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. We thank Him for all the documented Babies Saved in 2019!

Sidewalk Counselor Unexpectedly Helps Save her Relative!

Two of our volunteers were sidewalk counseling outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul in early September when one of them noticed her nephew’s wife pull in alone. Here is the rest of the story in the sidewalk counselor’s own words: “A little time went by and she pulled back out. She rolled down her window and told me she took a wrong turn. She then went home and immediately she and my nephew called my sister and brother-in-law and told them she was pregnant. My understanding is that she was very nervous and upset about this pregnancy. They didn’t plan to have more children. So, apparently, her doctor sent her to PP “for an ultrasound.” (Editor’s note – PP only does ultrasounds for abortion-minded clients.) It was only by the grace of God that she and I caught sight of each other as she drove into PP. And furthermore, it was by God’s grace that she and my nephew called my sister and brother-in-law after this incident and told them that she was pregnant and informed them about what happened at PP. My sister then told her that this child is God’s child and the turn she took into PP could have been a horrible, disastrous turn. She is doing much better now and my nephew is very happy. Please pray for them. They are a very precious couple. I am so happy that God put me on that corner on that day and at that moment. Praise God!”

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP, St. Paul MN

Baby Saved Wednesday Before Thanksgiving!
By Brian Gibson, Executive Director

The day before Thanksgiving a vehicle rolled into the St. Paul Planned Parenthood (PP) slowing for a moment as if to take literature but then going on into the parking lot. Fewer employees than normal were at PP that morning, so the couple parked in a spot usually filled very early. But this was good for me calling out to the woman as she had to walk further to the entrance. She looked up at me twice and hesitated once (even turning back toward the vehicle momentarily) before continuing into PP. About twenty minutes later, the couple came driving out with the passenger window down, stopping to talk to me. They appeared to be African nationals (and Muslim). The man spoke in his thick accent. At first I wasn’t understanding what was being said. Then it became clear to me. He was telling me that they decided not to abort because of what they saw (prayer supporters and me) as they drove in and what she heard me call out about willing to help. I gave them our literature and Abria card (the pregnancy center nearby) and assured them of the free help available. She clearly had been crying (bloodshot eyes) but still managed a smile. I told them that they can handle their precious new baby with God’s help, our help and each other, with which they readily agreed.

October 2020 ~ Baby Saved Central Florida

By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

Last week a precious life was saved at the AWHC abortuary! This baby was 5 months along in the womb…..5 months! It was later-term day, and a mother had accompanied her daughter to the mill to have an abortion. When they arrived, they were greeted by sidewalk counselors, and Christians praying and worshiping the Lord but they refused offers of help, and walked inside this place of death. Later on in the day though, this mother and daughter walked out of the killing center and got into their car and yelled, “We chose LIFE!” And at that, the counselors were so thankful and excited, and began to speak with them, handing them information, while one counselor asked, “What made you change your mind?” The mother of the abortion bound daughter answered, “We just couldn’t do it!” Praise the Lord! The counselors than told them that they could go next door to the pregnancy center and even get an ultrasound which they did and on the way out, they even stopped to show the sidewalk counselors the ultrasound picture of this precious baby that had been rescued from the barbaric act of abortion. They looked at the counselors and said, “You all are wonderful, thank you for what you are doing and being here.” Instead of this abortion bound mommy leaving a broken woman with a broken child that day, she left a very happy and relieved mama who is very excited about her baby. Praise ye the Lord, and thank you to the sidewalk counselors and those praying and worshiping for coming out that day to be a voice for the voiceless, and trying to rescue those being led to the slaughter. Hallelujah for HE is great and greatly to be praised! And yes, we will be keeping in touch with this mama and her mama, and keep you all informed of their journey. Thank you for your prayers!

