don’t have enough money? Well, big decisions in life are usually scary and if you wait for
your savings account to grow big enough to have a baby, you will never have a child. You see, many of life’s greatest blessings are unplanned. Mine was unplanned, and her name is Grace. I can’t imagine my life without her.
Is it always easy? No. But it is ALWAYS worth it. ALWAYS!
Finally, if you feel you cannot support a child at this time in your life due to your current financial, educational, or family situation, please consider the beautiful, life-saving and free option of adoption. Visit https://www.hopespromise.com/pregnancy-faqs/ to learn about the frequently asked questions of adoption.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this information on the science of fetal development, the truth about abortion and its health risks, and all of your options and resources! May you know the reality of God’s real Presence and deep Peace, especially in the midst of your current situation as you ponder and pray about His perfect Will for the beautiful little one within you.
“When it’s hardest to pray, pray the hardest.”
Note: For women of faith facing unplanned pregnancies, see: https://maryourlady.com/reasons-to-choose-life-for-your-unborn-baby-be-pro-life/
For a PDF brochure of the information in on this page to hand out to young women, as well as youth pastors and youth ministers, and school/club/community leaders, click here:
Info and Resources For Pregnant Mothers (PDF)
For a PDF of the information regarding OptionLine’s 24/7 bilingual hotline, to place on bullietin boards and other public places, like walls and stalls, click here:
Sources: 1 & 2. Med Sci Monit – “Depression Associated with Abortion and Childbirth…” & “Induced Abortion and Traumatic Stress” 3. Brit Med Journal – “Suicides after Pregnancy in Finland”