Contractual agreement

Pro-life activist pays women $3,000 to not have abortions

Pro-life activists try to block pro-choice activists as the annual March for Life passes by in front of the U.S. Supreme Court January 22, 2015. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Laura Merriott has spent $200,000 to stop women from having abortions. And much of it has come from her own retirement fund. The pro-life former Air Force nurse began offering $3,000 checks to women who were seeking abortion services over the past decade as part of her organization, Save Unborn Life. The tactic has worked, according to Merriott. She has written checks to 70 women and helped save 73 lives, according to her count. One of the women who signed the contract with Merriott, identified by The Guardian as 39-year-old Flora, had an unplanned pregnancy and was deserted by her boyfriend. Though she was anti-abortion, she researched abortion options near her and found the Women’s Care Center of Erie County, which introduced her to Merriott. Flora signed a contract with Save Unborn Life, received the check, and gave birth to and is raising twins. Flora said the money and the counseling convinced her to sign the contract, and though the money isn’t enough to actually make raising children affordable, she’s never regretted her decision.

“But thank God I didn’t because I don’t know what I would do without them. I love them to death. They are so beautiful. They are darling … And even though the father left us — he just left us high and dry with no call and no nothing — I am going to do the best I can to raise them,” she said.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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