The following is a story I recently received from our 40 Days for Life coordinator:
Back in May one of our parishes celebrated their first Mass for the Unborn, which had a two-fold purpose: to remember and pray for those babies lost to abortion, and to bless those mothers who are expecting, and their babies.
A mother and daughter who were present at the Mass, left church and the mother went to a store near their home with her husband. They pulled their car into the parking lot and saw a very pregnant girl sitting on the curb. Commenting to her husband that she had just left a Mass for the Unborn, the woman recognized that this was unusual and there was clearly something wrong here. They gave each other a knowing glance, then walked over to ask if they could help her.
She told them that she was temporarily homeless, 38 weeks pregnant, thought she was in labor and had no one to help her. Without hesitation, the couple took her to the hospital where she was told that she was not in labor. Further discussion revealed that because of the circumstances under which she got pregnant, she wanted to give the baby for adoption, but didn't know how to go about it and had made no arrangements.
So the woman requested that a social worker from the hospital talk to the pregnant girl before leaving to give her resources to make contact with an adoption agency and get the information she needed. Before leaving her, the couple gave her money for a hotel for the weekend and made contact with Adoptions from the Heart to start the adoption process. They then helped her find a more permanent place to stay after the weekend. Before departing, they gave her their cell phone numbers so she could call them for the help she would still need.
The following Wednesday she called, feeling she was in labor again, and the woman took her back to the hospital. She asked the woman to be her support coach, and after a few hours she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The woman was so humbled and grateful to the Holy Spirit that she was able to be a witness to the birth of this beautiful baby boy. The baby has now been adopted by a wonderful couple who had been waiting for several years for a baby.
The birth father of the baby also asked the woman and her husband what church they attend and they invited him to come to Mass with them.
The mother has since been offered a job and is looking for permanent housing. She knows in her heart that the best gift she could have given her baby was a wonderful home with parents who can give her baby everything he deserves in life, and even in her desperate situation, she chose life for her baby.