Amidst all the darkness in the news, one 23-year-old waitress from Idaho brought in some much-needed light with her pro-life story of adoption that aired on American Idol this week.
Contestant Amber Fiedler was 9 months pregnant when she first auditioned for the American Idol judges. It was then that she told them of her decision to place her baby for an open adoption, saying:
The last few years I was going out and drinking a bunch. I was getting caught up in life. With this pregnancy, I’ve learned who I was as a person. I’ve had time to sit and think, and looking at the big picture of life – there’s days where I don’t even have $20 in my pocket. If I’m not ready to be a mom, why would I put her through that, you know? … Having the time to think and reflect on my life, the baby, she saved me. She really did.
What a powerful pro-life testimony!
By the time she sang during AI’s Hollywood Week, in an episode that aired Monday night, Fiedler was 3 weeks post-partum and told judges she felt, “Really good.”
“It was such a beautiful moment when she came out and just seeing the adoptive mom hold her – it felt right, it felt good, it felt peaceful and I’m really happy about my decision,” Fiedler said, revealing the adoptive family named the baby Nora Rose, the Rose after Fiedler’s red hair.
“She’s really going to bring a lot of light to a lot of people’s lives – I mean, she’s brought a lot of light to my life,” she added. “I have a really good feeling that I really am gonna help people and help girls who are going through what I went through. …It’s all for her.”
She went on to sing “Rise Up” by Andra Day which ended in a standing ovation from the judges.
On Sunday, Fiedler posted an update to Instagram saying she was “speechless with how much support has been pouring in since my audition aired.” She went on to describe how she knew the experience was God’s plan and that having her daughter “saved” her and made her realize her “worth:”
…Nora was born happy and healthy. It was the most beautiful experience to be a part of. To watch the adoptive mom hold her when she came out. I knew in that moment, it was the right thing. Nothing about the birth made me second guess my decision. I knew the moment I made the decision it was what God had planned. American Idol did an amazing job smashing my story in 3 minutes, INCREDIBLE. There were a lot reasons why I placed Nora for adoption and I wasn't making smart choices with my life (hence why I got pregnant). I was quite literally throwing my life away. She saved me because she brought me out of that, and made me realize my worth. I'm not ready to be a mom. I realize the mistakes I made, and I will be smarter. She has so much love in her life. I'm excited for y'all to see her grow with me!
So many babies conceived in difficult circumstances are aborted and it would have been easy for Nora to have become just another abortion statistic. God bless Fiedler for turning her struggles into a positive, life-affirming, life-changing experience for others to learn from. Hopefully she gets many more opportunities to share her story with the world as American Idol continues. She is truly an inspiration and we wish her well in the competition.
Unfortunately, also this week, it was reported that a 15-year-old American Idol contestant went through singing a pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood song she had written, titled “My Body, My Choice,” to protest pro-life abortion laws. It doesn’t appear that the song was played on air.