Giving All Options

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Dominique's Story

When Dominique came to us this year, she was already a single mom to a one-year old baby boy. On top of that, she had been to our centers before. She was overwhelmed and struggling. She had not been with the father of the baby for a while. She was shocked by her pregnancy. Although the father of the baby was somewhat supportive, he was seeing other women. Dominique did not have much support from, not only the father of the baby, but also her …

No Easy Decision: An Adoption Story

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No Easy Decision: An Adoption Story

When I first realized I was pregnant, I didn’t want to believe it. ‘NO! This cannot be happening!’ ‘I can’t take care of me right now, let alone another person.’ I was not a person that who ever had a strong desire for children. I was broke, depressed, just had to move back in with my family, and was failing out of college. One day, I did go to my women’s biology class. The teacher spoke openly about the options with an unplanned pregnancy. I was …

Single Mom with Positive Pregnancy Test

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Single Mom with Positive Pregnancy Test

Already a single mother of three girls, Andrea came to Hope Women’s Centers desiring a negative pregnancy test and as she explained: When I found out my pregnancy test was positive, I was very scared and at first I felt alone. Worried about having a “better career for additional finances, having an additional child to take care of and not sleeping already,” Andrea was facing many pressures. When asked how her visit to Hope influenced her decision, Andrea stated, My counselor reminded me that everything …

Hope and Courage

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Hope and Courage

At 30 years old, she was not our typical client. To protect her privacy, we will call her “Frances”. She was the single mother of an eleven-year-old. She had a good job. She came to us because she thought she might be pregnant. Frances was the victim of date rape. She reported the incident to the police, and told them the perpetrator was a co-worker. He was stalking her, and she needed help. She believed there was little, if anything, she could do to protect …

His Freedom to Choose?

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His Freedom to Choose

There’s a lot of talk these days about “choice”.  The piece of information that most unmarried men are surprised by is that they don’t have a choice at all regarding decisions about their unborn children. Some time ago as I helped prepare for a women’s event at my church, I was approached by a young man who asked if I knew where there might be a clergyman that he could talk to.  He was obviously very upset.  After informing him that there were no men …