- / Danielle’s Story
I chose life for my daughter 10 years ago. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here today.
At 20 years old, I had gone down a very dark path and thought that coping with years of abuse and assault meant immersing myself in drugs, alcohol and risky behavior. I had no goals or motivation to disrupt this lifestyle, which was numbing my pain.
My positive pregnancy test was the one thing that jolted me back to reality, as I stared in terror at the two pink lines in that little window.
I scrambled through my fog of emotion and fear to think about what this meant. I knew that I was carrying life — that it wasn’t just me anymore — but I had no money, and my family refused to support me. I didn’t know how I would make it, but I was determined to figure it out for my baby’s sake.
Danielle joins EWTN Pro-Life Weekly’s Prudence Robertson to share her story. Ten years ago, Danielle chose life for her daughter. Local Virginia Maternity Home, Paul Stefan Home, was there with her every step of the way offering resources and support.
Danielle joins CBN News to share how she chose life for her daughter and found a home and supportive community at Virginia maternity home Paul Stefan Home.
Randy, co-founder of Virginia maternity home, Paul Stefan Home, joins Kayleigh McEnany on Fox & Friends to discuss his work to offer hope and support to women facing unexpected pregnancies. Danielle and Brooke, two moms who have found refuge and hope at the home, share their stories.
Washington Examiner: ‘Shifted My Whole Life’: Two Virginia Mothers Reflect on How Maternity Homes Saved Them and Their Children
“We give women three years here, sometimes more,” Kathleen Wilson, executive director of Mary’s Shelter, said. “The idea is that they and their children, who we love … can go on, and counseling, housing, educational, or employment goals can be a real and sustainable reality for them.”
Wilson said the shelter, which started 17 years ago, has grown from one bedroom to four homes with 24 bedrooms. She sees “a real mix of people” come in from all walks of life to turn their lives around for the better.
She said the biggest reason why people come to Mary’s Shelter and why abortions tend to be their first choice is that they are in abusive relationships and do not have a place to live.
“Most of them, that’s not what they really want to do,” she said. “It’s just these traumatic events in their lives for many of them, but for them to even call us, you know, it really shows … that they’re reaching out in some way.”
Mallory said the moment she stepped into Mary’s Shelter, she felt like she was at home.
“It changed my life to be able to have my child, to be in a safe environment, and to not feel like I’m rushed, and I can have all my children with me,” Mallory said.
“I was involved in a lot of poor decision-making, partying all the time, irresponsible and defiant of the morals that were instilled in me through a lifetime in church,” she said. “I was on a detrimental path to destruction when I found out I was pregnant. The moment I knew I was expecting, I decided ‘No more’ and made every effort to build myself as a dignified and successful woman and mother.”
“My life was saved first before her [Danielle’s child’s] life was saved when I made the decision to keep my baby because it immediately gave me a new trajectory for how to live my life,” Danielle told Townhall. “I was drug-addicted, doing all kinds of crazy criminal stuff to get by every single day. The moment I found out I was pregnant, I was like, ‘I’ll never do that again.’”
Danielle was welcomed into the maternity home and lived there for five years. In those years, she learned life skills, got a college education, and was connected to agencies and organizations that helped her learn how to put her life on track and raise her daughter. Now, Danielle is financially independent, and says that the pro-life movement helped save her life, as well as her daughter’s.
CBN News: ‘Babies Go to Congress’: Mothers & Kids Share Their Message Pregnancy Centers ‘Save Moms and Babies Lives’
Three mothers, three kids, and a powerful pro-life plea took place on Capitol Hill Thursday.
A group of women met with lawmakers as part of Heartbeat International’s “Babies Go to Congress Campaign”.
Their message: pregnancy centers are great for America.
“I think every state will be different, but we have to stop and remember, when we make our case we need to put out there that it’s about empowering women and promoting lives,” Fitch told the Caller.
Mothers who spoke at Heartbeat International’s pre-march event Babies Go To Congress also told the Caller that the pro-life movement can win post-Dobbs if it emphasizes how abortion hurts both the mother and the child.
“It’s not just about saving a baby, because my life was saved,” Danielle, a mother who chose life after discovering a maternity home, told the Caller. “Having my baby saved my life.”