An American mother has shared the remarkable story of how she rejected abortion after seeing her baby’s heartbeat on an ultrasound.
Daria wrote about her experience in a blog post and admitted it was not the first time that she had been pregnant, as she had an abortion during her teenage years.
Daria said she had been “living in the regret and depression that followed that abortion”.
“My friends had done it before… I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. Man, I was so wrong. We all were.”
She visited a mobile medical unit bus, outside an abortion clinic, run by the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford, in Rockford, Illinois.
Daria was invited on the bus by a nurse who asked if she was interested in receiving a free ultrasound.
She wrote: “The nurse asked me several questions about my health history and I ended up telling her all about my previous abortion and the terrible effects it had had on me.
“I told her that deep down I felt that this pregnancy was my ‘second chance’—my second chance to make the right decision and my second chance to be a mom.”
Daria said seeing her baby’s heartbeat on the ultrasound was all she needed to “decide that I was going to keep my baby”.
“The nurse and counselor prayed with me and assured me that I would not be alone on my journey through motherhood.”
“They also told me that not only will they support me through this, but that God cares deeply for me and will never leave me. I don’t think I have ever felt so loved and cared for”, she wrote.
Daria said she felt “uplifted” and “hopeful” as she left and believed she had been given her “second chance”.
The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford were involved in a recent court case involving an abortion Bill in Illinois.
It praised a judge’s court ruling to place a preliminary injunction on the Bill, which would have required them to advise patients on the ‘benefits’ of having an abortion.
Circuit Court Judge Eugene Dohery granted the injunction, noting that the Bill violates the free speech rights of pro-life medics by forcing them to comply with a state-sponsored pro-abortion message.
Tiffany Staman, Executive Director at Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford said: “We realize this is just the beginning of the road, but we’re really grateful that the court ruled based on our free speech rights that are found in the Constitution.”