Saturday, April 30, 2011
I am so glad I did.
The woman who waited patiently in our lobby room is 17 weeks pregnant. She has not had a sonogram or any prenatal care. Her husband lost his job and they are currently homeless. She is such a tenderhearted woman and doesn't believe in abortion.
I have had many clients in her situation justify getting the abortion because "it's just too hard". But this woman did not have that mentality at all whatsoever. I could tell she was very overwhelmed but was choosing to stay strong. It was inspiring to me.
The director referred her to Coalition of the Homeless and we were able to get her on the train to Brooklyn just in time for her to get a sonogram as well as to meet our director there. We are going to give her sonograms up until the point of birth along with prenatal care. We are also helping her and her family with housing.
She was able to stay strong just long enough for help to arrive. Praise God for his grace to allow places like Expectant Mother Care to exist. Thank you for reading.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Beginning on Mother's Day and ending on Father's Day, about 32 parishes in the New York City area will support our pro-life centers by displaying our bottles which people can put money into. It's a fantastic way that anyone can support the pro-life cause.
I'll have the pleasure of meeting the wonderful staff of all these parishes as I drive around distributing the bottles. It's a great joy to see how many people are pro-life and want to support us.
The Churches are essential to the pro-life cause spreading the Good News of Life. Now we just need more mobilization to increase the effort! So please pray, join a pro-life group, and support the life centers.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
And you know what else... she was almost aborted 6 years ago!
Her mother found herself in crisis, and by the grace of God she came to our center. Linda, the EMC Brooklyn Center director, worked with her to help her with the situation. "I knew you when you were just a spot!" Linda tells her as she sits upon her lap and looks into the eyes of her life-long friend and advocate. She is beautiful!
What's more is that this little girl is the big sister to a baby now in her mother's womb. This child would have also been at risk for abortion had this mother not come to our EMC Brooklyn center all those years ago.
This mother is a light to the center. She is so lively and friendly, sharing her advice on everything from stretch marks to breast feeding! What a witness to life! She tells the girls that her daughter, the one in this picture, is the light of her life... and you can tell that this is true! I am honored to have heard their story.
Now this little 1st grade girl dreams of becoming a doctor... an instrument of life... healing hands to many... and the voice of comfort and counsel. She already changes lives for the better-- because she changed mine. Her story showed me the importance of every encounter that I make during my time here with EMC. There is no end to the change that one life can make in the world. Sometimes I get bogged down with this work. Sometimes it is more than I can bear. When this happens, I will remember this little girl. I will hold on hope and persevere because of the promise that exists for every human life.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Beats, a brand of headphones designed in part and endorsed wholeheartedly by Dr. Dre, have become quite popular. In New York City's culture of electronic headphones and earplugs, Beats are king.
Whenever I see someone wearing a pair of Beats, I ask them if they've heard the joke about Dr. Dre's first pair of beats. After they reply that they haven't, I tell the joke. It goes like this:
Dr. Dre was in his mother's womb, in the second trimester of his life, and his mother started singing. Dr. Dre was like, "Oh snap! That's some good surround sound!"
The punchline always brings laughter and a smile, giving me an opportunity to draw extra attention to the fact that the ability to hear comes long before birth, and that newborn children can often recognize the voice of their mother.
Disclaimer: I don't know anything about Dr. Dre; from the ads for Beats, he seems to be an artist who takes pride in the quality of his listening experience.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Perfect example would be today. I am thankful to have life saving skills on pool decks as well as crisis pregnancy centers!
First a girl came in and told us that she was waiting for her friend to arrive. She kept asking us questions about our services and seemed very uneasy. Initially, I thought she wanted the abortion for her friend.
Finally the client arrives. I see her through the little window on our door. She is crying. I open the door, where she proceeds to literally stumble through. She is unable to focus her eyes. She is holding her stomach. She looks like she is about to faint.
