Fast forward to marriage. My husband and I married in the Catholic Church and knowing my history with my reproductive system, we started trying to conceive immediately. Within 3 months of marriage we were taking fertility enhancement medications. I had eventually learned the negative aspects of oral contraceptives and felt I was the cause of our misfortune of infertility by a decision made when I was not mature enough in wisdom regarding respect for life. It was a topic my family didn't talk about as we grew into young adults.
A local Family Life Center helped me go through training with the Pope Paul IV Institute and Creighton University during these times of infertility. How blessed I was to learn from Dr. Hilgers himself and be exposed to the long term effects of oral contraceptives. I was in nursing school at the time as well so I took this information along with my new Catholic information from the encyclical Humanae Vitae and tried to force young college students in my Speech class to listen to a 40+ minute speech on the importance of abstinence, the value of life and the responsibility to respect their bodies and lives. Oddly enough, I followed a freshman that gave a very opinionated, not researched speech on how the schools should provide condoms and pills because kids were going to be active no matter what we adults had to say about it.
I may have been very boring to most of the kids that day but one person listened. She listened with her ears and her heart. She stopped me after class and begged me to tell her more. The point is, even when you think no one is listening or it doesn't make a difference, speak up with prudence and be that difference. Not only could you save the lives of many unborn children but you could save the lives of the mother and father of the child that exist.
Commitment: Today I will say a prayer in the 1 o'clock hour to support the end of abortion movement and stay convicted in my heart to dedicate a sacrifice each day of the adoption of at least one unborn soul threatened by abortion.