Rejected three times when she auditioned for American Idol, Kimberly Henderson never imagined that she would find fame by uploading a home video to Youtube. As a single mother of four, Henderson is used to putting her children first. She was pregnant with her first child at the age of 16 and had her fourth child a couple of years ago, But her fourth child almost never made it into the world. Henderson tells her story of how she almost gave up her baby to abortion.
Henderson got discovered with her homemade Youtube video of her rocking and singing to her youngest child, Vaida, to sleep. Her song of choice was “How will I know” by Whitney Houston. The video reached 20 million views in just one week.
Henderson’s fame got her an interview with the popular magazine Cosmopolitan. During the interview, Cosmopolitan commented, “It’s crazy how something as simple as singing a lullaby to your daughter has led to partnering with Costco and potential record deals.” Henderson responded that it was crazier to her that she was even holding her daughter at all. Henderson told her story to Cosmo about how she almost aborted Vaida at 13-weeks pregnant.
She explained that she had decided to have an abortion because she already had three young children and she had discovered that her boyfriend cheated on her. She felt completely alone and unable to take on the responsibility of another child. She had used birth control and still had gotten pregnant. Henderson was looking for any excuse to make her feel better on why she was justified to get the abortion. Henderson sat in an abortion clinic for almost seven hours struggling with whether she should abort her baby.
On March 15, 2015, Henderson shared what she wrote while sitting in the abortion clinic.
She began, “I woke up this morning, my daughter was sick I had to find a sitter, I got lost, my car broke down for about 15 mins and I got here late but they still got me in.” She had a feeling of despair. Tears running down her face. The mood around her much different. People were laughing, texting, and eating around her in the clinic. She thought about all the reasons why she should do it but had many signs from God telling her to not abort her baby.
When she was asked to show her driver license at the front desk, a card with a Bible verse fell out of her wallet. She was staring at Isaiah 41:10 which read: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
While waiting to be seen, two friends called her to tell her they supported her pregnancy. Those calls helped Henderson make the final choice to keep her baby. She told the front desk that she was not going to go through with the abortion. As Henderson walked out she knew that it was God’s plan for her to keep her baby.
A teen girl at the clinic stopped Henderson before she left and said, “When you see your baby’s face for the first time you are going to be so happy you walked out of here today.” Henderson thought back to the stranger’s comment when she held her newborn daughter for the first time and couldn’t have agreed more.
Henderson later concluded on the whole experience. “My daughter Vaida Everly has a purpose. Her name means beautiful life…She was meant to be here.”
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