More Than Just a Helping Hand

More Than Just a Helping Hand

Teri had struggled with Ben for a long time. Every time he had a rough day at work, he took it out on her. If his team didn’t win the game, he took it out on her. If she didn’t cook his favorite meal, he took it out on her.
It wasn’t all the time, of course. Sometimes Ben was fun and generous. Sometimes he apologized for shouting at her or hitting her. Those were the times she remembered why she’d fallen in love with him in the first place.
Then she got pregnant.
Teri was excited. Maybe a baby would change things. Maybe raising a child together would help Ben develop a new perspective.
But Ben wasn’t as excited as Teri was. At first he just grumbled about the baby, and how difficult it was going to make things. They would have less money. They would be tired all the time. Teri’s lousy housekeeping would probably get even worse, and she’d be unable to work for many weeks.
Then he started talking about not having the baby. At first Teri didn’t even understand what he meant, so he got angry.
“Someone as dumb as you shouldn’t be allowed to have a baby,” he shouted at her. “You’d better find a clinic where you can get an abortion.”
Horrorstricken, Teri realized that Ben was never going to change. And she realized something else: she couldn’t possibly endanger a baby by putting it in Ben’s reach.
She went online and found one of the League’s affiliated pregnancy clinics, called, and made an appointment to come in.
As soon as she saw the ultrasound, she started crying. This was the baby she’d been so excited about… and she didn’t know what she was going to do.
Speaking with the counselor, she shared her story, pouring out all her grief, fear, and confusion. The counselor had just one thing to say: “I know a domestic violence program that I think could help.”
Thanks to our affiliated clinic, Teri got into a temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence, and onto a waiting list for a maternity home where she will be able to raise her little girl in safety.
Our affiliated clinics save lives every day, and they do so much more. With material assistance, resources, and referrals to needed services, they give a helping hand—and hope.