lara_child2Finding out I was pregnant at 17 was hard, scary and intimidating. I felt embarrassed, anxious and wrapped up in a whirl wind of emotions and concerns, not knowing what the future was going to look like. Realizing I was now in control of someone else’s life was scary because I felt like I was no longer in control of my own life. I was really struck by the knowledge I was given about abortion and about the unborn. I knew that inside me was a life, a life worth fighting for and that no matter what, he or she deserved life. So even though it was not an easy time and the circumstances were not “ideal” to have a baby yet, that life was a gift and I wanted to meet my child. When I first met my daughter, I couldn’t believe how soft her cheeks were when I kissed her for the first time. I instantly fell in love with her and have never regretted choosing life.”  ~Lara.