16 and Pregnant, Darby Could Have Aborted, She Rejected It When Her Doctor Said This

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 16, 2015   |   4:56PM   |   Washington, DC

In a moving video, a young mother shares the story of finding herself pregnant at just sixteen years old. Darby explains taking the at-home pregnancy test and being in a state of disbelief, almost as if the positive test were a joke.

That’s when she visited her doctor.

“I didn’t really believe it was real still. You’re kind of, ‘haha, this is funny, good joke.’ But then I went into the doctor’s office to get the official ‘yes, you are for sure pregnant.’ That was when the tears kind of came flooding in and the emotions were suddenly heightened,”

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That’s when her physician said something that made her decision easy.

“I’ve had a lot of people sit in that chair you’re sitting in now, and regret their abortions,” her doctor told her. “But not once have I ever met a single mother who has ever regretted having their baby.”

Darby says she took those words to heart and decided not to have an abortion.


“It’s pretty amazing that you could love someone so little so much,” said the young mother, clearly changed by the little bundle she held in her arms. “I just can’t imagine not having him here with me today, and what I would be doing if he wasn’t in my life right now. I think I’d be very lost…and wondering this November, where was my baby? Life is a beautiful gift. I think we can never take it for granted or put ourselves in a position where we can be the controllers of life…”