A team of Sidewalk Advocates were able to speak with a pregnant mother of 5, Cici, and her mother Betty who were driving into Planned Parenthood today. Team members used skills learned from SAFL training to engage the two women, offer them life- affirming solutions and re-direct them to Project Defending Life (PDL). Other team members and 40 Days for Life volunteers were on the sidewalk praying for the situation. What a beautiful expression of everyone working together as the hands and feet of Christ to the men, women and children outside the abortion clinic today.
The pregnant mom Cici is unemployed and lives with her mother, Betty who is the sole provider for the entire household of 9 people. Like many women, they felt abortion was the only option in such a difficult circumstance. Working with PDL staff, the mother and grandmother were able to view an ultrasound of the baby, who is around 9 weeks old. Theses women were both encouraged by the help available and at one point the grandmother told her expectant daughter,”you have them here now to help you and so am I–I am here to help you.” Sometimes this is all a woman in crisis needs to hear. The young mom Cici is enrolled with PDL’s ministry to see her through her pregnancy and is scheduled for her next ultrasound in a few weeks. Praise God!
*all names have been changed to protect the identity of the parties.
It was a cold, Friday morning in Wisconsin. It was a day like any other on Farwell, except it was Good Friday, one of the holiest days of the year.
For years, Pro-Life Wisconsin has held a Good Friday Pro-Life Stations of the Cross at St. Rita’s Catholic Church – and then processed solemnly over to the abortion facility. It always draws a big crowd. That year was no different. On April 22nd, 2011 there were about 125 persons present as we prayed in front of Affiliated Medical Services (AMS) for an end to abortion. Just as we were almost through, a young man approached us from the crowd asking if we could pray just one more prayer. I looked to the State Director of Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW), Peggy Hamill – and gave her one of my, “why not?” looks. He said it wouldn’t take more than seven minutes. He was prepared – and distributed copies of the prayer among the faithful pro-lifers. It was the Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus, which adores Jesus’ five senses using Psalm 67. Never having prayed it before, I asked him if he would lead the prayer – and he did. Continue reading
“Diana sought an abortion in late 2012, but fortunately she talked with a Sidewalk Counselor, Judy, and chose life! She shared this beautiful story with us:
I’ll never forget the day I found out I was pregnant. It was October 7, 2012. I had just returned from a retreat when I took a pregnancy test. I couldn’t believe it. I was active at Texas State’s Catholic Center and was a member of the Catholic sorority. I couldn’t let anyone find out I was pregnant – what would they say?
The baby’s father didn’t want a child and said he would pay for an abortion. Without his support, afraid of what others would say, and since I was expecting to graduate in just a few months, I scheduled an abortion. Continue reading
On Thursday, February 25, 2010, no babies died in Columbia, no mothers came for abortions on abortion day.
We had been praying every Thursday since February 2009 and seen the numbers go down from 15 to 20 abortions every week to 8… 11… 10… 4. We had seen mothers choose life, and we have heard of mothers who did not come because of the physical prayer presence on the sidewalk.
A Deacon from St. Peter’s Church in Jefferson City came to bless the site and the people who were members of Fishers of Men from Gospel Lighthouse in Holts Summit, Missouri along with others from Catholic parishes in the area.
It came to my mind at noon that there were ten men and two women standing and praying.
The men could no doubt represent to the woman seeking abortion the very men in her life who should be supporting her. One could see the grandpa in his farm clothes, the blue and white collar workers, the young husbands and fathers.
All men who should support women; perhaps it gave the women hope that there were still men who cared about them and their babies. These men stood on the sidewalk oblivious to the jeers and angry honks, perhaps from men who resented their appearance in support of women.
God blessed that Thursday — “abortion day” — on February 25 and we thank Him for His mighty blessings when no babies died and no mothers cried at 711 Providence Road in Columbia, Missouri.
The abortion facility had their doors open for the public, but — because of the mighty number of people standing on the sidewalk — not one client showed up for birth control, pregnancy tests, or any other “service” until about four o’clock when a couple of cars ventured in.
Planned Parenthood had a very bleak day of income that day as and the presence on the sidewalk saved an unknown number of lives! What a huge victory!
Of all the 568 encounters with God’s grace that I could share with you, one really stands out. It’s the story of Mareza and her son, Baby Joseph.
On February 24, 2011, I wasn’t having what I would call a “great day” on the sidewalks. It seemed that no one was listening or taking much literature. To those we were able to get the literature to, the abortion escorts would encourage them to “recycle our garbage” in the trash can just inside the glass doors – and many did.
Later that morning, the abortion escorts decided to empty that trash can – chock full of our literature. You could see all of our literature through the clear liner bag. Salt, meet wound. Continue reading
The sidewalk sometimes extends beyond the front doors of the abortion clinic.
Early on a beautiful May morning, our first client arrived at our “Big Blue Bus” under unique circumstances. She had come to us after a providential and completely unexpected encounter with the daughter of our director, Christine.
Around 7:30 AM that morning, the director’s daughter, Laura, just happened to be in a convenience store and overheard the woman ask the cashier where 4600 Gulf Freeway was. Laura immediately told the woman not to go to that address (which was Planned Parenthood), but instead to go to the blue bus across the street. Continue reading
“Would you like some cold water?”
A woman eagerly comes over, “Thank you so much, what do I owe you?”
She has no idea what ‘the Helpers’ — those gathered to pray — are there for.
“Nothing, you are in a bad spot, aren’t you?” the sidewalk helper says.
“Yeah, my 18-year old daughter is pregnant and the dad is no where around. I can’t blame her, I did it myself when I was 18.”
As she talks to the sidewalk helper, something happens inside her. She leaves and her husband comes over and asks for water. He confides that he doesn’t want to be here. He feels like he is supporting it, and he knows it is wrong.
The helper asks a few other questions and then gently asks, “Why don’t you save your grandchild?” He leaves to talk to his wife, and a few minutes later, the wife goes in. Continue reading