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:

For more information on Aid for Women, visit

© Matt C. Abbott


The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

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 MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at

(Note: I welcome thoughtful feedback and story ideas. If you want our correspondence to remain confidential, please specify as such in your initial email to me. However, I reserve the right to forward and/or publish emails that are accusatory, insulting or threatening in nature, even if they're marked confidential. Also, if you give me permission to publish a quote of yours, please do not contact me at a later time to request that I delete your name. Only in limited circumstances will I quote anonymous sources. Thank you and God bless!)


Receive future articles by Matt C. Abbott: Click here

More by this author