Every day outside abortion facilities across the world, pro-life sidewalk counselors provide a last line of hope to pregnant mothers and their unborn babies.
Indianapolis sidewalk counselor Linda recently learned just how important her presence outside a local Planned Parenthood was to one teenage mother and her unborn son.
In a blog post at Sidewalk Advocates for Life this month, the young mother, Alyssa, said Linda’s support made all the difference in the world to her.
“You were the main reason I kept my baby, and I honestly want to thank you so much,” Alyssa told Linda in a text message. “My son is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I can’t imagine life without him.”
Their first interaction happened more than a year ago outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. According to the blog, Linda offered a pink bag with information, candy and her phone number to the then 17-year-old before she went inside.
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After having an ultrasound, Alyssa said she decided that she was not so sure about having an abortion and left. On the way home, she said she began to look through the bag that Linda gave her.
Here’s more from the blog:
A month later, Alyssa chose life for her baby, and she texted Linda her heartfelt thanks for the gift that “changed my life.”
Overjoyed by this wonderful news, Linda asked the young mom if she needed any additional help. Alyssa shared that she was worried about finishing high school, receiving the medical help she needed, and all the financial challenges ahead. The next day, Linda connected with a network of pro-life partners in Alyssa’s hometown to brainstorm how they could best support this young mom’s courageous choice for life. Four days later, Alyssa had her first appointment at the local pregnancy resource center and a path forward toward the assistance she needed.
Now, Alyssa’s son is 1-year-old, and his father is in his life, too. In November, Alyssa texted Linda to express her gratitude again, writing, “… you’ve all changed my life and I’m so grateful.”
Sidewalk Advocates for Life has helped more than 10,000 mothers like Alyssa choose life for their unborn babies. A Christian organization, it trains pro-lifers to conduct peaceful, loving outreach outside abortion facilities and to become experts about community resources that help mothers and babies in need, both before and after the baby is born.