Dear Pro-life friends,
The sidewalk counselor was keeping his eyes on two cars that recently parked close to the Planned Parenthood entrance, some distance apart. One couple appeared to be in their late 30s or early 40s and were waiting inside their car for at least 10 minutes before the other car had arrived with a couple who looked to be in their teens. The young girl and her boyfriend exited their car first, and quickly walked toward the entrance. She looked agitated and had a blanket wrapped around her, a tell-tale sign of a pending surgical abortion (they are told to keep warm).
She rushed by the counselor, who was offering her a flyer, politely saying in an upset voice, “No thank you”. Her boyfriend trailed behind, struggling to keep up with her. Within less than a minute, the older couple got out of their car and walked toward the entrance. The woman, who appeared to be still within child-bearing years, was chastising the man she was with about something and was clearly perturbed. The counselor cautiously said “Good morning” to her while extending his hand with a flyer, but she walked past him, and after a few steps, half-turned her head and replied in a tense voice, “This is a horrible morning!”
About 5 minutes later, just before a large group had arrived to pray, the young woman could be heard screaming from inside an exit door and defiantly ran down the entry walk toward her car. Finding the door locked, screamed to her boyfriend “Open the ******* car door! I won’t do it!” He opened the door, and she jumped inside and slammed it shut.
The connection between the young couple and older couple did not become apparent until the older woman followed the younger woman, yelling at her to get back inside and be an adult, and “…do the right thing!” Facing the car, she yelled in a stern voice “OK, you better go down to the welfare office, and find a place to live, etc., because I’m not going to be taking care of this!”
She continued to rant at the closed window of the car until the young couple pulled out and drove up the street to park. The older woman turned back to her own car while complaining to the guard about people trying to tell her daughter not to do it. She stomped away to her car with the older man and drove away.
As people were arriving to pray, we could hear the younger woman screaming at her boyfriend from up the street. They drove away and neither car returned.
Please pray for this young woman and ask for her continued courage to say no to the pressures imposed on her to abort her baby. She undoubtedly has many challenges ahead.
The sidewalk counselors of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants San Diego
“We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out.”
– All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque