Mama’s Empty Nest: To Save a Life

Pregnant woman at a WIC clinic in Virginia (ve...

Pregnant woman at a WIC clinic in Virginia (vertically mirrored image). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Glancing at her mother, the teenaged girl hesitantly opened the medical clinic door. A smiling woman with a kind voice and demeanor greeted them warmly asking them to please take a seat.

“Someone will be right with you,” she promised.

“How had it come to this?” the girl wondered. When she slept with her boyfriend, he told her they were protected. “Yeah, right,” she thought. “He also told me he loved me and now he won’t even talk to me.”

She noticed her mother’s face was set in that determined way she always seemed to have lately. She knew her mom’s answer to the problem, but the girl didn’t want to think about that. Just then, someone appeared at the inner door and called her name.

They were shown to a lovely, welcoming room. The girl sat on one end of a comfortable couch while her mother occupied the other end. Another pleasant woman introduced herself as their consultant. She respectfully asked questions, assuring them that everything discussed was confidential. A nurse soon joined them and explained the next step, making sure she understood what to do. Glancing again at her scowling mother, the girl hurried to the restroom.

Soon the nurse returned and gently said, “Your test came back positive. It appears you are around 12 weeks pregnant.” The girl’s mother gave a loud sigh, lowered her head, and shook it from side to side. The girl knew what her mother wanted her to do for the sake of her future, have an abortion.

The nurse explained that an ultrasound, which could be performed right there, would ascertain a viable pregnancy. As the kind nurse explained what that entailed, the girl thought it sounded like a good idea. Surprised, she realized her mother nodded her head in agreement.

She was reclining on a table with her mother at her side. The nurse squeezed some cool gel onto her abdomen and moved a wand-like instrument over it. Staring at the flat screen TV mounted on the wall, the girl’s eyes widened as she saw a tiny head. Arms. Legs. All moving on the screen. And there…a beating heart! She heard her mother gasp out loud.

Turning her face toward her mom, she felt tears fill her eyes and was shocked to see a tear slide down her mother’s cheek. This wasn’t a blob of tissue like everyone said it was. This was a life! This was a baby. Her baby. Her mother’s grandchild.

Suddenly, her mother grabbed the girl’s hand and held it tightly. As the nurse with the caring eyes and calm voice explained what they were viewing, suddenly, the baby – her baby – turned a somersault. Both she and her mom laughed through their tears.

Later, they sat quietly each absorbed in their own thoughts when their consultant joined them. She was gentle, sympathetic, and nonjudgmental as she spoke about options. She explained how this place could help her if she decided to parent her child, but the decision was hers.

The girl looked her mother straight in the eye and declared, “I want to keep this baby, Mom.” And her mother nodded agreement as her face contorted with emotion.

The consultant offered her prenatal and parenting classes, emotional support, and physical help with baby clothing, diapers, and other necessities to welcome a new baby – all free of charge.

“If only..,” her mother thought. Then bursting into tears, she quietly said aloud, “If only I had found a caring place like this 22 years ago.”

The kind-hearted consultant turned to her with compassion evident on her face. “Did you have an abortion yourself?” she asked gently.

The mother silently nodded yes.

“Would you let us help you too?” the consultant replied.

As the two left the clinic that day, one life was saved and another was soon to be healed. The young woman would return to receive help she needed to become a parent. Her mother would attend abortion healing classes to finally find peace over a decision she had made so long ago.

One life saved. Two lives mended.

[A word from the author: This story is fictional yet stories like this actually happen each day in a Pregnancy Resource Center. Your donation to a non-profit life-affirming center helps save and mend lives. Would you like to help? You can donate to my local PRC’s annual Walk for Life by clicking here: http://www.razoo.com/story/Life-Choices-16]

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‘October Baby’ Playing: Family Fun Night at FBC Prescott

Our church is having a family fun night at Harkins Theater in Prescott Valley tonight at the 7:20 p.m. showing.  Pastor Dave Droste is organizing it. I wish I could be there tonight, but in case you’re interested in seeing this movie that opened this past weekend, here’s the video:

If this video moves you to contribute to my Walk For Life, please do so with $10, $20, or more dollars. Thank you.

