When Lucretia Boehm became pregnant with her eighth child, her doctor was concerned. Mrs. Boehm was getting older, and she had already been through seven pregnancies and deliveries. After some consideration, the doctor recommended that Mrs. Boehm have an abortion. He said that if she didn’t go through the procedure, she would die in childbirth.
Mrs. Boehm, however, refused to abort her child. She loved this baby as much as she did her seven born children, and she would not end his life. She was willing to risk her own life to give life to this eighth child of hers.
Frustrated, the doctor refused to treat Mrs. Boehm during her pregnancy. In fact, he did not give her any of the routine examinations or monitoring normally received by an expectant mother. But Mrs. Boehm knew what she was doing — after all, she already had seven children, so she knew how to navigate a pregnancy.
When the time came for her baby’s birth, Mrs. Boehm was nervous. She remembered the doctor’s warning that she might not survive the labor and delivery. She hugged her husband and children and assured them that she would see them in heaven if never again on earth.
Mrs. Boehm gave birth to a baby boy, and mother and child were both healthy and full of life. She named her son Thomas Boehm. Thomas grew up and married Norma, and they now have two children and seven grandchildren. Their son is a missionary on the other side of the world, their daughter is a stay-at-home mom, and their grandchildren are growing into disciples of Jesus.
I speak as the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Boehm and the granddaughter of her little boy, Tom: abortion is destructive. It is not helpful. In fact, it can prevent a whole family tree from growing, generations of lives that history will never know because of that one decision.
If it weren’t for Mrs. Boehm’s tenacious, courageous spirit, my grandfather would never have been born. My mom would never have been born. I would never have been born. When I get to heaven, I will meet my great-grandmother and thank her for her bravery in carrying my dear grandpa and giving him life. I will introduce her to my family and tell her how blessed we have been throughout our lives. I will tell her stories of Grandpa’s big ideas and the adventures and laughter we have shared.
One mother who decided to save one life over 70 years ago gave birth to a whole family who otherwise would never have existed, a family who is following Christ together and who will change the world for the better. I am passionately prolife because I have seen the blessings that can result from one brave woman overcoming obstacles and choosing life for her baby.