Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting Tyson*, a baby spared from abortion, thanks to God’s grace and the work of 40 Days for Life volunteers in London. It was a life transforming to know that had help not been offered to Gloria*, she would have gone ahead with an abortion. So often, it is rare to see the fruits of pro-life work, but this was the best pro-life experience ever.
Gloria* is from France, and moved to London looking for work. She found herself pregnant after a relationship broke up, and felt like she had no choice but to have an abortion with no help available. She booked an appointment with Marie Stopes in Central London. On the day of her appointment, she met Siobhan outside the Marie Stopes centre, who explained that there were Christians available to offer help, counselling, financial support, housing, encouragement and friendship. In short, if there was any tangible need that she had, she would be supported.
Gloria* made a tremendous and courageous decision to keep her baby. She went for the appointment with Marie Stopes, and the only thing they were able to offer was an abortion. She was booked to have the abortion after the consultation, but never turned up to the appointment on the day.
There is no doubt that it is a very hard decision for her to keep her baby. But it was clear that today she is happy that she made the right decision, no matter how hard things become, she has a joy that cannot be taken away. She continues to be supported today.
Thanks to her bravery, God’s grace and the work of 40 Days for Life, Tyson* is alive today.
*Names have been changed.