The first thing I think to say to her is, "Sweetie are you ok?" She responds, "I'm having a lot of pain". I said, "Well here. Sit down. You look like you're about to pass out. Do you feel like you're going to pass out?" She says, "Yes".
In my Lifeguarding certification, they trained us to perform CPR if the victim is not breathing while unconscious; and to perform "Rescue Breathing" if the victim is breathing, but unconscious. For both, however, call 911 immediately.
Everything was happening so quickly. They started to leave, but the client fell to the floor.
That's when I asked if I could call 911. Both of the girls said yes. I stayed on the line with EMS, told them the address, the symptoms of the client, and what I should do. They came in less than 5 minutes.
My lifeguarding skills kicked in!
You are supposed to talk to the victim about pleasant subjects in attempts to keep them calm. It was essential during this crisis because the girl was telling me about how much she hated the father of her child. I took charge, "You cannot think about that right now. All you need to focus on right now is the health of your body. That's it". She shook her head "yes" in agreement to what I was saying. And so did her friend.
Please pray for this girl. She does not want to get an abortion. She knows we can and will help her choose life for her unborn baby.
I am just so glad that I had my
'life saving training'
to call on when needed.
I'd experienced a bit of water-borne disease myself. After walking through the pool of rainwater that remained in a schoolyard, I realized that the school had no bathroom, and that wasn't just water. During my next visit to Cambodia, I helped dig the holes for appropriate-technology bathrooms at various public schools, most of which served over 1,000 students each. Being genuinely pro-life means caring for whatever population's life is most in danger. Quite frankly, being pro-life has much more to do with respecting human life in a general sense, and far less to do with abortion, abortifacient contraceptives, and the abortion industry in a specific sense. Perhaps what I mean when I say that I am genuinely pro-life is that I am WHOLE LIFE.
I can say that, because the day that the abortion industry ends, those who are pro-life will continue to show love to those in need. Some of us will focus our compassion on the victims of other societal ills. Many will continue to offer help and hope to young mothers. I think that those of us who are pro-life activists are very much like the CBS reporter that interviewed Abby, except that we have acknowledged that the abortion industry is the greatest threat to the life and liberty of Americans, and we have chosen to address it.As other reporters have asked me in the past, she asked some question like, “What got you into the pro-life movement?” I don't remember exactly what words I used, but I'll try to provide a summary of my answer. My answer may seem like an irrelevant rabbit trail. It’s not.
In Cambodia, visits to Choeung Ek and Toul Sleng (S-21) shook me to the core. Decades after a genocide at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, the country's devastation was still visible. In the United States, I read whatever I could about Cambodia's history. While reading, one day it hit me that what the Khmer Rouge had done to Cambodia, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry were currently doing to America. The two atrocities have their differences, but they also have their similarities. Though passionate about many things related to Cambodia, when it came to the topic of abortion in America, I realized that my apathy was a result of ignorance. I hadn't even prayed about abortion. I had never thought about abortion or its role in American culture. I prayed that God would make abortion bother me.
Since that time, I've read the epitaph given to 16,433 unborn children, whose grave is marked with a single stone. I've stood an arm's length away from cardboard boxes of aborted children who were packaged up inside cardboard boxes, stacked on the street. I've seen a woman's expression after a botched abortion, as she was placed into an ambulance. I've seen the tears of women who've had abortions. I've heard first-hand from women who've been raped by abortionists, and women who've been forced by their fathers or boyfriends into having abortions. I've heard the gruesome details of recurring nightmares that keep returning, a decade after an abortion. I've met people my age, whose parents had considered abortion.
Needless to say, abortion bothers me, and I am genuinely pro-life.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The girls are so welcoming to me! They share their ups and downs through out the pregnancy during prenatal care days. And they share their unique stories of how EMC has truly altered the course of their lives for the better.
I have had the distinct pleasure of walking with this particular couple for the past three months. Now they are proud parents to a beautiful, healthy, and happy baby boy! Such inexpressible JOY!
