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.
The first week of February 2017, at an abortion clinic(s) somewhere in Southern California
It was a moderately busy day in front of the abortion center. Some women took information, while others politely declined. There are always at least one or two who are hostile.
A young Hispanic woman who looked to be in her early 20’s arrived with a younger man, most likely her brother. One of the counselors approached her and offered her some information, telling her about the risks and side effects of having an abortion.
She listened with some concern on her face. She is a single-mom with a 3-year old, so making the connection between the baby in her womb, and her 3-year old child, whom she deeply loves, came easy.
She was shown a picture of what a baby looks like at 6 weeks in the womb, and a fetal model at 12 weeks. When asked how far along she was, she said she didn’t know yet. During the conversation, which lasted about 10 minutes, she began to tear up, and was listening carefully. Her brother started telling her they would be late for her appointment.
The counselor offered her alternative places to go where she could get a free ultra-sound and exam, but she seemed intent on at least finding out while she was here, since she had an appointment. The counselor told her they would pressure her into an abortion, and tell her everything would be just fine.
The counselor told her this would be the start of bigger problems if she had an abortion, and it could haunt her the rest of her life. She gave a nervous smile while her brother coaxed her to come along, and she went inside. The counselor told her it was never too late to get up and leave, even if she was on the table.
A short time earlier, two college age women approached the clinic, and the counselors offered them information, but they did not take it. They came out about 30 minutes later, and as they were driving away, one of the counselors held up an abortion pill reversal card to the passenger, but she did not roll down her window. They stopped some distance away, and the driver, who was wearing a sweatshirt from a local Christian college, came jogging back and asked “Did you want to give us something?”
The counselor handed her the card, which she quickly glanced through, and then said “Don’t you know how bad you make women feel when you are standing out here when they are leaving? Don’t you know how difficult this is for them?” The counselors calmly explained how many women deeply regret having had an abortion, and that we are only offering them an alternative, and help in the time of a crisis. The counselor told her that about 15% of women will change their minds if they take the time to talk to a counselor. The woman paused, looking at the counselor with a blank expression on her face. She handed the abortion pill reversal card back and walked away, muttering something about how we were wrong for what we are doing.
The counselors continued to pray that the woman with the 3-year old would come back out, but had to leave after she was inside for about 35 or 40 minutes. There would still be time to leave, as it usually takes much longer than this to do the paperwork and exam. Please pray for this woman.
Please continue to come out and pray at an abortion center near you. For those of you who have been praying in front of the FPA abortion center at 7340 Miramar Road, Tuesday is still their abortion day. 40 Days for Life will begin at this location on March 1.
Thank you for all of your prayerful support.
– the sidewalk counselors of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants San Diego