News from the trenches

It was the first Saturday of the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign, and there was a steady supply of people praying on the sidewalk throughout the morning.

One of the first cars to arrive at Family Planning Associates was a young African American woman who came with her aunt. The young woman was courteous and open to what the counselor had to say. The counselor told her about the horrible record of the doctor and they both seemed concerned.  The counselor then asked how far along she was, and the young woman said 13 weeks. The counselor showed her a model of what her baby looked like, and the young woman told the counselor that she was not ready to have a baby.

At that point the aunt was coaxing her away from the counselor, and then the counselor told them how our group was trying to give information to the doctor about adoption, and the doctor said there were too many Africans and Indians in the world. This was enough to stop the two, and they began to ponder. The aunt then opened up to the counselor that her friend had an abortion years ago and wanted her to be in the room with her. The woman told the counselor she could not believe what she saw, and could not understand how abortion doctors can do what they do.  Still, she told the young woman it was her choice. The counselor assured them they would get attention and care at Culture of Life Family Services and urged them to go.  They went into FPA and came out about 15 minutes later.  The young woman hugged the counselor and said she was going to think it over.  Please pray for them.

Soon after a young couple walked towards FPA and the counselor began to tell them about the conditions at FPA. Both became troubled. The young woman told the counselor she took the abortion pill but was still bleeding after 28 days. The counselor assured them that FPA was not the place to be.  Both were very grateful for the information and they immediately left to go to COLFS to get better medical attention.  Please pray for this couple who plan on marrying someday that they always remain open to life.

Soon after that a cab pulled up with a young woman in the back. She looked scared.  She spoke no English. The counselor tried to convey the information about the horrible practices at FPA. The cab driver who was from Somalia, was horrified and tried to tell the young woman to leave. At that point another counselor brought two of the prayer warriors over to translate in Spanish. During their conversation the counselor called a Hispanic-speaking counselor at COLFS and the two began to talk.

After much discussion the young woman agreed to follow the counselor to COLFS.  It was there that she saw her 8-week-old baby. After much thought, she decided to choose life!  However, this young woman is from Cancun and was staying in Tijuana with untrustworthy friends.  It was agreed that Y. would stay at a home in San Diego County until there could be a more permanent house for her to reside in.  Y. has agreed to place her baby for adoption but she faces hurdles and temptations, and  needs our prayers.

Another counselor spoke with two women who were standing by their car, apparently early for their appointment. The counselor, not knowing which one was going into the abortion mill, spoke to them both about the abortionist, and the risks involved in having an abortion. Both of the women seemed concerned, and finally one of them asked to see a flyer and admitted she was going in, and that she was four months pregnant.  They were urged to go to COLFS, and the woman said she would think about it but went up the stairs.

At the top of the stairs another woman who was walking in the other direction told the women who had just climbed the stairs, “You better get in there quick, the waiting room is packed”.  About an hour later, another counselor saw them leave, still holding the flyers.  The woman who was pregnant told the counselor she was considering going to COLFS, but it was difficult to tell if she changed had her mind or not.

A counselor spoke with a 19-year-old woman, G., who came with her boyfriend and another friend. G. already had an infant, and felt that it was too soon to have another child, and they were not financially prepared for it.  The girl was about nine weeks pregnant, and was surprised when she saw the picture of a six-week pre-born baby the counselor showed her. The counselor asked her to consider how much she loved her other child, and that she would feel the same way about this one.  After talking a while, the counselor told her “You don’t really want to do this, I can tell.”

The girl nodded and said “No, I don’t want to do this.  I need to talk with my boyfriend about it.” The counselor advised her that no matter what anyone else said, she was the one that would have to live with her decision the rest of her life.  The counselor gave her a Rosary and picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The girl was tearing up and thanked the counselor.  They drove away a short while later while the counselor was speaking to another couple.

A car with two women, a man, and a young child pulled up in front of the building.  As the woman in the passenger seat started to get out, the counselor gave her a flyer and warned her of the litigation history of the abortionist.  She seemed shocked.  The counselor continued telling her about the side effects of having an abortion, particularly the emotional trauma.

The counselor asked her if the young child in the back seat was hers, and she said it was her sister’s.  When asked if she had any children of her own, she replied, “I have six children, and I’m no longer in a relationship”.  The counselor asked her to think about her other children, and how important each one was to her, and how devastated she would be if she lost one, and that the one she carried now would be just as important.  She sat in the front seat, in no hurry to get out, letting all of this sink in. The counselor advised her to go to COLFS, and she finally said she needed to go upstairs and find out about things. The counselor told her that it was never to late to get up and leave, and that we would pray for her. She thanked the counselor and went inside.

The counselor then talked to a young couple who were just getting out of their car.  O. said she already had two small children under the age of four, and when asked if the reason for the abortion was because it would be difficult to have another child, she nodded in agreement. The counselor told her about how many women still live with emotional scars from having abortions 20 and 30 years ago, and that this was something she would always regret. The counselor showed her a life-size rubber model of a twelve-week old pre-born baby, as well as a six-week old pre-born baby, and her face was worried. The boyfriend came closer and listened intently as the counselor told him that this might be the only son he would ever have.

The counselor asked them if they knew what the abortionist was going to do to their baby, and they slowly shook they heads indicating “no.” The counselor said, “I’m sorry if this will upset you, but you will be 50 times more upset if you go through with this, and have to live with it later.” The counselor quickly showed them a small picture of an aborted fetus, and then covered it up. Their faces were troubled.  The counselor told them that they were a family, and that his child would be there for her when she was an old lady, because she will be there for this child now, and that only she could protect the baby. By now she was weeping and the boyfriend was holding her.

