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Young Mother Reveals What Caused Her to Flee Planned Parenthood and Save Her Unborn Twins’ Lives

Posted by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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Young Mother Reveals What Caused Her to Flee Planned Parenthood and Save Her Unborn Twins’ Lives

Rebecca Rizzi was five weeks pregnant and desperately looking for a way out — any way out.

Despite her qualms and personal opposition to abortion, she had reluctantly made up her mind: Terminating the pregnancy was for the best.

Rizzi setup an appointment at a Planned Parenthood in Tempe, Ariz., last May and subsequently drove there to learn more about the procedure. As she was en route to the clinic, her mind raced, as she secretly wanted to find a way to escape an act that she believed deep in her heart was morally wrong.

“I felt I had to do it,” the 24-year-old told TheBlaze. “It was a situation where I hadn’t talked to my family in a long time — same with my friends.”

Young Mother Reveals What Led Her to Flee Planned Parenthood and Save Her Unborn Twins Lives

Rebecca Rizzoi holds images of her ultrasounds (Image source: Sherry Pierce)

Feeling isolated, Rizzi had convinced herself, despite her inner most inclinations, that abortion was her only option.

When she arrived at Planned Parenthood, she noticed pro-life protesters standing outside. Rizzi said she knew their message about the sanctity of life was true, but entered the clinic anyway.

Once inside, she sat down in a crowded waiting room and waited. And as she waited, doubts reemerged in her mind.

Each time someone opened the door to enter or exit, Rizzi could hear the protesters outside — a convicting sound that stirred something deep within her heart.

Feeling as though she couldn’t go through with the abortion, she walked outside to take a break and that’s when she encountered Sherry Pierce, one of the protesters with the “Refuge in the Desert” ministry.

Rizzi decided to approach her.

“I kind of went over to chat and I think I had it set in my mind really not to be dismissive of what they were trying to do, but I was going to ask if they thought what they were doing would actually make a difference,” she said.

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Pierce, who told TheBlaze that she believes God brought Rizzi to her that day, asked the young woman why she felt abortion was the only answer.

“We were calling out and she came over to us,” said Pierce. “Truly God brought her to us … The Lord caused her to come over.”

The conversation made a big impact and inevitably showed Rizzi that there were other avenues she could pursue.

“Sherry asked me to tell her what was going on, why I had to feel like I had to do this. She told me there were all these resources,” Rizzi recalled. “She took me to the pregnancy crisis center, and I think that day I had changed my mind after what Sherry said to me.”

She continued, “I had it set in my mind that I could do this and put the baby up for adoption. I could live with that.”

Young Mother Reveals What Led Her to Flee Planned Parenthood and Save Her Unborn Twins Lives

Olivia Grace and Kara Shea (Image source: Sherry Pierce)

After Rizzi decided to continue with her pregnancy, Pierce put action to her words, supporting the young woman throughout her pregnancy, at one point even saying she would personally adopt her baby.

But then Rizzi found something out — a surprising fact that had a profound impact: She was carrying twins.

Faced with changing circumstances, Rizzi decided she wanted to raise her babies.

“I really was set on adoption. I told myself initially as long as I don’t think of them as being mine, then I would be able to do that,” she said. “Once I found out they were twins and I thought about our life together and what it could be [I changed my mind].”

Rizzi delivered Olivia Grace and Kara Shea last month and, so far, she says motherhood has been “exciting.”

Young Mother Reveals What Led Her to Flee Planned Parenthood and Save Her Unborn Twins Lives

Sherry Pierce holding Olivia Grace and Kara Shea (Image source: Sherry Pierce)

She also had a message for pregnant women who find themselves desperate and in similar situations.

“I would say to seek help … I didn’t realize how many resources there were to women in my position,” Rizzi said. “There’s so many options and resources.”

Pierce has continued to provide support, holding a baby shower for Rizzi and offering help and assistance along the way.

“I was at the hospital with her family when she was in labor and have been to visit and take food since,” Pierce said. “She has become like family to us all. … I try to check in daily through text with her to see how she and the babies are doing and if they need anything.”

Young Mother Reveals What Led Her to Flee Planned Parenthood and Save Her Unborn Twins Lives

Olivia Grace and Kara Shea (Image source: Sherry Pierce)

Pierce’s “Refuge in the Desert” ministry regularly stands outside the Tempe Planned Parenthood location, calling out to mothers and fathers as they go inside. In addition to working to deter them from seeking abortions, the Christian group provides information about free ultrasounds, counseling and adoption services.

“Of course we include a gospel tract because we don’t want to be just another pro-life group out there,” Pierce explained. “It is the gospel of Jesus Christ which is the power unto salvation and He alone transforms hearts and minds. So we call out to offer help, and hope and to warn. We literally have a brief time because it takes them about 30 seconds to get to the door.”

Young Mother Reveals What Led Her to Flee Planned Parenthood and Save Her Unborn Twins Lives

Olivia Grace and Kara Shea (Image source: Sherry Pierce)

As for Rizzi, she’s overjoyed she didn’t choose abortion — and she’s prepared to speak out against it.

