I was like any normal college freshman, just enjoying being young and carefree. That is, until the night that would change my life. I was raped at a party and a few weeks later I found out that I was pregnant. I felt completely numb; I couldn’t believe this was happening. I had no idea what I was going to do. My roommate told me about Liberty Women’s Clinic, a nearby Care Net affiliated center that she said could help me.
At the center, they sat down with me, they listened to me, and they helped me think through all of my available options. I was so thankful for how much information they had to offer. They did not rush me; they really took the time to help me go over everything. After learning about abortion, I did not think that I could do that, but I was still scared and unsure of what to do. I went ahead and looked into a couple of local abortion clinics, but I could not shake the feeling that I was meant to have this baby.
A few days later, I went back to the pregnancy center to have an ultrasound and, when I saw my baby on that screen, I knew that in spite of my circumstances, abortion just was not an option for me. After that, I began the process of deciding whether I would parent the baby or make an adoption plan. After receiving counsel from the women at the center as well as family and friends, I decided that the best thing for me and for my baby was adoption.
After giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, I was able to place her in the arms of a loving couple who I knew would adore her and provide for her as their own. I am so thankful for Liberty Women’s Clinic and the love and support they offered me. Bringing that beautiful baby girl into the world was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I discovered that I am stronger than I ever knew. And I got to see the faces of that couple. Knowing how much they were going to love her was the best part!