Each month we will feature a “retro” CPO article, one that is pulled from our archives of quarterly newsletters. Whenever possible we will provide details regarding the author and date of publication. This month’s Retro CPO article was written by Cheryl Bauman, our founder and executive director. It was written in summer of 2008.
We received an urgent call on the CPO hotline. A woman whose daughter was in school with a girl, who was planning a 21-week abortion, was desperate to save the baby and the precious girl’s LIVES. She needed one of the CPO staff members to meet with her the next day. I already had an appointment, as did all 5 of my assistants.
I looked to my daughter, Natalie, and asked if she could meet with this girl. When this dear girl heard about open adoption, she thought it was a great idea. NO ONE HAD PRESENTED HER WITH THAT OPTION. She didn’t even know what open adoption was.
I pray that each one of us at CPO feels an ongoing commitment to just talk to everyone about open adoption, so that everyone knows that it is an alternative to abortion and parenting. Very few young girls are equipped to parent their babies, and open adoption is a wonderful alternative. They have the blessing of having their children raised in a stable, loving, two-parent, Christian home, and the joy of watching that little on grow, and being a part of his or her life.
When Natalie and the girl went to Dr. Myers’ office and watched this unborn baby on the ultrasound, she knew she had made the right decision– a decision she can live with now, and later, with no regrets. She chose an awesome family to parent her baby, and is filled with peace.
God is so faithful.