Our Lady of the Wayside

Our Lady of the Wayside
Protect Expectant Mothers and Their Babies


Sunday 24 February 2013

When Pro-Choice Means No Choice 12

Maria met us during a 40 Days for Life Campaign some time back. From the moment we met her she continued to veer between the idea of aborting and planning how to keep her baby. The baby was unplanned, her relationship, though it had lasted for years, had finished a month before she had found out she was pregnant. Now her ex had come back to make sure she had the abortion.
Maria had grown up in a single parent home and didn't want the same for her child. But she hated the idea of abortion. "If only I could believe that I could do it" she said over and over again.
Maria was also still in the probation period of her new job and could not afford to survive if she lost that job.
Prayers were offered unceasingly for her, and - her story is quite famous now - not only was the abortuary closed on her next visit, but as she approached 20 weeks she panicked and re-booked her abortion, only to find - after a night of prayer from so many supporters - that the operating theatre had suffered a small fire and was unusable. We offered her lots of support and she chose to continue the pregnancy. She was delighted when she passed the 24 week limit as she felt she could no longer be put under pressure to abort.
BPAS offered: abortion
'Pro-choicers' offered : to defend her right to abortion
Pro-lifers offered moral support, friendship, practical help when the baby was born and financial support to make up for her partner withdrawing from paying his share of the rent 
Outcome: Maria chose life for her baby. Eventually he came to see a scan of their child and is now supporting her to bring up their child. She has now got a permanent position with her firm and is delighted with her child.
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