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.
A baby saved in the first week of July, 2018
Shortly before the abortion center opened its doors, the mom, dad, and teenage daughter walked up to the entrance. The counselor approached them and gave them some flyers and said, “I don’t know why you are here, but most people come here for an abortion, and we are trying to help folks by sharing better options, and trying to turn people away from here and toward making a better choice”. The mom said, “Oh, we are not here for that…”
Realizing the clinic had not yet opened, they left and came back a little while after it had opened, going straight inside. A short time later the mom came out and sat down near the front of the clinic to have a cigarette. The counselor went over and started up a conversation with her, asking her if she had had time to read the material. She pulled out the brochure on the effects of the birth control pill and said “Isn’t it good to take these?” The counselor told her to look at the statistics inside, and pointed to the back cover with a plethora of listed of sources and data.
The mom started to open up a little as the counselor asked her if she had read the pregnancy pamphlet listing all the physical and emotional risks of an abortion, then started going over them with her, showing her the information. At that point, she blurted out, “Well my daughter is inside going through that right now”. She started unloading that she got herself into trouble and now has to make the hard choice of whether or not to go through with this on her own. She said, “I told her maybe if she got this abortion it would teach her a lesson”.
In the course of subsequent conversations with the mom and dad, they admitted many times, often in heavy tears, that they really didn’t want her in there having this done. They turned 180 degrees from being “tough” with her, to speaking about how they could re-arrange their job schedules to help handle all this and make it all work out for their daughter to keep the baby. They shared that they were a Christian family, and knew in their hearts this wasn’t right thing to do.
By now the mom was desperately texting, and trying to call her daughter who was in a separate room waiting to start up the procedures, but basically having a battle with her. The daughter was saying she had school to finish and her life will be ruined. But now the parents were encouraging her to keep the baby and they would be there for her….and to please come out. The mom tried three times at length going into abortion center over the course of the morning, only to be told by the abortion center staff that the daughter had the right to keep her parents out.
After the mom’s third attempt failed, it dawned on her to call her mother (the teenager’s grandmother), who was very close to the teenager. The grandmother was a solid Christian model for the whole family. The grandmother called her granddaughter inside the clinic just about the time the granddaughter, who is in her second trimester, was having an ultrasound. After talking to her grandmother, and having observed the ultrasound, she called her parents to come in and get her.
Soon, the mom and daughter came out with smiles, and the counselor told them they made the “right decision” and “God will be with them”. The dad went for the car, and looked so “relieved” with a big smile and tears. They drove away as the counselors waved them off.
Please pray for this family.
– the sidewalk counselors of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants San Diego