Student Foundation and Crusaders for Life sponsored a baby shower on Oct. 28 for Dominique Walker, a young, future mother who decided not to have an abortion after hearing the message of Crusaders for Life at the Robinson Abortion Clinic in Dallas last April.
In her talk, Walker began her story long before the day she chose life. In high school and college, she was a pro-life advocate and felt discontentment toward doctors who performed abortions and pity toward women who chose them as solutions.
When Walker learned of her pregnancy, all of that changed. As a pastor’s daughter, she feared not only the effect her pregnancy would have on her own life, but also the impact it would have on her family. So she hid the pregnancy with the intention to have an abortion.
“I drove myself into this huge pit of depression because I wouldn’t tell anyone I was pregnant,” Walker said.
Her mind was already made up, so she only told her boyfriend, whom she wanted to take her to the abortion clinic. Her boyfriend tried to dissuade her from aborting, but she had already made the decision and would not listen to any discussion about it.
Walker’s abortion, which she said was surprisingly easy to set up in Dallas since a program pays for it, happened to be scheduled on “Hundreds Day” last April. “Hundreds Day” is an event organized by the Crusaders for Life, in which they bring at least 100 people to pray at the abortion clinic in one day.
Walker avoided all eye contact as she entered the clinic last April, but she said, “My ears were open. I heard every voice that went out that day, every prayer that went up around me.”
Walker did not stop to talk to the pro-life sidewalk counselors, but proceeded straight into the clinic and began to fill out her paperwork.
She then said she remembered the words of the UD students outside. “God was honestly speaking to my heart,” she said.
Walker left the abortion clinic and walked across to Birth Choice, which she had heard someone mention as she had walked in. There she found that it could arrange for her to have free sonograms and prenatal care throughout her pregnancy and arrange for her the hospital stay and medicines during the birth. It will even assist Walker and her baby for two years after her daughter is born.
While at Birth Choice, Walker was told her due date once again, which she had previously ignored thinking that her baby would not be born. Realizing the due date was 11/11/11, the nurse told Walker, “That’s so cool.” Now, after choosing life, Walker was able to say, “You know what? It is.”
After leaving Birth Choice, Walker wanted to thank the people that helped to save her baby, and she asked her boyfriend if he remembered anyone who had talked to them outside the clinic.
As they drove by, she saw senior Alli Faucher and jumped out of the car to hug her and cry. Faucher said that she did not know who Walker was at first, because she did not remember her. From that day on, however, they kept in touch. Faucher attended Walker’s baby shower and invited her and her family over for dinner.
Now, although she is still scared, Walker is able to describe her excitement as she waits to hear her daughter, Phoenix, call her “Mommy.” She said she has dealt with negativity from some individuals throughout the pregnancy but has also received overwhelming support.
Her advice to the UD students is to “be vocal” because their prayers and kind words made all the difference for her and her daughter. She said she feels that her witness to women considering an abortion is stronger now that she has faced their situation personally.
The Crusaders for Life and other UD students who attended the speech were grateful. Their questions were respectful and thoughtful, and those who spoke up expressed their thanks to Walker for her courage in speaking to them.
“It’s been a real blessing and encouragement to keep going,” Faucher said of Walker’s story. “Only God can bring about any goodness,” she added. “It’s very humbling.”
Walker encouraged Crusaders for Life to continue praying outside the clinic.
“If you can save one child’s life or you can change one woman’s heart out there, then this program is effective,” she said.