This is the greatest blessing to me! Though I wasn't there from the beginning, I feel I am able to rejoice even more. For you see... their story is the ending that I envision for all of the young ladies that I speak with each day... their baby is the hope in my day! God always gives us what we need, and for me it is in the eyes of a newborn that may not have ever been able to greet the world. This is what it is all about.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Recently I followed up with a girl I had weeks ago and she is now seriously considering an abortion again. Unfortunately, the hope fostered during counseling can be difficult for many girls to hold onto, and it is easy to slip back into despair.
Monday, April 18, 2011
One of the saddest realities of our work is the unfortunate fact that women in crisis pregnancies rarely choose to have their children placed. For every one newborn placed in an adoptive family there are dozens of parents waiting in line. With the help of adoption agencies like Bethany - we never have any problem finding a family.
Anyway, as the young women who were representing the adoption agency were in our center I was calling a few clients I had in the past to see how they were doing.
One of my girls had gotten discouraged and actually had an abortion scheduled for tomorrow. But thankfully, I was able in the presence of the adoption agency to connect her directly to somebody who could answer very specific questions about adoption and show her that people in adoption agencies are friendly and kind people.
I don't know if this girl will end up choosing adoption, but I do know that she will almost definitely not go to her scheduled appointment for an abortion tomorrow. She just needed to see that she had real options.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
While waiting for my train at a station in Manhattan one night, I heard a couple venting their frustration, and then, with one hand gesturing dramatically, he exclaimed, "Why don't you just abort it?" Walking past them a few feet and setting my bag down, I stated that I had something that he might want.
"If it ain't weed, I don't want it."
Unfazed, I gave an Expectant Mother Care pamphlet to each of them. She had hardly opened it, when she saw the aborted eleven-week old child and burst out crying. We waited together, and got on the train together. Through the next twelve train stops, hope sprang from her desperation, and his frustration.
I spoke with him, explaining that she needed him to love their child because of his love for her. I explained that couples who raised a child together had a closer relationship with each other. I could tell that he cared about her deeply, and told him so. He understood. He was a father now, and they were a family. He would not bow to the pressures of the situation. He would not coerce her into having an abortion.
I also explained that Expectant Mother Care was there to let them know that there are always alternatives to abortion. For starters, after a pregnancy test and counseling, we could provide a free sonogram so that they could see their child. He explained that neither one of them wanted an abortion. With my encouragement, he comforted her, whispering into her ear, perhaps apologizing or assuring her that he would be there for her. She didn't move, but kept her head down to hide the trails of her tears. It wasn't long before he came to me, "She wants you to talk to her." Stepping closer, I could see that, on the EMC brochure's promise that, "We'll Help!," she had made a box around that single word, exclaiming her cry for help. "That's what she wants," he stated.
I exchanged phone numbers with them, and had them go to an EMC center the next morning.
"I believe that you (mothers and grandmothers, or the man of the house) have a strength in your voice when you speak the truth to your family, your friends, and the young ones, yes? I believe that when you speak the truth, many people listen, yes?"
Most people agree; nobody denies that this is case.
When I am in front of the Planned Parenthood in South Bronx, I point to the building and explain the importance of the information that I am giving them, saying, "Here, on the second floor, they kill children four days a week. I believe that if you speak the truth to everyone, nobody will want an abortion. If we don't speak the truth, they kill children five days a week."
Horrified, people who initially took the publication to have something to peruse on the bus or train open the pro-life publication immediately and read it intensely.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
In February she came to the EMC Brooklyn office with her heart set on abortion. She comes from a single parent home where her mother would not respond well to her pregnancy on a cultural level. Rather than dealing with the shame and disgrace of having a child outside of marriage, she wanted to make the "problem" go away.
However, God brought her to us.
We gave her a sonogram and counseled her about the truth of what abortion really is. She didn't really want the abortion, she just didn't know what else to do about her circumstances. After getting a vision of her situation, we encouraged her to speak with the Sisters of Life. After a lot of discussion with her mother, the Sisters were able to convince her mother that her daughter's baby was not going to be the end of her life.