Saturday, October 17, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP, St. Paul MN

By Rev. Brian Walker, Program Director

On October 17, during the early morning shift outside Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul, the regular volunteer sidewalk counselor, Scott P., talked to a young woman. She came out of PP’s front door. She was crying and said she was pregnant but God did not want her to have an abortion. She said she had “messed up” and was scared of not having help and support. Scott told her about Abria, the nearby pregnancy help center, and said he was willing to walk her there. She said her sister and another person was waiting in the car for her in the PP parking lot. She also said she had lost her ID so PP said they would not work with her, but to come back. I offered to cover for Scott on the sidewalk so he could walk her over to Abria, but I was invited into the conversation and reiterated that there was help at Abria, and shared my own abortion testimony and that there is forgiveness for sins, but not to go back into PP with that presumption, but to be obedient to God. The PP escort came out to the sidewalk to interfere. I got between her and the client, and the escort told me, “You don’t need to do that.” She came around and told the young woman that she should go home and discuss this with her family and church, “people who love you.” She also mentioned that we (the sidewalk counselors) didn’t know her and told her to go back into PP for help. But the young woman was not listening to her. Scott asked me to take her to Abria and we talked along the way, with her appearing relieved.

August 2020 ~ Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s

By Debra Braun, Education Director

This incident happened a few weeks ago, but I wanted to confirm that the young woman had firmly chosen life before publishing the story. (An acquaintance was pressuring her to abort, but I have kept in contact with the young woman and I am confident now the baby is safe!) This young woman had taken public transportation to Whole Woman’s (WW) in Bloomington and came walking around from behind the building when she met volunteer sidewalk counselor, Daryl S., who was covering the north driveway. He spoke with her briefly, then encouraged her to talk to me (I was covering another entrance). I spoke to her for about 15 minutes and she seemed somewhat open to going to First Care Pregnancy Center, the pro-life center nearby, but didn’t really want an ultrasound, being doubtful she could proceed with an abortion if she saw her baby. Despite my objections, she insisted upon keeping her appointment at WW to fill out an application for financial assistance for the abortion, but asked if she could still go to First Care after that. “Yes!” I exclaimed. She went in and I anxiously prayed and waited for her to come back out. About 45 minutes later, she did come out and I drove her to First Care. When I spoke with her that afternoon, she told me that the ultrasound at First Care showed she was about two months further along than she thought, that she had the ultrasound photos of her baby, and that she wasn’t going to abort! She is keeping in touch with First Care and with me and is grateful for our intervention. I am also so grateful that she happened to walk by us and for the immediate services of First Care. It is very possible that had she not encountered pro-lifers that day, she would have succumbed to the pressures surrounding her, unaware of the life-affirming help available and what her baby looked like, and proceeded with the abortion, even a late-term abortion. Thank you, God, for coordinating all the elements needed to help this young woman and her baby!

Friday, August 14, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP, Brooklyn Park

By Debra Braun, Education Director

In July, the re-located Planned Parenthood (PP) in Brooklyn Park started killing unborn babies up to 11 weeks via the abortion pill. On August 14, just as Bob P. and I were finishing our 10:30-12:30 sidewalk counseling shift, two young women with a toddler parked in the spot closest to the sidewalk. I found out from the driver that the other woman was there for an abortion. The driver took literature on the way in, but the client did not. They came out later and the client was filling out paperwork in the car as I continued to talk with them. The driver stood outside the car just yards from me and I told her to look up thisischemicalabortion.com (the abortion pill scene from “Unplanned”). Later when I mentioned it again, she said she was looking it up. I also told her about abortionpillreversal.com, the nearby pregnancy centers, etc. The driver was looking at the brochures, but the client never said anything to us and she rarely even looked at us, but most likely she could hear us. From time to time, the driver spoke to her and although I couldn’t hear them, I believe she was sharing information from the brochures and possibly the websites. This whole while, volunteer Sharon O. was praying nearby.

At one point, a man drove in, stopped and spoke to them briefly. I met him at the driveway as he was leaving and asked if he knew them. He said the driver was his sister. I gave him the literature and told him that she had just brought someone for an abortion. He responded, “That’s not good,” and said he was against abortion. So I encouraged him to talk to them. He said he would, but he drove away. I hoped that he would at least call or text his sister immediately.

