We love sharing our stories of babies saved! Every time a woman chooses to leave the abortion facility and give life to her baby, another person is given a chance to develop, grow, dream and make a difference in our world. The possibilities are endless! Baby saved stories are proof that God is working in our ministry and that your prayers and witness save lives.

A Quick Turnaround! Baby Saved – Tuesday, June 6, 2017

By Debra Braun
Education Director

I offered literature to the young couple as they drove into the Planned Parenthood driveway in St. Paul. The man took the literature as I explained to them all the help available for pregnant women. The young woman said, “It’s not me; we’re here to pick someone up.” I told her that there was no one else there (they were the first couple to arrive that morning). As I continued talking with them, the woman started getting a little impatient, so the man dropped her off at the front door. As she walked in, I noticed a Christian message on her shirt, so I mentioned that and said something to the effect that God didn’t want her to do this.

The man turned the vehicle around and stopped at the driveway as I encouraged him to get his girlfriend out. Noticing a baby in the back seat, I talked about the value of this second baby too. Within a few minutes, the man got a phone call. It was his girlfriend, stating that she was coming out! Sure enough, she came out and told me that she had changed her mind! I asked her, “What changed your mind?” “You did,” she told me! I asked her if she was a Christian and she said she was. She declined going to the nearby pregnancy help center, indicating that her boyfriend (who did not seem to want the abortion) would be there for her. I reassured her that she was making the right decision and to please call me if they need anything.

Sometimes merely our presence, a few words and the woman’s openness to God’s grace is all it takes to save a life!

Wondering if you had an encounter that could be a baby saved?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017- Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, CFL

“Sir, please get your woman out, be a rescuer today, save your little baby boy or girl! Your baby is a precious gift from God!”

“There is free help available. Please go back inside and be the man that God has called you to be, a protector of women and children!”

These were some of the many offers of help and pleas to rescue the innocent child made to an abortion-bound father who had come with his girlfriend to the Planned Parenthood (PP) abortuary the same day as our “Jesus Loves the Little Children Day” in April.

“Whatever we can do to help, let us help you,” were the words of one of the fathers who had brought his family out to stand for life and to be a voice for the voiceless.

“You don’t understand our situation; there is no way we can afford this baby, this is what we have to do . . . we don’t want to do it, but we have to!” These were some of the words that came from the father of the baby scheduled to die, among so many other reasons to have his child killed.

“Sir, would you say that you are a Christian, do you believe in Jesus?” questioned one of the sidewalk counselors.

“Yes, I am a Christian, but in this case, it’s the right thing to do!” was the abortion bound father’s reply!

With shock, many of us responded, telling him, “No, God would never want one of His precious babies killed. You must rescue this baby! Go back in now and get your girl out!”

Sandra, one of the sidewalk counselors, than shared how her family had been in extremely similar circumstances, but how they had chosen to trust God completely. She shared with passion, that yes, there were trials, but God always has provided, and if he would completely put his trust in Christ, HE would provide, that you just have to trust and put your faith in HIM and not the circumstances.

Well, the father did go back inside, but he didn’t come out, not until the end when we were all leaving. He came out of the abortuary door with his girlfriend, who was crying.

He let us know that the abortion had begun, and that the laminaria had been inserted (seaweed sticks that are inserted into the cervix to help dilate it). We knew then that this was a later-term abortion, and we let her know that the laminaria could be removed, and to please let us help her.

As they drove off, our hearts broke for that baby and for them and we began to pray that God would protect that baby, and change their hearts; that if they really were Christians, that God would convict their hearts, and send a spirit of repentance upon them.

Shortly after they drove off, Sandra, the counselor who had encouraged the father to put his whole trust in God, remembered that the father had given the name of the church the couple attended, so she called their pastor.

Amazingly when the pastor answered the phone, he actually had the name and phone number of the aborting mom in his hand! And when he heard where she and her boyfriend had been he was filled with sorrow, and said that he would try to meet with them immediately! He was very thankful Sandra had called him!

We all again began to pray that God would use this pastor to save this baby, and continued praying throughout the afternoon!

The next morning, thank the Lord, there was a text on the ministry phone from the couple telling us that they had the laminaria removed the night before! Oh, the thankfulness and joy that came upon all of us, thanksgiving unto the Lord God Almighty!

Thankfully, we had given the father one of our brochures and showed him our phone number. Thank the Lord he kept that brochure and we were able to find out that they had removed the laminaria!

I immediately returned the text, and we made arrangements to meet for lunch that day, which we did, a few hours later.

As Sandra and I sat with this couple, they explained that shortly after they had left PP, they received a phone call from their pastor, who wanted to meet with them immediately, and they agreed to have the pastor and his wife come to their house early that evening.

Through that meeting, God used this pastor and his wife to rescue this precious baby, and not only that, to encourage them to do the right thing and get married, letting them know they would help them through this time!

After the pastor and his wife left, the couple went to the emergency room and had the laminaria removed, and the baby was fine, the heart was beating strong, and things looked good!

They told us that they repented of the very thought of killing their child, and there was much weeping from this mom!

We asked her how far along she is, and ashamedly she said five months. “I can’t believe I was going to do this to my baby!” she said.

We spent a couple hours with this couple, and then they left for a follow-up appointment to see how she and the baby were doing.

Frantically, a few hours later, this mom, who just the day before was planning to have her child killed, was crying and telling us that her cervix had dilated and her mucous plug was coming out, and she feared that she was going to lose the baby!

We told her that we would call one of the doctors in our area who helps, and would see if we could get an appointment for her. As soon as we contacted this incredible doctor, he said that he could see her the following day!

We began a prayer chain, and prayers began to soar to the Lord God Almighty, pleading with HIM to close this cervix and to keep this baby safe!

Well, praise be to God, when the mom went to see the doctor the next day, miraculously the cervix had scabbed over and sealed—the baby was safe and snug in her womb! Hallelujah to the King of Kings!

We are in awe of what God has done, and this is such an example of the body of Christ working together for the sake of a babe—all working for the life of an innocent child, and being the hands and feet of Jesus!

God truly did a miracle, and HE gets all the glory, honor and praise! To HIM be the Glory!

Now, we plan to attend their wedding, and continue to walk through this time with this couple. Please remember to pray for them, and their precious child. God is good all the time!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Baby Saved at AWHC in Florida

By Michele Herzog

A couple who had already been inside the mill, walked out the doors and got into their vehicle, and began to pull out. I met them at the driveway and introduced myself to them, noticing that they both had big smiles on their faces.

I asked the young woman if she was pregnant, to which she said she was, and then I asked if they had been there for an abortion and they said yes….but then I asked if they changed their minds and they both happily said yes!

God moved on their hearts while they were sitting inside of that place of death!!!!

She told me she was five weeks along, so I told her to come back for a free sonogram next door, and that we would be willing to help them in anyway possible!

They left thanking me and the other counselor…what a great morning…to God be the Glory!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

By Evie Schwartzbauer

I woke up feeling a little bit better about sidewalk counseling this morning because it was Valentine’s Day – surely the words I would use could help change a mind on a day all about love…

The average number of abortion clients I see on Tuesdays is three so I had hope and prayed even harder that any women with an unwanted pregnancy with an abortion appointment this morning would be filled with the Holy Spirit’s love for her child.

After a while, a vehicle pulled up to a stop right before the abortion clinic and was confused between the Chapel of the Innocents and the abortion clinic (it happens a lot and I’m so glad when it does). I asked her if she had an appointment and she said, “Yeah, but I don’t know which one…” I quickly took that as an opportunity and handed her the We’re Here For You Brochure saying, “Well if you have an appointment, this is for you – it’s for pregnant women – are you pregnant?” She said yes. I congratulated her saying “Oh my gosh how wonderful – on the day that’s all about love – your love made a another person!” I went on to talk about the gift of love that babies are and how not all women have that gift. I told her that perfect love casts out all fear and asked what are the fears that brought her here today. And it was finances. I told her that was the most common reason and there’s so much help to the point where that reason disappears. She told me the older ages of her other 2 children and I said that’s great! Those are perfect ages for them to be old enough to help with her baby and children LOVE having baby brothers or sisters! I mentioned how abortion isn’t simply making a choice not to have a child yet but killing one that already exists right now…

I mentioned to her that I would personally walk with her on her pregnancy journey and looking and not finding a pen, I asked if she could pull into the chapel parking lot so I could get a pen and write my number down for her. She said I could wait with her in her car. I did, gave her my number and talked with her for a while, calling the pregnancy help center in her area to find out when she could come in for help…

I reminded her that her mom being so helpful with her 2 kids is something that some people don’t even have. I told her I would help her house-hunt because that sounds fun. :)

We continued to talk as we waited until the Robbinsdale Women’s Center was open (9) and walked over. I gave her a hug and told her don’t hesitate to call or text anytime!

I left there feeling excited – she definitely missed her appointment! A baby’s life had been saved that day! But then I realized I made the mistake again of not getting her number, just giving mine. She would have to reach me if I were to ever find out how things are going on in her life.

Later that day a friend of mine, Stacy* (not her real name) asked if I was at the Robbinsdale clinic this morning – I said yes. Stacy answered, “My friend told me a protester made me miss my abortion appointment”. I was shocked – I know someone the mom is friends with! They talk every day! Small world…

Stacy told me, “She said you were very sweet and she said you can have her number” I was elated – now I have a way to contact her!” :) And apparently Stacy convinced/stopped her from going to the first appointment – I stopped her at her second attempt! You’d think she’s realizing that this was a sign! Abortion is not the answer! Anyway I’ve been texting her and hope that I can meet up with her again or at least find out if her fears have been relieved and help was received.

Prayers would be most welcome in this delicate situation – pregnancy can be so scary, I pray that God reveals to her the gift that her baby boy or girl is and relieves all her fears.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 – Baby Saved at PP

By Ann Redding
Another prayerful day that preceded another baby saved from abortion! That has been the hallmark of the people gathered outside of Planned Parenthood in January and February and, I am totally convinced that it is the underpinning of the four saves we have witnessed there since 2017 began.

Scott and Kara, the 7:30 a.m. sidewalk counselors had several prayer supporters this a.m. Scott and Kara arrive at Planned Parenthood in the early cold of the morning, when everyone’s identity is well-hidden beneath their winter gear. Al, Sarah and another Scott were also there praying. Lyle and his prayer warriors arrived at 10:00. How encouraging they all are! The “W” family, parents and children were also in earnest prayer while the spiritual battles were being waged in this most evil atmosphere, the busiest abortuary in the state of Minnesota. Healthy babies enter, wounded parents leave, leaving the bodies of their children behind.

Two drive-by shouters gave their encouragement to the killing taking place this morning.

1) “I love you Planned Parenthood!” One woman routinely screams as she drives by.
2) “Why don’t you be a ‘real’ Christian and help someone?” Another woman angrily screamed at the counselors and prayer supporters.

The sidewalk counselors were able to give out literature to some, and call out to all who entered. I arrived about 9:00 a.m. and Kara and Scott told me about several conversations they had already had, one with a 19 year old man, whose girlfriend was there to abort their baby. He was polite, and moved by the picture of an aborted baby, but we do not know if he tried to persuade her not to go through with it. I did not see anyone matching his description leave.

At precisely 10:12, a woman who most likely was the abortionist, arrived. The abortionist usually arrives a couple of hours after the first abortion client arrives. This woman was blowing kisses to the escorts, both a disturbing and bizarre performance for someone who is about to wreak havoc in so many lives and end more than a dozen tiny lives.

At precisely 10:39, a couple walked slowly out of the building, and walked over to a car and got in the back seat. It looked like they were walking in slow motion, like wading through deep water. They were not one of the early arrivals. The driver of the vehicle (there were two women in front and the couple was in the back) approached the end of the driveway where I motioned them to stop. I asked the driver, peering into the back, “Did they change their minds?”
She looked at me, irritated, and said, “They were not here for that, they were here for something else.” I put my head further into the vehicle and asked the couple in the back, first looking at the man and asking, “Did you change your mind?” He mumbled something, then looked out of the window. I looked directly into the woman’s eyes, and asked, “Were you here for an abortion, and did you change your mind?” I had three pieces of literature in my hand to give them, and as I asked the question, the woman reached out her hand to accept the literature, and looked me directly in the eye, nodding and saying, “Yes” with a peaceful smile on her face.

The driver, now more irritated than before, asked, “Would you take your head out of our car so that we can drive away!”

“Yes.” I answered and did just that. Friend and sidewalk counselor, Lisa arrived to see the happy couple leave.

Thanks be to God for another baby saved from abortion!

Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Baby Saved at PP

Thursdays there are always great prayer coverage at Planned Parenthood, and many people are on the sidewalk with life-affirming signs. This is the second Thursday in January that a baby has been saved at Planned Parenthood.

