Dear Pro-life friends,
Because certain people are trying to block the efforts of sidewalk counselors to save mothers and babies from the horrors of abortion, we are keeping the dates, times, and locations of where we are counseling confidential. The notes below may come from one or more locations during the week. Some specifics have been omitted to protect the identity of people we counsel.
Fourth week of May, 2019
It was a relatively slow morning, and the sidewalk counselor was just getting ready to leave for the day when a truck door opened up about a hundred yards away from where the counselor was standing. The counselor decided to wait, and a few minutes later, the couple, who were college-aged, walked up toward the abortion center. The boyfriend was leading and standing between the counselor and the woman, so the counselor had to give him the information while the woman stood behind.
She started walking past the boyfriend, then stopped to listen as the counselor began explaining about some of the risks involved in an abortion, including the emotional trauma, while showing them a picture of the pre-born baby at 6-weeks, as well as a 12-week model. She did not know how far along she was, but it was likely early in the pregnancy.
They listened carefully as the counselor told them that an abortion would destroy their relationship, and that if they loved each other, this was not the way to begin a long term relationship. Neither of their parents knew she was pregnant. The counselor shared that even if their parents would be upset at first, taking the life of their grandchild would be devastating to them if they ever found out, and that their parents would love and support them for making the right decision by giving life to their grandchild. There was much discussion about how short term problems like money come and go, there is almost never a “convenient” time to have a child, and your family is the most important thing in your life. She was told by the counselor that while we all make bad decisions that may cause sleepless nights for a while, having an abortion is something that could haunt you the rest of your life. Eventually the woman started to tear up, and the counselor told her “I’m sorry… I’m not trying to make you feel bad, but if the thought of this is bothering you now, you will be crushed when you walk out of those doors two hours from now.”
Reality hit her just then, and she broke down crying. The counselor told them that despite the hardships that may lay ahead, there was lots of help out there for them, including the various pregnancy resource centers, and that they could make this work. The counselor pleaded with them not to go inside, and asked if they were going to leave. By now the boyfriend had his arm around his girlfriend and asked her if they should leave. She looked up at him and said it was up to him. He nodded a yes to her, and they hugged each other. It appeared as though a huge weight had been taken off their shoulders. They looked over at the counselor and responded “Yes”.
They were both a bit teary eyed, as was the counselor, when they shook hands with the counselor and said “Thank you!”. As they walked away, the counselor told them that God would bless them for their decision, and that many prayers would be said for them.
Please pray for this couple that they will remain firm in their decision for life.
– the sidewalk counselors of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants San Diegoa