Trisha is a recent college graduate, just starting her professional career in the Buffalo area. She and her boyfriend were excited about their future plans together. Then Trisha found out she is pregnant. Unsure of what to do, she told her boyfriend who strongly encouraged her to abort. Trisha, feeling like she would lose him if she didn’t follow his urgings, searched online for a place to learn more about abortion. She called CompassCare and got an appointment for the next day.
Trisha’s nurse greeted her with a friendly smile and escorted her back to an exam room. Although she told her nurse that she needs to get an abortion, her demeanor indicated she felt great shame and was struggling with this decision. Trisha agreed to an ultrasound and saw her active 12-week-old baby on the screen, complete with fingers and toes. The reality of this growing little life surprised her.
After the ultrasound exam, Trisha and her nurse talked about what she saw. She felt unsure about getting an abortion and agreed to take some time to think it through before doing anything.
Trisha’s nurse went on to share the Gospel with her, how God has made a way for her to know Him by surrendering her life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Trisha eagerly listened and responded joyously to an invitation to pray.
Later, Trisha and her boyfriend discussed the appointment and he softened as he began to consider the possibility of being a father to this little one. But soon after, he hardened again, and demanded she get an abortion. Trisha returned for her follow-up appointment and shared this difficult development with her nurse. She agreed to another ultrasound and with tears in her eyes, Trisha smiled at seeing her now 14-week-old baby. Tentatively she confessed to her nurse, “I’m feeling excited.” As she processed the experience and decision, Trisha declared that she is going to continue the pregnancy regardless of her boyfriend’s pressure.
As Trisha left the office, she smiled, hugged her nurse and said, “You have been so great. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me!”