Bill was just departing when I arrived, and Greg, Pat, Bernie and Sue were there with signs and sidewalk counseling literature, equipped to reach the many abortion-bound clients who stream through Planned Parenthood’s gates.

About 11:00 a woman was walking out of the front door of Planned Parenthood, where she stood near the curb, facing the street. She looked very depressed. I offered her literature, which she declined. In a gentle voice I asked, “Were you here for an abortion?”

“Yes, but I didn’t do it, but I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she lamented, looking very dejected. I told her there were people who could help her sort things out. She agreed to go with me to McDonalds. I told Bernie, Sue and Pat, “I may not be back.” (meaning during their shift) They nodded, having seen this scenario before.

While at McDonald’s I learned her situation was indeed bleak. She didn’t know where to turn. I walked her over to Abria where she was able to meet with a counselor.

We talked after her time at Abria, and she used my phone to call another cab. She told me, “They help you with everything at Abria! I’m feeling a lot better than I was earlier this morning, when I didn’t know what I was going to do.” When we were at McDonald’s we had exchanged contact information, and she was glad that she had someone she could talk to.

She directed her cab to pick her up at Planned Parenthood. There were four escorts chatting outside of PP when we walked back there. She went inside, because of the cold. Five minutes later her cab came. An escort walked her to the cab’s door. She turned to me and smiled, then got inside the cab, with her baby safe from those who would have destroyed it, had she remained inside.

At McDonald’s, I had asked her why she changed her mind about having an abortion.

“Well,” she told me, “I really didn’t want to do it. While I was inside, I was thinking about it, and knew you (and everyone) were outside, so I left, even though I didn’t know how I was going to manage, I got up and left.”

Thanks be to God for another baby saved from Planned Parenthood!

Thursday, December 29, 2016 – Duluth

By Sarah Winandy, Assistant, Duluth Branch Office, Pro-Life Action Ministries

On the last Thursday of the year, the abortion center was open for killing innocent unborn children. We had been sidewalk counseling and several moms had already gone in. Another couple was coming so I walked over to them and said, “Hi, we are here to help you.” The girl took the material as I continued, “I’d like to talk to you about your baby. She has a heartbeat right now, arms, hands, legs and feet. Your baby has nerves and can feel.” The guy turned and went right in my face and told me to stop, that I was not helping anything. Jim Tuttle was able to take over and talk to the girl as she walked into the building, then asked the guy as he turned to go, “Why are you here?” Jim put his hands together and said, “If I were holding the baby right now and you could see his face what would you say?” The guy began to cry and said, “It’s a gift,” and as he turned to go in Jim said, “God will find a way for you if you trust him.” Just a short time later he came out and told us they are going to keep the baby. Praise God! They were both smiling and very happy! We gave them hugs and got contact information. Please keep this couple in prayer!

Saturday, December 17, 2016 – Six Babies Saved on “Caroling for Life” day in CFL

(This is a condensed version of a report by Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager.)

Each year I am amazed at what God does during our Caroling for Life! This year was no different, starting at the AWHC abortuary, where we stood outside of the waiting room window singing the beautiful old carols. We left and went down to Orlando Women’s Center and were greeted with the wonderful news that a set of twins had just been saved! We were all so excited and began to sing the Christmas carols, read scripture and cry out to the women inside the abortuary and outside. Shortly after we left, we got the wonderful news that one of the women we had been crying out to changed her mind, and another set of twins was saved! Hallelujah! Our third and last stop was EPOC. Two young ladies who led us in singing all morning began to sing a song they wrote, “Save a Life,” and suddenly a couple came out of the building to tell us they had changed their minds! Shortly after that, another couple came out and headed to the pregnancy center!

Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Baby Saved at PP

There were many prayer supporters, several people from two churches from Stillwater, MN, and many others. There were also three or four sidewalk counselors in the time that I was there this morning. Several of the people who were praying were near the driveway when the couple left, and were rewarded by seeing the happy outcome.

A car with a man and a woman drove into Planned Parenthood’s parking lot and parked in the spot closest to the front. The street was not only quieter because it was Saturday, but there was a lull in any discernible traffic noise as the couple got out of their car. I cupped my hands around my mouth to project my voice better and called out to them. I don’t remember what I said, but I think I mentioned that Planned Parenthood was not their friend and that help was available from many sources. They both turned their faces, slowed their pace and listened. A few minutes after they both went in, the man came out, walking slowly toward their car. Then, he went back into the building a few minutes later. He turned his head and listened as I called out to him as he re-entered the building. He also could plainly see all of the prayer warriors on the sidewalk.

Less than ten minutes after he entered the building the second time they both came out, drove to the exit and their windows were down. The man was smiling broadly, giving the thumbs up to everyone near the car. He turned from side to side giving the thumbs up to the left and to the right. The woman was covering her face, crying.

Everyone was jubilant to see them leave and to see the man’s signal that things were going to be alright. They had escaped the trap that so many fall prey to.

Thanks be to God for another priceless life being saved!

Friday, September 16, 2016 – Learned of Baby Saved Two Years Ago

By Michele Herzog, CFL Branch Manager

September 2016—While out ministering at the AWHC abortuary recently in Altamonte Springs, I was singing into the waiting room, when from the corner of my eye I noticed a young woman holding her baby, which appeared to be about one year old, speaking to fellow sidewalk counselors Amber and Sandra.

I then began to hear, “Michele, Michele,” as they were flagging me to come over. I went over immediately and there was so much excitement going on! Amber and Sandra were saying, “She came here two years ago, and you were here and talked with her, and she didn’t have the abortion. Here is her baby!”

I couldn’t believe it! I looked at the young lady and she kept calling me her angel and thanking me. I recognized her and remembered the day like it was yesterday! I had talked with her for a long time, and she had left that day, but she was abortion-minded. I remember driving home that day feeling so sad, and crying out to the Lord to please touch her heart and to save that precious baby.

Well, that was two years ago, and here was that baby I prayed for and asked God to protect! He is so handsome and his mom is so happy!

I was so thankful she stopped by, and it made me think of how many babies and adults are out there, alive today because someone was in front of an abortion mill pleading for the life of a babe. We certainly don’t need to know, but it sure is nice when God allows us to see the babies that were saved from the abortionist’s knife or toxic and poisonous chemicals in the womb. Thank you Lord for this life saved, and thank you Lord for this precious woman who walked away from that abortuary two years ago and said no. We get to have a birthday party now for this little one, and it will be a great day of celebration!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Met Baby Saved at Whole Women’s

I Met a Baby Saved! ~On my way to the Whole Woman’s abortion center to sidewalk counsel this morning, I was listening to a Catholic radio station and the announcer ended a time of prayer with a statement about looking forward to the “joys and blessings” of this day. It didn’t take long for me to receive a great blessing. A woman with a beautiful baby girl approached me while I was on the sidewalk and told me that this past winter she had taken our literature, looked at it on her way into the abortion center and changed her mind! She was about 20 weeks pregnant at the time. She added that she has other children and that this is her first daughter.

When I arrived at the office after my sidewalk counseling shift, I looked through our files of documented “Babies Saved” and did not find a record of this woman, so she must have left the abortion center without telling us that she had changed her mind (there are four entrances to that building and the sidewalk counselor(s) may have been watching another entrance when she left). This confirms what we’ve always known – that more lives are saved than we have documented!

Saturday, July 16, 2016 – Baby Saved at PP

When I arrived at Planned Parenthood, there were three prayer supporters, (Al, Susan and Judy) two counselors (Sunnie and Bill) and an observer (Ron) who was a friend of Bill. They gave me an update on what had transpired. Sunnie had given literature to several incoming clients and Bill had a conversation with a friend of an abortion client.

After they left, it was rather quiet. About 10:20, a car drove in with a man who looked close to 50, and a woman who looked in her early forties. They both smiled and accepted literature much to the chagrin of the lone escort! They entered Planned Parenthood, but were only in the building about 20 minutes.

In the meantime, more prayer warriors arrived.

The couple returned to their car and sat in their car about 10 minutes. Then, they drove slowly down the driveway with their windows down. They stopped their vehicle near me, the man smiled and waved, and the woman wiped her tears. I asked, “Did you change your mind?” They both said, “Yes.”

I told them about Abria and they seemed confused regarding my directions. I asked if they’d like me to get in their car to show them where it was. They both seemed taken aback and did not like that idea, which makes sense since I was a stranger. I motioned for them to drive into the drive-thru for the bank and pause there so I could talk with them.

They did.

The woman was still crying a little. I showed her the number for Abria in the blue pregnancy help sheet. As she wiped away her tears she said rather shakily….”Well, since we have changed our minds, we might as well go to our own doctor….we don’t need to go to this clinic.”

I affirmed their choice for life, they thanked me, then they drove away. I told everyone there (excluding the escort) that they had changed their minds which was met with quiet gratefulness to God. I felt a little shiver as I watched them drive away. That happens sometimes when we intensely feel the gravity of the situation moments before and then see the wonderful 180 degree turn-around that God has orchestrated.

Thanks be to God for all three of these precious lives being saved!

Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Baby Saved at EPOC

By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

While ministering at the EPOC abortuary last weekend we noticed a young abortion-bound couple walking toward the door, so we began offering pleas of help, but they walked into this place of death anyway.

Of course we did not give up as we began speaking, preaching, reading scripture and singing hymns and worship songs into the waiting room window, pleading with the women to come out with their baby still safe in their wombs.

After a couple hours we noticed the couple come out, walk to their car, and sit in it for the next 20 minutes; we again pleaded with them to “not do it,” and to let their little baby boy or girl live, that he/she is a precious gift from God created in HIS image.
We then noticed the vehicle backing up and beginning to head out the back entrance. I quickly walked to the corner to try to meet with them and offer one last plea for the life of their babe. As the car approached me, I kept thinking they would just drive right by me, but instead, they rolled their window down and began to tell me that they didn’t do it! I asked them if they chose life, and with tears rolling down their faces, barely able to talk, the young man said, “Yes, we heard you all saying ‘Don’t do it,’ and we couldn’t do it! That place was horrible, and we just couldn’t do it.” I said, “Praise God!”

We then prayed with them, talked more, and exchanged phone numbers. They left, with smiles on their faces and with peace, knowing that their little child was alive! They kept telling us how close they came to making a horrible mistake, and they thanked us over and over for being there, and encouraged us to continue to be out there. They also told us to keep speaking into the window, because people do hear us, and it makes a big difference!

This is just another reminder for all of us who minister in front of abortuaries to never give up! Even if an abortion-bound couple goes into a killing center, God can convict their hearts through many different things and so many babies lives have been saved, even if the mom has been in there for over 2 hours! We must keep speaking, preaching, praying, reading scripture and singing worship songs, as the women can hear us and change their minds!

We thank the Lord that HE intervened, and saved this child’s life; to HIM be the glory!

Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Baby Saved at PP

By Kara, Sidewalk Counselor

A bit before 8am a couple passed the PP entrance and parked in the bank lot. I walked down the sidewalk to call out to them as the escort approached (he was on bank property). My first line in English was ignored but when I switched to Spanish, saying I had some important information for her, she looked up and came closer, even stepping to the sidewalk when I asked if we could talk. We introduced ourselves and I told her there was help just one block away, any type of help that women need to have their babies. She told me she was 7 weeks along in response to my query and had opened up the brochure where I pointed out the 6-week child, the 11-week old’s little feet, and mentioned her baby’s heart had begun to beat at just 3 weeks. The PP volunteers had gotten the man to park in their lot, and he now came walking down the sidewalk to us. At this point, the first escort had been inserting himself saying, “I’m with the clinic, come with me, por favor” and, when she continued to stay with me, gestured at his temple and pointed at me, saying, “Loco, loco”, I guess hoping calling me “crazy” would make her crack a smile and win her trust? She wasn’t in a smiling mood — I ignored him and he went to get the older woman volunteer to try to get her in.

The young man with her received a Spanish brochure as I repeated much of the offers of help, saying the children photographed there all belonged to mothers who were coming to abort, too, and were very grateful for the help to keep their children. Both were very quiet and exchanging looks — he pointed out to her some of the side effects listed and I mentioned that the paragraph above was written by a woman who knew first-hand about the emotional and spiritual consequences of abortion. I asked if they’d like me to accompany them to Abria and learn about what help there was. The other escort (standing on bank property) tried to get her inside by saying, “I don’t speak Spanish but if you’re confused, you should come inside and talk to the DOCTORS and not these religious people” — she got frustrated when I continued to speak to them, saying, “Excuse me!” like I ought to give her equal time, and I replied, “No, not now, not when a life is on the line” and only said to the couple that they had every right to speak to me when she tried to tell them they couldn’t stand there. [ SHE was on bank property, the 3 (4, little one included) of us were on public sidewalk, in front of the bank, not PP! ] They agreed to go to Abria and I suggested that she walk with me while he drive the vehicle and I showed him where to go. By this time the uniformed security guard was approaching us; we turned and walked away towards the stoplight.

