Justin kept dialing pregnancy centers until someone would help him schedule an appointment. His girlfriend was planning an abortion that day, but he didn’t want to give up.
“I knew that if I could get her in and get an ultrasound, and she could hear the heart beating on the ultrasound … that it would open her heart and she would feel the same way that I felt,” Justin said. “I called two places and they turned me down, because I’m the man and I’m not pregnant.”
Marisol Health answered the phone next. Jenny Langness, program director, talked to Justin and scheduled an appointment for his girlfriend, Angela.
“I answered the phone when Justin called and he was very concerned,” Jenny said.
Angela was still struggling with the decision. In her late 30s and a divorced mother of four children, she didn’t want to start a new family.
“I just made the appointment with the doctor’s office to get an exam and take the pill that would have stopped the pregnancy from progressing and would cause me to miscarry,” Angela said. “In my heart, it didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel good. But logically it seemed like the right decision. All it meant was scheduling a doctor’s appointment and taking a pill.”
She reached out to her friends and family who gave her conflicting advice.
“I really struggled with that decision, and I knew that it was going to have to be mine,” Angela said.
She agreed to go to Marisol Health (formerly Real Choices Pregnancy Centers) in Lafayette—a Catholic Charities of Denver medical center—and have the ultrasound. The experience changed her and Justin—they heard their little girl’s heart beating. She never made her next appointment to receive a prescription for the abortion pill.
On Oct. 1, Analee was born. Reflecting back, Angela said Marisol Health and the welcoming staff supported her through her doubts. She knew her pregnancy was no longer a “decision,” but a life.
“It wasn’t just a logical decision. It was her life. Because she’s a real person,” Angela said. “I just get so emotional now, because I just think of how easy that would have been to just take those [two pills] and then she wouldn’t be here.”
The two proud parents say they consider the staff at Marisol Health their friends. They couldn’t imagine life without Analee.
“I look at her and she’s beautiful and I love her. I cannot even fathom not having her,” Angela said.
Marisol Health locations
3894 Olive St., Denver
1285 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette
1575 Folsom St, Unit 102, Boulder
Have questions? Think you or someone you know may be pregnant? Call or text: 303-731-6130.
What is Marisol Health?
Marisol Health embraces women and families with life-affirming medical care, counseling and social services. Its centers, located in Denver and Lafayette, are fully equipped to help women make important decisions about their reproductive health. Medical staff offer a truly positive experience in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.