My Unplanned Story

Unplanned ~ Unintended ~ Inconvenient

Our society has devised all kinds of innocuous words to describe a child in their mother’s womb.

But what they don’t tell you is that every single time they use one of those words to describe a pregnancy ~ there is a unique, original soul.

The year was 1972.  The place was upstate New York were abortion had been legal since 1970.

It was there a 15 year girl fell in love with a teenage boy.  Withstanding pressure from school officials and others to “do the right thing,” they decided to give that child life.

I am here to tell you ~

I was unplanned.

I was unintended.

I was inconvenient.

But two teenagers made a self-less, life-changing decision to raise me.

And just a few months ago—my parents celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary!


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About Jenifer

Jenifer has been involved with Iowa Right to Life since 2001, joining the staff in 2007. Early in 2010, she began her tenure as CEO.  In October 2016, she transitioned to serve as their Spokeswoman/Media Consultant.

Recognizing that there was a tremendous need for a Life-driven Political Advocacy Group, Jenifer determined that there is too much at stake to not pivot into this new position.  Stepping down as CEO of Iowa Right to Life was not an easy decision.  But one that she had to make.

In addition to her current roles, she serves on the board of directors for “And Then There Were None”, a national ministry, founded by former Planned Parenthood clinic manager Abby Johnson, which provides financial, emotional, spiritual and legal support to anyone wishing to leave the abortion industry. In the four years since forming, they’ve already assisted nearly 300 now or soon-to-be former workers!

What drives Jenifer is the impact of Roe vs. Wade on her generation.  She was born just months before the landmark decision legalizing abortion in the United States. With parents who were young teenagers at the time and living in New York State where abortion had already been deemed legal, she could have very easily been an abortion statistic.  It’s simply one of many reasons she fights so hard to see that all human life, born and unborn, is again fully protected.