I learned the woman had a young daughter at home and I remarked that my older daughter was 9 when her little sister was born and that big sisters LOVE babies and can be a big help, too. She continued to be very quiet and I was still unsure WHY abortion was their first answer until she admitted there were some difficulties between them, but in the same breath said that it’s not the children’s fault when adults have problems. I responded that certainly no child should pay with his life because of problems and she agreed. They’d thought that an abortion and going their separate ways would be easiest, but she could see it wasn’t an easy solution after all (those photos in the brochure might be the first real development people see). During the next 45 minutes or so we spent together, I kept reiterating that they have a lot of time and that maybe talking to someone, either alone or together (or both) could help. At the point I’d been accused of being “religious” we’d not spoken about beliefs, but I did ask as we waited for the doors to open (prayer supporter Steve stepped in to help by making calls). They said they were both believers, and knew that God was able to make something good out of what are our mistakes. They asked me about the ministry, if there were people like that out at the abortion centers and I said we try to be. The young man looked concerned and asked if there was someone there now since I was with them? I was able to say that prayer supporter Kim, witness to their arrival, had taken over and another counselor, Bill, would be helping by now, too. We were able to get a print out of all the Spanish-speaking resources available to them, and even a map to Robbinsdale, since it was open Saturday. We exchanged phone numbers and I called them Wednesday night. Mom has told her daughter about the baby, and she is very excited, and Mom is getting medical care lined up. Dad said they are grateful for real options and is fine keeping in touch. On Saturday, one of the last things he said to me was that Friday night he’d asked God for a sign, but he never thought there would be people at the abortion centers keeping people from committing the mistake of killing their children. Thanks be to God for softening their hearts, for words to say and for boldness in the face of opposition.

You never know how God can use your talents to save a life.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Baby Saved at PP

By Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator

It was hot! The sidewalk was radiating heat and my straw hat kept blowing into the street. Police were sitting in their air- conditioned vehicles observing the drama of life vs. death. On the surface, things looked calm, but an intense spiritual battle was being waged. The police were stationed due to a church pro-life gathering at the side of Planned Parenthood’s building. Prayers and praise songs were in the air.

Kara and Scott gave me a briefing of the morning’s events. They had both been successful in handing out literature to several entering Planned Parenthood’s lot. At one point, Scott handed literature to the driver while Kara handed literature to the passenger. There were three escorts, all hooked up to their ear buds, staring off in the distance, listening to an unheard tune.

A young woman exited PP’s front door. I engaged her in conversation. She had a lanyard in her pocket with the movie Frozen’s characters on it. Using that as an ice-breaker (forgive the pun) I found out she had a two-year-old who had seen the movie. She declined the literature, while giving instructions on her phone to someone who was driving nearby. While on the phone with her friend, her friend drove into the drive-through lane for the bank. The abortion-minded woman yelled, “Not that driveway!” Then she walked over to get in the car. The escort followed walked over to the car with her arms out, as though to shield them from us. I tried again to get them to take the literature. The two women ended up exiting through the bank’s parking lot. The driver did accept the literature before she pulled into the street. I looked them both in the eyes and said, “God bless you.”

Then they drove into PP’s parking lot. As they exited the car and began walking toward PP, Reverend Walker called out to them, assuring them of the help available and about God’s love.

Cynthia arrived to pray, and then Debra arrived to counsel. I was telling Cynthia about the morning’s experiences, when the mother of the two-yr-old “Frozen” fan was driving out. I approached her car and asked, “Did you change your mind about abortion?” She smiled, nodded, and answered, “Yes.” I said something encouraging and she drove away.

Then her friend began to leave in her car. I asked, “Is that your friend?” pointing to the car which had just driven out. She said, “Yes.” I asked, “And she changed her mind?”

“Yes.” she replied, looking happy. Debra asked her what made her friend change her mind. The woman paused and said, “She just couldn’t do it.”

Those are five beautiful words. I can picture that young woman, two years from now, holding her baby, with her four-year-old daughter smiling at her baby (brother or sister.) Another child has escaped death at Planned Parenthood, by the grace of God.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

It was hot and uncomfortably muggy, even though it was still early in the day. I was headed to Planned Parenthood about 9:00 a.m., where Kara, Bill, Scott and others were keeping a watchful eye and a prayerful presence.

An employee of Planned Parenthood walked passed (where a prayer supporter had recently fashioned a stone mosaic in the sign of the cross.) She kicked angrily at the stones sending them flying in all directions. Kara walked toward her calmly, quoting 1 Corinthians:18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” This employee had recently told another pro-lifer that (she felt) God hated her. Please keep her in your prayers.

A young man from St Thomas arrived to pray as well as another regular Saturday prayer supporter. Many people came to pray that morning, including the rosary group from the Cathedral, which comes the third Saturday of the month.

A little before 10:00 a.m., a car drove in with a young couple with an older woman. As they walked into the building, I called out to them. Jeff spoke to them, too. Less than ten minutes later, they walked out of the building, going quickly to their car.

As they drove out, I stood next to the driver, who had his window rolled down. I asked, “Did you change your minds about abortion?” He had been smiling, and he smiled even more, nodding his head in answer. Not satisfied, I looked in the back seat and asked the girl the same question, she too, said they had changed their minds. I saw that all three had already affixed the Planned Parenthood “guest” name tags to their clothing. I couldn’t read any of their names, since I was focusing on their eyes and their smiles. I couldn’t remember if they had taken literature going in, so I gave them some going out, saying, “Give us a call if you need anything.”

Thanks be to God for sparing another child from abortion.

Friday, June 10, 2016 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s

by Karla, Sidewalk Counselor

I am writing to ask you to rejoice with me. This morning a young woman came to have an abortion at Whole Women’s Clinic in Minneapolis. There were five pro-life sidewalk counselors around the Parkside Medical building. The young woman decided to talk with one of the counselors and not to go into the clinic for her scheduled abortion. Praise the Lord!

Please pray for her. She is 7 weeks pregnant, so her baby would be expected to be born in late January. She said the reason she had wanted an abortion is “no father”, meaning the baby’s father did not want the baby. However, she came to the clinic with one of her sisters, who is against abortion. The young woman who was there for the abortion said she has two sisters who have had children and would support her in the choice to carry her baby to term. She took literature including the comprehensive list of contact information for pro-life counseling centers around the Twin Cities. She did not want to go to one right then even though she is worried about how she can deal with her pregnancy. We talked about the hurt that would be in her tender heart if she chose to have an abortion. She believes in God and that He loves her + she was happy I prayed with her. She left pleased that she had not gotten an abortion but aware of the many uncertainties that her pregnancy has brought into her life.

Please continue to pray: That she would grow firm in her decision to give life to her baby, for God to bring people alongside her to support her decision and to help her in practical ways, that she would know that it is God providing everything she needs

Thank you for rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – Baby Saved at Mildred Hanson

(Note—Mildred Hanson died in 2015 but this abortion mill is still called “Mildred Hanson’s clinic.” Mildred’s daughter, Marilee Hanson, has continued the abortion business there.)

Sidewalk counselors Mel and Tom gave literature to and talked with Jill and Karen (not their real names), who were trying to talk their relative out of an abortion. The young woman was about 22 weeks pregnant and was going to start the two–day D & E procedure that day. Meanwhile, Jerry, Marilynn and Br. Max were praying. I learned of the situation when I stopped by briefly between shifts at two different abortion centers. As I was getting back into my car around the corner, I noticed a young woman walking down the sidewalk who fit the description given to me by Mel and Tom. I was able to show her the 16-week fetal model I had, and I gave her a photo and medical illustration of what an abortion does to a baby at 22 weeks. We discussed her situation (fortunately, she had not yet started the abortion process) and when I asked why she wanted to abort, she told me that most of her family wanted her to. I told her, “Don’t listen to them!”

At that point, Jill and Karen walked up and they added to what I was saying, continuing to encourage the young woman to have the baby. Jill got the young woman’s father on the phone and I explained to him the help that the pro-life movement is able to provide. Soon their cab arrived and they all left. The next day I reached Jill and asked if the young woman had firmly decided not to abort. “Yes, we’re keeping the baby!” she joyfully exclaimed. I asked, “What changed her mind?” “You did!” she replied. This was a group effort – with several sidewalk counselors, several prayer supporters, the encouragement and persistence of Jill and Karen and the young woman’s openness to God’s grace working in her heart!

Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

By Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator

Wednesday, June 1, a woman who felt desperate enough to seek an abortion of her 21-week-old unborn child went to her scheduled abortion appointment at Planned Parenthood on Vandalia early in the morning. Laminara dilators were inserted to start opening the cervix in preparation for the dismemberment (D&E) abortion the next day (see www.abortionprocedures.com). She left approximately an hour later, without speaking to sidewalk counselors, although she may have taken literature going in. (Note – If a woman leaves the abortion center early, it could mean that an abortion is in process, not that she has changed her mind.)

On Thursday morning, I arrived a little after Nicky, a new counselor, who was to shadow me that day. A woman, who was alone in her car, soon exited the driveway. She took literature from Bernie while his wife Sue was praying for clients and their babies. Bernie talked for awhile with the woman, then told me, “You should follow her over to Abria.”

I took Nicky with me. The woman was parked in front of Abria, with her window down, smoking. She explained to Nicky and me that after leaving Planned Parenthood the day before, she decided she wanted to save the life of her baby, and that she wanted the laminaria dilators to be removed. She went to a hospital and they refused to remove the laminaria. Planned Parenthood also refused to remove the laminaria on Thursday.

I explained that AALFA Family Practice had doctors who could remove the laminaria and she was elated that someone could finally help her. I received information from Abria about two Entirea clinics who also had doctors who could remove the laminaria.

“Planned Parenthood isn’t pro-choice,” the formerly abortion-minded woman said to Nicky and me. “When I wanted to terminate, they were pro-choice, but when I wanted help after changing my mind, they were definitely no longer pro-choice.”

On Friday, we connected. I asked, “Did everything go okay at AALFA?

“Yes, I’m going back next week for my ultrasound. They took good care of me. Thank you for helping.”

The story doesn’t end there. The woman experienced another crisis that week with the looming threat of an eviction from her apartment. We referred her to a pregnancy help center for additional emotional support and to apply for a financial grant.

I will stay in touch with her as her pregnancy progresses. Please keep her in your prayers.

Thanks be to God for another baby rescued from Planned Parenthood! Thank you, Bernie, Sue, Nicky and all the other counselors and prayer supporters who were at Planned Parenthood both Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2. Saving a life is by God’s grace AND the coordination of many people’s efforts, each one contributing a word, a smile, a sign, a piece of literature, or emergency medical care at an opportune time.

Thank you to everyone!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – Baby Saved at Mildred Hanson

by Brother Max, Sidewalk Counselor

During my shift from 9-10:30a.m. at Mildred Hanson’s, Steve and I did not see anybody go in nor in the waiting room, neither during the downpour or in the perfect weather that preceded it. In a break in the rain clouds, a passerby whom I blessed, turned around and asked what I was reading. I said some scriptures (as in the Scriptural Rosary, the Joyful Mysteries which were waterlogged by then.) and then said while passing the dry tri-fold ‘We’re Here For You’, and list of pregnancy help centers: “This is what we usually hand out to people, maybe you have a friend that can use the help?” Accepting the literature, she said something to the tune of just needing someone to talk with at this point, and then began to tear up, fanning her flood of emotions. When I asked what was the matter, she began to share how she was 11-weeks pregnant and knew her baby had legs and hands and hair… {yeah, and their heart’s beating, I added} and she knews that abortion wasn’t right but is sad to say it’s been going through her mind as she walked along trying to straighten things out. She didn’t believe in abortion, but she was being tempted. I suggested we walk down to the City Life Center, where there were some friendly ladies with whom she could talk through her options. She shared that her boss just adopted a grown child from all the way over on the coast, however, they’d still like a baby and she’s considering placing this child with them. But she mentioned her pregnancy to her daughters, and they were excited for a sibling. She almost wished she wouldn’t have told them. She explained that she’s unsure how to proceed with her 4th child- she senses this one is a boy, because the pregnancy is different from her girls’. I reassured her that open adoptions can be arranged in such a variety of ways now. She lamented that she’s a single mom with children out of wedlock and shared how when she was young she wanted to have many kids, but now the circumstances are kind of weighing on her. I told her about a woman I know who had seven kids from different dads, who met a man that she married and they are now pregnant with the ninth child in their family. I encouraged her that she’s a strong woman and gave her credit that she wanted the best for her four children, and hoped she would someday meet the right man to raise these kids. Then we met one of the counselors at the City Life Center and I promised that I would pray for her. She seemed content that she had a woman and friend there where she could discuss the new life within.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

by Joellyn, Sidewalk Counselor

Other sidewalk counselors present were: Mary, Adrienne and Gary.

