Sasha found herself in a very very difficult situation: she was pregnant after being taken advantage of during a moment of vulnerability at a party. She was a college student and felt completely unprepared to have a baby. Sasha went searching online for an abortion and was connected with an abortion provider via telehealth. The abortion provider did not require that Sasha provide her with an ultrasound to confirm how far along she was, instead, the abortion provider asked Sasha when her last missed period was and estimated that Sasha was eight weeks pregnant. Based on that assumption by the abortion provider, Sasha was mailed her abortion pills. She took the first pill, and then twenty-four hours later, she took the second pill. The cramping and bleeding were excruciating. Sasha was very scared and confused as she walked through the whole process completely alone. No one from the abortion facility ever followed up with her.
A few weeks later, something didn’t feel physically right to Sasha, and she thought she may still be pregnant so she googled to find help in her post-abortive crisis. An ad popped up from Hope Life Center for a clinic in her area, so she called our helpline and we got her into our clinic the same day. She explained her situation to our nurse and we were able to walk Sasha through our process to determine if she was pregnant and how far along she was. Sasha was shocked when our nurse shared that her medical-grade pregnancy test came back positive. She expressed to our nurse, “How could this be? I took both abortion pills like they told me to.” Our nurse performed an ultrasound and determined that not only was Sasha further along than she thought based on her last missed period, but her baby was alive with a beating heart! Tears streamed down Sasha’s face as she looked at the miracle of life on the ultrasound monitor. Sasha made a decision for life that day. She told our nurse, “I could never go back to that abortion provider again. I am going to have this baby.” Hope Life Center connected Sasha to the medical and material resources that she needed in our community and followed up with her to ensure she was supported throughout her pregnancy.