Culture of LifeMon Feb 20, 2012 - 4:53 pm EST
‘Somewhere there is a lady in her 30s who is alive because I became pro-life’
WAUPUN, Wisconsin, February 20, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – It wasn’t until the day that Kristin Port (name changed), 22, witnessed her boyfriend get plastered drunk that she realized her feelings for him had changed. As their relationship crumbled before her eyes, Kristin wished that she had not allowed the young man to use her as he pleased as she naively offered him sex in exchange for love.
It was the fall of 1979. Kristin’s boyfriend had just departed, but she could not get away from the increasing feelings of nausea in her stomach. After a free pregnancy test at a public clinic the young woman was told that she had a certain number of days to decide if she wanted to have an abortion.
Raised with Christian values, Kristin saw abortion as a way to cover up her secret: that she had given herself away sexually outside of marriage. She viewed the changes happening within her body as a mistake that needed to be dealt with.
Kristin decided to share her secret with someone she trusted, a youth pastor. He told her something that forever changed her life and the life of her baby.
“Abortion is not an option,” he said. “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” The kind pastor suggested that adoption would be a more loving option.
“His words reminded me that this was a baby we were talking about,” Kristin told LifeSiteNews in an interview.
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The young mother wrestled with her choices. She did not think that she had the heart to give her baby up for adoption. But she had come to realize that the alternative would even be worse.
A pro-life organization put Kristin in contact with a family in California who opened their home to her. She was given maternity clothes.
At that point Kristin struggled with the choice of whether to raise the baby herself, or give him or her up for adoption. No matter what her choice would be, Kristin consoled herself by knowing that at least she was giving her baby life.
Toward the end of her pregnancy Kristin knew that she wanted her baby to have both a father and a mother. She did not feel that she could handle the trials and tribulations of being a single parent.
“It was one of the hardest decisions that I have ever had to make,” she said.
On June 18, 1980, Kristin brought a beautiful baby girl into the world.
“Oh, how I loved her,” Kristin remembers.
Within days, Kristin signed the papers that released her tiny daughter into the arms of a Christian mother and father who she believed loved her daughter as much as she did.
Kristin, now 54, says she is forever thankful that she brought her daughter to term, choosing life over abortion.
“So somewhere in California there is a young lady in her 30’s, who is alive today, because I became pro-life.”
“And wherever you are Sweetheart, I still love you! ….. from a loving Mom.”