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Woman Decides Against Abortion

Already on the operating room table and moments from an abortion, Anna Chernocke made a life-changing decision—she backed out.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail carries the story:

Minutes away from having the abortion she thought she wanted, each second felt like a second closer to murder rather than the blessed relief she had imagined. Overwhelmed with guilt and fighting back tears, she was led by two nurses into the operating theater. The doctor, a fatherly-looking man in his 50s, was sitting, waiting for her. He was kind, reassuring.
"Anna," he said. "Are you ready? If so, we will give you a little injection in the back of your hand and transfer you to the table. Is there anything you would like to say?"
"Yes," replied Anna. "I'm really sorry, but I've changed my mind."
But instead of being annoyed with her for wasting their time, the medical team seemed to be overcome with a sudden, unexpected euphoria. The doctor broke out into a huge smile, grabbed her shoulder, and laughed, "Congratulations! Well done; you won't regret it."

The article goes on to share the story of the child's birth. In July 2004, Chernocke gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. In her words:

"The day David was born was overwhelming. It was a very difficult labor, but the moment I saw him I felt instant love.
"Even though I was exhausted and connected to drips, the minute he cried, I would get out of bed and go to him.
"He really is the best thing that ever happened to me, and I still feel guilty that he could have so easily not been here."

Today, Anna's son, David, is a lively toddler with blond hair and blue eyes who eagerly awaits the birth of his younger brother. And just as the doctor promised, Anna has never regretted her decision.

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