After a long time, the client went back into PP. Bob decided to stay for a little while longer. Shortly after I left, the client came out and as they were putting the child into the carseat, Bob asked if they were leaving. The driver said that they were and Bob asked if they were going to a pregnancy center. She said yes, but declined Bob’s offer to show them the way. Praise God this life was spared!

Note – I stayed an extra hour and Bob stayed even longer because there were no sidewalk counselors to cover that early afternoon shift when abortion clients are still coming. Please let us know if you can help save lives in Brooklyn Park from 12:30-2:30 on Fridays, once a month, twice a month or even every week! Thank you!

Monday, July 20, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP, St. Paul MN

Sidewalk Counselor Follows Holy Spirit’s Prompting, Baby Saved!
By Lisa K., volunteer sidewalk counselor

On Monday, July 20, I picked up a sidewalk counseling shift from 7:30-9:30 at the St. Paul Planned Parenthood (PP) because of a strong pulling of my heart telling me I needed to be there. Sometime not long before 9:00 a woman I saw standing at the corner for quite a while started walking towards PP. I approached her and asked if she was going to PP to have an abortion. She told me yes. I asked if I could share with her some information and gave her the pamphlet of resources available. We stood and talked for over 30 minutes. She shared with me much information regarding the fear and uncertainty about her unexpected pregnancy. She said my being there was a sign to not go through with the abortion and also that her young son was excited about having a baby brother (the surprising thing was that she had not told him about her pregnancy…. also a sign from God to keep her baby). As we spoke she shared how proud she is of her son and that she knows he would be a great big brother to this child. She told me she never had an abortion before and was very scared how this would affect her spirit. She also shared that some of her friends who have had an abortion are not the same and are more bitter and angry. I told her that I have heard others share this same experience after an abortion. I told her about Abria (the nearby pregnancy center) and the wonderful supports available to pregnant women. After about 30 minutes she told me she was definitely keeping this baby and showed me her belly telling me she was about 2 months along. She could already feel the baby moving and told me she could do this (have the baby). We walked to the bus stop together. Please keep this beautiful young lady and her growing family in your prayers.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 ~ Two Babies Saved at Robbinsdale and PP

By Debra Braun, Education Director

While I was sidewalk counseling this morning (June 16) outside the Robbinsdale abortion center, a passerby accepted my literature and then said, “Have a prosperous day.” Well, I thought, that’s an unusual statement, but it was nice of her to wish me that. Later, I noticed a woman sitting in her vehicle nearby, so I offered her literature through the open passenger window and asked if she was waiting for someone inside the abortion center. No, she said, she was waiting for a friend in the nearby apartment building. But she was happy to talk to me because she wanted to let us know that her cousin had chosen life for her unborn baby after calling the number on our “We’re Here” brochure and finding out about the resources available. Go back to June 6, when this woman had seen people praying and sidewalk counseling outside the Robbinsdale abortion center. She walked over to them, explained that her cousin was considering abortion and that she was trying to persuade her not to do that. Long-time volunteer sidewalk counselor Judi S. gave her literature and spoke with her. Then Judi introduced her to Brian Gibson, as the leader of Pro-Life Action Ministries, who could also help her cousin. Fr. Tom Dufner was also there, having just finished leading the Rosary group as he has on Saturday mornings for decades. Both Brian and Fr. Dufner encouraged the cousin in her desire to save the baby’s life. I was thrilled that I had the privilege of learning “the rest of the story” today, ten days later!

