Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Alejandra came to Your Choices Randolph to discuss and learn more about her options. She had the support of her boyfriend who she anticipated would be part of her future. Abortion minded, she was afraid to tell her parents that she was pregnant due to their past declaration that a pregnancy before marriage would result in her being removed from their home. So she opted to see a judge to receive consent for abortion (required by law when under 18). Alejandra was referred to us by the judge to learn more about abortion procedures prior to his consent for the abortion she wanted.
At the center, she shared that she had run into several roadblocks that were delaying her from receiving her intended abortion. She had begun to believe that these were signs from God telling her to carry the baby to term. She even wondered about her own willingness to undergo an abortion at this point in the pregnancy, now that it had progressed to the stage of requiring a surgical abortion. She would feel too guilty, she claimed.
With the help of her peer counselor, she brainstormed ways to share the news with her parents, and even asked the peer counselor to be present when she told her parents she was pregnant. Once her parents had been told and chose to support their daughter emotionally, the peer counselor shared information and resources, including our healthy pregnancy and parenting classes to prepare Alejandra for this big change in her life. She is doing well and is expected to deliver her baby soon. She is grateful for the continued love and support provided by YCR.