I arrived at Robbinsdale at 12:15 p.m. Mary was up in the stand. I had just finished two hours at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids, then I took off to the abortion mill. I did the same thing last Tuesday. When I got there– there were no cars in the driveway. Then a couple drove in and parked by Mary.

She tried to counsel them, but they went in.

Then another couple – both in their mid-late 20’s drove in. They stayed in the car for awhile and then she went in. He had his window down so I kept talking to him from the driveway, telling him about Robbinsdale Women’s Center across the street.

He finally drove out of the driveway but stopped to listen to me. I said, “Can you go into that place and bring her out? You don’t want her to do this.”
He said, “It’s up to her.”
I replied, “Listen, my mom was pregnant with me, and then married my dad but she could have aborted me.”
He replied, “We are not married…and it’s not really a person yet.”
I said, “Come on! You know the facts! We all are humans, beginning at conception.”
Gary and Adrienne were praying the entire time I was talking to the fellow.

Then I said, “Listen, you look like a good man.”
He softened then and said, “I just don’t know what to do.”
I said, “You do, too!”
Then he took my info and left. I told him, “We are praying for you.”

About 20 minutes later he drove back into the mill and he drove in fast! He got out of the car and Mary yelled – “That’s right go GET HER OUT!” and he did!! They both came out and stopped at the driveway.
I asked, “Did you change your mind?”
They nodded and said “Yes.”
I asked him, “Is this your child?” He said “Yes.”
I said, “You are a lovely couple and your baby will be so beautiful!”
I gave them a brand-new teddy bear and some booties and they smiled and left very happy.

I thank God for His allowing us to be involved in these precious lives, the entire world rejoices when a child is born! I can’t help but feel the Lord blessed us because I’m committed to feeding poor children now as often as possible. When we do the littlest thing for the Lord he multiplies it beyond our wildest dreams.
Come and join me anytime go to FMSC.org and check it out – and then come to the abortion mill and save every child!
Mother Angelica, I know you are interceding up there, and I thank you, & all the angels and saints, Mary, Gary & Adrienne, just a few angels down here on earth too!!! :)
All for LIFE!

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

by Joellyn, Sidewalk Counselor

On Saturday May 21- at the Robbinsdale abortion mill, a young woman stopped her car in the driveway and took my pro-life brochure. I asked, “Can I help you?”
She said, “I have an appointment for an abortion but I am considering other options.”
“Can you drive over there and we can talk?” I asked her.
She did and she told me she was being pressured by her kids’ dad to have an abortion. I said, “He has no right to pressure you.”
She agreed and said she was moving out.
I said, “You have to take care of you and your kids and your unborn child.”
I told her to go to Robbinsdale Women’s Center across the street. She agreed and said, “I don’t want to have an abortion. He made me have one a year ago.”
I said, “You need to focus on you and your safety.”
She took the info and I told her to just call Pro-Life Action Ministries for more help and also told her about Abria, a new pro-life center in St. Paul. She agreed to check them out.
I gave her some money to buy her kids lunch and assured her that she was doing the right thing.
Then a passerby came from across the street and I heard him say, “Are they trying to talk you out of this?”
I asked Dave to go talk to the guy and he started walking towards the man but the man walked quickly away.
Dave and I prayed for her and her kids’ protection as she drove away.Continue to pray that this young woman stays strong. She is six weeks pregnant.

All men need to protect and provide for their women and children.
Lord, help men see their roles as protectors of the family like St. Joseph was of the Holy Family. I thank God for good men like Dave, Dan, Philip, Harold and all the rosary group of many men who come to pray & to save children from abortion. God bless the good men of this nation! WE NEED YOU ALL – NOW!

Friday, May 14, 2016 – Baby Saved at AWHC

by Dan Gorman

“A BABY WAS SAVED! A middle-aged woman and her husband drove into the awhc abortuary but didn’t stop to talk or take a brochure from us, amidst pleas of help, but, once their car was parked, the abortion bound woman came down to me.
She said she knew why Pat and I were there but that she already had three children., and that her husband was out of work and that they could not afford another mouth to feed.
We spoke of the fact that God created her new child for a purpose and that we have no right to deny her baby a chance for life!
I mentioned the care and free help she would get right next door at the pregnancy center and she then accepted a brochure.
She turned and joined her husband and they went into the abortuary, unfortunately.
A little while later, they both came out and got in their car!
As they drove out the driveway, they stopped to tell me they had changed their minds! There were tears of joy as they shared the news!
They said “God bless you” and happily accepted a small baby’s bonnet. It made our day. God is good! A life spared!”

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

by Geri, Sidewalk Counselor

I witnessed a miracle on Wednesday morning, April 27th, 2016. I can still see it in my mind. It’s the image of Ed handing a brochure from the ‘Freedom of Speech’ stand to a couple at the Robbinsdale “family” (abortion) clinic.

I was standing at the clinic driveway. I looked up and saw Ed waving ‘hello’ from the ‘freedom of speech’ stand. I waved back. Not long afterward, a car drove into the parking lot of the Chapel of the Innocents next door. It paused, it’s impossible to miss the large white crucifix. I watched with curiosity and dread. What was their intended destination? Please not the abortion clinic, I was thinking. Sure enough, the car backed out and turned into the abortion clinic. There were skulls and crossbones along the sides of the car. I offered them a brochure. They drove past me. I kept praying and held up the brochures. It appeared they were arguing. After the clinic opened, they got out of the car. I called to them, “I have some information for you to read! I know what it’s like to be pregnant in a complicated situation!” I told her to make the clinic SHOW her her ultrasound, the baby has a heartbeat at 16 days…and is a human being. The door closed behind them. We prayed.

The pro-life signs we were trying to keep attached to Ed’s car kept coming loose in the wind and rain.

Ed and I kept chasing down the signs. After an hour the couple came out. Ed called to them and they went over to listen to him! They took a brochure and talked for 1-2 minutes. Ed told them that he was adopted and there was free help. He told them many families are waiting to adopt a child. I could see the couple nodding their heads. They got into their car and started reading the brochure. When they approached me, the window was rolled down and I leaned in. Tears were pouring down the woman’s cheeks. I told her that things don’t always look easy, but her baby was meant for great things! She smiled through her tears. She said she would call the centers listed in the brochure. She shuddered and gestured back to the abortion clinic, saying, “Right now, all I want to do is get away from THIS place!” My attitude was “Oh, yes, go-go-go! And God bless you!”

Please pray for this young couple that they will have the strength to persevere, no matter what brought them to the clinic or what worries they have.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

By Marlene, Sidewalk Counselor

A woman changed her mind today at Robbinsdale abortion clinic. A van pulled in with a woman driving, she did not take any literature but kept eye contact. They sat and her passenger was smoking a cigarette so they stayed till she was done. With her window open Chris said a few things to her and they were both looking at him. Then they went in and the driver stopped and said a couple things to Chris as he was talking to them. After Chris left about 9:00 a.m. they both came out smiling and looking carefree. As they left the girl who was the passenger said, “yes” she had changed her mind and added, “Where is the man that was over there?” She meant Chris who had been on the stand. I told her he had left and she wanted his telephone number which I didn’t have. Then I was able to hand her literature and showed her the number in the back of the brochure that had Pro-Life Action Ministries’ number. By then, the car behind honked at them, and they left. Happiness was in the air!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

By Evie Schwartzbauer, Sidewalk Counselor
This morning at Robbinsdale abortion clinic was very wet and bleak as the cars pulled in one after another. I was chatting with a fellow prayer warrior when a car pulled in to our chapel lot next door and then pulled out – an obvious mistake – and then they headed towards the abortion clinic. This car had multiple women (the two I saw looked sad) in it, loud music, and big rims so I had a fishy feeling about this. I tried to offer literature as they pulled in but they drove right past. The first person out of the car was a young lady who did look sad. I asked her straight up, “Is someone forcing you into this?” She told me, “It’s not me; it’s her.” The other woman in the front seat who did not looked herself, got out with the man and I told them the usual things I say, “We have help for you, you don’t have to do this. Etc.” And something I don’t usually say spilled out, “It looks like you have a lot of friends and family to support you. Would they support you if you keep this child?” The man responded something like, “She knows what she’s doing.” I said more of the usual things like, “You’re strong enough to be a mom” and “we can help you with anything you need!” as they walked into the door of the abortion clinic.

Some time and 2 more abortion clients later, the pregnant lady’s friend walked out to the car. I started to talk with her on how I could help and she said, “She might come out actually!” I was pleasantly surprised and told her that’s great! She then told me her friend was raped and that’s why she’s doing this. I exclaimed my sorrow that that had happened to her and started to tell her that I knew someone who kept her child after rape but she interrupted, telling me that she herself had also been raped and kept her baby. I told her that she had a beautiful testimony for her friend but she told me, “Well she knows it but she’s a different person” and “I’m praying!” I told her I was praying and hoping too and tried to offer literature one more time but she insisted, “I think she’s coming out though!” and she got in the car. And she was right! Her friend and the man came out. I was super excited and asked the mom, “Did you change your mind?” and she said,”Yes! For you!” as she pointed to me! I was shocked and elated! “That’s amazing!” While she was inside and as she got back into the car, another car pulled in so While I was reaching out to another client who had just arrived, the mother and her friends left without me getting to hand them any literature. I knew for sure though, even though they had not gotten any resources from me, that she had definitely changed her mind and our prayers and my words had something to do with it. Praise God that this mother chose life for her child despite her difficult circumstances!

I prayed that God would use this situation for even more saves – maybe the other abortion clients would see a cancellation and feel empowered to also leave. During my time there, however, I had talked to (and been ignored by) two different women going into the clinic with bumper stickers of a big church (I told them that if they are Christian they shouldn’t be there because abortion kills the gift that God gave them and it’s a sin) and both of them left too soon to have aborted! So 6 potential victims ended up being only 3. It’s still sad to have any lives lost, but I was there loving those children before they died and doing my part to stop the killing of innocents in my neighborhood this week!

Thursday, April 7, 2016 – Second Baby Saved at PP on This Day

By Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counselor Coordinator
April was an incredible month for saves and its not over yet.
“I’m fine, Ann, morning sickness has reduced a little bit,” the mother texted me this evening. She had fancy emoji’s which symbolized her happy mood. When I met her outside of Planned Parenthood she was anxious and uncertain. She’d asked to see her ultrasound and said, “I saw my baby’s heart beat.” She told me that ‘back home’ (she is not from the U.S.) the expectation is you are married before you have a baby. She agreed to go to McDonald’s to talk and she told me, “I was hoping I’d see you when I came out (of Planned Parenthood).”
After talking at McDonald’s we drove over to Abria (she said it was too cold to walk)! She was not wearing a coat, and it was definitely coat weather. After she spoke with a counselor at Abria, we sat in her car and talked some more. Being pregnant was still ‘very new’ to her.
Her texts today confirmed three things – 1) She has a prenatal visit scheduled. 2) She will continue with college. 3) She is happy. “I can imagine the joy it feels to be a mum,” she texted me.
This is why we go to the abortion centers. So that mothers (and fathers) can experience the joy of being a mom or dad.
Thank you for your part in this ministry which helps parents visualize this gift.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s

Snow had turned to a fine rain. I was wandering back and forth from the two entrances wondering why I wasn’t seeing any clients. Then a car pulled up with a man and a woman and two children in the back seat. The two adults got out and were standing by their car. I approached them and told them about Whole Woman’s and how abortion was not safe and MN had no standards for abortion centers. The man said to the woman, “Did you hear that?” She came closer and I said a few other things, I can’t remember what. Then the man said, “You have just confirmed our reasons for not wanting to go through with this.” I said I was happy to hear that and asked how far along she was. She did not know. I also asked if they had an appointment at Whole Woman’s. They said they had. I told them how beautiful their children in the back seat were, and the little boy waved at me. They listened to information about the various options regarding a pregnancy center to visit and I recommended Abria because it is open more hours. They left after making a phone call while in their car.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 – Baby Saved at PP

By Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator

When I arrived at Planned Parenthood, Bernie and Sue were there, praying, handing out literature and holding their signs. No one else was there, but a little while later a couple from Wisconsin arrived with their signs. The woman from Wisconsin said they had an “abortion clock” marking the number of deaths by abortion in their yard and they got a lot of positive feedback about it.

