by: Kaitlynn Williams, former Stevens Fellow, Freshman at the University of Arizona
Social Media Helps Save a Baby
Checking and updating social media pages can take time and effort but it’s certainly worth it because so many people use the platform to communicate – and sometimes it can even be a means to save the life of a child.
Over the Labor Day weekend holiday, I received a Facebook message through Tucson Right to Life’s page from a nurse who works with the Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline. A young woman had taken the abortion pill (RU486) on Friday, but now changed her mind and called the hotline for help.
But because of the holiday weekend, no one at the hotline could not get a hold of a doctor in Tucson and they were running short on time. In hopes of reaching someone locally, they messaged the Tucson for Life Facebook page.
As soon as I got the message, I called the nurse and then immediately started texting, calling and messaging my local contacts, including a few nurses and doctors, to see who could help. One pro-life doctor who I am friends with on Facebook answered me right away. He said he could see the young woman on Tuesday (he couldn’t see her any sooner due to the pregnancy centers being closed for Labor Day). I put the doctor and the nurse from the hotline in direct contact, along with the people who run Fatima Women’s Center.
The hotline was able to get in contact with a doctor in Phoenix who was able to write the woman a prescription for the progesterone she needed to reverse the effects of the pill. However, then we found out the minute-clinic was unable to fill her prescription.
After doing all I could for the time-being, I went to church and offered the Mass with prayers specifically for the woman, her baby, and that they would be able to get the progesterone. Additionally, everyone else I was working with on this was praying and doing what they could to help!
Later that afternoon, the young woman was able to get the progesterone she needed and at her appointment on Tuesday, she had an ultrasound and her 9-week-old preborn baby was found alive and well! They are now under the prenatal care of the amazing pro-life doctor and staff at Fatima Women’s Center.
Also, the doctor who helped the woman wants to become a hub for abortion pill reversals and there is a nurse who wants to work with him to help take care of the patients. The snowball effect of the way we were all able to communicate and mobilize on social media has been amazing and effective. It really shows how potentially powerful social media can be, what prayer can do, and what can happen when everyone works together for something!
“How Can I Help You?”
The second save occurred at an abortion clinic. A woman went in to have her abortion but she was feeling unsure.
Surrounded by girls excited to get their abortions, she prayed that God would send her a sign of what to do. Wanting to get some fresh air, the woman went outside of the clinic – and saw some people praying. She walked over to them and at first was approached by a woman who shared statistics about abortions (I have found that tactic doesn’t usually work). Luckily, one of our prayer warriors had the right approach and all she said to the woman was, “How can I help you?”
The woman took this meeting as the sign she had asked God for, and she was soon on her way to the Fatima Women’s Center, where she and her baby are now being cared for. All of this happened simply because someone was there praying – imagine if our prayer warrior had decided to sleep in that morning!