Right to Life
In January of 1991, Alex, 19, became very ill with what she assumed was the flu. After having the illness for several days, her boyfriend, Steve, took her to the doctor to see if there was something more, and sure enough, they found out that it was not the flu, but morning sickness due to her pregnancy. The doctor proceeded to tell the couple that Alex was approximately two months pregnant, but should schedule an ultrasound in order to determine how far along she truly was. On the days leading to the ultrasound, Alex and Steve questioned why this has happened to them. They were both high school graduates, Alex graduating with the honor of valedictorian, and now they had both begun their college life. Neither one of them were ready to be parents and did not want to put their lives on hold to raise the child that was continuously growing inside Alex’s womb. They had to make a very tough decision, but at the end of the day, they both agreed that an abortion would be the best option, even though Alex had been raised a strong catholic where abortion was frowned upon. The morning of the appointment Alex awoke in a panic after having a dream. The dream, which she shook off, had her standing in a spotlight with a little boy looking up at her pleading for Alex, his mommy, not to hurt him. After arriving at the office and getting settled in the bed, the doctor began the procedure. Again, the little boy appeared in Alex’s head pleading with her not to hurt him, she immediately closed her legs and decided that she would not go through with the abortion. Now, Alex is the mother of three children, one of which is Nicholas, the boy from her dream. She and Steve have struggled from time to time, but both say that they would not have done it any different. They love their son and could not imagine life without him (“Faith and Hope”). Alex and Steve are not the only two that face this tough decision, and they are only one story of success, but there are plenty more....
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