I hadn’t been there long when two women with a bunch of kids (3 or maybe 4) got in their car and were exiting Planned Parenthood. The driver stopped at the exit and I attempted to give her post abortion healing information. She said, “Actually, I didn’t go through with it,” smiling up at me while the children in the back seat bounced up and down. She was going to hand me back the post abortion lit, and I said, “Keep it. You might know someone who will be helped by it.” She took the We’re Here for You brochure, the blue pregnancy help sheet and the HLA booklet about Planned Parenthood. I asked if they wanted to pull into the bank parking lot to talk further, and she said they needed to get the kids home.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – Baby Saved at WW

By Debra Braun, Education Director

Two young women and a young man approached the side entrance of the Parkside Building in Minneapolis which houses the Whole Woman’s abortion center. I met up with them in the private courtyard before they got to the door. (I was the only sidewalk counselor there, trying to keep an eye on at least two of the four entrances, sometimes having to step onto the building property in order to quickly reach people before they entered.) As I handed literature to both women and asked if they were there for Whole Woman’s, one of the women pointed to the other and said, “Talk to her.” As the pregnant woman tearfully explained her difficult situation, I explained how we could help her get through this without abortion. After several minutes of conversation, the building’s security guard noticed I was on the property and gently told me I had to get off. I asked the woman to please step with me onto the public sidewalk, but she wanted to go in and tell the abortion center that she was cancelling her appointment. I told her that was not at all necessary, but the three of them went in anyway, with the client telling me that she’d be back out shortly. I continued to watch for other abortion clients, all the while thinking about this woman and hoping and praying that she would have the strength to resist the lure of the abortion center. About 10 minutes later, she and her two companions came out! We exchanged phone numbers and agreed to keep in touch.

Earlier in the morning, a passerby had asked what I was doing. She then explained that she had gotten pregnant at the age of 12. The father was 15. But, thankfully, her mother was opposed to abortion and the child was born. Raised with the help of both families, her son is now 31. When I saw her again later, I told her about the young woman changing her mind that morning. She joyfully responded, “God is good.” Indeed!

Friday, April 1, 2016 – Twin Babies Saved at Robbinsdale

By Gary, Volunteer Sidewalk Counselor

John and I were working the early shift at the Robbinsdale abortuary Friday, April 1, and it was busy. John was working the driveway and he asked me to take the stand in the backyard of the Pro-Life Action Ministries chapel next door, which I did.

A lady drove in. I started talking with her immediately and she told me, “I don’t know if I can go through with this,” and she seemed interested in not going in. Unfortunately she did, but came out shortly thereafter. She got in her car and I immediately went to the driveway as I had a feeling she would stop. She did stop and then pulled in the front yard parking area of the chapel and she said that she was thinking of having an abortion but after talking to John and I she changed her mind. A doctor had told her she had twins.

We talked for about fifteen minutes and she told me she also had other children. I talked with her for awhile, she thanked John and I for being there and she drove away. She gave me her name and number which I forwarded to Pro-Life Action Ministries.

Later I called to see how she was doing and she called me back on April 6. She said she has had her ultrasound and was definitely pregnant with twins and she was now looking forward to their delivery.

PRAISE THE LORD AS EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IS THE WILL OF HIM EXCEPT SIN!!

Friday, March 25, 2016 – Twin Babies Saved on Good Friday

We just learned that a set of twins was saved from abortion at the St. Paul Planned Parenthood during our all-day prayer vigil there on Good Friday, March 25! A woman, 17 weeks pregnant, received our literature from a sidewalk counselor as she drove into Planned Parenthood. Later, she came out and while leaving, stopped and asked the sidewalk counselor where she could get help. The sidewalk counselor gave her our list of local pregnancy help centers. The woman contacted one of the centers and has been receiving help and support from them. Although still undecided for awhile, she has recently confirmed that she is NOT going to abort her children! Thank you to the sidewalk counselors and the thousands who came out to PP to pray that day!

~Debra Braun, Education Director

Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Baby Saved on Saint Patrick’s Day

By Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator

A truck with two women inside was exiting Planned Parenthood’s driveway. It was about 11:30. I offered the woman in the passenger seat post-abortion healing literature. The driver, an older woman, leaned toward me and said, “She couldn’t do it. She didn’t have the abortion.” I gave her a baby gift which also included a small New Testament. The woman who had changed her mind seemed rather agitated. Leaving PP because you changed your mind about abortion must be sort of like driving your car to the edge of a cliff, seeing the scary drop below and then doing a U-turn. Leaves you a little shaken.
The sidewalk counselor that had been there on an earlier shift told me later that she had called out to these two women as they walked from the Planned Parenthood parking ramp to the back door. She was very excited upon learning that they had left.

As my friend Joellyn says, “We go out, we speak the truth and we leave the results to God.”

Friday, March 11, 2016 – Baby Saved in Duluth

Praise God! Spoke with a young man for about an hour, he was against the abortion but couldn’t talk his girlfriend out of it. He finally went in again after we prayed for them and urged her not to go through with it. I got a call from the young woman today telling me they did not do it and she is nine weeks along in her pregnancy. She let me know that the materials we gave her really made her think and suggested we give out material about adoption as well.

(There was sad news though, she witnessed a mother pregnant with twins who did go through with the abortion and said that really got to her.)
Pray for them – she is having some trouble with this pregnancy and is afraid she might miscarry. Now that she changed her mind she cares about her child.

~Sarah Winandy, Duluth branch of Pro-Life Action Ministries

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s

By Lori, Sidewalk Counselor

I was sidewalk counseling at Whole Woman’s as I typically do on Saturday mornings. After talking to a young woman, she proceeded to go in. I went to the side ramp, and then an hour later, I saw Maria, another sidewalk counselor, talking with a client, so I decided to go down and help her. When I got closer, I saw it was the woman I’d talked to before she entered the building. I asked her, “Did you change your mind?” She smiled and nodded and said, “Yes.” Maria had already exchanged phone numbers with the young woman.

The abortion-minded woman, insisted she wanted an ultrasound that day. Maria and I brought her around the building, to talk with Debra, of Pro-Life Action Ministries. We decided to bring her to Robbinsdale Women’s Center for an ultrasound, their ultrasound schedule was booked, but they agreed to squeeze her in. The young woman couldn’t wait until Monday, as she worked on Monday.

I brought her to Robbinsdale Women’s Center for the ultrasound and on the drive there she told me more about her situation.

Checking in with her Sunday eve, I asked her how her ultrasound went, and she said, “Good. They even gave me pictures of my baby.”

I am still in contact with her and I know that she is enrolled in the Footsteps program and WIC, so she is getting the help she needs and I plan on staying in touch with her.

Wednesday, February 24 & Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – Two Babies Saved in Central Florida

An abortion bound young woman arrived at the AWHC abortuary and was offered help and pleadings to not pay someone to kill her baby, but she went inside the building anyway. Thankfully, later on, she came out crying and the counselor called her down and she came over and began sobbing while the counselor spoke with her. She was broken and ended up choosing life….just a beautiful story!

An abortion bound woman arrived and once again was lovingly offered help and support….she was made aware of the pregnancy center right next door which offers free sonograms and the counselors pleaded with her to not go through with the abortion! She went inside, but came out and went to speak with the sidewalk counselor. She shared how she just couldn’t do it, so the counselor took her over to the pregnancy center lawn and spoke with her there, even getting on the phone with her boyfriend. They ended up going inside the center into the chapel and spending time speaking with one another….it was a miraculous baby saved story! She chose life! And we praise God on high! ~ Michele Herzog, CFL Branch Manager

Saturday, February 16, 2016 – Two Babies Saved at Robbinsdale

First Baby – Morning shift at Robbinsdale Abortion Center

I was not looking forward to getting up early on my birthday to sidewalk counsel but the possibility of saving a life helped motivate me to do what needed to be done.

Not enough for me to be on time though… ;) When I pulled up I saw one car already in the abortion mill parking lot with the door partly open so I hopped right out and ran up to the “freedom stand”. I saw the boyfriend crouching outside of the open front door talking with the girl in the front seat. He was visibly upset and I talked to him a little, assuming he was pressuring her into an abortion. I prayed that evil spirits flee and that the holy spirit would open their minds to the life in their womb. Another couple drove in and quickly walked in together, head straight, fixed on ignoring everything I said. I did what I could and turned my attention back to the couple arguing in the car. I could tell they were not on the same page regarding the situation and were not happy and they were definitely past their appointment time. A young woman came out of their car to talk with me. As it turns out, she was the friend of the mom and both her and the preborn baby’s father did not want her to have the abortion. The baby’s father was really upset he had no say in this and was doing his best to plead her out of it. The friend took the literature from me and listened to me tell her about all the help she has available to her friend. She told me she was there to support her friend (even though she disagreed with her) and to watch her 3 year old (I told her that’s a perfect age for him/her to get a new baby brother or sister!) and was very open to hear what I had to say as I gave my pro-life spiel. She actually said she was going to go in and cancel the appointment (she was upset that her insurance covered the abortion) and did go in and cancelled it! She came out and talked with the baby’s father for a bit and then they all got in their car and drove off. I ran to the entrance driveway and met the mother for the first time – she almost didn’t roll her window down she looked so upset. Thankfully she did roll her window down and I told her that all the frustration and negativity that she faced today would all be over within 8 months. I let her know if she needs anything she can call our number on the We’re Here for You brochure and the blue Free Help brochure and that she has lots of support from friends and family (gesturing to her boyfriend and girl friend) and that’s more than a lot of people. I encouraged her that she’s strong enough and can do this. Her boyfriend and friend gave approving looks nodding in agreement and the young mother said thanks looking a little relieved and rolled up her window & drove off. Elated, I continued my sorrowful mysteries of the rosary and had a glad heart knowing that a life was saved…despite the cold – God works good into our mess.

By Evie Schwartzbauer, Sidewalk Counselor

Second Baby –
At about 1pm a car stopped in the street and turned slowly into the Robbinsdale abortion mill driveway with 2 young girls in it, and Brother Max handed a flyer to the girl on the passenger side. They drove in and then as soon as they got out I yelled to the driver, go to the clinic across the street and get a free ultrasound.
She ignored me. The other girl was very slow walking in to the abortion mill, like she did not want to go in. Then the driver yelled something ,– very angrily-like get in here!
Bro Max, Gary, and I began to pray the rosary and chaplet of divine mercy.
Kathy & Mary were praying in the car the whole time. Kathy did have a chance to tell the reluctant girl to help her friend, and gave her many reasons abortion is wrong, she actually thanked Kathy.

After about 1/2 hour they both came out and drove out of the driveway I tried to talk to the driver, but all of a sudden the friend rolled her window down and yelled to us—“She did not do it.”

We yelled that’s great and God bless you! I ran to tell Kathy & Mary -we all agreed it took all of us to save that little one today and all the increased prayers helped 100%. Thanks be too God, 2 babies I have been blessed to witness saved in 3 days, that’s a first for me! Praise the Lord, INDEED!

Joellyn, Sidewalk Counselor

Saturday, February 6, 2016 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

Despite Abortion Clinic Escorts’ Attempts to Curtail Conversations a Baby’s Life is Saved!

Scott, a sidewalk counselor, was walking around Planned Parenthood when he met Mel, walking with his sign. Scott said, “You’d better tell Lisa (a sidewalk counselor stationed at the driveway) that you’re here.” Mel asked Scott to watch his sign, which showed an aborted baby, while he went to speak with Lisa. While guarding Mel’s sign, a car was driving towards Scott, who stood by a stop sign. The car slowed down, and the occupants of the car stared at Mel’s sign. The man rolled his window down. Scott immediately asked them, “Are you here for an abortion?” The man answered, “Yes.” Scott said to the woman, “Your kids in the back seat are the same as the child inside you right now.” He said to the man, “God has called you to protect your children, including the one who is not yet born.” Scott then said to the woman, “God has called you to nurture your children.” The conversation lasted a long time. Scott pleaded with them not to go through with their abortion plan and he told them about Abria and the help they offer. The woman answered, “I will really consider what you’re saying!”

The man drove the car into the driveway of Planned Parenthood. His window was rolled down and Lisa approached the car. She offered him the literature and he told her, pointing to the woman, “We already have some.” Lisa responded, “Take another one so you both will have one. You don’t need to do this.” Lisa told me she could see the anguish in his eyes. “Look at your beautiful children,” Lisa added, (who were eating their McDonald’s breakfast in the back seat) “You’re a dad again. Your children bring you great joy.” “Yes, I know,” the man agreed. Planned Parenthood escorts came over and convinced the woman to come with them, and she entered the building. The man stayed in the driveway, talking with Lisa, and even though there wasn’t anyone turning into the driveway, the escorts came back and told the man that he had to move in. Despite this order, the man stayed and talked with Lisa a little longer. The escorts came back a second time and ordered him to move. He then parked at the first spot in the lot, and Lisa continued to communicate with him, motioning to him and calling out to him. The security guard came outside to observe everyone.

