Last week was busy for Pregnancy Resource Center's (PRC) Director Joe Dalton and his wife Jane, with the Saint Raymond's Society, a home for expectant mothers. They flew to Washington D.C. with special guest, Kelsey Hedges and her two daughters, Izabella and Brielle. The trip was capped-off with an unexpected surprise.
Last week was busy for Pregnancy Resource Center’s (PRC) Director Joe Dalton and his wife Jane, with the Saint Raymond’s Society, a home for expectant mothers. They flew to Washington D.C. with special guest Kelsey Hedges and her two daughters, Izabella and Brielle. They were part of a contingency that attended the “Babies Go to Congress” event hosted by Heartbeat International, a pro-life pregnancy help network. The mission was to inform legislators about the value of pregnancy centers; and that value hits close to home, here in Rolla.
For perspective, Dalton said PRC had served 426 clients in 2017. He noted that 69 percent of those women were leaning towards the abortion option; a total of 278 critical clients. All of these women chose “life” for their babies.
“In 11 years of [PRC] being open, your pregnancy center has saved 2,613 babies, right here in Rolla,” he said. “That’s close to a 100 percent success rate.”
Kelsey and the Daltons made the rounds on Capital Hill with the twins telling her story which started in Rolla. At the PRC banquet last spring, she told the audience about the shame she felt, her journey with PRC and her self-redemption through the birth of her twins.
She was entering her senior year at Missouri S&T to get her degree in business. She came to PRC considering an abortion.
“Her primary focus was graduating and the last thing she needed was the distraction of a baby,” explained Joe Dalton. “She said things like, ‘I’ve always been a pro-life person and now I feel like a hypocrite.’”
“This wasn’t supposed to happen to me,” Kelsey said. “My parents raised me in a manner so that I would not end up pregnant. Yet, here I was—pregnant at 21. I felt like a failure.“
She said she knew she couldn’t take care of a baby herself, but also wouldn’t be able to live with herself if she had the abortion. For a month she weighed her options and got an appointment for an ultrasound procedure.
“I had never seen an ultrasound this early on, so I had no clue what I was looking at,” she said.
“She (the doctor) then proceeded to tell me, I was looking at another sack and that there were two babies—not one. I was freaking out about one baby, and now my worries were doubled. She told me my family would be so excited and that twins were a real blessing.”
Kelsey had her twins and she received her degree last December, missing only a week of school. She is now enrolled at Maryville University to get a Masters degree in accounting.
In a recent interview for Pregnancy Help News, she said, “I was in love from the moment I laid eyes on both of them.” “They are such a blessing in my life and bring so much joy to myself and the rest of my family. I thank God often for my girls and for PRC who saved me and my pregnancy.”
Joe and Jane Dalton spent last Thursday making the rounds with Kelsey and the twins visiting representatives and senators. Later in the day, they got a call stating the President would like to have Kelsey join him for a pro-life speech in the Rose Garden of the White House. Joe said only Kelsey was invited, but she shared with Joe and Jane after the event, that President Trump spoke to her and the twins before his speech. She told Joe that she will have quite a scrapbook for the twins.