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.
First week of March, 2019
There was a large group of people praying in front of the abortion center when a couple in their 40s drove up with their high-school age daughter. The mother and daughter exited the car and were walking toward the abortion center when two sidewalk counselors offered them some literature. They stopped to listen while the counselors told them about the risks and side effects of having an abortion.
The daughter did not know how far along she was, but looked carefully at the picture the counselor showed them of a fetus at 6 weeks, as well as a 12-week model. They listened for some time while the counselors explained that the greatest gift she could ever give anyone, was the life of her child. The counselors shared how an abortion could haunt her the rest of her life, and that whatever relationship she had with the father of the baby, she is the one who will have to live with her decision. The counselors reminded the mother that this was her grandchild, and that an abortion would put a heavy strain on their (mother-daughter) relationship.
With most mother-daughter arrivals, the mother is typically pushing for the abortion and will generally cut off any attempt at counseling. This mother was different. She listened carefully, and didn’t seem to be in a hurry to get her daughter to go inside. After some time, the daughter seemed intent on continuing into the center, so one of the counselors gave her a pink rosary and asked her to pray about this, and told her the counselors would be praying for her. The counselor told her it was never too late to get up and leave.
About 20 minutes later, the mother and daughter came out the front door and the daughter seemed frustrated and agitated, and was arguing with the mother. The mother stayed calm, and was saying very little. After a minute they walked back toward their car. One of the counselors asked the girl if she had changed her mind. She mumbled something the counselor could not understand, but her demeanor was saying that she was not happy they were leaving. The mother apparently was behind the decision to leave. They got back into their car and the father drove them away.
Please pray for this young girl, that she will see in her heart that protecting the life of her unborn baby is the greatest gift she could ever give. We are sure that everyone’s prayers that morning had a big impact on the outcome of this encounter.
– the sidewalk counselors of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants San Diego