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
“Don’t you know how bad you make women feel?”
How about the unborn baby?
This is not my idea, but one that I read from a pro-choice woman. If the women who stand outside PP telling people not to get an abortion were “really” pro-life, they would offer them a contract that would pay for all prenatal medical care, birthing expenses and adoption costs, and support the child until the adoption is finalized. How do we feel about that idea? We are often accused of being pro-birth, but not pro-life. How do we feel about that? My question is in no way intended to diminish the efforts of our prayer warriors and others who try to prevent abortions. But the idea does make one pause and think about how we feel about abortion and other life issues. Wouldn’t you agree?
Being done already by many prolife centers, including one in Chicago to which I’ve contributed money on occasion.
Dear Bob One, you’re talking about the commodification of human life. Every year news reports come out with “The Cost of Raising A Child.” As if a human child is nothing more than a burden. Deplorable. Of course, Planned Parenthood places a value on baby body parts. That’s the extreme end of putting a price on a human child. That’s Cannibalizing Humanity. https://stealthcare.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/cannibalizing-humanity/
May I direct your attention to “The Gabriel Project”? https://www.gabrielproject.us
The Gabriel Project does great work. Too bad it isn’t in more parishes.
…and there’s your answer again, Bob One. Pretending that women (like Catholics) are incapable of rising to the challenge of accepting what they think is a cross, but, in truth, becomes their salvation. Shameful.
What I would agree on is that every one of your posts tends to treat people like animals who are incapable of intelligent thought and getting through tough situations by way of God’s grace and the support of others. And, no, Bob One, not just money.
Bob One– did it ever occur to you, that we have the responsibility, before God, to tell people, when they are committing terrible sins– and that PEOPLE NEED TO BE MADE TO FEEL REALLY, REALLY TERRIBLE, WHEN THEY WANT TO DO A HORRIBLE THING– LIKE KILLING A CHILD!! PERIOD!! God made that baby!! That baby deserves to live, regardless of the circumstances he or she is born into– rich or poor! That child deserves a LIFE!! All of the pro-life counselors always direct pregnant women to local pre-natal care resources. But even if not– GO SAVE A LIFE, BOB ONE!! That’s the first thing!!
“But the idea does make one pause and think about how we feel about abortion and other life issues. Wouldn’t you agree?”
No it doesn’t. There are many pro-life centers that work hard to do what you are describing, in whole or in part. Yet legal abortions continue by the hundreds of thousands in this country annually. There is a greater evil at work here.
AMEN, Fr Michael!!
“There are many pro-life centers that work hard to do what you are describing, in whole or in part.
Thank you, Father Michael for explaining this! You are so right! There is a greater evil going on. Sister Lucia of Fatima warned us about a great diabolical disorientation that would sweep up the world if mankind refused to stop offending God. The rosary is the supernatural weapon. One cannot over exaggerate the powerful assistance of the Mother of God’s role in crushing the head of the serpent. Many have ignored the messages of Our Lady of Fatima. This message is not some far away theory but a daily occurrence if one is open in always striving to do God’s will. One afternoon, my relative, who is a Catholic priest, brought several…
….priests to our home for a visit. During the visit my telephone rang and I answered the phone right in front of all of these good priests. The caller was a woman that I did not know. The caller then said, “I got your name from some pro-life workers and I have a very strong devotion to the Blessed Mother and I would love to help these women.” This women then asked me if I would go with her to the the PP abortion mill the next day to teach her how to sidewalk counsel the girls who would be arriving for abortions. I had not planned on going that day but this phone call was so unusual. How can one say no to Our Lady when she moves the heart of this woman to make such an unusual call to a stranger.
The next morning we both arrived at 6:30am to meet the women arriving for their abortions. I brought a homemade little poster of pictures of babies of all different nationalities. There was a photo of a beautiful little Hispanic baby boy on the poster and in just a short time later a 15 year old girl arrived for her abortion. She had an older man with her. She stopped and listened. I asked her if she chose to give birth to her baby would she want a boy or a girl? This fifteen year old girl said she wanted to have a boy. I showed her the poster and pointed out the picture of the beautiful baby boy and I told her that this is what the beautiful baby she was carrying would look like.
She smiled and listened to the information about all of the people that would help. We also told her we would help her. She ended up taking my phone number and that was a good start. The man who brought her said something in Spanish that I did not understand. I asked her what he said. This young girl told me that the man told her we were lying and to not believe us. This young girl still listened. She then opened up her wallet to get out a piece of paper to write my phone number down. We noticed that inside of her wallet were two items that immediately called out to our attention.
These 2 items are symbolic of the ongoing battle of Our Lady’s doing Good vs. the evil scourge of of abortion on our nation. One item in the wallet was the three hundred dollar money order for the abortion and the other item was the most beautiful little photo image of Our Lady of Guadalupe facing me and the woman who had called me the day before and who had told me she had a strong devotion to Our Lady. The supernatural power of the rosary surely taught us that this was a divine appointment orchestrated by God and arranged by His Mother.
There were many pro-life agencies that helped this young mother. She named her son Moses all on her own. She liked that name not realizing how it was so fitting because her baby Moses was also rescued by Our Lady from certain death. I received permission to be in the delivery room with her and when everyone was out of the room, this young mother still on the delivery table, looked at me with tears flowing from her eyes and softly said, “I want you to know that I once agin told God how very sorry I am for ever thinking about aborting this beautiful baby boy.”
Numerous pro-life organizations and other agencies even helped her for many things and even in her consideration for adoption but this mother chose to keep her baby. This mother also represents many women who are greatly helped and not just preached to. This baby is now a man, thanks to the Mother of God and his own birth mother who chose to give him the gift of life. This story also represents how important it is to keep trusting in God no matter what is going on within the Church and no matter how many obstacles are planted in your way.
Little baby Moses had the Red Sea of obstacles parted and we would be so foolish to forget that Our Lady is always working on our behalf, but how many still fail to remember to use her most powerful and supernatural aid such as the rosary. Pro-life workers are not there to make the women feel bad. That is a false narrative. Pro-life workers are there because they love these women and babies and they always trust in the continuing power of Almighty God and the maternal love of His Most Blessed Mother. No wonder there is the scourge of abortion. Tradition, teaches us, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”
Did Our Lady of Akita appear?
…there’s no question that Roberto Vincente (Caritas) appears every time he feels the need to play Devil’s Advocate.
Adoption is the loving option!