Now she has a new job and is getting prenatal care. She has come to visit us about every other week or so and is always filled with vivacious joy. The father of the child is supporting her and helping with preparations for the baby. The baby is now 13 weeks old and looking healthy.
She is happy and thriving... in fact, they all are! Mom, Dad and Little Baby!
I had the Franciscan friars there praying with me and for me, as well as some others are are not pro life. These people were "escorts" that worked for Dr. Emily.
Their job was to hold the door open for girls coming to get an abortion.
Today at one point, I was standing to the side of the entrance. One of the escorts said to me "Hahaha. Abby. You know you're not suppose to be standing within 15 feet of the entrance." I didn't respond to her, but was flattered that she knew my name! Next, she says to me, "Abby. Are you not going to move? You have to move. You're breaking the law!" I then respond to her with a gentle tone, "Call the cops". She said, "The cop is right over there". (Which he was; sitting in his mini cop car) I said, "Get him to tell me to move and I will".
She didn't know what to say, because she paused for a few seconds. Finally, she said, "Does it really have to be like this Abby?" I replied softly again, "I guess so". And remained standing where I was, continuing praying. Give me a break- I know the law! I know that I am allowed to stand on a public part of the sidewalk.
Unfortunately for her, she decides to go over to the cop and start yelling at him. At this point, everyone is silent. Some of the friars were new and were a little frightened because they didn't understand what was going on. They remain silent. I remain silent. I don't say a word. It reminded me of when Jesus was being questioned before his crucifixion, and yet he remained silent.
Silence has power.
Our silence was loud, cause not only did the cop not tell me to move, but he literally got angry with the escort. They both raised their voices at one another for 5 minutes out on the street. He said to me "Miss, you're breaking the law. (Then to the escort) There. You happy?!"
At this point he was just mocking her. She then decided to make the cop look bad in front of everyone by saying to him, "What kind of a cop are you ? Cause I'm telling you I don't feel safe. She's (meaning me) making me feel threatened. And you're not going to do anything about it? Can I get your cop number?"
He gave it to her and was so irritated by her. After all of this, she seemed embarrassed and went to the back entrance. She never returned to the front. The cop stayed frustrated. I only saw one girl the whole day go in for the abortion. And at the end of the day, the loudest person lost. Her noisy fight was not as loud as our silence.
Thank you for reading.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
This girl came into our EMC Brooklyn office with her sister and mother. The sister came rushing into the sonogram room to see before her eyes a 20 week-old baby! Ironically, the sister also asked if the ultrasound was a fake... they couldn't fathom that she was THAT far along... she wasn't even beginning to show!
At this moment, Linda the Brooklyn Center director, knew that this woman was going to need some convincing. She proceeded to ask God to work a miracle to show this woman that what she was seeing on the monitor was in fact her child within her womb.
"Do you want to hold your baby's hand? We're going to ask God to allow you to hold the baby's hand, " Linda said after this mother agreed to allow us to pray. Linda dropped to her knees and asked God for a miracle to allow this mother to connect with her baby in a real, and concrete way. As the mother placed her hand on her tummy, the sonogram monitor showed the baby reaching up towards the direction of its mother!
This sonogram photo captured that moment... one that allowed a young lady to face the reality of the child with in her... and it made all the difference.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
One thing we recognize very much at EMC is the importance of the ultrasound machine. Not only do we recognize it, so does the other side. They know that this powerful technology has the ability to show women the truth of their pregnancy and help them decide to keep their baby.
In my opinion and the opinion of others, the fact that EMC provides ultrasounds and is successful at saving babies caused NARAL and Planned Parenthood to launch their attack on us via bill 371.
Unfortunately however, one of our machines is in need of repair. Today that machine would have been used in our mobile unit that we park in front of Dr Emily.
