The following is a true story, but details have been withheld to protect family privacy been withheld to protect family privacy.
When I first met her, she just couldn’t see her way to care for another child and deal with the complications of this pregnancy. She understood abortion was wrong, but felt like she had no other choice. She arrived at Planned Parenthood for her abortion pill appointment and when one of our staff members caught her attention she walked over to the Hope Mobile Clinic. I was hopeful she would accept our help and save the baby’s life after seeing the 8-week baby on the ultrasound and hearing the heartbeat. She felt the intense pressure to get rid of this pregnancy but the ultrasound image of her baby would stay on her mind. She left the Hope Mobile Clinic still feeling unsure and she made the decision to keep her appointment at Planned Parenthood and end the pregnancy with the abortion pill. She left Planned Parenthood feeling more conflicted than ever.
After a difficult night, knowing her baby was dying inside her, she remembered the Abortion Pill Reversal pamphlet she had received on the Hope Mobile Clinic and called the APR Hotline nurse. Debby helped her get started on progesterone, and referred her back to our clinic to continue her care. The progesterone had side effects, causing her tiredness and nausea.
The next thirty weeks were very difficult with physical safety and family security put at jeopardy all due to the pregnancy. On the day of this child’s birth, her mother felt the value of her baby’s worth and that it outweighed all the difficult circumstances. Life didn’t magically get easier, but there was a little more love to fill a hurting family. Difficulties didn’t subside, but the difference was that she was not alone…she had support from Life Choices Women’s Clinics.
– Sheila Riely
Many women experience the emotion of regret almost instantly after taking the abortion pill. Our desire is to provide hope & life to women who have started the abortion process and desire to reverse the effects.
To spread the message of hope, LCWC will be using our thrift store truck with an APR banner providing abortion reversal options.
Do you have a busy traffic area site where we can park the truck for a couple of days?
If so, please contact Sheila at 602.305.5100
6,509 office visists 704 STD & HIV Tests
1,823 Ultrasounds 2,006 Medical Services
4,187 Pregnancy Tests Direct Assistance to 182 Clients
As I have loved you, so you also should love another. John 13:34
At Life Choices Women’s Clinics we are meeting the challenge of competing for patients with this clinic that is supported by Title X federal tax dollars. This is a challenge that we are ready to take on! The defunding of Planned Parenthood of federal tax dollars is a long-term goal, but in the meantime we are increasing our availability and services to provide pro-life healthcare to even more patients who might otherwise go to Planned Parenthood.
First – we have added another team member to answer phones and work at the McDowell clinic.
Second – we have expanded office hours and services at the McDowell clinic.
Third – The inside of the McDowell clinic was remodeled last year, but now we are making improvements to the outside of the building to make it more visually welcoming. Thanks to our recent sign campaign, a new sign has been ordered and will be arriving soon! The fence that looks unwelcoming will be removed in January. We will also be adding decorative stucco and repaving the parking lot.
We are asking for Prayer Partners to pray for this clinic, our staff, and our patients. Please send us an email to sign up as a Prayer Partner and the day and time you can set aside to pray for our mission.
Please prayerfully consider making a tax deductible donation to support us in our efforts. You can help us to deliver strong pro-life healthcare and advocate for quality healthcare that will equip patients to take responsibility for their health, promote sexual integrity, and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease.
We took some pictures in the park.
La’Shawn was a little bored with the process, but when it was her turn to smile she was ready!
Jasmine and the kids were the first to take their places and the rest of us would fill in behind them.
Our picture was photoshopped to add Phyllis. We also made Karen, Armida, Therese and Joe taller create the finished card below.
As a single mom, I considered abortion because I did not know how I was going to take care of another child alone.
I learned that I was not alone, and the help I received from Life Choices Women’s Clinic gave me the courage to choose life for La’Shawn.
