Bekah* came to Hope Pregnancy Center (Hope) with her grandfather for a pregnancy test and ultrasound. She lived with her grandparents, and on her decision guide she indicated her only choice was abortion. Bekah confided to the nurse her grandmother told her not to look at any literature, watch any videos or the ultrasound screen, nor accept any pictures of the baby. Grandmother had told her to just get the ultrasound and get out quickly with proof of pregnancy.
Hope’s nurse spoke softly about how developed and active the baby was and informed Bekah she was 17 weeks pregnant. Bekah would not look at the ultrasound screen. The nurse explained to her only she had the right to make decisions about her pregnancy, and it was illegal for anyone, even a family member, to pressure someone to have an abortion. Bekah asked if she could see the baby. With tears in her eyes, she said she could feel the baby moving. Bekah began to reveal more of her story. She was scared and said she would be kicked out of her grandparent’s home, because they were not going to help raise any more children. She shared her grandmother had an abortion and said, “I made it through this, you can too.”
While at Hope, Bekah learned how Empowered Parenting classes would help her earn clothing, diapers, crib and other needs for her baby. She was assured that Hope would be there for her, and God had a plan for her and her baby. She was given a Positive Bag, a Bible and information about her legal rights. As they were leaving, the grandfather made a cash donation stating he had seen what we do and wanted to help.