Jan. 15, 2014 7:11pm
Rebecca Rizzi was five weeks pregnant and desperately looking for a way out — any way out.
Despite her qualms and personal opposition to abortion, she had reluctantly made up her mind: Terminating the pregnancy was for the best.
Rizzi setup an appointment at a Planned Parenthood in Tempe, Ariz., last May and subsequently drove there to learn more about the procedure. As she was en route to the clinic, her mind raced, as she secretly wanted to find a way to escape an act that she believed deep in her heart was morally wrong.
“I felt I had to do it,” the 24-year-old told TheBlaze. “It was a situation where I hadn’t talked to my family in a long time — same with my friends.”
Feeling isolated, Rizzi had convinced herself, despite her inner most inclinations, that abortion was her only option.
When she arrived at Planned Parenthood, she noticed pro-life protesters standing outside. Rizzi said she knew their message about the sanctity of life was true, but entered the clinic anyway.
Once inside, she sat down in a crowded waiting room and waited. And as she waited, doubts reemerged in her mind.
Each time someone opened the door to enter or exit, Rizzi could hear the protesters outside — a convicting sound that stirred something deep within her heart.
Feeling as though she couldn’t go through with the abortion, she walked outside to take a break and that’s when she encountered Sherry Pierce, one of the protesters with the “Refuge in the Desert” ministry.
Rizzi decided to approach her.
“I kind of went over to chat and I think I had it set in my mind really not to be dismissive of what they were trying to do, but I was going to ask if they thought what they were doing would actually make a difference,” she said.
Pierce, who told TheBlaze that she believes God brought Rizzi to her that day, asked the young woman why she felt abortion was the only answer.
“We were calling out and she came over to us,” said Pierce. “Truly God brought her to us … The Lord caused her to come over.”
The conversation made a big impact and inevitably showed Rizzi that there were other avenues she could pursue. …
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