Days and days went by, and Jessica hadn’t started her period yet. She thought, “Oh my gosh, I can’t be pregnant right now.” Jessica was a college student, and she was starting to gain confidence and get excited about going out into the workforce. She dreaded taking a pregnancy test, but as the days went on, she knew she had to.
It was positive. The color immediately flushed from her face. “I’ve got to end this or else my plans and all my hard work will be for nothing,” Jessica thought.
After her last class of the week, she decided to go to Planned Parenthood to get an abortion. As she pulled up, she began to sweat. She garnered enough strength to get out of the car and began walking up to the door, only to see a group of people on the sidewalk calling her over. “We’re here to listen. Verify your pregnancy with a free ultrasound, right next door. We have resources to help you take care of your child,” they called. Jessica kept her head down, ignored their comments and proceeded to go inside.
During her appointment, the abortion clinic staff recommended the abortion pill. They asked her to take the first pill in the office and then to take the remaining pills later on to complete the abortion. She nervously took the first pill and left, feeling indifferent.
When she got home, Jessica knew what she had done just wasn’t right. She could not live with the thought of the abortion. “I wonder if there is a way out of this,” she pondered. A quick online search for “abortion pill reversal” brought up Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Rescue hotline phone number. She quickly dialed and was connected to a nurse who prescribed her progesterone pills to counteract the first abortion pill. Then, they recommended Jessica make an appointment with ThriVe Express Savannah to get an ultrasound first thing the next day.
Jessica was able to get in as one of the first appointments that day. She saw her healthy and thriving baby staring back at her on the ultrasound monitor screen. Tears came streaming down her face as a sigh of relief came over her.
Weeks later, she emailed ThriVe Express Savannah’s Director, Paula, with an update, “Hi Paula, it’s Jessica. I visited ThriVe on June 7, 2021, after only taking the first abortion pill. I just wanted to check in after disappearing for so long! I hope you and everyone at the clinic have been doing well! I am currently 19 weeks pregnant. All glory to God and to y’all and the people at APR (Abortion Pill Rescue). Thank you so so much for everything and the moral, spiritual and medical support you all provided.”
*Names changed in story to protect privacy.