I was never alone…God was always at my side. Jasmine
Back: Sheila Riely, Mike Rock, Karen Swanson, Wes Robinson, Jocy Guzman, Armida Escarcega, Therese Reeve, Joe Haley, Don Kline, Peg Kline & Phyllis O’Toole.
Middle: Suri Estrada, Renee Connealy, Ann Hughes, Christy Schubert, Betty Schleis, Doris Kobrzycki, Laurie Luciani & Mary Graettinger.
Front: Jennifer Lopez, Jasmine with her children Daytrell, Martell & La’Shawn, Eva Rubio & Sherry Gorslin
During this holy season as we celebrate the birth of Christ, we ask for your renewed support to help all the mothers who may be feeling alone in their pregnancy. Together we reach out to women who are considering abortion to offer hope for a bright future for both mother and child.
Tell our supporters something about yourself.
“When I was born I was connected at the spine to my twin sister. Dr. Ben Carson separated us. My mom was told that I would most likely not live after the surgery, but that my sister would. I had three additional surgeries after the separation. I lived, but my mom was told I would never be able to walk. Everyone was surprised that I lived, and as a baby I started to walk.”
How did you find Life Choices Women’s Clinics?
“When I found out I was pregnant, I was upset and wanted an abortion. I googled abortion and found Life Choices, and when I called they told me they did not do abortions, but offered a free consultation. I also contacted an abortion clinic, but they wanted $500 and at the time, I did not have the money.”
Why were you considering abortion?
“I was just really overwhelmed at the time. I just had a baby and did not want to be pregnant again so soon. Because of the spine surgery, I am not allowed any epidural and pregnancies are hard on my body. I just did not want to go through it again.”
When was the moment you decided you were going to parent?
“The abortion clinic called me and said they would give me a discount on the abortion and it would only cost $250. By that time I was farther along in the pregnancy, and I already had several ultrasounds at Life Choices. I knew it was a baby, and I had made up my mind to parent at that point.”
How did Life Choices help you?
“They helped me so much! Life Choices has been a huge blessing. Everyone from Keiko, Tonya and Sheila. They really encouraged me, especially Keiko who did all of my ultrasounds. She just kept telling me that I can do it. Keiko told me her story of how she had to raise three children on her own and knowing that really helped me. It made me think that I could do that too. Life Choices also gave me so much help after Carter was born.”
Tell our readers about the day Carter was born.
“He was 3 months early and weighed only 2 lbs. and 6oz. I was really scared that he would not make it so I was too afraid to look at him. He was in the hospital for 3 months, and he was able to come home in March.”
What do you love most about your son, Carter?
“He is such a good baby! Very content and happy. My favorite thing is his laughter! He loves to laugh!”
Outside the Glendale abortion clinic Thursday a mother came on board the Hope Mobile Clinic. Like many, she was “looking for a sign from God” to not go through with the abortion procedure. In the past week, three mothers turned away from the heartbreaking choice of abortion, because the mobile clinic was there with volunteer medical staff who offered support and encouragement. On other days, the Hope Mobile has sat empty in front of the abortion clinic without having a single person come on board, but it continues to go and we continue to fight because it is exactly where it belongs.
Edmund Miller writes in an article entitled, Where the Pro-life Movement Belongs, “I remain convinced that the central weakness of the pro-life movement is its failure to be regularly present at the abortion facilities-because, quite simply, if we believe that each unborn child is eternally unique and significant, then at the very least we should be at the places where the child’s social and eternal value will be brutally, irrevocably denied.”
He goes on to say unfortunately that is not where most pro-lifers spend there time, because it is hard to measure success, and it becomes a very frustrating experience. It is an “intense sort of suffering.” This, Miller writes, is where we “must remember,-our suffering is our effectiveness,” and that, “willingness to suffer can have miraculous results, far beyond anything that our own ideas of effectiveness can calculate.”