“When I left Planned Parenthood last May, I was so happy that I didn’t have to have an abortion. I knew I needed to remain focused on the positive and became absolutely determined to do what’s best for my daughters,” Rizzi said.

She added, “No woman, in her right mind wants to have an abortion. I’m so glad I gained enough courage to save my daughters in the midst of so much uncertainty.”

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IandLoveandYou
by Penny Lane on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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I almost had an abortion, but changed my mind at the last minute. I was also young..19 when I found out that I was pregnant. I disconnected from my friends and my family, because I didn't know how to tell them and I was pretty ashamed about it. To be isolated in that kind of situation is very hard and it's dangerous. You hear of people doing awful things in those situations.

Once my mom found out and I told her she was instantly supportive, and my friends were too. I was a lot harder on myself than my support system was to me. It's great that this young woman was able to find support, I think we should have resources that provide counseling and emotional support to women who find themselves feeling helpless or alone in these situations.

It is difficult.. and I think this "slut shaming" business only makes it worse. Single mothers especially young single mothers are talked about so poorly so often that it is hard for young women to not feel shameful about their pregnancy and want to end it.

I'm happy things worked out for this young woman, but not everyone is her and for those people who find themselves in desperate times.. I think they should have a choice. Even if it's one I wouldn't make.

StephanieSH
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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I'm pro-choice and I'm glad things worked out for this woman. One of the things that helped was that the pro-life protestor was willing to put her money where her mouth is and really step in and help emotionally and financially. Soant pro-life protestors just put up horrific images outside the clinics and shout at the pregnant women but fail to really step forward and do something constructive for these women
Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM
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Love the story and I am glad it all worked out for her. 

I will point out one small problem I have with the story. For whatever reason they make it seem that planned parenthood only does abortions. This is not true. I can tell you based on personal experience with my first pregnancy. I went in for a pregnancy confirmation. They told me I was indeed pregnant and told me all of my options. This included support for having the child myself, adoption info, and termination. They asked if I knew what I wanted to do. I said I wasn't sure atm and thanked them for all the info. That was it. They didn't try to pressure me into anything like some people claim. 

Choice is good. I was glad to have a PP at that time because I was not making much money and going to school. 

Went home and told my guy the news. Not planned but a blessing all the same. 

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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Thx Eds for posting this. When time permits, I would like to comment about this touching story. 

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UpSheRises
by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

There are some pro life people that stand outside of a clinic i drive by on my way to work. They are there every friday. I was thinking about stopping and giving them info about my program just in case they happen to snag one but i thought they probably never did.

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Glad it worked out for her.

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jan. 17, 2014 at 1:44 AM
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What a beautiful story. I am thankful she chose life. I've been a prolife advocate more than 30 yrs. There are numerous resources to help women facing this situation. You are never alone. Sometimes long term friendships develop between the woman & the advocate offering support to woman experiencing doubt & uncertainty. 

cfcf
by Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 2:27 AM
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I had my pregnancy confirmation at a PP. Despite telling them I planned on carrying and keeping my baby they still handed me a piece of paper with a list of abortion clinics, the method they used, and how far along they would perform them. No, they weren't pushy about me getting an abortion but I find it was inappropriate for them to give me that sheet after telling them I didn't need it.



Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Love the story and I am glad it all worked out for her. 

I will point out one small problem I have with the story. For whatever reason they make it seem that planned parenthood only does abortions. This is not true. I can tell you based on personal experience with my first pregnancy. I went in for a pregnancy confirmation. They told me I was indeed pregnant and told me all of my options. This included support for having the child myself, adoption info, and termination. They asked if I knew what I wanted to do. I said I wasn't sure atm and thanked them for all the info. That was it. They didn't try to pressure me into anything like some people claim. 

Choice is good. I was glad to have a PP at that time because I was not making much money and going to school. 

Went home and told my guy the news. Not planned but a blessing all the same. 

redhead-bedhead
by on Jan. 17, 2014 at 2:32 AM

It's great that she didn't go through with the abortion, especially since she knew she didn't want one all along.

I am a bit surprised that in 2013 she didn't know what options she had and didn't think to research them.

I was a pregnant teenager and I knew what options I had back then.

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Jan. 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

That is strange if you said you were already decided. Good thing is that you could just through those papers away. 

Quoting cfcf: I had my pregnancy confirmation at a PP. Despite telling them I planned on carrying and keeping my baby they still handed me a piece of paper with a list of abortion clinics, the method they used, and how far along they would perform them. No, they weren't pushy about me getting an abortion but I find it was inappropriate for them to give me that sheet after telling them I didn't need it.



Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Love the story and I am glad it all worked out for her. 

I will point out one small problem I have with the story. For whatever reason they make it seem that planned parenthood only does abortions. This is not true. I can tell you based on personal experience with my first pregnancy. I went in for a pregnancy confirmation. They told me I was indeed pregnant and told me all of my options. This included support for having the child myself, adoption info, and termination. They asked if I knew what I wanted to do. I said I wasn't sure atm and thanked them for all the info. That was it. They didn't try to pressure me into anything like some people claim. 

Choice is good. I was glad to have a PP at that time because I was not making much money and going to school. 

Went home and told my guy the news. Not planned but a blessing all the same. 


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