Unplanned Pregnancy – Part Two

A link to Part One is at the bottom of this page.

Two months before God spoke to me, two months before I made that call to the adoption agency; I found myself at a Planned Parenthood clinic. It was a mixture of innocence and ignorance.

Planned Parenthood packaged and sold itself as “educational” and as “women’s care”. So well, in fact, they were welcomed into two (2) private Christian schools where I attended. Later, while in public high school, a friend informed me that I could get cheap or free female exams by going to Planned Parenthood. Therefore, it seemed to me that was a logical place to go for a pregnancy test and medical “care”.

To say that my appointment that day was an eye-opening experience would be an understatement. When I got beyond the irritation, I was completely dumbfounded. Thankfully, what I lacked in on-the-spot thinking and eloquent speech, was made up for my by stubbornness.

In the exam room, the nurse practitioner made no secret about being disgusted with my pregnancy. As she gave me confirmation of the pregnancy, her face soured more as my face brightened at the news. She was just rude. And it was the roughest exam of that nature I have ever had. Throughout the exam, she had this lecturing tone although I am not sure what she said because I was only concerned with the new life growing inside me. She concluded the exam by telling me, “Your boyfriend is cheating on you.” Somehow, I managed not to laugh out loud.

My next stop on the lecture train was the Nurse Counselor’s office…or disaster clutter area. She closed the door (which had a large glass window) and proceeded to fill out her forms. After gathering some information from me, she asked, “So what are you going to do about the pregnancy?”

This is where the dumbfounded cloud perched above my head. Honestly, it seemed like a silly question for her to ask. With an are-you-serious half-laugh, I responded, “I guess I’m gonna have a baby.”

Well…here is where I got an education. I had “choices”. She told me I could have an abortion. She shoved my immediate dismissal aside. For the next forty-five (45) minutes, she lectured me on the virtues of abortion. I do not have any recollection of what she said because I closed my ears. I was not about to kill my baby and I resented her droning on as if I could be persuaded.

Somewhere in the middle of her abortion sales pitch, she mentioned adoption…once. I said, “Oh, I could never do that.” And she quickly went back to abortion.

Finally, in apparent frustration, she gave up. On my diagnosis paper, she wrote, “Mother chooses to parent.”


Story Links:

Unplanned Pregnancy – Part One

Part 3 coming soon!

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13 thoughts on “Unplanned Pregnancy – Part Two

  1. That’s amazing! I’m so glad to hear that you chose life!! 🙂 Aaaaand I’m so glad to hear that even in the mists of the nurse giving the 411 and then some on abortion… you still hung on strong to the fact that you had a little baby growing inside you!

    God’s SOOO going to use that!!!

  2. What a powerful testimony!

    Kudos to you for realizing that YOUR choice was when you decided to have sex and that your choice resulting in a precious life didn’t give you the right to take that life.

    My husband had a dear friend in high school who felt the same way about abortion. She got pregnant at 17 and choose to adopt her child out. It didn’t occur to her to kill that precious life inside her.

    Unfortunately, many young girls ARE persuaded by these “talks” and life lessons. It’s sad.

    Your child should someday know this story and how mommy choose to give him or her the chance at life. Somehow, that choice seems more grand when made under the circumstances you faced (teen, unwed, the “pitch” from PP).

    Amy

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  10. That was so totally awesome! I’m so glad you’re not afraid to tell our story (’cause it is kinda mine too).

    The story made me cry, and Allie was deeply moved (she’s afraid to read the whole thing cause it might make her cry, but she’s going to read it anyway).

    Thanks to all of you who’ve responded to the above story. It is truly living proof of Romans 8:28 (For we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose). I really appreciate all of the positive feedback. And, for the record, I am like the happiest kid on this planet because of [Anne-Marie’s] choice to give me a chance to live.

    Thank you Anne-Marie for giving me life and the chance to find my dreams!

    Your birthchild,
    Lindsey

    And her friend,
    Allie

  11. As if I didn’t cry enough reading through these chapters, I read Lindsey and her friend’s comment- now I’m really in tears. Beautiful story, beautiful testimony.

    Diane

  12. I had a very similar experience, at the age of 19 AND MARRIED, when I had my pregnancy test done at Planned Parenthood. The Nurse Practicioner took me into her office, sat me down, and very bluntly told me “We can schedule you for termination day after tomorrow.” HUH? I told her that no, I will not need an appointment. She argued that I was so young, that it would be best. I explained that I was married, and while young I also had no intention of killing my baby. Then I got up and walked OUT. The woman was not happy with me, but I wasn’t about to sit there and listen to another word she had to say. (And my “baby” will be 18 in February and she’s growing into a beautiful young woman who loves the Lord.)

    • Dawn, what a testimony! My daughter will be 18 in May. And she too is a beautiful young woman who loves the Lord. It’s such a joy to see God’s hand in her life. — Thanks for leaving a comment! I appreciate it.

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