PAMELA HAS A PROBLEM
Theme: Abortion; the sanctity of life.
Episode Number: 134
Writer: Paul McCusker
Scripture: Psalm 82:1-4
Album: Gold Audio: The Lost Episodes
Last Air Date: 01/21/2007
Original Air Date: 12/1/90
Summary: Connie is surprised when her friend Pam comes to Odyssey for a surprise visit. The real surprise, though, is Pam's news: She's pregnant. Connie is torn up over the situation. After all, Pam helped lead Connie to Jesus. Pam's a good Christian girl, too-things like this aren't supposed to happen to people like her. What's worse, she hasn't told her parents yet. Pam feels it would destroy them if they knew their little girl wasn't the princess they thought. In fact, she's actually considering terminating the pregnancy at a clinic in Connellsville. Connie tries to talk her out of having an abortion, as does Whit. They both urge her to call her parents. Pamela finally does, but before she can tell them, Pam learns that her 16-year-old cousin is also pregnant. The family is devastated. This convinces Pam, more than ever, that she must get an abortion. Pam goes to the clinic and meets Lynn, another girl who is also scheduled for the procedure. They talk, and Lynn's callous and flippant attitude toward her pregnancy hits Pamela like a bucket of cold water. Pam realizes that inside her womb is a baby -a human life. Snuffing out that life would be murder. She simply can't go through with the abortion. Pam heads back to Connie's house, where Pam finds her parents waiting for her. They came to Odyssey because Pam's phone call disturbed them. They could tell something was wrong. Pam can't keep her secret from her parents any longer, and she tells them the truth. Pam's parents don't condone her mistake, but they're still ready to give their daughter the love and support she needs. It sounds like Pamela and her baby will have a happy ending after all.
PARENTS: This story deals with abortion and the sanctity of life in an open and frank way. While the issue is handled sensitively, the subject matter may be too mature for younger listeners.