About thirty minutes later, the woman exited the building. The family drove past Lisa, out onto Vandalia, and did not return to Planned Parenthood. ~by Ann Redding

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

It was shift-exchange time at Planned Parenthood. The other counselor and I happened to begin discussing how discouraging it can be trying to get literature into the hands of clients. I said, “We’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again, we don’t always know the results our efforts might make.” Just as I said this, a young lady was driving out of PP. Since it was 10:30 and she was leaving the facility I assumed she was post-abortive. I was going to try and hand her information when she rolled down her window and said “I didn’t do it.” I congratulated her for not going through with her plan to abort and asked her if she would mind going into the bank parking lot so I could give her some information. She agreed and I met her over there. She told me she was early in her pregnancy and this baby was the result of an affair. She said she already had kids at home and at first she thought this would be the right solution, but she realized it wasn’t the right thing to do. I asked her if her husband knew about the baby and the affair. She said he knows about the affair and she thinks he has figured out that this baby is not his. She went on to say she is hoping that he will forgive her and that they can get some counseling and go on with their lives. I thanked her again for making the right decision, regardless of how her baby was conceived. I gave her the information pamphlet for Pro-Life Action Ministries and the other resources and encouraged her to call them. I prayed for her and her husband and family and this new baby and asked God to bless all of them and to restore their marriage. The thing I noticed was that she had the biggest smile on her face the entire time that we talked. It was evident she was so relieved with her decision to not go through with the abortion. Thank God she made the right decision.

*Note from Ann R. – I spoke with another counselor who was out that morning and he confirmed this client fit the description of one of the people who accepted literature from him earlier.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

Freezing Temperatures Do Not Deter Faithful Sidewalk Counselors from Being God’s Hands and Feet.

Thanks to the steadfast sidewalk counselors who withstood freezing temperatures and bitter winds to help save a baby’s life today! Little did this unborn child know how many people were uplifting him or her in prayer.

It was an eventful day. Sadly, an ambulance was necessary to rescue someone from inside of Planned Parenthood. No other information is known. We will continue to pray for the person who required immediate medical assistance.

Everyone was affected by the cold. Some had icicles in their beards, some had red noses, cold fingertips or toes, but no one left early or lost heart and their prayerful vigilance saved a life! Shortly after the second sidewalk counseling shift had left to get some warmth and sustenance, a mother and daughter exited the PP driveway. When their car was about to enter traffic, I offered them post-abortion literature. The mother looked at me calmly and said, “She doesn’t need that, she did not have an abortion. She changed her mind.” I looked at the young woman in the passenger seat, who nodded firmly and smiled beautifully, exuding peace and joy. I asked if they wanted to know about help available and they declined. They were anxious to leave Planned Parenthood.

Thanks be to God for sparing this unborn child’s life today! May everyone who endures cold, heat and discomfort to protect the unborn take heart from this story.

~Ann Redding
Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator

Saturday, January 2, 2016 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s – Our first save of the New Year!

Angry Mother Tries to Pressure Daughter to Abort and Fails By Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator
Two escorts were on the lookout for abortion clients at the front entrance of Whole Woman’s. Abortion clients began to arrive a little after 8:00 a.m. A car pulled up with a mother and daughter. The mother got out of the car, her daughter remained in the car, silent tears dripping down her cheeks. The door on the passenger side was open, but the girl remained in the car. The mother was verbally assaulting her daughter to enter the abortion center. I told the mother not to bully her daughter, when it was obvious she was very distressed. The mother confronted me saying, “How do you know she’s my daughter, and how do you know she’s here for an abortion?” Then she began demanding, “Get out of the car!” She added roughly, “The people inside can help you to make your decision.” I said, “Clearly, she does not want to get out of the car! Let her read the literature in the car at least. Do not insist she enter the building! Do not force her to have an abortion! What type of choice do you think the people upstairs will help her make?” We exchanged a few more words, then, when the mother was facing me, I asked, “Do you love your daughter?” She didn’t respond, but she looked at me intently. I added something like, if you really love your daughter, you will not force her to abort her child.
After a few minutes, the girl wiped her tears away and reluctantly got out of the car. They walked toward the building, their arms linked, the mom leading her in. One escort followed them in, the other stayed at the door, monkeying with her cell phone. Jeff, one of the sidewalk counselors, asked the escort who remained outside if she felt the daughter truly had a choice. The escort did not give him eye contact, but waved her hand at him in a dismissive motion.
I went around the building to talk to Jennifer, who was watching the 8th street ramp. I told her how sad it made me feel to see the young woman being emotionally manipulated to enter the abortion center. As we were talking, Lori, who was watching the 8th street side, waved to me. I ran down to where she was, and she said, “The woman came out, I couldn’t tell if the girl was with her…” I ran to the corner, where their car was at the stop light, their passenger window was open. Since they were leaving, the obvious question was to ask, “Did you change your mind?” The mother affirmed that they had, and demanded, “She’s going to need a lot of help! Are you going to help her?” I asked if this was her first grandchild, and she told me she had many grandchildren and that her daughter, who still had tears trickling down her cheeks, had other children. I told the young woman that we were all happy she was leaving. I gave her a baby gift. Then the mom told me she wanted my personal phone number, so I gave her daughter my business card which has my cell number on it. I asked the mom what her first name was, and she told me. I assured her daughter that I would be there for her, and that there was a lot of help. They drove off seconds later.
When I went to talk with the sidewalk counselors at the front of the building, they filled me in. Doreen gave the daughter literature. Jeff and Doreen talked with them outside of their vehicle. The mother was angry since she felt her daughter would get no help. Doreen said, “You did good, by giving birth to this beautiful daughter. (The mother teared at that.) And now your daughter is going to give birth to a beautiful baby!” Doreen showed them on the blue “Free Help” sheet where she could call for help. The daughter was crying, so Doreen reassured her to remain calm, to relax and to take care of herself by calling the numbers on the blue sheet.
I didn’t get the daughter’s phone number. I pray that she will call me. I regret that I didn’t put a personal note into the baby gift. I often write a word of encouragement to the mother/father, for example, “So happy you chose life! You can call me anytime. ” etc. Their arrival and departure were almost back to back, it seemed like an adrenaline whirlwind to me.
Thankful that the young woman had the courage to walk out. I hope her mom will welcome this baby before it is born as well as after he or she is born.
Thanks be to God for another life saved from abortion!

Friday, December 4, 2015 – Baby Saved at WW

It was a few minutes before 11a.m. and I was just getting ready to finish my sidewalk counseling shift at Whole Woman’s abortion clinic when I watched a car with tinted windows pull up to the front entrance. Out stepped a young Hispanic woman, looking flustered and confused. I fumbled for my Spanish literature, but realized that I had none, and instead offered her an English copy.

Somehow between my broken Spanish and her little English, I determined that she was looking for Whole Woman’s and that she was eight weeks pregnant. I opened up the leaflet to show her the images of babies just like her own. Realizing that I wasn’t able to communicate very well with her in Spanish, I asked her if she wanted to speak with my amiga Ann, who was just around the corner. She seemed hesitant to step away from the building, where pseudo help and support was promised, but she agreed to follow me around the corner where another sidewalk counselor was able to speak to her in her own language. We learned that she is a mother to two additional children who live with family in their home country. Financial strain and a lack of support system here in the U.S. led this mother to Whole Woman’s.

With the promise of free help, the two sidewalk counselors drove the mother to Sagrada Familia. Once there, we realized that Sagrada Familia was not open on Friday mornings, and my heart sunk. Only a moment later, though, the door opened and a friendly worker welcomed us inside. If anyone knocks, she said, we will open the door for them.

By the grace of God and the help of sidewalk counselors and workers at Sagrada Familia, this mother was able to get the help and support that she needed. I am so thankful that she hadn’t arrived a moment later, as I would have missed her. Today, she and her unborn child still have hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). by Allegra, Sidewalk Counselor

Friday, November 13, 2015 – Baby Saved at EPOC, FL

This afternoon I had the privilege of witnessing another incredible move of the Lord; with absolutely no mistaking, this miracle was from His mighty outstretched arm! He parted the Red Sea where there didn’t seem to be a way!

Finding a private message from a woman on one of our Facebook pages (and a message on the ministry voicemail), explaining that she is 16 weeks pregnant and in need of help, I immediately called.

She answered right away, thanking me for calling her and she began to explain how she had found the Facebook page/us. After finding out that she was pregnant with her fourth child, with her husband out of work, and both of them Haitian and undocumented, she panicked and began considering abortion, even though they are both Christians! She convinced herself that this was the only solution, and the decision was made to get the abortion.

So she got on her computer and googled for an abortion center in the Kissimmee area and found Planned Parenthood, but the site she pulled up wasn’t PP Kissimmee, but STOP Planned Parenthood of Kissimmee, our site!

She began to look at all the pictures and noticed that all the people looked to be Christians, holding crosses, signs against abortion, pictures of babies that had been killed by abortion, and one particular sign that stood out to her, and that was one that said “FREE HELP, YOU DON’T HAVE TO ABORT” with a phone number to call, which is the Pro-Life Action Ministries Central Florida ministry line!

After looking at the pictures of all the people/Christians, the signs, crosses, and the offer of free help, she thought to herself, “What am I thinking? What am I doing? I’m a Christian and I can’t kill my child; I can’t do this!”

This is when she called the ministry number and left the message. I was able to speak with her and her husband and both were very convicted at the thought of killing their child, and are now looking forward to seeing their baby on an ultrasound, which they will be having Mon-day, and I have the privilege of accompanying them.

How amazing is this? Only God could have done something this magnificent, and once again, I am reminded that God uses so many different things to save a baby from the brutal death of abortion and to let us know that HE is God, and HE alone. We only need to make ourselves available, willing and able!

Nothing is by accident; this abortion-bound woman did not just happen to end up on the STOP Planned Parenthood of Kissimmee Facebook page. No, this was the Lord God Almighty and HE gets all the glory! Yes, God used a sign and a Facebook page to save this child’s life and I praise HIM!

Since talking with this couple, I have felt such joy, joy unspeakable, and I am once again humbled that I serve such an incredible Savior! No King, but King Jesus!

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” Job 9:10 ~Michele Herzog Central Florida Branch Manager

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

Chris, Sandra, Jake (the preacher) and I were were the ones out at Robbinsdale Clinic Saturday on November 7 until John R., Marie and Michael L. came for second shift. I approached a car with a girl driving and she slowed down enough to glance sadly at me but said something like not interested. She got out of her car and heard the preacher say a lot, including I will adopt your baby. We were all reaching out to her. Chris talked from the stand and just as she was entering the door I felt I should tell her that she was only hurting herself as well as the baby so I did. We did not see her for about an hour and a half. She was the last one of 5 entering the clinic for this Saturday. When she came out down the driveway she said that she had changed her mind and that we were really making a big difference being out here. She took the literature but said she didn’t need the help across the street. She said her name was ( ) but Marie said she didn’t feel good asking for her telephone number. She told the girl to stop back anytime because many of us would be here to help her including the Women’s Center. ~Marlene R., Sidewalk Counselor

Thursday, November 5, 2015 – Baby Saved at EPOC, FL

A precious couple just left and are heading to the pregnancy center! We are so thankful! We had spoke with them and pleaded with them & also informed them of the owner of this place of death, James Pendergraft, when they first came here, but they went inside anyway. We spoke through the waiting room window and sang and shortly after they came out and they got in their car and drove to us, rolled their window down and proceeded to tell us they were leaving! We asked what changed their minds, and they both looked at each other and then Amber asked, ‘ Did the Lord convict your heart? ” And the young man nodded yes and smiled. She had tears in her eyes and we told him to make sure to take real good care of his girl and that precious baby and he gave a big smile! Please pray for them! Thank you Jesus!

Saturday, October 24, 2015 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

A couple parked directly in front of the pro-life stand. They sat in their car with the windows cracked. Sidewalk counselor Chris addressed the dad, and I addressed the mom. After a little while, they got out of their car and walked into Robbinsdale abortion center. The parents wouldn’t talk with us or accept any literature.

