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Charlotte* is a single 30-year old woman with an unplanned pregnancy...it was not part of her life plan. Her parents advised her to abort because of her career and the untrustworthiness of the baby’s father. Charlotte visited an abortion clinic and was told she was 18 weeks pregnant. She made an appointment for an abortion. During the required three-day waiting period, a friend encouraged her to meet with a Birthright counselor. She came to our office reluctant, scared and confused. The Birthright counselor listened to her struggle about whether to have the abortion and helped her sort out her fears and disappointment in herself. They scheduled a follow-up counseling appointment to help her continue to discuss her feelings and make a plan. She did not keep her follow-up appointment with Birthright. Her Birthright counselor reached out to her several times by phone but received no response.
About a week later, Charlotte called Birthright asking to meet with her Birthright counselor. She was calling from the abortion clinic where she was scheduled to have an abortion. She said she kept thinking about her conversations with her Birthright counselor and decided she could not go through with it. When she met with her Birthright counselor, she said she felt so relieved that she did not abort. She knew in her heart it was wrong for her. She was grateful during her decision-making time that Birthright was there for her and that she felt safe and listened to by a counselor. Her Birthright counselor gave her information about OB doctors in the area and other resources. She said Birthright helped her find the courage to step out into the unknown and change her life’s plan.
During the next months of her pregnancy, Charlotte kept in touch with her Birthright counselor via text messaging and emails. She related with ecstatic joy the surprise that she was carrying twins! She felt this was proof she made the right decision. She stated that her parents were able to see things her way and became incredibly supportive (throwing her a baby shower, offering childcare help, and being there for her). Her son and daughter were born healthy, and she says even though motherhood was not something she planned, she has never been happier.
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