Later I went over to Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul for my 12:30-1:30 shift. Shortly after I arrived, a couple drove in and took my literature. We were speaking for a few minutes at the driveway until the last PP escort of the day honked at them as she was trying to leave. So I encouraged them to go to the bank lot, which they did, but unfortunately, the woman got out of the vehicle and started walking towards PP. However, she took the literature again (she had left the first set in the vehicle) and I was able to talk to her as we walked side by side. After she went into PP, I went back to the bank lot to speak with her husband. I asked how he felt about the abortion and he said he did not support it, but there was nothing he could do. I pointed out that as the baby’s father, he needed to protect his wife and child (and their marriage) from the harm of abortion and I urged him to call or text her (companions are not allowed inside at this time of COVID-19). He immediately picked up his phone and rolled up the window. So I went back to the driveway, all the while praying and being mindful of his presence in the bank lot. After about 15 minutes, I went back to speak with him. He rolled down the window, politely listened to me for a little while and then said he was on the phone with her. So again, to give them privacy, I went back to the driveway and was so relieved to see his wife walking out of PP about 10 minutes later! She was willing to go to Abria, the nearby pregnancy help center, so I directed them how to get there and met her at the front door. She told me her name, but was hesitant to give me her phone number so I made sure she had mine. She entered Abria and then I went to the husband who was waiting in the vehicle and asked if she had definitely chosen life or was still trying to decide what to do. She had chosen life, he said! He was so happy, as was I. I again explained the help available (including the financial help from Pro-Life Action Ministries). He said they are struggling right now, but that is temporary. I encouraged him again to call if they need our assistance, and said I would really like to hear from them, at least when the baby is born. He smiled and said he would be contacting me. Thanks to the prayer supporters outside PP while this was happening — Alison K,. and Jennifer and Rebecca S.! In the end, my day was indeed “prosperous” in the sense of experiencing an abundance of God’s blessings!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP, St. Paul

“Well, I’m leaving, aren’t I?” — Baby Saved at PP!
By Andy L., volunteer sidewalk counselor

As I arrived for my regular shift outside Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul on June 9, I checked in with one of my sidewalk counseling partners, Kate, to see how things were going. She informed me that a girl had parked in the bank parking lot and walked into PP and she was able to get literature into her hands. I saw her come out of PP not long after Kate had described her to me. I met her on the bank grounds and she willingly took my literature even though she had already gotten it from Kate, but she put it in her car right away. I also gave her a copy of the movie, “Unplanned”. She listened to me for about 5 minutes before walking back into PP and telling me that she had already prayed and asked for forgiveness for what she was about to do. I told her that’s not how it’s supposed to work and that she was far too pregnant to go through with this awful procedure; she was FOUR months along! (PP does abortions up to 23 weeks, 5 days at this location.) As she was walking in I gave her one more “We’re Here For You” brochure as I knew she left all the literature in her car and I knew there were abortion photos in it, hoping they would help change her mind. About 20 minutes later the girl came walking back out and this time the security guard from PP was walking alongside her. I ignored his presence and walked up to the girl on the other side referring to her name which I had been doing the whole time since she had a name tag on. I asked her if she had changed her mind and she said, ”maybe.” I told her that I really wanted to know because it would make all of our day, our week, our YEAR. She said, ”Well, I’m leaving, aren’t I?” She couldn’t help but smile when I told her how proud we all were because of the choice she had made. I told her, ”It’s because of girls like you that we put all this time in on the sidewalk.” Another sidewalk counseling partner of mine, Janet, then approached her and told her that she can help her as well because she works for a pregnancy resource center called Wakota. Today was a wild day at PP, the mood was intense to say the least, but the Holy Spirit was definitely with us today. Thank you Lord for these successes we get to all be part of!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 ~ Baby Saved PP St. Paul

Pregnant Driver Chooses Life!

By Brian Gibson, Executive Director — Two women stopped briefly and accepted literature while driving into Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul on Wednesday, June 3. A half hour later, the driver came walking down the long driveway. She came over to me asking more about the pregnancy help center I had mentioned when handing her the literature. I pointed out the gas station and told her Abria was straight across the street. I asked who was at PP for an abortion. She said she and her friend were both there for abortions, but she was going to go for a walk. (I assumed that she was there only as a driver today but considering abortion since she was on the outside and did not go back into the building when she later returned from her walk. Because of COVID-19, PP does not allow companions to wait inside.) I handed her an Abria map card and told her to go there before coming back to PP. She indicated she would. But not much longer than it takes to walk around the whole block PP is on, she came walking around the corner. Since she was on a cell phone conversation, I could not get her attention or get her to stop and talk again.

