At Abigail, our goal is to provide services and support to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. If you would like a deeper look into how we serve others, read Laina’s story below.
“I was 15 years old when I came to Abigail to have a pregnancy test. When the test was positive, I felt like my life was thrown into chaos. My mom started pressuring me to have an abortion because she was scared of the affect that a pregnancy would have on me, my schooling, and my chance to have a good life. I didn’t know what to do, but I decided to go back to Abigail, because the counselor there had made it clear that she cared about me. Abigail helped me consider all of my options — abortion, adoption, and parenting — so that I knew what the consequences would be. In the end, I chose to parent my little one. I had always loved babies and children, and I was confident that I could be a good parent even though I was young.
I kept going back to Abigail during my pregnancy to have the emotional and mental support from them. They cared about me personally and my decision and helped prepare me to be a mom. Then I found out that they even had supplies that could help when my baby was born. On December 21, 2004, my beautiful little girl was born. She is my blessing and I can’t imagine not having her in my life. After she was born, I went on to finish school with honors and earn a scholarship for college. Of course there were extra challenges from having a baby, but I don’t regret my decision in anyway. My little girl is now a very happy, outgoing nine-year-old who loves art, music and school. Now I have the privilege of teaching her about God’s love for her and plan for her life.”
The people at Abigail are very kind and show a lot of interest in what we need and how our family is.
Nobody judged me or made me feel like less of a mother because of my age.
You seem to have what I need, right when I need it.
What I like most is just the way I was treated was great, like a person, not somebody needing help who was no good.
You were so helpful, I cried.
I like that I can come feeling burdened and suffocated and left feeling hopeful and optimistic… Thank you and thank the Lord for your serv
It’s so great that I get to learn more about getting ready for my baby and I get stuff for him, so it’s not so hard for my mom.
People were nice and didn’t judge me.
I felt comfortable discussing personal things with my counselor.