Jenn came to Ava Health with her boyfriend and two little children, Sophie and Rex. She wanted to take a pregnancy test to qualify for some state services. 

The family waited to be seen, and at one point something was mentioned about a baby. Wide eyed, Rex pointed to his mom’s tummy asked, “Do you have a baby in there?” His mom smiled to affirm his question and the little girl said, “This baby will be beautiful and I will help take care of her!”

As Jenn met with one of our advocates, she began to open up about what was really going on.

I’m not so sure how I feel about all of this. I am overwhelmed caring for my two other children, I recently lost my job, my boyfriend and I are having issues, and there is a possibility I won’t have a place to live next week. My boyfriend said having an abortion would be the best thing.

In fact, we just came from Planned Parenthood. My abortion was scheduled for today. We sat in the parking lot, but I didn’t want to get out of the car. I had been here before and will never forget the pain I felt afterwards. I knew that I would be ending my baby’s life and I just couldn’t go through with it again. 

I remembered Ava Health and heard that people are nice here, so I told my boyfriend to drive there here instead. I was sure I would feel safe at Ava and could figure out what to do next. 

Jenn shared that she had strayed from God, her boyfriend seemed disoriented at the idea that he would now be a father, and she was still unsure about her circumstances.

Yet in spite of it all, there was a sense of relief and peace that she was making the right decision.  

Before they left, the children wanted to help their mom pick out a pair of baby booties. They seemed very excited to have a new brother or sister. Sophie squealed, “This baby will be beautiful!”


We had the opportunity to meet Jenn at a critical moment with an important tool: the pregnancy test. It gave us a chance to encourage, affirm and speak life into her circumstances.