The counselor gave her a Rosary and a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then pointed out the large picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe hanging from a tree by the sidewalk, and pointed out the people praying on the sidewalk, and said “Those people are praying for you right now.  I know you don’t want to do this”. Handing them a card, the counselor said, “Please leave and go to COLFS, they will see you for free and help you get through this.”  The got into their car, and as they started to pull away, the young man stopped the car, opened the door, and walked over to the counselor.  He wanted to know what the counselor’s name was. He shook the counselor’s hand and said, “God bless you,” and then they drove away. We later heard they went straight to COLFS.

A few minutes later the woman with six children came out of FPA and entered her car.  The counselor asked her if she changed her mind.  She said, “I decided not to do it,” and they drove away.

Late in the morning when the last counselor was about to leave, a couple drove up to the front of the building.  They looked to be in their late 30s.  The woman stood outside of their pick-up truck smoking a cigarette, looking very nervous.  The counselor walked toward her with a flyer, and she put up her hand and politely said “No thank you.”  The counselor nodded and walked back to a position farther away in the parking lot.  The man walked over to the woman and kissed her, trying to reassure her that everything would be OK.  Before she could finish her cigarette, she got back into the truck and they drove away.

 

 

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  1. Prof.Helen McCaffrey says:

    Persevere because perseverance triumphs

  2. Surprise, sexual activity often results in an unwanted pregnancy. Then many people want to have an abortion to get rid of the “problem” that wasn’t supposed to happen. Let’s educate people not to have premarital sex. All churches should have homilies advising people, both young and not so young, to stop the recreational sexual activity. I can’t remember ever hearing a homily about the sixth commandment. We are bombarded continually in the media. The movies, TV shows and even ads for clothing and cars have a sexual overtone. Carl’s Jr. restaurant has blatantly disgusting sexual innuendos in their ads. I will not patronize this restaurant for that reason. School sex education classes teach how to have sex and avoid pregnancy and diseases. Yet, with all this so-called “education,” sexually transmitted diseases are increasing and people are still getting pregnant. Let’s educate people that chastity is not only a virtue, but an attractive way of life, free from worry.

    • Not to mention that the world population is continuing to skyrocket. Abortion is not about limiting population but about controling people. Anyone who can buy into an abortion, makes themselves a slave … and this is exactly what tyranny thrives on.

      • Skai, you have to educate yourself. The world population will only increase a little more and then there is going to be a massive decline in population due to the low birth rate. Check out ‘Over Population is a Myth .com.” Haven’t you heard how Japan, Germany as well as other nations are actually giving incentives to encourage their women to have more babies. These countries are heading toward extinction.

      • The so called “right to abort” has now become a “duty to abort”.

  3. Excellent work, protecting babies and mothers from killers.

    BUT, IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU SAY WHO THE KILLER IS!!!!!

  4. Catherine says:

    May God continue to bless you all for being there! You are trying to protect the parents from offending God and future untold grief. You are protecting the most vulnerable who are made in the image and likeness of God.

    CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
    SECOND EDITION

    CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
    SECOND EDITION

    PART ONE
    THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

    SECTION TWO
    THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

    CHAPTER ONE
    I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER

    ARTICLE I
    “I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH”

    Paragraph 6. Man

    II. “BODY AND SOUL BUT TRULY ONE”

    362 The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual. The biblical account expresses this reality in symbolic language when it affirms that “then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”229 Man, whole and entire, is therefore willed by God.

    363 In Sacred Scripture the term “soul” often refers to human life or the entire human person.230 But “soul” also refers to the innermost aspect of man, that which is of greatest value in him, 231 that by which he is most especially in God’s image: “soul” signifies the spiritual principle in man.

    364 The human body shares in the dignity of “the image of God”: it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the Spirit:232

    Man, though made of body and soul, is a unity. Through his very bodily condition he sums up in himself the elements of the material world. Through him they are thus brought to their highest perfection and can raise their voice in praise freely given to the Creator. For this reason man may not despise his bodily life. Rather he is obliged to regard his body as good and to hold it in honor since God has created it and will raise it up on the last day. 233

    365 The unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the “form” of the body:234 i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul that the body made of matter becomes a living, human body; spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures united, but rather their union forms a single nature.

  5. markrite says:

    I’ve read these posts from the “trenches” many times before. And I’m always astounded, blown away, at the utter cluelessness of so many of these women and their boyfriends and husbands who just react like “sheeple” when discovering they’re pregnant and I’m so amazed at what they are contemplating doing, especially when the counselors SHOW them the various stages of growth of their PRECIOUS unborn babies. Imagine how much MORE of a slaughter of the unborn would take place if these counselors who I assume do this very Godly work of saving unborn humans probably every Saturday morning were NOT THERE! And not there at all of the other aboritoriums all over America. It’s STAGGERING! Praise the living Jesus Christ for these counselors! Truly, as the saintly and hopefully soon a saint, JP II has said in the past, “these people do the most important work (in many ways) on earth.” (paraphrasing)
    Which is why I also believe that OBAMA MUST GO. IMPEACH HIM IMMEDIATELY. He is the MOST pro-abort president in U.S.history. And there’s no excuse for his lethal stand agsinst unborn babies. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY UPON US ALL, MARKRITE

  6. Anonymous says:

    It’s good that you were there. God bless you!

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