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Abortion: Nicole’s Story

I was 16 years old when I had my first child and 17 ½ when I had my second child. I tried to make it work out with their father, but everything just fell apart in the end. My mother encouraged me to go back to school, so I finished high school and got my diploma.  I was lucky because she and my grandmother also helped watch my children, so I was able to study and have a part-time job. When I was 19 years old, I became pregnant for the third time. I thought this time would be different and that I would marry the baby’s father. But he was older and didn’t want the baby and I refused to get an abortion. So, we broke up.  It was very difficult, because I was living in a small apartment with my children and working and taking classes at night. I just couldn’t imagine how I would be able to take care of my older children and a new baby. I decided to place the baby for adoption so that they would have the opportunity to have a better life than what I could offer at that time. It was not an easy decision, especially because I know what love babies can bring into your life and this baby would have two older siblings who would love them. But I also knew how much work they were, and I knew in my heart that there was no way I could handle three children under the age of 3 and I believed that God had a plan for this baby. I chose a closed adoption because I thought it was best for us and for the baby and for their new family.  My name is on the birth certificate so they can look me up later if they want to and part of me hopes they will. My older children know that they have a younger sibling who is part of a different family. Now that they are older, they understand why I was not able to take care of another child and that I did my best at that time.  We have all done very well and I pray for all my children every day.

By Nicole, 07/29/21

Abortion:  Lauren’s Story

By the time I was 18, I’d had two abortions and by the time I was 21, I’d had a third one. The first two were easy to get because I looked older than my age. I was able to go to a clinic and say that I was over 18 and they believed me. Nobody explained how the abortion would be done, just that the “tissue would be vacuumed out” and that I would probably have some cramps. Both abortions happened before I was 4 months along. I had only been married a few months when I had the third abortion. I wasn’t ready to have a baby and I just wanted it to be me and my husband for a while. I didn’t tell my husband about the abortion, and I had it earlier than the others. When I got pregnant for the fourth time, I thought, “Maybe I should have this one.” I had just read a book that a friend had given me about reincarnation, and I thought it was interesting. I also thought that, if it was true, maybe it was the same soul who was trying to be born to me a fourth time. I decided to have the baby and my husband, and I have never regretted it. I don’t know if she is the same soul that had been trying to be born since I was 16, or not, but whoever she is, she is very special to us. Because of the earlier abortions I’d had, I was unable to have any more children. I now believe that physical life begins at conception and that the soul’s life begins even before conception, in the heart of God.

By Lauren, 07/29/21

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