Trigger Warning: The Whole Life Project story series contains sensitive content such as rape and abortion that may be difficult for some readers to confront/discuss.
In college, a woman approached me at church with a message from God. She said God wanted me to know something remarkable happened around the time of my birth. I asked my mom and she told me she had an angel encounter before I was born. She didn’t want to further discuss it.
Months later I approached her to ask again. She was hesitant and insisted I’d hate her if I knew her secret. I persisted and though she was scared, she decided to tell me.
When my mom got pregnant with me, my father pressured her to get an abortion. She wasn’t married and although she attended church, she wasn’t following God’s instructions regarding sex. When she told her mentor she was pregnant her mentor said she wasn’t welcomed in the church anymore. She told her, “If you come back to this church I’ll be the first person to put my foot in the door and not let you in.”
In 1981 my mother made an abortion appointment at Mount Sinai hospital in Connecticut. She paid for the abortion and was put in a hospital gown. Before seeing the doctor she met with a counselor who said, “This seems like the best decision for you to make.” She was told to go to a room and wait for the doctor to call her name. On her way there she sat in the hallway to process her emotions. An elderly African-American janitor saw her crying and approached her. The janitor looked her in the eyes and said, “Do you want to have your baby?” My mom said, “Yes”.
My mom went to the waiting room to collect her stuff and the doctor called her name. She was called into his office where she saw a puddle of blood on the floor from the last abortion. In disgust, she told the doctor she wanted to keep me. The doctor said she was just nervous and she’d already paid for the abortion. He insisted she stay and yelled at her saying, “Don’t leave this room!” She walked out. When I heard that story I cried out to God. God told me I was wanted. God also asked, “If I wanted you, how do you think I feel about the others?” That question led me to become a pro-life advocate. A janitor helped save me and now I help to save others.
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