By 9:15am three sidewalk counselors had departed except for myself. At 9:30 a.m. I saw the mother leaving the abortion center with a big smile on her face. The father in tears.
She rolled down her window as they drove out and told me, “We changed our minds!” I gave the mother my cell phone number and she put it in her cell phone. I received the following text message “You guys really made us have a change of heart, so thank God that you were there. Today you really stopped me from doing something that I would have regretted and I can’t thank you enough for that.”
~Sandra, Sidewalk Counselor

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

I arrived at Robbinsdale’s abortion clinic hoping for a fruitful time. Having just seen the clips from Passion of Christ on a retreat, my rosary meditating on the sorrowful mysteries of Christ’s Passion was easier to enter into and helped me even more with seeing people that day with Christ’s heart. Unfortunately there were a lot of clients – one being a girl with her friend (who was very angered because I mistook her for her friend’s mother) who called out to me “get a job!” – I quickly remembered a good response & responded with, “I do have a job, I’m here to save lives!”. During that short exchange, one young gal came out again – some sort of transportation/car issue with her boyfriend and friend. I remember earlier I had told her we had free help and, “don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not strong enough to be a mother!”. When she came out again, I got to talk to her over the fence again & she told me she was in a tough time in her life right now. I answered back with an empathetic face, “Having a child is never convenient but it’s worth it.” She said something else like, “yeah but this is my choice.” And I said “but it’s not a choice, it’s a person!” As she walked back into the clinic my last words were, “Remember, we have all the help you’ll ever need!”. Not 10 minutes later she and her two male companions came out (smiling) and went right to their car! I quickly asked, “Did you change your mind?!?” and she said, “Yes!” I said “Oh my gosh I’m so happy for you! Can I ask what changed your mind?” And she said…”It’s a life!” J She drove out and on their way out the man rolled his window down and I gave him the blue help sheet and he smilingly thanked me – I once again praised them for their decision & told her she’s going to be a great mom!”. The end! ~Evie, Sidewalk Counselor

Saturday, October 3, 2015 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

Members of several Catholic parishes had dedicated Saturday, October 3rd, to pray outside of Robbinsdale abortion center. Many Knights of Columbus and their wives were among those who were praying fervently to spare the lives of children scheduled to be aborted that day. Three shifts of sidewalk counselors were also there.

Around 11:00 a.m., two women emerged from the Robbinsdale abortion center, and signaled excitedly to the prayer warriors assembled. Women from the prayer group and the abortion-minded woman and her friend approached each other.

“I changed my mind because you guys were here!” one of the woman exclaimed, smiling.

God answers prayers, and sometimes, He allows us to see the results of our intercessions almost immediately and in an exciting manner. Thanks be to God for every life spared, and thank you, prayer warriors at Robbinsdale!

This documented save was the 93rd baby saved this year. ~Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator

Thursday, August 27, 2015 Children’s Prayers Help Save Baby

We had another wonderful “Jesus Loves the Little Children” Day on August 27, and what was really wonderful was that a baby was saved for the children to see!  The children prayed that this couple would walk out of the mill (after they had talked with me, they went in), and they came out and then followed me to the pregnancy center.  The children also prayed for them while they were there; it really made them feel like they were a part of this baby being saved! ~Michele Herzog, Central Florida

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s

I arrived at Whole Woman’s a little before 7:00 a.m. The first abortion center escort walked past me on his way to Dunn Brothers to get his morning cup of coffee. Participants from both sides had begun to take their places, a day of intense spiritual conflict had officially begun.
As more counselors began arriving and began their watches at various points on the sidewalk, I realized the only place left that needed coverage was the 9th street ramp, so that’s where I headed. Since there were four escorts – three men and one woman, one of the escorts was stationed at the ramp by me.
A little while later, I noticed a man and a woman crossing Chicago Ave. They were Native American. They stopped at the door of the parking ramp office and the woman commented that this was the correct address. I said, “Can I help you find something?” The man responded, “We’re looking for the lost and found.” I was sure they were there for an abortion, but I played along. I said, “Did you ring the bell?” In the meantime, I gave them the We’re Here for You brochure and the blue resources sheet. They both took the literature. I told them this building housed an abortion center and that they committed abortions up through the 24th week. The woman opened up the We’re Here for You brochure, and, while staring at the aborted baby’s picture, said, “That’s really far out…” I added, “Did you know Natives are the ethnicity least likely to abort their children?” They didn’t say anything. Then I asked them if they were Ojibway or Lakota, and they said, “Ojibway.” They began walking away, and I felt convicted not to pursue them, but to give them a chance to look at the literature longer, also knowing that they’d be greeted by other counselors along the way. Since I was not following them, the escort did not follow them either. Lori spoke to them, as did Jeff before they entered the building. They told them the same story about looking for the lost and found.
After about five minutes in the building, they came out of the front door, where they were met by Karly and Jeff again. The man said, “We didn’t do it! We didn’t do it!” This was rather confusing to everyone, since no one knew what to believe, had they been lying when they said they were looking for the lost and found? Or were they joking, pretending they’d been there for an abortion and had changed their minds? When they rounded the corner, closer to the ramp, the man, smiling, pointed to the woman and said, “I convinced her to change her mind!” He looked very happy. She said, “Shut up” quietly to him and gave him a look which meant, don’t say anything more! When they were closer to me, I walked very close to them and half whispered, “Seriously, did you come here for an abortion and then change your mind? If you did, I have a baby gift for you, would you like one?” The woman turned to me and said, “Yes, I would, thank you.” I opened my backpack and gave her a bag with a blanket, two crocheted baby hats, the blue resource sheet, and a healthy pregnancy booklet. Then I asked their names. They both introduced themselves to me. I asked if they wanted to give me their phone number so I could stay alongside them and help them throughout the pregnancy. The woman responded, “No, we’ll be alright.”I then shook both their hands and said, “God bless you.” The woman turned to me and said, “God bless you, too.” ~Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator

Friday, September 18, 2015 – TWO BABIES SAVED IN DULUTH!

Once again God’s gracious hand has moved and another 2 precious lives have been spared! Praise the Lord! On Sept. 18, nine women entered the Building for Women in Duluth, and the spiritual warfare was particularly strong, as for the first day in many months there was an escort for the abortion center. However, God was still in control and the Holy Spirit touched the hearts of two of these women and they changed their minds! The first young couple was willing to stop for a few moments and listen to what I was saying. I told them that we could help them with some financial needs, and that their little baby was a treasure. “S” told me bluntly that they already had three children, and they proceeded to walk into the clinic. I told them as they walked away to look at the ultrasound; that they would see another baby with arms and legs. A few minutes later we saw them exit the building though the alley way, and walk across the street to the Women’s Care Center. After a little over an hour, we saw the couple again standing across the street on the sidewalk. We went over to talk to them and one of the sidewalk counselors first of all asked if she could give “S” a Bible, and began to share the gospel with her. “S” then said “I guess God does have a plan for my life.” We asked why, and the couple looked at each other and stated they were having another baby! They proceeded to tell us that they had mistakenly tried to make an appointment for an abortion at the Life Care Center and when they went into the Building for Women they were informed that they were not in the schedule. They then went to the Life Care Center for an ultrasound, and after seeing the baby’s heart beating decided not to have an abortion, but rather keep their little treasure!The second couple was similar; they paused for a few moments to listen to me as they were heading toward the clinic. Both of them seemed troubled in their hearts and the young man seemed like he wanted to talk more, but “A” urged him on to go with her into the clinic. Before heading in, they did take literature from me, however the escort took it from them and threw it away! As always, I urged them to look at her ultrasound. After getting into the vehicle to leave for the day, we saw the couple leaving the clinic. We got out and asked if they had changed their mind and “A” gave a little smile and nodded “yes” and stated that they had. We asked if we could help them, however they didn’t want any help and didn’t want to share any contact information.It was so exciting and encouraging to see the Lord at work once again! Both of these couples will need much continued prayer as they make this step of faith, but we can confidently know that the Lord will bless them for making this decision. ~Sarah, Sidewalk Counselor

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 – Baby Saved at Mildred Hanson’s Abortion Center

Praise, God! A baby was saved at Mildred Hanson’s abortion shop this morning! Thank you for storming Heaven with your prayers and interceding on behalf of a mother in crisis and her child!
I arrived here at 8:30am. Many women entered, some with men, others alone.
Not long after I got here, Sandra arrived to help, with her adorable little warrior at her side!
One of the women who arrived alone, later had a friend come to support her. Sandra gave that friend the materials listing LOTS of resources for pregnant women. In turn, that woman gave the brochures to her friend in the clinic. Around 9:30, they walked out together and told Sandra they cancelled the appointment!!!
All I can say is, there is rejoicing going on in Heaven!P.S. Another cool thing about today: I was able to give brochures to 10 people who work in other offices in the building. I said, “Maybe you will see a distraught girl in the hallway, and you can help her by giving her this.” All but 2 people accepted it, and they all THANKED me for being here. ~Kalley, Sidewalk Counselor

Monday, August 31, 2015 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood (MN)

We were blessed with four sidewalk counselors at Planned Parenthood this morning. We spoke to a young man whose girlfriend was already inside PP. He took the literature to bring to his girlfriend who was there for a scheduled abortion appointment. While looking at the info on fetal development he commented that he had not known what an unborn child looked like at that age. His girlfriend worked with children and he said she “loved babies.” Which made me pause to think how crazy this all was, that people who love babies end up at Planned Parenthood!No sooner had he gone back inside PP, when a woman, alone in her car, entered the driveway. She accepted literature going in. She looked very sad. She came out about 10 minutes later and when she was exiting the driveway, I asked, “Were you here for an abortion?” She replied that she was considering abortion, but had just received information from PP today. I asked if she’d be willing to talk with me for five minutes in the bank parking lot. She agreed and I met her over there.She explained that the father of the baby told her he wasn’t ready for a baby and that if she had the baby he would not be interested in being with her any longer. I asked if she would like to go to McDonald’s for breakfast so we could talk. I asked if it was okay if the other sidewalk counselor came with, and she said she’d like that.Over her pancake breakfast she told us about how she had rearranged her work schedule so she could spend more time with her son. She showed us a couple of (adorable) videos on her phone of her son, of whom she is very proud.While still at McDonald’s she made an appointment for an ultrasound this afternoon. She also said she was not ready to tell her parents she was pregnant but wanted to talk with her older brother, and break the news with him. She told us she didn’t know how her parents would take the news. She lives independently (with her son) and has a steady job.We exchanged phone numbers and she said she would call me, but that I could call her as well. ~Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator

Saturday, August 29, 2015 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

Saturday, I got to Robbinsdale at 9:30am, there were about 12-15 people from Hope Church praying and I put up my signs, they had big LIFE signs which were beautiful, on both sides of the street. I asked Jackie to pray while I talked to a couple who were on the steps. I just kept saying God loves you both, and we do too, and please go across the street they can help you with any concern you have. You do not want to regret this day, please come here and at least take our info on all your options. Know we are praying for you — all of us — about 25 people as the rosary group had arrived by then.They went in. About 5 minutes later they came out and walked up to us and said, “We cannot do this.” We all started yelling Praise God! The woman was crying and hugging Jackie. I asked the man his name he said “J” he added, “I did not want her to do it.”I walked them over to the pro-life RWC and they got an ultrasound set up for Tuesday. We all were rejoicing!!! We give God all the glory. As they drove away, we clapped and yelled God bless you!! It was a glorious day of rejoicing, and knowing our God is really WITH US!!
Our God is an AWESOME GOD!!! ~ Joellyn, Sidewalk Counselor

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

In front of the Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, a woman was being driven by a male significant other out of the Planned Parenthood at roughly 9:50 am. As the car she was being driven in was approaching me, she rolled down her window and I handed her some Literature and she in turn handed me a note that said “Thank You” on one side and on the other side there was another message “Love Breaks the Yoke with Love.” She was smiling and drove off without saying a word. I wasn’t sure how to initially interpret that but the Holy Spirit placed in my mind that by acting in love we conquered the yoke of abortion by caring for her and her unborn baby lovingly. What a thrill to be handed that letter. Earlier in the day I noticed that those who favored abortion seemed very angry and we received quite a few derogatory gestures of sign language. On the Flip side, we were able to give out quite a bit of literature to people and also had quite a few passersby giving us positive reinforcement with waves, honks and approval for us being there. I firmly believe we are experiencing a time right now where both sides passions for their causes are at high levels.~By Mark, Sidewalk Counselor

