As a girl in a poor village in Ukraine who struggled in school, Maria had tried in vain to make her mother – the director of the area school – proud. Now she was pregnant and unmarried. Nevermind that the pregnancy was the result of rape. Maria’s mother could only think about family disgrace and insisted on an abortion. Maria wanted to put the baby up for adoption. Her life had not been kind to her, and she didn’t want to bring the baby into it.