Disclaimer: FBC Prescott is not affiliated with this blog, nor do they support this blog or any of its writing. This posting today was demonstrating my support of a church that is hosting Community Pregnancy Center’s Walk for Life.

Walk for Life: What You Can Do To Spread Awareness

I am a team captain for Team Hahn for May’s Walk for Life. I am trying to raise money (and walkers) for Community Pregnancy Center, and could use your help in one of several ways:

1) Donate via http://www.ministrysync.com/event/website/?m=923672

2) Sign up as a walker under Team Hahn and join me on that day.

3) Donate your stories: Are you a woman or a man who want to adopt a child? Write a letter to a prospective woman thinking about abortion and tell her how much you would love that child. Did you have an abortion? You can submit to me stories either with your name or anonymously for my blog. Did you think about an abortion? Do you serve on the pro-life front lines and have an uplifting story to share? Submit it. Each time I post an abortion story or letter, I am linking it to the website where people can donate if they feel led. Your stories would help pursuade someone to donate. Reply to this email if interested. (www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com)

If you are a group that is walking or promoting pro-life interests, please let me know so I can also promote your group in your town.

Please feel free to forward this, repost on Facebook or anywhere appropriate, and help me by spreading the word. Thank you!

Email submissions to nikolehahn@thehahnhuntinglodge.com

Elissa Hill: “Letter to a Mother Considering Abortion”

Dearest Friend,

I want to tell you about the greatest woman I never met…

I don’t know much about her, other than her name. She is a woman who is selfless, courageous and heartfelt all the same. She must have had the strength of kings to choose the path she did. She weighed her choices, took a stand and battled none the less.  She could have taken an easy out and walked into the clinic. Instead she chose the harder path and went about her way. Day in, day out, she prayed and cried but knew this was what’s best. It took great courage to make that stand and give up what she did. But in the end she followed faith and rose amongst the ashes.

Days and months had past and now had come the time. With hours of labor and tears in eyes, she birthed a baby child. At that moment she knew she was right and let out a modest smile. With ink in hand and tranquility in heart, she signed the papers filed. That was the last she saw of her son but at rest and peace she was. For she had chosen life not death, for her little baby son.

You see, the greatest person, I never met, is the birth parent of my two adopted sons. She had the unselfish courage and faith to give-up her children for adoption and this in turn added not only two sons to our family but, eventually, there will be grandchildren. I am forever in debt to this angel in disguise. She could have done the easy thing and gone to the clinic, but instead she brought years of joy to a person she never met. And years of joy to our two little sons who just might one day discover the cure for cancer! So I thank you Miglena, the birthparent of our sons, for giving us this gift!!

My dearest friend, I am here to ask you, to even pled with you, to not make the call to Planned Parenthood. Because there is a mother out their just waiting for your choice. It’s not too late to do what’s right and be that greatest joy!

Loving You Always!

About Elissa Hill: “I have been a Christian since Aug. 2002 and attended Calvary Chapel a good part of my life. I was the Womens Bible Study director at CCSurprise and have written many Bible Studies for the women at the church. One of my Spiritual gifts is teaching and you can find some of my prior engagements on the “Teachings” tab.  I have also served in various ways within the women’s ministry itself including writing and acting in skits, coordinating events, and more. I was the children’s worship coordinator for 5 years, and served in various other ministries, to many to list. With our move to the Prescott area we now attend CCPrescott and are a part of a small group here. My passion is to serve God with all my heart, help those who need it and to spread the Gospel message to its full extent.” Read More…

From Nikki: If you would like to contribute to Community Pregnancy Center and help mothers like Miglena find hope and care while allowing her unwanted child to bring joy to a couple who can’t have children, please consider donating. Even $10 goes a long way. Click here if you would like to donate and/or send me your stories to be published.

Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood

As you know I have been trying to raise $1,000 for our local Community Pregnancy Center in Prescott, AZ. There are so many services our center offers so women don’t feel as if they have no options. Their ministry is dependent upon donations. If you would be so kind as to donate even $10 here you would participate in helping one of those pregnant mothers. I contacted Abby Johnson to ask for a guest post. She gave me permission to use her story to help raise money for CPC. I am also taking your stories. Now here’s from Abby:

Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement.

During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization’s ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her fellow workers. Despite a growing unrest within her, she stayed on and strove to serve women in crisis.

All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion. She watched in horror as a 13 week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist. At that moment, the full realization of what abortion was and what she had dedicated her life to washed over Abby and a dramatic transformation took place.

Desperate and confused, Abby sought help from a local pro-life group. She swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is.

Planned Parenthood did not take Abby’s exodus sitting down. They are fully aware that the workers who leave are their greatest threat. Instantly, they took action to silence Abby with a gag order and took her to court. The lawsuit was quickly seen as the sham it was and thrown out of court.

The media was, and continues to be, intensely interested in Abby’s story as well as her continued efforts to advocate for the unborn and help clinic workers escape the abortion industry. She is a frequently requested guest on Fox News and a variety of other shows and the author of the nationally best-selling book, Unplanned, which chronicles both her experiences within Planned Parenthood and her dramatic exit.

Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry.  She is the Chief Research Strategist for Live Action Films, Senior Policy Advisor for American United for Life and works on projects for various pro-life organizations. Abby lives in Texas with her husband and precious daughter. She is grateful to God for her calling to speak for life and considers herself to be incredibly blessed.

Other Links From Abby’s Site:

Breaking News!

Operation Conversion: Dr. Daman Stutes

My Links for “Unplanned”:

My Review of the DVD “Unplanned”

My Fellowship Group Review of the DVD “Unplanned”


October Baby (And CSFF Blog Tour, “My Imaginary Jesus.”)

Today is Day 2 of the CSFF Blog Tour. You can read my review of, “My Imaginary Jesus” here that I posted last week. Also, this is the list of people involved in the blog tour:

 

Gillian Adams
Julie Bihn
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Thomas Fletcher Booher
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
Theresa Dunlap
Amber French
Tori Greene
Nikole Hahn
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Janeen Ippolito
Becky Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Leighton
Shannon McDermott
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
Joan Nienhuis
John W. Otte
Crista Richey
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Shane Werlinger
Nicole White
Dave Wilson

 

The book review was originally done on behalf of Tyndale’s blogging program. I’m reposting it for the benefit of CSFF.

 

* Book link- http://www.amazon.com/Night-Living-Dead-Christian-Ferociously/dp/1414338805/ (or some other link of your choice)
Author’s Web sitehttp://www.mikalatos.com/

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Stortford Fundraiser - 22-07-11-4453

Stortford Fundraiser - 22-07-11-4453 (Photo credit: sweenpole2001)

 

Last week I got two interesting notifications in my inbox. Being that I am attempting to raise $1,000 in less than 50 days for Community Pregnancy Center, I thought it would be appropriate to bring them to your attention.

 

From CPC:

 

Did you love Fireproof?  Is Courageous your kind of family film?  Do you want Hollywood to produce movies that reflect your dearly held values?  Then October Baby is for you.  It is releasing to limited theaters on Friday, March 23, but unfortunately it is not coming to northern AZ.  Geographically, the closest theater is the Deer Valley 30, located 3033 West Agua Fria Freeway, Phoenix.  This is essentially at the junction of I-17 and 101 freeways.

It is important that all of us who want to “vote” for this type of film-making should make every effort to see it on its opening weekend.  That is what the Hollywood crowd looks at to guage how well the movie is received.  In this case, the better October Baby does in its opening weekend, the better the chance that more theaters will opt to show it.

