TAMPA, Fla. — Ana Hidalgo Stooks remembers the day when she looked into another mother’s eyes and realized she made the right call to expand her pregnancy-resource center and offer women the comprehensive, life-affirming services they are not getting at Planned Parenthood.
“She was telling me over and over, ‘I’m just going to have an abortion,’” Stooks, the executive director of Guiding Star Tampa in Florida, told the Register. “This was a woman who you would never think of as abortion-minded or abortion-vulnerable.”
She was very involved at the pro-life center, attending their new relationship classes, but she had a newborn baby and was shocked to learn she was pregnant again.
Thankfully, Stooks’ Life Choices Women’s Care, offering Guiding Star’s “holistic vision” for women’s fertility care, allowed this woman and her husband a welcoming space to discuss the pregnancy, choose life and get the care they needed.
“I keep thinking to myself that if we hadn’t been there throughout the first pregnancy and now the second, she would have been in line to get an abortion,” Stooks said. Today, the woman and her husband are “so proud of their little boy.”