The mother of a former Heisman Trophy winner and current National Football League standout is coming to town to share her life-affirming message of hope.
Years ago, doctors advised Pam Tebow to terminate her pregnancy for medical reasons. Tebow stood on her Christian beliefs and carried the child to term. That child is New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, one of today's most well-known national sports celebrities, giving his mother a national platform in which to share her testimony of faith.
Dierdre McCool, executive director of Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services, said Pam Tebow was chosen as guest speaker of the agency's 2012 Angels of Destiny fundraiser luncheon Sept. 20 because her story is similar to that of many women and families experiencing unplanned or unintended pregnancies.
“We run across women whose doctors have recommended abortion either because of sexual assault, medication or special needs,” McCool said.
She said the agency touts adoption as an alternative to abortion and “there's not ever been a child that we haven't been able to place for adoption.”
A longtime mission
McCool said Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services began as a Free Methodist outreach to unwed mothers and orphans in Indian Territory.
She said a group of Free Methodist women started the Holmes Home of Redeeming Love, in Guthrie, to support and shelter unwed mothers and their children.
McCool said the home eventually was connected to Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. She said the hospital and the pregnancy and adoption services agency are no longer intertwined but both continue to share a ministry focused on aiding individuals in the community.
McCool said the unwed mothers who were cared for in those pre-statehood days and for years afterward were outcasts who were often denied an education and a chance to improve their lives.
“They were really marginalized by society,” she said. “The goal of the (Free Methodist) women really was to provide an alternative for them, to give them an education and to affirm them.”
McCool said that same caring approach is used for the agency's current clients, who are given life-affirming information about adoption as a viable option for their circumstances.
“When people interact with our staff they realize that we're very woman-focused and we're there to help with their needs,” she said.
A metro area woman who preferred to be called only by her first name, “Jacque,” said she experienced the center's care firsthand.
She said several years ago, she was drugged and raped and found herself pregnant as a result of the sexual assault. “Jacque” said she made an appointment to have an abortion but changed her mind in the doctor's office.