Thursday, August 20, 2015 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

Bernie, Sue, Lynn and Steve, who steadfastly cover a two-and-a half-hour shift (no matter the weather) were carrying their signs and praying when I arrived. I hadn’t been there long when I felt the heightened tension of some  of the Planned Parenthood employees.  I say some, because many are adept at tuning us out.  One employee stopped in the driveway, rolled down her window, glared and me and said angrily “You don’t understand, no one cares!”
Brother Max arrived about 1:30.  I asked if he was okay with covering the back (where we can call out to the women exiting the parking ramp) while I covered the front driveway.  He agreed.
I’d no sooner returned to the front when I saw two young women walking toward their car.  I grabbed a bag out of my backpack which held four baby gifts and I approached the driveway with a post-abortion healing brochure in my hand.  I know this sounds contradictory, but if I don’t recognize the people or the car, I have no idea if they’re post-abortive, have changed their mind about abortion, or are there for something else.
The driver had her window rolled down, and she stopped to talk with me.  I began by offering her the post-abortion healing information.  She said she had not had an abortion.   Before I could ask her anything else, she said, “I’m eight weeks.”
“Were you considering an abortion?” I asked. “Yes. I was,” she replied.
“But now you have changed your mind?” I pursued.”Yes,” she said looking earnestly at me.
“I have a baby gift for you,” I said, and handed her our “We’re Here for You” brochure and a “Free Help for Pregnant Women” list at the same time.”Thank you,” she said gratefully.
“Would you like to drive into the bank parking lot to talk more?” I asked.
“I have to get ready to go to work,” she told me, then added, “Thank you. Thank you for being here.”
Ironically, I wasn’t the one who had been there for her (other than handing her the baby gift) it was the people who proceeded me, who deserved her thanks.  It was their message – This child, created in the image and likeness of God, is worth cherishing, is worth protecting – which had saved her child’s life.  Thanks to the sacrifice of their time, this child now has a lifetime to live and to be loved.  Thanks be to God for another life spared!~By Ann Redding, Sidewalk Counselor Coordinator

Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s

I was crossing Chicago Ave onto Parkside’s turf (which houses an abortion center) when I heard church bells ringing. Then my cell phone rang and it was a sidewalk counselor, who had just driven by Whole Woman’s and seeing no one, called me to confirm they were open.
A car parked – the occupants appeared to be a mother and daughter.  One of the escorts also crossed the street and overshadowed the ‘mom’ and ‘daughter’ as they paid the parking meter.
The ‘mom’ and ‘daughter’ said they weren’t there for an abortion.  But denial is often the route on which conversations with abortion clients begin.
As they entered the building, I called out to them,  “Don’t be railroaded into this abortion by anyone.  You are the one who has the final say.”  and  “The Bible, Deuteronomy, says, choose life!”
An hour later I noticed several counselors talking with the same ‘mom’ and ‘daughter’ on the corner.  I held back, not wanting to interfere at a critical moment.  But then, knowing their vehicle was parked quite close to the corner, I didn’t want them to leave without giving them the baby gift.  I ran across the street as they were approaching their vehicle.
They answered, “Yes,” when one of the counselors asked, “Did you choose life?”
I handed the young woman the baby gift.  She gave me a little smile.  Then I said, “God bless you,”  and her response was an even bigger smile.~Ann sidewalk counselor

Saturday, July 18, 2015 THREE Babies Saved at Robbinsdale

I arrived at the clinic at 7:00a.m. and went to the “pro-life stand”.  As I was praying, I noticed a young woman get out of a van in parking lot next door. She began walking towards me and the clinic, so I started talking to her about the free help that we had for pregnant women who were seeking an abortion. She said that she was just checking to see if the clinic was open yet, but that another girl in the van was there for a counseling appointment regarding an abortion. I immediately walked over to the van and began telling the young woman of the 10-12 women that l knew personally who had had abortions and that not one of them was happy that they had done it. She seemed very calm and interested in what I had to say, so I asked her if she was a Christian. she said ‘yes’, so I asked her if she wanted to pray for guidance on her decision.  Again, she agreed, so I held her hand and prayed a prayer out loud that Jesus would provide for her needs and convict her about what to do. I gave her a brochure and pointed out the phone # to call and tell them Matt sent you. Matt – Sidewalk Counselor


2nd Save at Robbinsdale
A young couple with mom driving, pull in with windows halfway down, I tell her “God’s law is written on your heart and you know what you are here to do today is wrong.”  She rolls up the window and parks the vehicle and immediately placed her hands over her face in an attempt to try to cover her tears. They talk for a few minutes. Probable father exits passenger seat and counselors, Chris and Matt, attempt to engage in conversation with him, but he quickly jumps in the driver’s seat.  The mom climbed over into the passenger seat curling up into a fetal position and was clearly crying.  Within seven minutes they exited the parking lot.  I was just glad they departed without opening themselves up to the evil within the walls of that house of horror. Sandra – Sidewalk Counselor

3rd Save at Whole Woman’s
This morning at Whole Woman’s a counselor sang praise songs accompanied by his guitar, while his wife was praying for our efforts on a park bench nearby.  We had many other prayer warriors and counselors there today. Special thanks to a faithful sidewalk counselor, who, despite his back pain, brought his chair, and his signs.
I walked over to where two cars had parked near the Christian college.  Both were full of teenagers.  It was quite confusing for me to sort it all out.  I thought perhaps they were there for a soccer game.  Because of a very outspoken young woman in the group of teens, I soon found out the score and it had nothing to do with soccer. Her friend was there for an abortion and she was 15 weeks along.
I gave literature to the young pregnant girl and her boyfriend.  One of the things I asked was, (to the young man)  “What would you like to teach your son?”  He answered, “I would like to teach him to play basketball.”  I asked the young woman, “What would you like to teach your daughter?”  She answered, “I would teach her how to play volleyball.”  I told her that abortion was not safe, and that she was old enough to be a good mother, and that she was carrying a beautiful child who would one day tell her, “I love you.”
I explained where they could get help, and that I would stick with them throughout the pregnancy and beyond.  The young woman had thrown the brochures on the floor of the car, but not before looking at them.  She got out of her car and talked to the teenage boys in the other car. It made me sad to think these two groups of young people were at an abortion center, not knowing what to do.  I was afraid she was about to go into the abortion center.  Instead, she got back in the car with her boyfriend, and he told me he was going to drive her to her parent’s house.
They drove away from the abortion center, both cars, one following the other.  I texted both the young woman who was pregnant and her girlfriend, telling them they had made the right choice to leave.   A short while later, the pregnant girl’s friend sent me this text message:
“Thank you for taking the time out of your busy busy day trying to save these young teen girls from committing a sin to help save my friend.” Ann – Sidewalk Counselor

Baby Saved January 2015 
Learned about July 14, 2015


On July 14, I was sidewalk counseling outside the Parkside Building near HCMC in downtown Minneapolis. This building houses the Whole Woman’s abortion center, along with other medical offices. A young woman, visibly pregnant, approached me. “Do you remember me?” she asked. She got just a few sentences into her story, when I responded, “Yes, I remember you!”
Go back to a cold day in January, same location. I had given this young woman, a passerby, our literature while saying, “If you know someone who’s pregnant, we’re here to help her keep her baby instead of having an abortion.” She immediately burst into tears and explained that she was pregnant and considering an abortion. I explained how we could help her, gave her my number and told her to please call me. Unfortunately, I didn’t get her number and she didn’t call me, so I worried about and prayed for her. Here she was now, beaming with joy, and explaining how this baby has changed her life, “It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me!” We talked a little more, hugged and exchanged phone numbers before she went on her way. I’m anxious to meet this baby, whose name I already know!
Sometimes it’s a combination of events that helps a woman choose life. This young woman told me that our meeting back in January, seeing pro-life bumper stickers “everywhere,” plus her mother, who is a “strong believer,” were all factors in her decision.   Often, we sidewalk counselors must just trust God with the outcome; other times He graciously blesses us with a surprise confirmation of the value of our work! By Debra Braun, Education Director

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – Baby Saved at EPOC, FL

“Oh Hallejuah, A BABY WAS JUST SAVED HERE AT THE EPOC ABORTUARY! God did an amazing thing and I am so thankful and so happy! We, Bill, Pat & I pleaded continually throughout the afternoon with the man who was accompanying the abortion bound young girl. … he would never speak with us, but we kept trying every time he would come out. Well finally about 15 minutes ago, they both came out and got in their car, but without talking with us. We noticed she looked overwhelmed and looked like she was going to cry. As they pulled out the driveway, I pleaded with her to take our brochure and to stop and talk. … Well, as the car is pulling into the street with traffic behind, she opens the door, and with tears calling down her face she reached for the brochure! I said, “Awe honey, did you change your mind? ” And she said, “Yes, yes I did, thank you so much, I couldn’t go through with it! “I said “Praise the Lord as I stood in the street, and traffic backing up! I told her quickly where she could go and to please stay in touch and off they went!
Oh I praise HIS name, HE is so worthy to be praised!”
~Michele Herzog

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 
- Baby Saved Despite Interference by Police



A group of three young women took literature from me as they approached the front door of the Parkside building in downtown Minneapolis, which houses the Whole Woman’s abortion center. They didn’t stop to talk, but about 90 minutes later, they all came out to smoke. I attempted to speak with them, but the abortion client said she had a one-year-old child so she knew what she was doing and that she was not going to change her mind. She added that God would forgive her. I tried to respond to her rationalizations and tell her about the help available and I attempted to show them the truth about abortion, but they didn’t want to look at the photos.
Then two police officers suddenly appeared on the sidewalk. (Apparently they had been in the building for some other reason.) They told me I had to quit talking to the women because the women didn’t want to listen to me and I was “harassing” them. I told them that a life was hanging in the balance and that I needed to continue to speak with the women and that I had a constitutional right to do so. Then the young women decided to go to their car about a block away. Realizing it was probably futile to try to convince the cops of my rights and and wanting them to leave so that I could focus on the women, I quit talking to them and walked a few steps away. I decided to keep an eye on the women from a distance rather than following them. The cops left in a few minutes when they realized that I was staying on the sidewalk near the door.
While all this was going on, Br. Max was fervently praying nearby.
Even though the women were nearly a block away, I could hear the abortion client crying. This was a sign that perhaps she wasn’t as sure about her decision as she had claimed, so I let them talk and hoped that they would leave. However, after about 15 minutes, the client and one of the other women went back in. However, one stayed outside for a little while longer. I found out that she was the client’s sister and pregnant herself, but not abortion-minded. She was more open to talking and took additional literature before going in.
Then about half an hour later, they all came back out, with the abortion client having changed her mind! The sister thanked me and the client shook my hand and also thanked me. Praise God for another life saved; I can picture these two little cousins playing together in a few years! By Debra Braun, Education Director

Friday, June 19, 2015 -Baby Saved at Whole Women’s

On Friday, June 19th around 10 a.m. at the 9th Street entrance to the Whole Women’s Clinic, I was walking back and forth carrying my “Choose Life” sign. A young man who had come out to smoke, watched me for a while and then spoke up saying something about saving a life. I hadn’t quite heard him so I started to explain what I was doing there and then he explained that he had brought his girlfriend there to get an abortion. He told me, somewhat apologetically, that he wanted her to get the abortion, because of their life situation,  but that she’d seen my sign and had thought about it and changed her mind. He took the literature from me as I explained that I was there for he and his girlfriend’s sake as well as saving a baby’s life and there were resources to help them through this. I told him that I and others were there to talk if they wanted. A little while after he’d gone back in, a car stopped in front and a young woman and this young man came out and climbed in and left.  I only had a moment so I just wished them well.

Monday, June 15, 2015 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

Around 8:30 am a young woman pulled into the St. Paul Planned Parenthood driveway and made eye contact with me, but did not take the literature. I watched her park her truck, but she did not get out.  I kept praying and asking God to save her and her baby, that she would change her mind and leave — “Please, please, O Lord grant success” — it’s a song I sing from Psalms.
About 30 minutes later, another sidewalk counselor, Ann, said, “Look, Maria, the truck is leaving.” The young lady stopped her truck at the end of the driveway, rolled down her window and said: “I changed my mind.  Thank you for being here.” She took our literature and the gift Ann had prepared for the baby, and thanked us again for being there.  What a great way to start the week!
Thank you, Father, for granting success.  May this young woman continue to have courage to do what is good and right for herself and her baby.
Afterthoughts: Things I wish I would have said a little more calmly to the young woman:
“May I take you out for breakfast to talk through your decision?”
“Are you going home to a safe situation?”
“Here is my number if you want to talk.”
I was so excited that I felt like the words I was saying were so fast and unclear. It’s all a learning process, but maybe someone else can learn from this situation.~ By Maria, Volunteer Sidewalk Counselor

Thursday, June 11, 2015 Baby Saved with Help of Passerby

We encourage our volunteers to freely offer our literature to passersby while sidewalk counseling or praying outside the abortion centers. Today while outside Whole Woman’s abortion center in Minneapolis, I offered literature to a young woman “to pass along.” She said that she had previously taken our literature and she did pass it along “to someone who was in that situation.”
“She was considering an abortion?” I asked. “Yes,” she answered and then she went on to say that the woman decided to have the baby! She added that her acquaintance is doing fine now. By Debra Braun, Education Director

This five-month unborn baby was saved from abortion at Planned Parenthood in Orlando on “Jesus Loves the Little Children” Day in April 2017!

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