Molly Klimas Wraps Arms Around Women Caught in Unintended Pregnancies

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

prc 2017Molly Klimas: “I can’t imagine life without her. I have no regrets.” Molly Klimas was 20 years old and on the cusp of starting her senior year at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana when she felt the need to keep a white-knuckle grip on the hope she wasn't pregnant.

That was 31 years ago.

Raised in a Roman Catholic family where she is the oldest of eight siblings, Klimas was engaged to her fiancé, Paul Klimas.

Detour ahead

She realized her life was about to take a detour.

"I wanted to finish my senior year of college, have a big, beautiful wedding and begin that traditional life with everything in line," said Klimas.

It wasn't easy, but Klimas does not regret giving birth her to daughter, Elizabeth.

"When I think I could have terminated Elizabeth's life, it takes my breath away," she said. "I can't imagine life without her. I have no regrets."

No one would know

At the same time, she understands women who do.

"I could have had an abortion and nobody would know," she said. "I could go back to St. Joe, have my big wedding and not shame myself or my family."

She can't recall which one, but Klimas instead sought to have a pregnancy test done at either the Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Rapids or a Right to Life facility. Whichever one it was, they told her she wasn't pregnant but received counsel that encouraged her to choose life.

Chose life

"I knew deep down I had to choose life but I needed somebody to remind me of that," she said.

Her initial pregnancy test turned out to be wrong: She found out later she was indeed pregnant.

"Pregnancy tests weren't as sensitive as they are today," she said. "I was thinking I had a pass."

About a week later, Klimas continued to miss her menstrual period. Her mother agreed to take her to an OB/GYN where her pregnancy was confirmed.

Her first reaction: exasperation.

"I couldn't believe I let myself in this situation," she recalled.

Klimas considers herself fortunate. She had the support of her parents, church community, St. Paul the Apostle Parish, and her fiancé, who became her husband when they were married July 3, 1986. Klimas estimates she was two-and-a-half months pregnant.

Elizabeth was born Dec. 19 that same year, and in all likelihood, about five weeks early. The Klimas' also have a son Daniel, born in 1991, and three grandchildren.

Klimas earned her eventually earned her degree in 1989 at St. Joseph College, majoring in international studies with a minor in communications/journalism and is the owner of Intent Public Relations LLC.

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She also is a board member and secretary for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Rapids, 415 Cherry St. SE.

Grace and mercy

The take aways from Klimas' unplanned pregnancy:

• She is a strong advocate for purity and waiting until marriage for sex. "You learn from your sin and don't hide it in the darkness," she said. "When you live in the truth, then you're not being a hypocrite, you're living and speaking the truth for others to live in the truth. The truth isn't always easy but that's where the abundant life is. People need to understand what is God's plan for healthy and appropriate human sexuality and that plan is within the beautiful covenant of marriage."

• There is grace and mercy for women who elect to abort their preborn children. "We wrap our arms around women no matter where they're at including if they chose abortion," she said. "There is healing and counseling. I tell my story but in no way do I want to shame somebody who has had an abortion."

Pregnancy Resource Center's mission

Founded in 1985, the PRC serves between 5,000 to 5,500 people annually at its two offices. The first office is its pregnancy and medical services office at 415 Cherry St. SE, strategically located next door to the Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan. The second is its Family Support office at 2438 28th St. SW in Wyoming.

Much of the PRC's mission is to help women with unintended pregnancies decide to carry their unborn babies to term.

The PRC's life-affirming resources include proactive and preventive abstinence education through its certified sexual risk avoidance program, Willing TO Wait; pre-natal education; medical services including free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds; sexually transmitted diseases/sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment for men and women; parenting classes; safe sleep training; and essential baby equipment and clothing, plus mentoring for teen moms through its recent acquisition of Cradles of Grace.

All services are provided regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, faith or sexual orientation. The PRC offers contraceptive information, but does not provide them.

"The problem is not the baby, let's make the other obstacles go away," said Jim Sprague, PRC's chief executive officer. "That's what organizations like ours do on a regular basis: try to make the crisis go away. The baby is not the one who should suffer."

"We do wrap our arms around women, men and children no matter where they're, at including if they chose abortion, if want to come back and need that healing and counseling," added Klimas. "I tell my story but in no way do I want to shame somebody who has had an abortion.


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Paul R. Kopenkoskey
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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