Laurel’s Story

Laurel’s Story

-Jenny Farrell, RN
Laurel, (not her real name), came to the center determined to have an abortion. She made it clear that the only reason she chose to come to Pregnancy Resources was because of the free ultrasound that was available, and refused any education about abortion.
However, she did come for her ultrasound appointment a few days later. After the procedure, Laurel said that she was shocked how much seeing the baby and the baby’s heartbeat had affected her. The father of the baby came for the ultrasound as well, and was enthusiastic about seeing his child for the first time. By the end of the appointment, Laurel had made the decision to carry her child to term.
The following week she called asking if she could come in to talk with someone. Although the father of the baby had initially been excited about the pregnancy, he had decided the best thing would be to abort after all.
Laurel was devastated. She cried throughout the appointment, distraught that she might not have the support that she felt she needed in order to bring a child into the world. As she processed her confusion aloud, these words really leaped out at me:

“Honestly, I wish that I could be okay with having an abortion. I’ve always been
pro-choice, so this shouldn’t be a big deal. But it is. I’ve seen my baby’s heartbeat.”


The following week I called to check on Laurel. She seemed to be doing a bit better. She said that
regardless of how the father of the baby reacts, she is determined to both carry and parent this child. She said that no matter how difficult the road is, she says that in the end she knows she’s doing the right thing.
Thank you so much for your support of Pregnancy Resources! You are the ones who are making it possible to reach women and men who believe that abortion is a very real option. I thank God that in the majority of the cases, once our ultrasound clients see their baby’s heartbeat, they choose life.