Library Highlight: A Bump in Life

Guest Post by Samantha Pascoal, Summer Student with Guelph & Area Right to Life

“When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude.” – Viktor Frankl, Holocaust Survivor and author of Man’s Search for Meaning

“This time, she knew things had to be different; because this time, she was pregnant.” – A Bump in Life

image of book coverToo often, I have engaged in the abortion debate with one goal in mind: to win. In most conversations, I have to backtrack, ask myself, “Have I missed the point?” and then have to remind myself of it: we are discussing real people’s lives.

While all of the pro-choice arguments (bodily autonomy! medical necessity! poverty, rape, incest! global warming! non-humanness! Non-personhood! etc!) are wrong, showing a lack of compassion for people in hardship through one’s words and attitudes is perhaps just as wrong.

“..the most difficult changes provide the truest opportunities for rediscovering one’s value and purpose”

A Bump in Life teaches that when someone becomes unexpectedly pregnant, their life circumstances become crises. A little plus sign or a doctor’s nod can cause one’s whole life to change. However, the novel offers hope that this change is never absolutely for the worse, not only because a beautiful new life has been created, but also because the most difficult changes provide the truest opportunities for rediscovering one’s value and purpose.

While the book may be targeted at unexpectedly pregnant young women and their families, it is inspiring to anybody facing difficulty. Through the stories of 22 young women,  I learned how to better support real people – myself included – as we transition over bumps: from grief and despair, to hope, self-discovery, and new life.

Note: “A Bump in Life” is available to borrow from the Guelph & Area Right to Life office library.  Contact us to learn more, at facts(at)guelphforlife.com!

 

A Modern Christmas Story: Guelph Gives Life

On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 Guelph & Area Right to Life was one of many charities and non-profit organizations in Guelph who set up displays in the Old Quebec Street Mall. Guelph Gives had provided this wonderful forum so that we could showcase our work and projects and what an assortment of tremendous organizations were present.

Guelph & Area Right to Life's booth at the Giving Fair on December 2nd.

Guelph & Area Right to Life’s booth at the Giving Fair on December 2nd.

Our display was mostly about babies and how they grow in the womb and so we had many wonderful conversations. One young man was astounded at the image of a tiny 7-week-old child in the womb and asked us if the image was real. He sadly told us that his wife was 7 weeks pregnant and was due to have an abortion on December 9th in Kitchener.

He wore the tragedy of his situation like a mantle and explained that his personal circumstance was not helping, as he had lost his job and his young wife was already looking after two small children and holding down a job. It was not their choice to abort their tiniest child, but circumstances, and they saw no other way out.

We agreed to meet and talk it over, and when we were back in the office we sent out a distress call for prayer and practical support for this little family. In about 48 hours we were swamped with immediate financial assistance and monthly commitments to assist throughout 2015. Our office was filled with diapers for the two little ones and astounding offers of help came through the phone. Presents promised for Christmas, love and support sent to this little family.

Just a few of the many donations received at our office for the family in need.

Just a few of the many donations received at our office for the family in need.

High school students, university students, youth groups all donating what they had to help these young parents to bring their baby into the world. Gift cards for food and necessities, offers of babysitting and car rides, offers to adopt the baby or just care for him until Mum felt strong enough to cope, bus passes paid for throughout 2015. Even I have been moved by the sheer enormity of the willingness to assist this family and they are just overwhelmed. It is not going to be easy but they will be fine, because they are part of our family now and we look out for each other!

I have been graced to assist many young women and young families in my years of volunteering with Guelph & Area Right to Life – but I must admit that this outpouring of love and support by so many for this family has brought me to tears.

When I first met them together I was struck by the love they have for each other and their children, their striving to make a life together with all the hurdles they have and have yet to overcome and the challenges facing them. They sat so still in the midst of this turmoil, clinging to each other and gradually to a hope that their baby might yet be born and not aborted.

They will get through and we will be beside them all the way. I asked myself how different this story may have been if we had not been invited by Guelph Gives that Tuesday. This little family is one of many in Guelph who need assistance and I pray that somehow the others will also receive the help they need to get through.

This was the first year for Guelph Gives and financially and in many other ways it was a tremendous success. Well, I believe that this first event was much more than even this because it gave a tiny 7 week baby in the womb a chance at life and the baby’s parents the courage to bring that baby into the world. Guelph Gives Life!!!

Thank you so very much.

– Jakki Jeffs

President, Guelph & Area Right to Life

Note: We are still accepting donations for this family!  The outpouring of support from the community has helped them to choose life for their baby, but they will continue to need assistance through 2015.  If you would like to assist, you can donate online (indicating that the donation is for the “Guelph Gives Family”) or contact our office for more information.

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