Two of us from CPC saw a pre-release screening of this film and we recommend it highly to you and your friends.

Go to www.OctoberBabyMovie.net to find:

  • all theaters and showtimes.
  • movie synopsis
  • check out the stars
  • purchase tickets on line to insure your seat
  • print ticket confirmation – no waiting in lines

 

From Dayspring: If you have children, they are having 50% off of baby things. As we head into fundraising for Community Pregnancy Center, we might want to think about that mother who needs things for her new baby.

 

Just a reminder, I am needing donations of various sorts to help raise money for Community Pregnancy Center. Click here to see details on my webpage. Click here to donate.

 

“I Would Have Had An Abortion Had I Known”

An article in the Christian Post illustrates where we are as a culture. In essence, this is what those parents are saying to their down-syndrome child:

“I should never have born you. You cost us so much money. I was tested to see if you were perfect. You know, not born that way—down-syndrome. The test was an error, only I didn’t find out until later. I would have aborted you had I known. I can’t love a child like you. You won’t be able to play like other cute little girls, or date like other teens, and we will have to take care of you for the rest of your life however long that will be. We can’t afford you.”

The couple who sued for “wrongful birth” did win the lawsuit and that seems to be fueling the conversation on infanticide. The favorable ruling for the parents might cause each doctor to be liable for tests that aren’t 100% accurate. What kind of culture are we that we treat our children this way? How can we have thoughts like this about an unborn child?

The couple got a couple of million. This ruling could have long range effects on society and on healthcare. Their words were thoughtless. Their actions cold.  I don’t understand people who look at their child and say, “would have had an abortion had the test been done properly and they had known about the Down syndrome.”

What Does a Mother Do If She Doesn’t Want Her Child?

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Flori...

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida's Step Up for Down Syndrome (Photo credit: ~Rich Johnson~)

Community Pregnancy Centers offer mothers alternatives like adoptions. Did you know there are “up to 36 couples waiting for every one baby placed for adoption?”—parents who long for a child, but can’t have one? The CPC also offers free pregnancy testing, counseling, ultrasounds, referral programs, post-abortive classes, and gives freely information about pregnancy symptoms, fetal development, abortion procedures, abortion risks, and pregnancy options. They also have an emergency help line (1-800-395-help). Last year, there were many pro-life movements happening in May all over the country. Tyndale began promoting Abby Johnson’s amazing story last year. This is your chance to make a difference.

In almost two months, I will be walking in Community Pregnancy Center’s Walk for Life to raise money. To help with this goal, I need your input. I need your stories. If you have experienced the front lines of the pro-life movement or an abortion or even considered an abortion, please email me at nikolehahn@thehahnhuntinglodge.com. This is a positive campaign to raise money for CPC. I’d like to gather enough guest posts to begin promoting this and raising money for it by mid to late April and go through May 12. On Sunday, May 13 I will post photos taken at the walk.

It is my hope that your words may encourage someone to contribute either to my link as a walker in Prescott, Arizona, or to their local pregnancy center. If you have a group walking or a blog that will also promote the Walk for Life, please let me know so I can get a guest post about it from you accompanied by a link to the site where people can contribute or volunteer.

What I Need and How to Contribute:

Donate to Community Pregnancy Center here under Nikole Hahn.

Or…

Submission Word Count: 750 words.

Photos or illustrations: g-rated, sent as separate attachment as a jpg.

Include: Bio and your photo, or you can be anonymous.

Ideas: Poetry, stories, guest posts on the pro-life front lines, reflections of what your baby would have been like today, and also am accepting childless parents to make their pleas via online to a prospective abortive mother in the form of a letter stating their pain at not being able to have a child in their life.

Email them in Open Office or Word Document format to nikolehahn@thehahnhuntinglodge.com.

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