However we knew the importance of providing this option for women, and we could not take a day off from having the technology available at the abortion facility. So today I awoke a little earlier than usual, drove to queens to pick up another machine that we weren't using today, and drove back to the Bronx where the abortion facility is located.
And wouldn't you know, we were able to provide a few ultrasounds today in that mobile unit.
Sometimes it seems that we as pro-lifers can give it our all to no avail. However, other times God blesses us when we try just try a little harder and are willing to adapt. My hope is that restrictions to access to this technology will one day be lifted - but cruelly, right now NYC Government is going the other direction.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Father Peter Pilsner from Cardinal Spellman High School asked Heather and I if we would be willing to be interviewed by some of his students on the work we do at Expectant Mother Care. We fully agreed and to my pleasant surprise, I received 8 phone calls from his students.
Some of their questions were like, "What do you do at EMC? Have you always been pro life? Why do you think pro abortionists are so pro abortion?" I thoroughly enjoyed answering their questions to the best of my ability because here's why : these people are the future generations of our country.
Most of the ones I talked to were 16,17, and 18. These are the times that they are seriously thinking about the college they want to go to . These are the times they are pressured the most to do drugs and smoke cigarettes. These are the times they are most likely to engage in sexual intercourse of some kind. They are at the most impressionable age.
Unlike many people in our society I understand that we have to keep people alive. That sounds silly. But, unfortunately, the majority of our country is under the impression that it's ok to kill over 50,000 people since 1973 through abortions.
I am taking my mission one day at a time. Based on the clients we get, I get to see where teenagers in this state are at with their level of knowledge on sex. It's a knowledge that Planned Parenthood is enforcing and planting. It's a knowledge that teaches teenage girls that it's "ok" to have sex as long as you use protection. That leaves myself and my colleagues left to pick up the broken pieces that follows sex-based relationships from 14,15,16,17,18 yr old teens.
That will soon change with the passionate fire God has planted in my heart to tell these future teachers, lawyers, doctors, and presidents the truth.
Thanks for reading.
She had too many complications with keeping her baby boy. There were too many problems with the father, the mother of the father, her own career being jeopardized. These are all the reasons as to why she did not keep her baby. Abortion seemed to be the best fit for her situation.
Why is it that when we talked, she told me she was in the deepest depression she has ever been in? Why does she tell me that she has never had suicidal thoughts until now? Why does she tell me that physically, she is experiencing the most excruciating pain she has ever gone through?
I can think of a couple of answers. But one that sticks out the most that brings literal tears to my eyes, is that "Jesus came so that we could have life and have it more abundantly". So when we choose death over life, everything is messed up. It's not how God intended it to be. It's going against God's design for our nature.
That is why her pain was so deep. That is why she had 2 vivid nightmares after her abortion that she said, she'll never be able to get out of her head. And that is why her very words to me were "Abby, I didn't want to do it. But I had to. I had to".
Please understand that as I'm writing this for your reading views, I have tears streaming down my face.
When I finally was able to talk to her after a whole month of trying to call her because she wasn't responding to anyone's phone calls, I couldn't stop crying after she told me she got the abortion. She said things to me like "Abby, you were closer to him than anyone other than me. I wanted you to be his godmother if I were to have kept him. You fought more for him than anyone else. I wanted you to hold my hand when I went to get it done,but I know you don't support that. I'm so sorry Abby. I'm so sorry that I have done this to you ".
We are going to meet up sometime this week. I want to just give her a big hug, and let her know that I am here.
It's hard to get "that day" that she went through out of my head. I can just picture the whole thing. The waking up that morning, the smell of cold outside, the bended knee to tie the shoes, not wanting to go where she went. The sitting in the waiting room, not wanting her name to be called, but thinking "I have to".
God is here somewhere. In the midst of all this pain from the both of us, He is here. I trust it.
Thank you for reading.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
A few weeks ago EMC Pregnancy Centers were interviewed for an article in Pavement Pieces, the journalism institute of New York University.
