Matt C. Abbott
‘Aid for Women’: Tacorra’s story
By Matt C. Abbott
March 25, 2021

Aid for Women, founded in 1978, “helps thousands of women each year in the Chicago metropolitan area who find themselves facing unexpected pregnancies. Each woman is provided with the emotional, practical and spiritual support she needs to choose life for her unborn baby and to provide a better future for herself and her child. Our life-affirming services are offered to clients free-of-charge and include: 24/7 crisis pregnancy phone and text helplines; compassionate options consultations; pregnancy tests and ultrasound exams; abortion pill reversal; medical and community referrals; Earn While You Learn (EWYL) program; client support groups; Heather’s House and Monica’s House maternity homes.”

From Aid for Women’s latest e-newsletter:


    ‘My experience with Aid for Women has been amazing! When I first walked through the doors, they accepted me with open arms. I was lost before I knew about Aid for Women. I was four months pregnant and felt that I couldn't continue the pregnancy for many reasons.

    ‘Tessa, my Advocate, was always there for me. She told me to pray that my current situation might change. She checked up on me and my kids every day when I needed someone to talk to. When I texted and called her, she always replied.

    ‘I thought about adoption. This is not what I wanted to do, but I also knew that I couldn’t take care of a baby. I prayed and talked to God every day, and all I could remember is what Tessa told me. Two months later, I was blessed with a better paying job!

    ‘I am now in a better situation. These women never gave up on me, and I really appreciate all of them. With Aid for Women you are never alone, and, yes, I kept my baby. In December, I had a beautiful 7 lbs. 6 oz. baby boy named Vyrie Jones!’


And from the “Friends of Aid for Women” Facebook page:

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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