I was at the end of my junior year when I learned I was pregnant and I was horrified. I thought that since I was just a few weeks pregnant, the best thing to do was to get an abortion. It would be all over by the time I returned to school in the fall and no one would know.
I confided in my pastor and even though I had the abortion appointment already made, he asked if he could take me to talk to one of the counselors at Catholic Charities. It took all of my courage to go with him, but the counselor was kind and caring and didn’t make me feel bad.
She was easy to talk to and I learned about open adoption and how I could pick the family. She assured me that I didn’t have to make a quick decision and that I could come back and we could talk more about what an adoption plan could look like.
I canceled the clinic appointment and after my second counseling session, I knew that I couldn’t go through with an abortion.
My parents were with me at the hospital and even with so much counseling, I was overwhelmed with emotion when my son was born. He was so tiny and so perfect. That was six years ago and even though those first months were really hard, I am so grateful that I was able to learn about placing my baby for adoption. My son is amazing — he is so smart and fun!
I finished college and am married now with a baby girl and we all enjoy spending time with her big brother and his family. My birth son’s parents have been very supportive of me and when I think back to when I first found out I was pregnant, I could not imagine my life any other way.
Note: All stories are from men and women in the Colorado Springs region. Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.