By Stacy E., Volunteer Sidewalk Counselor — When I arrived for my shift, Brian informed me about these two women. He had given me some information about the driver so I could be on the lookout for her. A while later she drove out of PP and stopped to talk with me. I asked her if she could go over to the bank parking lot so we could talk and she agreed. As we talked she informed me that her oldest son had recently died and she was still mourning his loss. I told her if she killed this child she would then be mourning the loss of two children. She also told me more about her situation and all the concerns that she has. I assured her they were all valid concerns, but that they were also temporary and abortion would be permanent. I asked her if she would at least go to Abria and talk with them. She agreed, we went over to Abria and I went back to PP. I knew that eventually she would have to come back to PP because the other woman was still there. About 45 minutes later she drove back into PP and stopped to talk with me. I asked her if she had changed her mind and she replied, “We’re going to keep talking.” I asked for clarification and she said the Abria lady and she were going to keep talking. She drove into PP and sat in her car. Around noon she drove out of PP and stopped to talk to me again. I asked her what she was going to do. She got a big smile on her face and I asked if she had chosen life for her child. She said yes! I thanked her and was so relieved that she had made the right decision. What a battle. (Editor’s note – Sadly, we assume her friend aborted her child, but we still hold out hope that perhaps the driver told her about the help available at Abria and that would have caused her to reconsider her abortion decision as well.)

A Baby Saved Story, Then and Now

by Michele Herzog
Central Florida Branch Manager

As I looked into the face of this newly born precious baby girl held in her daddy’s arms, my thoughts were immediately taken back to last September when a group of us had gone to the Planned Parenthood (PP) in Kissimmee to be a voice for the voiceless, and to try to rescue those little ones being drawn to the slaughter.

While ministering, we were able to speak out to a young couple as they walked into this place of death and began to pray for them but unfortunately they went inside the abortuary.

After a while, we noticed the abortion bound mom come outside, and sit on the bench. Sidewalk counselors began to plead with her to protect her little one, that the child in her womb was a precious gift from God created in HIS image, and that there was help for her, and please do not do this!

“Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it!” These were the words of one of the sidewalk counselors. Later on, this mama shared how much of an impact these words had on her. So much so, that she texted her husband who was still inside PP, telling him that she could not do it and was going to the car! Shortly after, he came out, but was followed by one of the PP escorts taunting him and trying to get him to change his wife’s mind.

We began to call out and encouraged the daddy to not listen to the escort, and to be the man that God created him to be, to protect women and children. One of the men in our group called out, “You will be a great father!” This, we found out later, is what God used to touch this father’s heart!

He turned and walked over to the car, they talked for a bit, and then pulled out of the parking lot, but when coming around the corner, I walked out into the street and asked them to roll their window down, which they did. I asked if they were leaving, and if we could pray for them, to which they both said yes. The mama was weeping while we prayed, and the daddy began to weep, and the Lord swept down and miraculously put a love in their hearts for their baby and a sorrow for thinking of the abortion, which led to absolutely choosing life for their child! It was a beautiful moment!

They shared how they had five other children, and that they were Christians and that they had become so fearful. That is how they ended up at PP, and now, how glad they were that we were there to be a voice, and praying for them.

We told them that we would walk through this pregnancy with them, and be there afterwards for them, to which the father looked up at us, and said, “Do you really mean that? A lot of Christians say that, but never follow through, and it’s just words.” I told him, “Yes, we will be there for you!”

And here it is, May, and I am looking at this precious baby girl snug in her father’s arms, and as he looks up at me, his words touched my heart so much. “Michele, if you all wouldn’t have been there that day at Planned Parenthood, we wouldn’t have her! Thank you all so, so much, we are so grateful you were there!” And he finished by saying, “You all have been there for us, you all have really shown the love of God to our family, and have been true Christians!”

