When Layla and her husband found out they were pregnant with their third child, they were overjoyed. They had been trying for years to have one more child, but it seemed that the day may never come. With two daughters, Alvaro had always dreamed of having a son.
When they went in for a routine ultrasound at 18 weeks, they were overjoyed to discover that Layla was pregnant with a baby boy. But then things took a tragic turn for the worse. The doctor, initially overjoyed to share the news of a boy with the couple, rushed out of the room. When she returned, she was visibly uncomfortable. Immediately, Layla and Alvaro sensed something was wrong.
They asked the doctor, who began describing how the baby had a rare medical condition called anencephaly. She then handed them a pamphlet about the fatal diagnosis and suggested they call an abortion clinic just over the border that could “help” them by terminating the pregnancy.
Layla and Alvaro were immediately flooded with feelings of hopelessness and despair. Strong believers in the sanctity of life, they had never considered abortion to be an option. That, mixed with the realization that their baby boy had no hope of a normal life, was overwhelming.
As Layla cried in his arms, Alvaro, numb, did what he felt was best — he dialed the number of the abortion clinic and began planning an abortion for the following week.
Layla and Alvaro will always grapple with the despair of losing their first and only son. But with your help, we can save them from the heavy regret of having intentionally ended their son’s life. Your support will allow Layla and Alvaro to give their son a proper life and dignified death, and our counseling team will help them find meaning in the midst of tragedy.
In choosing life, Layla and Alvaro may face extreme and unforeseen medical expenses. They will likely spend significant time at the hospital, during which time they will need other financial support. Our commitment will be to cover all expenses that are incurred from their pregnancy. Whatever time their baby boy has—whether hours, days, weeks, or even months—this should be spent as a family with Layla and Alvaro, free from any worries about finances.
Even if it’s just $5, by donating together, our small but mighty community will ensure that Layla and Alvaro get as much time as possible with their precious son. For Layla and Alvaro, this time—even if short—will mean the world. What’s more, your generosity will save them from the remorse of having taken their son’s life.
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