Carmen’s Story

Jaclyn HakeSaves

Carmen* was only two weeks away from finding out the gender of her baby. It didn’t matter if the baby would be a boy or a girl, she was just excited to be a mother. She knew her child was a blessing no matter what and was counting down the days when she could hold her bundle of joy. But Carmen* didn’t always feel this way. In fact, she called Options United because she was wanting to get an abortion.

This was her first pregnancy and at the time of her initial call she felt severely unprepared to be a mother. Not being married and facing an unplanned pregnancy she was worried what the call responder at Options United would think of her. She viewed herself as irresponsible and thought having an abortion would be the best way to avoid people’s negative opinions against her.

The call responder at Options United was far from judgmental. She listen to Carmen’s* concerns and was able to keep her open minded to the idea of being a mother. Carmen felt at ease after the first call and set up an appointment at the clinic she was referred to by Options United.

At the clinic she was met with a loving and kind staff who offered congratulations on her pregnancy instead of judgement. After wonderful experiences through Options United and the pregnancy clinic she knew she would choose life. During her appointment she was also able to hear her baby’s heartbeat which she described as the most beautiful sound she’s ever heard.