What Happens When a Woman Feels Heard?

What Happens When a Woman Feels Heard?

Kendra and Aidan had been dating for a while, and now Kendra was pregnant.
She told Aidan, and then she told him that she wanted to go to Planned Parenthood. She was pretty sure she wanted an abortion. He was absolutely sure that he didn’t want his child to be aborted, but he kept his thoughts to himself and headed to Planned Parenthood with her.
While they were there, Kendra did most of the talking. She wanted to make an appointment for an abortion, but she also wondered what would happen if she decided to carry the baby to term. What kind of food should she be eating while pregnant, for instance? But the Planned Parenthood rep said that she couldn’t put her hands on any nutritional information, and changed the subject.
After they left, Kendra and Aidan agreed that the meeting left a bad taste in their mouths. They felt as though their concerns had simply been dismissed—that no one had really listened to them. And now they didn’t really know where to turn for help, advice, and support.
A providential turn of events connected them with a woman who volunteered as a post-abortion healing counselor—a woman who had herself had an abortion. She offered to
accompany the couple to one of the Right to Life League-affiliated pregnancy clinics—and offered to introduce them to an adoptive mother, so they could learn more about how adoption might figure into their plans for the baby.
At the pregnancy clinic the director met with Aidan while Kendra met with a nurse. Kendra got the answers she needed regarding a healthy pregnancy—and Aidan got the encouragement he needed to share his true feelings with his girlfriend. The couple also spoke with the post-abortion healing counselor and the adoptive mother, getting valuable perspectives on two of the options they could choose for their unborn child.
When Aidan and Kendra left the pregnancy resource center, they didn’t take with them information about adoption. Nor did they take with them information about abortion patients’ rights.
They took only three things with them: the ultrasound image of their perfectly formed baby, information about fetal development and parenting, and contact information for a fathering mentorship program.
While this couple’s future is still uncertain, their outlook is bright—and their baby’s outlook is even brighter. We offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the caring staff at this pregnancy clinic and for the two women who gave their time to share their experiences with this young couple—and we pray for the young couple themselves, and their unborn child.