Wait, what? It’s true, and yes, you read that correctly. My grandmother gave birth to my mom when she was 16 years old. When my mom was 25 she met a tall dark and handsome man (yep, my dad) who was 42. My father is one year older than my grandmother. Sometimes I like to imagine the scene when my mom brought him home to meet the family! My dad is also the same age as my late grandfather. That always made for
tense family gatherings great golf and fishing trips. (BTW, my parents just celebrated their 37th anniversary and my dad is still telling my mom how to correct her golf swing even though her handicap is better than his. They’re awesome).
So you’re wondering why I’m sharing this personal information about my family. The main point is focused on my grandmother, who at age 15 found out she was pregnant. She was pregnant and she needed help. Are you pro-choice or pro-life? I have close friends on both sides of the issue, and I would rather swim to Alcatraz than engage in the political debate. Why? We’re so busy arguing over choice itself, that we’ve forgotten about helping the women who are faced with the choice. One thing we can all agree on is the fact that women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy need help, like my grandmother and so many others. They need support, unconditional love, and a complete understanding of the choices available to them. I serve on the Board of Directors at the Valley Pregnancy Center (VPC) in Dublin, CA. It’s a non-profit organization whose vision is to be the center of hope and healing for women facing critical life choices.
The VPC provides the following services, all free of charge:
- Pregnancy tests & ultrasounds
- Early pre-natal care as a fully licensed medical facility
- Pre-natal and childbirth classes
- Maternity/baby clothes and furnishings
- Compassionate counseling and support, with complete lack of judgment
- Post abortion counseling