Monday, May 21, 2012

Reasons to Abort a Baby

I've been going to our local abortion clinic for 6 months now and I've learned a couple of things:

1.  There are good reasons to abort a baby.
2.  Blue collar workers support the pro-life effort.

I am being facetious here so let me elaborate on what I mean.  No, there is NEVER a good reason to abort a baby but so many young girls, women, their friends, sisters, boyfriends and husbands seem to think otherwise.  Here are the "good reasons:"

  • I don't have the time or money for a baby right now.
  • I don't want any more children... I'm too young or too old.
  • My mother or boyfriend is forcing me.
  • I will get kicked out of my house if my mom finds out.
  • My boyfriend will leave me if I keep this baby.
  • I don't want a Downs Syndrome baby.
  • Postpartum depression was horrible after my last baby.
  • I was raped.
These "reasons" are sometimes said through tears and heartache; or other times, matter of factly, then others, coldly or angrily.  Some of these girls won't even look you in the eye while others boldly do and many others with sadness, desperation and regret.
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I am not a side walk counselor nor would I be a good one.  I'd want to take these mamas home with me to give them the support they need.  It's heartbreaking to watch them go in and worse to watch them come out.  Walking very cautiously as if every step hurt.  Hanging their heads in sorrow and pain.

Our sidewalk counselors are loving and kind in their approach both before AND after the deed is done.  No judgment or condescending attitude, only love and concern.  They are a blessing to these young girls and women.  As for myself and others, we stay and pray on the public sidewalk.  Mostly we pray the rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet or a litany and lately, we sing Christian songs hoping to reach these moms and to the abortionist himself.
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Two of the men who come every week, have taken up their "Walls of Jericho" method of praying as they walk around the building over and over again.  I like to think that angels and the Israelites of those times, are with them.

It's strange really.  For the first time last week, I saw the abortion doctor arrive and leave his car with "his entourage."  Two staff came out of the building to help gather his belongings and to hurriedly escort him into the building.  He can certainly walk in by himself.  He has two hands that end babies lives several times a week so, walking in on his own shouldn't be a problem.  No one is threatening him where he needs "security" to get him into the building.  Our group has never even approached him or said anything beyond "hello."  So perhaps the danger or fear he's experiencing is our prayers breaking through his walls?  Maybe the light is starting to shine through for him to fully see what he is doing?  I pray for the conversion of his heart every day.

As for my comment on the Blue Collar workers, I've noticed that many men in work vans and trucks, honk and wave their support.  Plenty of people in cars do too, but there are many in trucks.  In fact, it is very rare that anyone says anything negative or unsupportive at all.  I'd like to think that many seeds are being planted and awareness is spreading to what abortion really is ~ 

purposeful death of the unborn, with their mother's consent by the hands of a doctor.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."  Psalm 139:13



  1. Thank God for people like you! You are doing wonderful things for God and unborn babies. We need more people with you passion and courage. God bless you!

  2. Noreen, God bless you all for your continued work! I love the "Walls of Jericho" prayer method. How beautiful, scriptural, and clever!

  3. Noreen,

    "I'd want to take these mamas home with me to give them the support they need." I can imagine you doing that. You care so much. It must be so distressing watching the women enter and leave the abortion mill as you are praying. But there are a couple of positive signs in your story: anything is possible with God and prayer. Thank you for sharing. I keep you and your work in my prayers.

  4. So sad, Noreen. Thank you for all the good you do for these broken women. You DO take these mamas home spiritually and that is beautiful. May God bless you and continue to fill you with His love and grace. I pray we see an end to abortion in our lifetime. All things are possible with God.

    I dread the day I have to explain abortion to my daughter.

  5. I feel the same way, Noreen...Especially about taking those women home. I love Mary's response about taking them home spiritually. We have a new priest that is motivated to pray at the clinic...Isn't that wonderful? I'm getting back on the band wagon with his inspiration. I will take your prayers and thoughts with me, united as sisters in Christ:) Thank you for sharing and God Bless you with continued courage!

  6. Thank you friends for your kinds words, support and support! It is a very emotional experience yet so necessary to be there to witness for the unborn. In a gentle and lovingly manner. I'm against the hostile ones with lots of yelling and warnings.

    I'm back to the clinic this morning. Today is the 2 year anniversary since our group (Northwest Families for Life) began their ministry at this clinic. They've estimated that 50 babies have been saved since then! Wonderful news!