This has been a true testament to me as well as this precious mama and daddy, because I have witnessed the body of Christ pull together to make sure they have everything they need, especially in such a time as this. God has provided everything! How beautiful when the body of Christ works together for these little babes and their parents!

Truly, this baby is a miracle, and how incredible was God’s love for her parents to touch and convict their hearts that almost fateful day, showing them how very much HE cares for them, and the child that was growing inside her mama’s womb.

How wonderful to be the hands and feet of Jesus, pleading for the lives of these children, and sharing HIS glorious gospel to a lost and dying world! To God be the Glory for HE has done great things!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP, St. Paul

Another “Pandemic-Era” Baby Saved from PP!

By Pam K., volunteer sidewalk counselor
At about 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, a young woman came out the front door of Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul. I approached, asking if I could please give her some resource information. She came toward me, took my brochures, and we talked on the sidewalk. She is pregnant and shared that her mother said the decision is up to her (to abort or give birth). She said that she chose life for her baby for three reasons — we pro-lifers were visibly there on the sidewalk (I was the only one there at the moment), she realized while inside PP that this baby is part of who she is, and the PP staff were not that nice to her inside. We did not go into this as her ride had arrived and she was heading to be with her boyfriend! She had shared that she has medical coverage and support. I assured her she has even more resources listed in the brochures that I gave her and Abria (the nearby pregnancy center) is around the corner. I told her she made a great decision and there will be challenges, but all will be very good. We were both all smiles. It was so wonderful to see this beautiful young woman wanting life for her baby. We very, very briefly talked about adoption in my sharing that I thank God always for my two kids as their moms also chose life! She was very calm and happy with her decision; she appeared very emotionally mature versus many her age. God blessed not only me today, but this beautiful mom-to-be!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP, St. Paul

Pastor and Daughter Choose Life Outside PP!
Part 1, by Brian Gibson, Executive Director

Often, the babies we have the privilege to document saved from death by abortion are a team effort. Since Pro-Life Action Ministries employs a “shift” method for our trained sidewalk counselors, it may be sidewalk counselors with an earlier shift that first engage the woman and those accompanying her to the abortion appointment, and a later shift of sidewalk counselors who offers further information or learn of her decision to not abort her precious child. Additionally, members of these team efforts may be prayer supporters keeping vigil ouside the abortion facility as well as the staff and volunteers at pregnancy help centers and other pro-life agencies.

Wednesday, April 29, was one of those days at the monstrous Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul, Minn. A car with out-of-state license plates stopped in the driveway at PP. The driver, an older man bringing a young woman to PP, rolled down his window and accepted the literature I was offering. I started to explain that all the help they needed was at the nearby “free resource clinic, including free ultrasounds.” He began to tell me he was a pastor and it was his daughter he was bringing to PP. I told him not go into PP and that he must go to Abria. I handed him a business-sized card with driving directions and a map to Abria. I told him to go knock on the door of Abria and that I would call to make sure they could get right in. While all this was transpiring, the young woman made a few objections, stating she had an appointment to keep.

They immediately turned around and drove toward Abria. I called Abria and gave a description of the two for their new “appointment” at Abria. That was the last I saw of them with my shift ending around 10:00 a.m.

Part 2, by Stacy Engesether, Volunteer Sidewalk Counselor

As Jeanne O. and I started our shift, Brian informed us that it was another busy day at PP. He said he had been able to hand out 14 pieces of information. About 30 minutes later a car with out-of-state license plates pulled into PP, stopped and rolled down their windows. The driver was a middle-aged man with a young girl who appeared to be around 15 years old. I offered them information and told them about Abria across the street. The driver told me they already had the information and had just been at Abria. I started thinking they had now come back to PP to go through with the abortion. I asked him if he was the grandfather of this baby and he said yes, he was and he added that he was also a pastor. I then told him that he already knew this was wrong and asked him to please go over to the bank parking lot so we could talk. At that time the PP escort came over and told him he had to move. He held his hand up to her, as if to tell her to stop, and also told her he was a pastor. She did back off. At this point I was completely confused and still thinking that they were going back into PP. Finally, Jeanne, who had been standing on the other side of the car, asked them if they had changed their minds and the young lady nodded her head yes! They had come back to tell us that they had changed their minds! We both congratulated them and thanked them for coming back to let us know. Jeanne offered the young lady a baby blanket and she happily accepted it. I could not wait to call Brian and tell him the wonderful news! There is no doubt in my mind that our presence there saved a baby’s life! Thank you God!

