Her parents told her to have an abortion. Her friends told her a baby would get in the way of her dreams.
So in February 2012, Cassie Juste called Planned Parenthood and scheduled an abortion.
Though she had her doubts, it seemed like the right thing to do. She was 20 years old, going to college and preparing to attend law school at the time, Live Action News reports.
Then, Juste said a conversation with her older sister changed everything.
“Her voice of encouragement & truth was enough to pierce through the lie that told me that the life I was carrying was a death sentence,” she wrote on Facebook.
Juste canceled her abortion appointment, and now she is a law school graduate and mother of a wonderful son, Cameron.
Eight years ago, Juste said she felt like she was crazy for even considering parenting.
“My brain couldn’t even come to terms with the possibility of becoming a mother,” she told Live Action News. “I was on a four-year tuition scholarship for school, and I knew I couldn’t take any time off so my default thought was ‘you have to get an abortion.’ I called the Planned Parenthood in the city where my college was located, on the same day I found out I was pregnant.”
Her parents and friends were not supportive. While she was panicked and afraid, she said they discouraged her from parenting. Her friends told her that she would have to give up her dreams of becoming a lawyer, and her mother refused to talk to her for several weeks after Juste told her that she was not planning to go through with the abortion, according to the report.
It was her sister’s encouragement and God’s love that helped overcome her fears and save her son’s life.
Remembering the moment she told her sister, Juste recalled: “[H]er immediate response (after bursting into tears) was ‘please don’t get an abortion.’ She promised to help me think through other options and to support me if I chose adoption or if I chose to become a mother. She sent me a care package and a letter reminding me how precious the life I was carrying was. If I had any reservations about keeping my baby, my sister dedicated all of her efforts to making sure I knew that I was supported and cared for and that she would help me figure out what the future looked like!”
Juste said she also began to rely on God during the ordeal.
“… while I was not a Christian at the time, I distinctly remember saying to the Lord ‘If I go through with this you HAVE to promise you’re not going to leave me,’” she wrote on Facebook. “Man oh man, has He made good on that promise. He didn’t just bless me with the greatest earthly gift imaginable in giving me Cameron but He gave me Himself.”
Eventually, Juste said her parents became more supportive. Her father came to the hospital when Cameron was born, and Cameron’s father also is involved in his life, according to the report.
Juste began attending Villanova University School of Law when Cameron was still a baby, and recently graduated.
“People say, ‘How did you survive law school with a baby?!’ And I say, ‘I don’t think I would have survived without him!’ Being Cameron’s mother gave me so much perspective,” she said.
She said she understands the fear, the struggles a woman faces when she has an unplanned pregnancy, but she knows that, with God’s help, women are strong enough to overcome those obstacles.
“But I also know that you are so much more capable than you might think! I know that our God provides for our needs!” she said. “It’s not an easy choice to make but choosing life isn’t just choosing life for your child, it’s choosing life for you, too!”