'Don't Abort - We'll Raise Your Child!"

How one woman's choice gave a new chance of life to more than just her unborn child.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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“I chose to volunteer within the “Efrat” organization, precisely due to the fact that I myself had no children. My husband and I did everything we could, and at the end of the day, we were forced to come to terms with the fact that we were childless. It would be extraneous to go into detail regarding the deep, relentless pain I was in. I walked about like a zombie, fully aware that I would never have children of my own. It was awfully hard, but then I came up with the idea that my pain could be directed towards a more positive channel. That’s how I ended up at “Efrat.”

“I am a firm believer that He who created the world embedded within each and every woman the desire to be a mother. I do not believe that a woman who decides to terminate a pregnancy does so because she does not want her unborn child. Everything stems from stressors and considerations; especially financial ones.

“A colleague of mine once told me the story of her niece. Ronit, a mother of three children, sought to terminate her fourth pregnancy. The same day we heard her story, my husband and I traveled to visit Ronit. We sat with her for a few hours and then an urge overtook me and I exclaimed, ‘Do you know what? We don’t have any children. Please continue on with your pregnancy and we will raise your child.’ I explained to her that if the problem was not in being pregnant, but rather was with respect to how she was going to raise her child after he or she was born, I was offering her with the perfect solution.

“According to her expression, I immediately understood that she had not expected me to utter such a phrase. She immediately began to cry. She understood my situation, vis-à-vis her own. That was it. Nothing else needed to be said.

“After she calmed down, I explained to her that the “Efrat” organization was established precisely for this reason: to help any woman who wishes to continue with her pregnancy and give birth to her child, providing her with basic necessities for a period of two years since the child’s date of birth. She continued with her pregnancy and I accompanied her throughout the entire period.

“Towards the end of the pregnancy, on one particular Sabbath day, I suggested to my husband that we take a walk to the local hospital. I had a feeling that Ronit had given birth. As we live within walking distance of the hospital, we headed out on foot and lo and behold, Ronit had given birth in the wee morning hours. When she saw me, Ronit could not stop crying and said, ‘Thanks to you, I gave birth to this little baby girl. I had wanted you to be by my side during the birth, but because of the Sabbath, I could not get in touch with you. How did you know to come?’

“I answered her in the simplest of terms, ‘I felt like it was time.’

“Since then, nearly 12 years have passed and soon that little girl will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah. My connection to that girl and with her mother continue to this very day.”




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