What is it like being 16 and pregnant?
Jamie Jeffries, who blogs at Prolife Wife, shares how a friend opened her eyes to the struggles and temptations of being a teenager and pregnant.
Jeffries’ friend Donanne shared her experience on the blog:
I was 15 when I got pregnant with Sean. I wasn’t in a good relationship; his Dad liked to play a lot of mind games. I never thought I would put up with that from someone. But I did and it wasn’t good. So when I actually found out I was pregnant I had just turned 16. He told me to get an abortion and I was so scared. I thought I would never even look at doing that… but I did.
I went to Planned Parenthood.
Donanne said she never told her parents about going to the abortion center. She walked in, crying and frightened. When they called her back and did an ultrasound, Donanne said she asked to see the screen.
… “No, it would be better for [you] not to.”
At that point I was crying even more and I started to pray.
All of a sudden time stopped and God was telling me to get up and leave and that everything would be ok. So I did.
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I told her that this was crazy and I wasn’t going to kill my baby. She looked at me like I was the crazy one. I then grabbed my stuff and I left.
Donanne gave birth to a baby boy on May 10, 2002. She said her pregnancy wasn’t easy, even after she chose life for her son. People at school, even those she considered friends, said mean things to her.
But, Donanne said, her son also helped her to turn her life around. She had been struggling in school, but her baby boy made her strive for better grades.
“Without God giving me this baby I don’t know if that would have happened; I was going down a bad dark road,” Donanne said.
Donanne’s story is a good reminder of how many women feel when they seek abortion, Jamie wrote on her blog.
“Not every woman is out to kill her baby; many are simply terrified,” Jamie wrote.
It’s a challenge that pro-lifers are meeting – stepping up to support pregnant women who are afraid and unsure. Today pregnant moms have better access to life-affirming support than ever before. More than 2,000 pregnancy centers dot our nation, offering women and their babies hope and help to choose life.