The article may be found at:
This article features our Brooklyn office. It claims that "EMC shows all patients ultrasound images, whether or not they ask for it." This is a falsehood. We never force a woman to do anything, contrary to what this article suggests. They also paint EMC in a poor light by suggesting that because we refer women to other places for help, that we are not able to help. I am a firm believer that if you lead a horse to water-- if he's thirsty, he will drink. We lead these women to the resources they need to be the best parents that they can be. If they need it, help is out there.
The biggest problem I have with this article is that Antonio Tucker, one of our fathers from the Brooklyn center, was misrepresented. The article states that "Tucker lives a transient lifestyle" suggesting that he is impermanent and unstable. Tucker came into our center a few weeks later and asked about the article. Upon reading it he desired to write a reply. However, this man was pacified. The moderator of the comments didn't even have the decency to allow this man... who was quoted in this article... to post a reply. He was silenced and shown that his voice didn't matter... He was Pacified!
Tucker's reply, if they would have posted it, would have included in it... "The meek shall inherit the Earth." So silence this man if you wish. But know that he is now the proud father of an adorable and healthy baby boy!
The Lord hears the cry of the poor... even when the press puts a pacifier in their mouths!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
This Lenten 40 Days for Life is different than our vigils in past years. Mainly because we have changed the location of one of our vigil sites. While we are still keeping watch and offering options at Dr. Emily's, the largest late term abortion clinic in the Bronx, we are now praying at Planned Parenthood in the South Bronx. This is the same PP that was recently caught on under cover video by Live Action, willing to aid and abet purported sex traffickers of minors. It's also across the street from EMC's South Bronx Pregnancy Center.
Friday, April 8, 2011
The issue at stake is in regards to the policy fight that is currently threatening to refuse budget negotiations on one of the most controversial topics: abortion.
The nation is very focused on changing its serious amount of debt. The social conservatives are insisting that Planned Parenthood be denied all federal funding in the spending bill for the rest of the current fiscal year.
Pro abortionists, however, are doing everything in their power to fight off the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Congress is in the middle of a fight over how much to spend on less than one-fifth of the federal budget for the next sixth months. President Obama is vetoing the House Republican bill for a one week temporary budget extension. And pro-life republicans are in no way backing down from any of it.
So where does all of that leave us?
We will find out tonight after midnight.
This is huge for our country. Because if there is no compromise reached by midnight, 800,000 government workers will have to take a leave of absence and nonessential federal operations will be forced to shut down.
It airs tonight at 6:30 on channel 2. Go life !
While pregnancy director Liz was talking to the pregnant woman I had a chance to speak to the mother.
Oftentimes, when young girls are worried about telling their parents about their pregnancy they will come back later and say that they thought that it would be worse than it actually was, and although disappointed, the parents ended up being very supportive. Not this time.
Through hours of conversation one on one and together with the pregnant daughter (who never really wanted an abortion) the mother did begin to soften up at the end. However her husband and the father of the pregnant daughter would not have it.
The daughter wasn't allowed back into the house if she was still pregnant by the end of the day. Period. And this is no bluff, currently the pregnant woman has an older sister who was in a similar situation and she now lives in the shelter system and her father refuses to talk to her.
So tonight the young pregnant girl will sleep at her aunt's, and we're currently working with the Sister's of Life to figure out a solution to this girl's housing problem. I'll be sure to update this family's situation on this blog and based on my short experience I'm confident everything will work out as far as this girl getting the resources she needs to flourish as a mother.
God only knows how many girls in this type of situation end up being forced to get an abortion by their family. We only know it's too many and it causes terrible anguish in most cases. And while the road will be difficult ahead for this girl I'm glad we're here to help her do what she wants to do - keep her baby.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Then there was the weight she would gain from her pregnancy. She had so many plans but, "a child would get in the way of that". So many reasons; so much pressure. Still she wanted her baby.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Whenever I go to Dr. Emily abortion clinic, my main focus is sidewalk counseling. It's fairly easy to tell when the girls are going in, what they are going in for.
