A Texas mother of three young children found herself pregnant shortly after Texas enacted its heartbeat law. She planned to get an abortion, but because of the state’s abortion restriction, she decided to keep the baby rather than seek an out-of-state abortion. Baby Cason was born two days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. Now he is a beautiful six-month-old baby.
The New York Times documented this mom’s story earlier this summer in an effort to demonstrate how abortion bans are bad for women. This December, they wrote an update to the story on the same mom, intent again to paint a negative picture of women who have children instead of their planned abortion.
Unfortunately for the New York Times, it seems to have the opposite effect each time it tells this mom’s story. Instead of highlighting how terrible her life is, what’s actually communicated is a story of hope, love and the positive impact of the pro-life movement.
Blue Haven Ranch is the name of the pro-life maternity non-profit that stepped in the gap for Tamara Nelson and her four kids. It’s a Christian ministry founded by a couple passionate about making a difference for moms in unexpected pregnancies who choose life for their preborn babies.
Tamara and her kids are receiving help in the form of housing, living expenses, counseling, job training and emotional support. The paper reports that there are currently five women in the program and others on a waitlist. The ministry supports women for two years to help them get on their feet.
In a video created for a fundraiser dinner to benefit Blue Haven Ranch, Tamara said that she believes God is watching over her and her family and that God took her to Blue Haven Ranch when she had nowhere else to go.
In that same video, she emphasized how important it was to have a supportive community. She told the paper that she was grateful to have people asking how she is doing and how the kids are doing.
Baby Cason is one of thousands of babies that were saved by the Texas heartbeat law that went into effect in September of 2021.
Tamara’s story demonstrates how important the work of the pro-life movement is to meet the growing needs of women in unexpected pregnancies. These mothers and their children have real tangible needs that must be met before and especially after giving birth.
The abortion lobby likes claims that the pro-life movement is not helping mothers after their babies are born, but Tamara’s story and many others like her prove that claim is false. Pro-life advocates are stepping up and providing for moms and babies in need.
The future of the pro-life movement is in programs like Blue Haven Ranch. It’s a direction the pro-life community has been moving toward, but with the reversal of Roe, the need for comprehensive pro-life programs is higher than ever before.
It’s an exciting time to be part of the pro-life movement. The need is significant, and there are many ways to help.
As the pro-life community continues to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities, we can have confidence in the knowledge that living out our pro-life ethic will not only change lives—it will also change how our culture views preborn human life.
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