As of Thursday, March 19, 2015
GRANDVIEW – The idea of bringing new life into the world, for many, is a joyful experience.
For others, it may be a time of uncertainty and fear.
That’s when Life Options and its support services are most helpful.
The group, which will hold its annual Walk for Life fundraising event on Saturday, April 25, helps women and their partners, assuring them that an unplanned pregnancy isn’t something to fear.
Life Options opens the door to the different possibilities and resources to help those facing an unplanned pregnancy navigate the unknown future.
Women like “Claudia” have been able to make informed decisions about their pre-born children with the support of Life Options staff members.
She said she found out she was pregnant using a pregnancy test. She decided to get an abortion. While driving to Seattle to have the abortion, Claudia felt the urge to turn around and visit Life Options before going through with the decision.
“I am so glad that I didn’t follow through,” Claudia whispered.
She said she wasn’t able to see an ultrasound at another health care facility, but she called Life Options and left a message, requesting an appointment and was able to see a picture of her pre-born baby.
The staff called her, providing her hope. Claudia said, “I’ve had pregnancy tests at other places and they just want to know if you’re pregnant.”
Life Options, she said, offers a caring environment where staff made her feel as if she was walking into her mother’s home.
After seeing her baby on the ultrasound, she said she fell in love and decided to keep her unborn child.
There are many clients like Claudia, who don’t know what to do when facing the decisions associated with an unplanned pregnancy, according to Life Options Director Jan McDonald.
“The decision can be life-altering.”
It is through the support of the businesses and community that Life Options and its many volunteers are able to help the women and their families with those decisions, said McDonald.
The organization provides counseling support, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and post-abortion counseling services to women and men in the Lower Valley.
The April 25 Walk for Life fundraiser in Grandview assists the organization’s efforts to provide those services via its Grandview and Sunnyside offices, as well as a mobile unit that travels to Toppenish and Mattawa.
“Women can see their babies for the first time with our ultrasound services,” said McDonald.
Sometimes, she said, that first look at a baby makes a pre-born child’s life seem more real to a woman who may be entertaining the idea of having an abortion.
There is no cost to register for the Walk for Life fundraiser. Participants can make a donation and/or collect donations from sponsors.
This year’s Walk for Life will begin at the Grandview Community Center, located at 812 Wallace Way, at 9 a.m. Registration for the event will be at 8:30 a.m.
Participants wishing to pre-register for the fundraiser can do so by calling 882-1899 or visiting lofriends.org.