Mother Says Her ‘Little Boy Is Alive Today’ Thanks to His State’s Pro-Life Laws

In an essay for The Federalist, Melissa Brooks shared the life-saving impact pro-life laws have had on her and her son’s lives following the Supreme Court’s decision. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationwho overturned Roe v. Wade June 24, 2022. Brooks says she was pressured by her baby’s father to abort their child — but after several delays and a visit to a pregnancy center where she heard her baby’s heartbeat, she walked out of an abortion facility at 14 weeks pregnant and never looked back.

Coercion and delays

Brooks wrote that she lived in Kentucky after the Dobbs decision and knew that the state only allowed abortion when the mother’s life was in danger (although induced abortion – intentionally killing an unborn child – is not medically necessary). Then, in April 2023, less than a year after Roe deer When she fell, Brooks learned she was pregnant by her ex-boyfriend, whom she had only dated for a few months.

“After finding out I was pregnant, I contacted him again and we were both in shock and fear,” she wrote. “I already had an 18-year-old son and the man I was seeing had two children from a previous relationship and, of course, (the ex-boyfriend and I) were no longer together.”

She noted: “Without hesitation, he told me I had to have an abortion.”

Brooks said she considers herself “pro-choice” and has seen friends undergo multiple abortions. The idea of ​​abortion didn’t bother her, but suddenly She it was the one who would have the abortion and it would be her Her child was aborted. Her feelings began to change. Despite this, she agreed to have an abortion, but she had to travel out of state to do it.

“The very thought of it made me sick, and I was never able to make an appointment myself,” she wrote to the Federalist. Eventually, an appointment for an abortion was made at a facility in Carbondale, Illinois, a four-hour drive away.

But various events continued to delay the abortion.

Brooks wrote, “Due to family issues, I had to postpone my first appointment. Due to various complications and unforeseen circumstances, I soon had to cancel my next two appointments. I was very scared and had doubts about whether I should have the procedure, but I was pressured to go through with it because I was told that everything I wanted for my relationship with the father of my child would come true if I had an abortion.” She added, “I was told that we could finally be together and that we could be happy. But he told me that we ‘couldn’t love each other while loving a child.’ Although I agreed to the abortion, each cancellation was a silent relief to me.”

Forced abortion is unfortunately common. Studies show that 64% of women who have had an abortion report feeling pressured to have an abortion by their partner, parents, financial situation, or the misconception that mothers cannot pursue higher education or succeed in their chosen careers.

In the meantime, Brooks had secretly gone to a pregnancy resource center, where she heard her baby’s heartbeat and learned she was having a boy. When she finally got to the scheduled abortion, she was 14 weeks pregnant and was told she would have to take an abortion drug and then have “a procedure to have my son removed.” It may have been a dilation and evacuation abortion, which is the most common abortion procedure performed in the second trimester.

“Thanks to my state’s pro-life protection…”

“At that moment, all my worries and apprehensions came to a head. I wasn’t going to put myself through this. I couldn’t put my innocent baby through this,” she wrote.

She left the abortion center with her son still safely inside her womb and headed to her gynecologist’s office where she heard her son’s heartbeat again and vowed to take care of him.

During her prenatal appointments, she learned that her son had a small hole in his heart that would require surgery, as well as an omphalocele, a condition in which organs form outside the body.

“Despite this, my doctors never pressured me to abort,” she wrote. “They assured me that even if there were difficulties, they would do their best to treat my son.”

She welcomed her son, Oryan, in November 2023. Today, he has undergone some medical procedures, but she writes that he “is full of determination and courage, and his sweet face brightens my days.”

She added: “He enriches the lives of those around him and we are all better off because of his presence.”

Brooks knows that pro-life laws save lives, because Kentucky’s laws to protect unborn children from abortion are the reason Oryan is alive today.

While abortion advocates claim that pro-life laws do not prevent abortions, an analysis published by the University of Houston found that there were 16,147 additional births in Texas in 2022 (the year Roe deer The same report also found that while the overall fertility rate in the United States (defined as the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44) has declined, Texas’ fertility rate “increased in 2022 for the first time since 2014, by 2.0 percent compared to 2021(.)”

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that only three states — North Dakota, Nebraska and South Dakota — can boast a 2022 fertility rate higher than that of Texas, which has one of the most pro-life laws in the country. Also The number of live births increased from 2020 to 2022. In Kentucky this month, a judge ruled to dismiss a lawsuit against the state’s pro-life law, upholding protections for the unborn so babies like Oryan can live.

“I can say with certainty that if an abortion facility were near my home, I would have given in to the pressure to end my child’s life,” she wrote. “However, I am proud to say that we did not. Thanks to my state’s pro-life protections, my little boy is alive today and his life has already helped make the world a much better place.”

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