But when I go to stand outside of Planned Parenthood in the Bronx, my focus is more prayer and holding a sign. Here the objective is more having to do with making a stand. Both are equally important. You can't have one without the other.
One particular day, I prayed the rosary and held a sign that read "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you -God". This is my favorite sign, because it's not being too brash and bold with the New Yorkers walking by. It's got a gentle tone to it. It's from the Bible. How mad could people really get with quoted scripture? It is a very beautiful tactic to get the people's attention in a meek yet effective way.
Most times, I will never know if just by standing there with that sign, a girl decides not to go into the abortion clinic. Maybe while I am praying with my eyes closed, she decides to walk right out the door.
The Bible even talks about it in Hebrews 11, "Yet all these though approved because of their faith did not receive what had been promised. God has forseen something better for us, so that without us they should not be made perfect". Previously in the chapter, it spoke about all the faithful men and women of God; how they were faithful to Him, and their reward is coming.
Their time will come. We just have to be obedient to the cause of the cross. So if you were to ask me my focus and objective on any given day, it would definitely be obedience. I strive to maintain obedience to my great God and King. Thank you for reading.
Friday, April 1, 2011
The next day, I went to a corner store in that same area. Instead of having lots of practically pornographic magazine displays, the store had the usual variety of foods. In the environment of this store, it was easier for me to see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. I showed the cashier a publication from Human Life Alliance, with a baby girl on the cover. Inside were powerful images of life in the womb, undeniable evidence that abortion terminates a distinct, individual, living human being. Information about the stages of fetal development accompanied the images. I pointed out the image of a child smiling during a 4-D ultrasound, then asked him if he would like a few, to give to his patrons. He said that he would, and showed me where they could be placed, directly below the cashier’s counter. I felt like I’d just been given free box-office tickets to a Yankees game. People were going to see these attractive publications, ask about the price, and wonder why they didn’t have to pay for a publication that had better color and more interesting writing than publications people pay good money for. Then when they read it, they would hang on every word. I left two or three publications, and decided to return in a few days.
Traditionally used for news and entertainment, print media like the Human Life Alliance publications that Expectant Mother Care distributes communicate effectively. From handing out these publications on the sidewalks, I’ve watched as people read these publications. Their expressions are nothing like those of people who are reading a newspaper, magazine, novel, or other source of entertainment. These women and men know that they are reading something very significant to the fabric of their culture, something very central to their existence, and essential to the existence of their progeny. On the cover, a yellow label draws attention to an abundance of contact information for Expectant Mother Care’s many resource centers. Yesterday, one young reader was so captivated by what she was reading, that I asked if she would like more for her friends. She made a mental count, and took three. After talking with her a little more, I explained that at an Expectant Mother Care center, she could learn more about prenatal development and abortion.
In the centers, Expectant Mother Care serves the victims of a culture that has saturated itself with entertainment that revolves around sex. On the sidewalks, EMC is using the mediums of entertainment to change culture, and let New York City know that there are alternatives to abortion.
While praying outside of Planned Parenthood, a large truck rolled up behind me on the street. The truck read, “Healthcare Waste Solutions.” There cannot be a solution if there is not a problem. For Planned Parenthood, the problem was that they had terminated many preborn children, and if anybody saw these dead children, they would understand the aftermath of abortion. At medical facilities that do not perform abortions, Healthcare Waste Solutions would only be collecting biohazardous waste, and not entire corpses. The Planned Parenthood at
Mourning what I had witnessed makes me want to adopt these children, if only for the sake of naming them, and giving them the dignity of burial. Their lives, however brief, deserve to be recognized. Their deaths deserve at least a line or two in the obituary. Their parents should not be denied the opportunity to go through the grieving process in a natural and healthy way, and to be comforted by those who would gladly help the parents of the deceased child to choose life in the future. When there are alternatives, no financial situation or inconvenience should ever have caused any of these children to wind up in a cardboard box on