Shoebox Story: Dottie

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The other day we cleaned out the storage room. We found a couple of shoeboxes full of old photographs. My first instinct was just to throw them out…they were grainy and poor quality for the most part. But as we began to look through them, I realized that we had uncovered a treasure chest full of reminders of God’s grace on our ministry! In the weeks ahead, I will be sharing some of the “Shoebox Stories” with you. The photo that I share today is …

To An Unknown Pregnant Woman

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This is a follow-up to our April 24 article about women who are at risk for choosing abortion. Recently, Fox News posted this very compassionate article by Jason Wright that caused me to think about the women right here in our own community who might be pregnant and considering abortion today. If I could send a letter to every pregnant woman in Broward County who is thinking about terminating an unexpected or badly timed pregnancy, I think it would read something like this: ********************************************************************************* “Dear Friend, You are probably …

Understanding the Women We Serve

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Who is vulnerable to choosing abortion in the face of an unplanned pregnancy? The reality is that any woman of child-bearing age can be at risk for choosing abortion. Life situations can create a climate where a woman sees a pregnancy as a threat to her well-being, and a legal abortion may seem like the easiest choice in the moment. Even though this is true, there are demographics that we study to predict vulnerability. A woman who is vulnerable to abortion is characterized by some …

Book Review: unPLANNED

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Abby Johnson was the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Bryan, Texas from 2001 until she quit her job in October of 2009, following a dramatic chain of events that happened over a period of many months. Her autobiography, unPLANNED, was first published in 2010. I started to hear her sharing her story on Christian radio programs late in 2009. The story of a pro-choice leader jumping ship and going to the “other side” was popular in pro-life circles and Abby became the …

Mom, I’m Pregnant

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You see your daughter’s number on the caller ID and you happily reach for the phone. She is a busy college student, and the calls are not as frequent as they were in her freshman year. After you say hello, there is a pause. Then she says, “Mom, are you sitting down?” Your mother’s intuition kicks in and you immediately know this is not going to be a good phone call. You tell yourself, “Get a grip. She says, “Mom, I’m pregnant.” She is pregnant! …