This year’s March for Life had a very special meaning for Carole Tessier and her birth mother Margaret Teece Nagella.
The two attended the pro-life event in Washington, D.C. together after reuniting almost a year ago, according to the Catholic News Service.
Nagella easily could have chosen abortion. She was 18 at the time, and abortion was legal. Carole’s birth father was deployed overseas, and they were not married. But she said never even considered taking her daughter’s life.
“There was no question in my mind. I really didn’t even consider abortion,” she said. “I knew it was an option, but it wasn’t an option for me.”
The report continues:
Still, she was scared and overwhelmed. The baby’s father was deployed overseas. She was hesitant to tell her parents. So Margaret went to Birthright, a pregnancy resource center, who then brought her to Catholic Charities. With the support of a woman from adoption services, she told her parents about the pregnancy.
“(She) went to my parents’ home, and we broke the news to (my mom.) My dad came home from work and he wanted to know who that lady was talking to my mother in the kitchen,” she told the Arlington Catholic Herald, newspaper of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Her parents came with her the day she formally signed the papers to place her baby for adoption.
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“It was kind of a family decision,” said Margaret.
As an adult, Tessier decided to find out more about her past and went through a DNA ancestry analysis, according to the report. Soon after the results came in, she said she found her birth mother’s address and sent her a letter.
Nagella said she was overjoyed to receive the letter, and the two corresponded before reuniting last year in Pennsylvania.
“When I first met her, I told Carole that I felt like Moses’ mother,” Nagella said. “She sacrificed her son to give him a better life and I felt the same with Carole. I felt I had to offer her up to somebody who could give her the life that she deserved.”
Tessier, who now has nine of her own children, said she always has been grateful to her birth mother for choosing life.
“She chose life for me when many others in her shoes might not have. I have always felt so incredibly blessed because of her selfless act and have always felt this previously unknown mother was a hero. Now, God has given me this most amazing gift by allowing me to finally know and love her,” she said.