Enabling women to make life-affirming choices
for themselves and their babies.


Tessie's Choice

South Carolina College GirlEverything was going according to plan. As a freshman at the University of South Carolina at Sumter, Tessie had her whole future before her. . . until she learned that she was pregnant. Devastated and scared to tell her parents, Tessie felt she had nowhere to turn.

A friend recommended that she visit Sumter Pregnancy Center to confirm her pregnancy. And she did.

Tessie shared with her counselor that she didn’t see any way out of her situation accept to have an abortion. “Everything I’d planned for my life . . . all of my hopes and dreams . . . were gone in an instant. How could I ever have a future with a baby?”

After confirming that her pregnancy test was positive, Tessie’s counselor asked if she would mind watching a video about the choices other women in her same position had made. That’s when Tessie saw the truth. Sumpter Pregnancy CenterThe video included ultrasound images of a seven-week-old baby in the womb.

“The baby was moving, kicking and clearly had arms and legs. It looked just like a baby. I knew at that moment that I couldn’t have an abortion, and I decided to keep my baby.”

That day, Tessie chose life for her child. The day she made that decision, she also chose life for herself – eternal life – when she prayed with her counselor to become a follower of Jesus Christ.


“A woman struggling with a pregnancy is especially vulnerable to making decisions without adequate information and without fully considering the consequences of that decision. That is where Sumter Pregnancy Center comes into play. I am thankful we have such a caring, committed, faith-guided organization in our community."

Joe McElveen, Mayor
City of Sumter
Contact Us

Location: 21 Barnette Drive
Sumter, SC 29150
Phone: 803.773.8858
Fax: 803.773.2222

Sumter Pregnancy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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