As Americans mark the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision next week that allowed virtually unlimited abortions, they have good reason to mourn the more than 56 million unborn babies who have been killed in abortion. But Rebecca Rizzi’s twins will not be among those casualties.
At fives weeks into her pregnancy, Rizzi contemplated an abortion and went as far as making an appointment at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. It wasn’t until she was driving to the abortion business that she changed her mind.
Meanwhile, Sherry Pierce was waiting with a team of sidewalk counselors outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic wondering if today would be the day she and her team would be able to offer women advise and counsel that would help them and save an unborn child from abortion.
Piece says a mother considering an abortion was about to go ahead with the decision but decided to let her child live after they spoke with her. But what came next surprised Sherry: they saved not one baby but two!
Now seven months later, that same mom gave birth to twin baby girls, Olivia Grace and Kara Shea, and she invited the stranger who met her on that Planned Parenthood sidewalk to celebrate her joy.
“I felt I had to do it,” the 24-year-old told TheBlaze. “It was a situation where I hadn’t talked to my family in a long time — same with my friends.”
Feeling isolated, Rizzi had convinced herself, despite her inner most inclinations, that abortion was her only option.
When she arrived at Planned Parenthood, she noticed pro-life protesters standing outside. Rizzi said she knew their message about the sanctity of life was true, but entered the clinic anyway.
Each time someone opened the door to enter or exit, Rizzi could hear the protesters outside — a convicting sound that stirred something deep within her heart.
Feeling as though she couldn’t go through with the abortion, she walked outside to take a break and that’s when she encountered Sherry Pierce, one of the protesters with the “Refuge in the Desert” ministry.
Rizzi decided to approach her.
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“I kind of went over to chat and I think I had it set in my mind really not to be dismissive of what they were trying to do, but I was going to ask if they thought what they were doing would actually make a difference,” she said.
Pierce, who told TheBlaze that she believes God brought Rizzi to her that day, asked the young woman why she felt abortion was the only answer.
“We were calling out and she came over to us,” said Pierce. “Truly God brought her to us … The Lord caused her to come over.”
The conversation made a big impact and inevitably showed Rizzi that there were other avenues she could pursue.