Faces of Choice
Stories of Women Who Faced an Impossible Decision Under Extreme Circumstances


We all know a girl who got herself “in trouble.” We all know couples struggling to get pregnant. We all know someone who was adopted. But how many of their stories do we know? How many of us have sat down and listened to what it takes to make a difficult choice about being pregnant? How many of us truly understand how lonely this decision is? I hope you read these accounts and come away with deeper compassion for and appreciation of each of these women whether or not you agree with their decision. This is about listening. This is about community. This is about humanity.


Lourdes’ Story

Lourdes discovered she was pregnant at a migrant worker camp in the Pacific Northwest. An illegal alien and the mother of four children under the age of ten, she didn’t know where to turn.  During the day she and her husband worked in the fields picking strawberries while their children were tutored by someone’s grandmother Read More

Jenny’s Story

Jenny was 17 years old when she got pregnant. She lived in a small town and went to a small high school where everyone knew everybody else’s business.  To this day, she professes a great deal of pride that she was able to guard her secret as well as she did.  Jenny came from a fairly Read More

Brenda’s Story

  Brenda was born to a single mother and raised primarily by her grandparents.  Her mother suffered from mental illness and told Brenda as a young child that her father had been killed in a car accident and that she was an unplanned, but pleasant surprise.  As a teenager, Brenda discovered that her father, who Read More

Angela’s Story*

*all names and identifying details have been changed to protect the identity of the individuals. Angela and her husband were raising two healthy boys when they found out they were expecting another baby.  When they scheduled the first ultrasound, Angela’s husband wasn’t able to join her because of his busy schedule as a new physician.  Read More

Hannah’s Story, Part One*

*all names and identifying details have been changed to protect those interviewed. Hannah was a 22, a recent college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, and she needed a job.  The first several months after graduation were spent diligently looking for jobs, but it seemed that in order to do anything with her degree, Read More

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