Abortion, Dates, and Choices
On January 22nd, 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States, Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion, was made law.
On January 19th, 1977 it snowed in South Florida.
On March 10th, 1977 I became pregnant with my third child.
Only my obstetrician knew my thoughts at the time – he cautioned against an abortion.
At 27 years old, we had an eight year old daughter and a six year old son. My husband was a police officer. We were building our new dream home in the country and I was working part-time at the kids’ private Christian school teaching 3 year olds! Life was coming together in lots of good ways. Another baby was not in the plan.
My husband (now, my was-band), was very supportive of the pregnancy.
So, why would I even remotely consider such a thing?
Because I was being selfish and self-centered. Me. Me. Me.
Dr. G warned against an abortion but God got in my face and said an emphatic,
I Chose LIFE!
Yet, this pregnancy was my hardest. Hugging the toilet for every single one of the 280 days! But the night came and as I was wheeled down the hospital corridor with the nurses shouting, “Is there a doctor in the house?” I knew I had made the right decision.
Michael Andrew, all 9 pounds 4 ounces of him came quietly into this world at 8:37 p.m. He was tall even at birth, 24 inches long with a big ole head! It was love at first sight.
Because abortion was lawfully legal and I was ignorant and dumb about any of it – I think maybe in 1977 a lot of us were. Yet, God in His divine sovereignty intervened and I am eternally grateful.
Out of the closet!
Today, at 41, Michael is still a joy to my heart – yesterday, I asked his permission to tell this story; a story he had NO idea about. His six foot three inch self was shocked but he said, “Mom, go ahead and share – it just may help someone.”
So, today I come out of the closet with my secret. Because I know there are some who may read this who are on the brink of making the worst decision of their life – I urge you to find a God-loving Pregnancy Care Center and allow them to walk with you and offer you hope, because we all know that…
Hope Changes Everything.
1.800.712.HELP (4357) Heartbeat International Hotline
Pregnancy Decision Line 855.334.8085
When I told Michael my secret last week, the first thing he said? “Wow! Mom, I’m glad you didn’t do that.”
I’m glad too!
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