In 1982, Cathi Woods was only 21 when she was faced with an unplanned pregnancy. The father of the child didn't want it.
For the fear of being left alone to raise a baby, Woods was faced of making the decision about whether or not to have an abortion. It's a traumatic experience she has come to regret.
"As the procedure was taking place, I started crying. I don't know why. It was just not a happy place. I could feel by the way he was doing things, he was rough. He was angry at me. I cried even more," Woods said.
That same night Woods had complications and was hospitalized for a week. It turned out she had an infection from the abortion which almost cost her life. She felt very ashamed.
"Even though it was my body, my choice, we don't choose abortions like something they are proud of. Women choose abortion like a wild animal that's caught in a trap. That's what I felt like I was doing," Woods said.
Woods thought she could never have children again. Seven years later, a miracle happened, she was pregnant, and this time around Woods had people who helped her through her pregnancy. She had a son.
Today Woods travels around the country to support pro-life organizations, like The Genesis House in Edina, that serve as a safe place for women who are faced with unplanned pregancies.
Woods also has this advice for women out there who are now in the same place as she was.
"That's what I love about Genesis House. Pregnancy is not the end, it's the beginning of life and what you could make happen. It's not somebody else writing your story. You write your own story. You're not alone. Don't be afraid. There's somebody there to help you," Woods said.
Even though Woods raised her son, Jousha, on her own, she did also find real love. She is now married and has a step-daughter.