Our Lady of the Wayside

Our Lady of the Wayside
Protect Expectant Mothers and Their Babies


Monday, 25 February 2013

When Pro-Choice Means No Choice 13

Marlene came from the Phillipines and was a partly practising Catholic. She changed her mind outside the marie stopes abortuary in Whitfield St. She had been going through the abortion because though she was working here she was sending lots of money home to support her family and her long term boyfriend told her he would not support her with the baby. A good friend accompanied her to the abortuary telling her all the way there not to have the abortion. He had stopped that morning to pray beside a statue of St Edward that Marlene would not have the abortion.
When they met a pavement counsellor offering accomodation and financial support, Marlene was immediately tempted to find out more and her friend prompted her to do so.
After a chat, we were able to offer Marlene free accomodation during her pregnancy and throughout her maternity leave. This saved her the cost of rent that she would otherwise have paid for that period, meaning she could still afford her living costs.
Marie Stopes offered: abortion
'Pro-choicers' offered : to defend her right to abortion
Pro-lifers offered: Free accommodation  Moral support and friendship as she went through her pregnancy.
Outcome: Marlene accepted our offer and has chosen to continue her pregnancy. She has now had her baby and has returned to work. She is overjoyed to have her daughter and with help of one of our Counsellors has now obtained the support and encouragement of her boyfriend's family.
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