A Simple, Lifesaving Act

When the power of the written word astounds even the most dedicated believers...

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Does the gender really matter? (illustrative)
Does the gender really matter? (illustrative)

In a series of articles about the Efrat organization, Arutz Sheva presents a number of personal stories and anecdotes relating the group's life-saving activities. This week’s article centers on Adina, an Efrat organization volunteer.

“I have 207 children!” Adina proudly proclaims.

Her relationship with the Efrat organization began at a women’s conference, where she heard a lecture given by Dr. Eli Schossheim, Efrat’s Chairman. Adina recounts how Dr. Schossheim told the audience that one of the reasons he became a doctor was to save lives, which he ultimately realized was not an everyday occurrence in his profession. Rather, Dr. Schossheim explained, doctors tend to respond to illness and prescribe medication. Saving lives was more of a rarity, even in the medical profession. Today, in working at Efrat, he feels that he is more accurately fulfilling his desires to save lives, and that each and every one of the women sitting before him in the auditorium could do exactly what he does every day- without going through medical school.

Adina was impressed that women choosing to volunteer with the Efrat organization and support women considering abortion are doing lifesaving work on a day-to-day basis.

“The lecture left a strong mark on my soul. The first thing I did upon returning home was give my husband an Efrat organization bumper sticker to put on our car. I didn’t see how such a simple act could cause any harm.”

Adina turned to Efrat and requested to become a volunteer. After receiving guidance and instructions, Adina slowly began to support women considering abortion, under the close guidance of Efrat’s social worker, Ruth Tidhar.

“One day, I received notice of a woman who was considering terminating her pregnancy due to difficult financial conditions. After an initial phone call, I understood that it was crucial that I meet with her face-to-face, so I set up a time and place for us to meet. Upon entering her home, it was clear that the couple was seriously debating termination. The woman claimed that they could not afford a fourth child; they already had too many mouths to feed on too tight of a budget.”

Adina told the woman that the Efrat organization would provide them will maximal funding. After a long pause, the couple exchanged glances and declared that their unborn child had the right to live, just like any of their other children…”

Adina became an integral part of the couple’s family. When their son was born, she was invited to his circumcision ceremony.

“When I am assigned a case, I don’t always know how the woman found out about Efrat. This time, her journey to our offices was particularly amazing,” Adina mused

The baby’s father, shining like a beacon of light throughout the circumcision, decided to address his guests. He recounted that one morning, upon exiting his home, he saw a parked car bearing a bumper sticker that read, “You don’t end a life because of money,” accompanied by the details of the Efrat organization. He was astounded by the force of the written words. His wife was newly pregnant and they were conflicted about having a fourth child due to their financial situation. Yet, upon reading that bumper sticker, he felt he could no longer agree to an abortion. He went back upstairs to his home, and together the couple called the Efrat organization.

The husband continued, saying that he was so grateful for his new bundle of joy, and not only because a son was born after three daughters.

The husband’s tale reminded Adina of the bumper sticker she had given her husband to affix to their car.

“It turns out that even an act that is so simple, such as sticking a sign on a car, can save lives!” Adina exclaimed.