Kollene Snow had quite a shock!
Eleven months ago, the star of A&E’s docuseries Escaping Polygamy: After the Escape set out on a quest to help two teenage girls Ariel and Vanna break away from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). Even though their escape went off without a hitch — it was Ariel's big update that left Kollene at a loss for words.
She called Kollene nearly a year after their escape and told her she needed to tell her something that she couldn’t say over the phone. Once Kollene arrived at her home, she dropped the bombshell on her.
“I’m pregnant,” Ariel said.
She explained that when she told the father of her child, he asked her to get an abortion — but she refused.
“I said ‘No, I’m not gonna do that,’” she said. “I’m just not like that.”
Ariel said she was nervous about having a baby and raising it on her own, but because she grew up in the FLDS church, she didn’t have any knowledge or experience with using birth control. She said a woman’s main purpose in the church is to reproduce, and birth control is considered “child murder.”
And even though she left the church, her religious views still dictate the way she lives her life. She admitted she was scared because she’s committing one of the ultimate sins — having a child out of wedlock.
“Sex before marriage was adultery,” she said as a tear fell down her face. “I probably will go to hell — who knows.”
Kollene said that she would be there for Ariel but she pointed out the similarities between what she is going through now and what she would have experienced if she never escaped.
“I think it’s ridiculous that this guy isn’t gonna be there for her — and thats what makes me really mad,” Kollene said. “It’s too similar to polygamy to me. That breaks my heart.”
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