When Almir found herself pregnant, she thought she had no other choice than abortion. After a visit to the abortion clinic, Almir was given a choice of procedures. “It was very cold, like when you go to the dentist and they tell you about what happens when they pull a tooth,” she remembers. Almir’s cousin had visited the Pregnany Resource Center before, and already knew what services were provided. She urged Almir to come in for an ultrasound to see how far along she was. When she came into the center, one of our peer counselors spent a long time with Almir, talking through all of her options and listening to Almir’s concerns. “She told me, ‘It’s going to be okay,’ and she told me that God loved me,” Almir recalled. After seeing the ultrasound of her son, Almir said she felt such a relief and peace, and she made the decision to choose life for her son.
“I feel that it was important to thank you guys because if it weren’t for you, I would probably be living the same way that I was before. When I walked out of your doors, my whole life changed. I felt such a relief and peace, and I know it was God. I would be nothing without Him.”
It was her third pregnancy, and with two other children to take care of, Rae remembers thinking, “I don’t need another baby.” She had an abortion appointment set for that morning, but because her ride was late, Rae missed the appointment. “I felt like I had no other choice…I really was thinking about having an abortion,” she said.
Rae began searching online for help and came across the center. She decided to come in to see how for along she was to determine whether or not she could be comfortable with having an abortion. She undecided, Rae talked with a peer counselor about her concerns and agreed to have an ultrasound. Seeing her baby on the ultrasound screen, she admitted, “It made me want to keep the baby.”
“It was a baby, you know, not just a thing in there,” she said. “They assured me that God would make a way. They offered services that would help me provide for my child”
Today, Rae has a beautiful baby boy named Andrew. “Now, I see my son and I’m like, ‘What was I thinking?’ Not only did they save my son’s life, I feel like in a way they also saved my life.”
Sav-A-Life Shelby never discriminates in ministering to men and women because of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, or handicap and will not advise, provide or refer for abortion or abortifacients.
Women seeking contraceptive advice and/or information shall be urged to seek counsel, together with their husbands, from their minister and/or physician. Sav-A-Life Shelby Inc. does not engage in contraceptive counseling or in referring clients for contraceptive services.