Many pro-lifers continue to be present outside the Glendale abortion clinic. We see life extinguished, time and time again, but on occasion we get to see the uplifting moment when a mother and father leave the abortion clinic choosing life. We get to hear them say thank you for giving them the courage they needed to walk away from abortion, or for giving them that sign from God that they had prayed for. We also have seen abortion clinics close. So stand firm and stand strong and know that in a world that seeks to silence the voice of God, you remain as a voice of truth. (Pictured above: Fr. Ryan Lee leads prayer outside the Glendale abortion clinic)
Soon after she came to the United States as a refugee from war-torn Cameroon, she found herself pregnant, alone and without family. Reaching out to the Gabriel Project for help, she was brought to Life Choices Women’s Clinic for medical care. At first everything was routine, and although a pregnancy was not in her plans, she welcomed her baby.
The culture of life and pro-life healthcare is important at every stage of pregnancy. Our patient received an unexpected diagnosis that could have led to despair and abortion. Instead she was at a clinic that offered support and encouragement. The difference is life.
We were able to get her to a pro-life doctor who works hard to provide care that supports both the mother and her unborn child. Early detection of adverse diagnoses can save lives, but the medical community at large has adopted a seek and destroy attitude toward any perceived imperfection. Every woman deserves a pro-life doctor.
Today, both mother and baby are doing great!
(Pictured above: Dr. William Chavira provides healthcare that honors both the mother and baby)
Dominique discovered she was pregnant and called life Choices Women’s Clinics seeking information about abortion. At the clinic, she met the nurse and received an ultrasound that changed everything. She was offered words of encouragement and counseling from caring staff that gave her hope. She left the clinic “excited and scared” putting her trust in God. She now has a precious little boy named Elijah.
When I scheduled my appointment at the abortion clinic, I was struggling financially. The pregnancy left me feeling alone and very sick. Daycare was very expensive and I was already struggling. I had no support or family in Arizona, and I felt abortion was the only option. I prayed that God would take the pregnancy away. I called life Choices Women’s Clinics looking for financial help with my abortion. They offered me help instead to carry my pregnancy to full term. It has not been easy, but Life Choices was there for me during a sad and difficult time. They walked me through my options and helped me make a decision I could live with. I realized that kids don’t ask to come into the world, or for their lives to be taken. This baby was a part of me and
I had found myself lost and without a way out. We had just lost our apartment and all our belongings. To me, the news of me expecting another child felt like I could not bring another child into this world. This baby was going to be #5. I called Life Choices to get information on abortion. I made an appointment and when they did an ultrasound on me, I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing. My husband and I found ourselves feeling guilty of even thinking about abortion when such a precious gift from God was forming inside me. Life Choices changed my life, not only mine but also helped my family through the most difficult times. They helped us to keep our family together, and prevented us from homelessness. I was able to save up enough money to move into a place to call home. My family and I have been blessed with so much and Life Choices has been a big part of that. I am proud to say my blessings are my children, and I am the mother of 5 beautiful children. My 5th blessing is called Isabella.
Briana was about to be homeless. Desperate, she called LCWC to say she would be on the streets that evening. Pregnant and no where to go, we were able to provide immediate shelter until she could apply for entrance into a maternity home. Briana was devastated with the news of her pregnancy. She was trying to get her life together and not sure what to do. Not being able to see past a struggling drug user, a friends father told her he would pay for her abortion at 11 weeks. At 14 weeks Briana decided that abortion was not for her and made the decision to adopt. “The biggest blessing is having my sister adopt my daughter,” said Briana. “I know she will have a great home.” “Life Choices has given me an opportunity to keep moving forward with my life. I especially enjoyed working with Sister Sharon. I had never met a religious sister before and she helped me a lot! I hope to find a full time job after I have my baby and possibly go back to school to do something in the medical field like nursing.” Briana graduated from rehab and had a precious baby girl on Oct 8.
The grace to see beyond the homelessness and drugs gave way to hope that saved two lives, a mother who chose life and adoption and a sweet baby girl. Both are moving forward into a future of grace.
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