Tuesday, April 15, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP, CFL

By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

In the midst of everything going on in our nation, a little baby boy or girl was saved yesterday, and we are so thankful to the Lord God Almighty! While ministering in front of the Planned Parenthood UCF (Orlando) abortuary on April 15, an abortion bound woman pulled into the parking lot, and chose a spot right by us. She proceeded to get out of the car and ask for information, which she was given. She opened up our “We’re Here for You” brochure and immediately her eyes went right to the picture of the baby that had been killed by abortion, and she looked up and shared how she just can’t do that to her baby! She also shared how when she was approaching PP she saw all the people out front with signs and began to feel that she just couldn’t go through with her scheduled abortion. Now, after looking at the little dismembered baby in the brochure, her decision was sealed; she chose life right there, and was given information on where she could go for help, and that we would walk through her pregnancy with her! We just thank the Lord the HE had all of us out in front of that place of death even under the circumstances that this nation is in, because all life matters. Each human being is important in God’s eyes, no matter how small, big, young, old — all are important to HIM! Can we shout Glory Hallelujah?

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

Second Baby Saved on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

By Stacy E., volunteer sidewalk counselor

Within an hour of the first baby being saved on April 8, a second baby was saved! A woman exiting Planned Parenthood in St. Paul stopped and rolled down the window and I handed her literature. She told me they already had it and showed me the literature that Brian Gibson had given them earlier in the morning. I asked her if she had changed her mind and she said, “she did,” pointing to the young lady in the back seat. I told the young lady she had just made the best decision of her life and I asked how far along she was. She said she was 10 weeks pregnant. At the same time the car behind her started honking their horn and the driver quickly started leaving. I was able to tell them there was help available across the street. As they left, the driver responded with a great big smile on her face and said, “We’ve got this!”

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP St. Paul MN

Our Presence at PP Helped Save this Baby!
By Stacy E., volunteer sidewalk counselor

Just after I had started my sidewalk counseling shift outside Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul on April 8, a woman exiting stopped and took the literature I had extended to her. I asked the driver if she was there for an abortion. She wouldn’t answer me and just shook her head and said she just needed to clear her head. I asked her if she would go over to the bank parking lot so we could talk. She agreed and when I met her over there she told me she was 9 weeks pregnant. I asked her why she felt that she had to do this. She said because of finances. I assured her that whatever was going on was temporary but if she went ahead with the abortion it would be permanent. I asked her if she wanted a boy or a girl. She said her young son wanted a brother. I asked her how she would ever be able to explain that to her son. She got very emotional and I could tell she was very conflicted and that she knew it would be wrong. I then realized there was a young man in the back and I asked him if he was the father. He wouldn’t answer me and just looked down. I started talking to both of them about Abria (the nearby pregnancy center) and asked if I could get them over there for the right kind of help. The young man climbed into the front seat of the car, almost as if he had just had a complete change of heart. I assured both of them that this was the right decision and they would never regret it. When we were waiting for the staff to come to the front door of Abria the young lady told me that her sister had had two abortions and has had nightmares constantly. She said her sister kept telling her not to do this. I again told both of them that they had absolutely made the right decision and would never regret it. There were certainly many things at work in this young woman’s life and I am so thankful that our presence at PP was one of them.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP St. Paul MN

More Good News During this Pandemic — Another Baby Saved!
By Annie R., volunteer sidewalk counselor

I’m so thankful God let me be a part of a couple leaving Planned Parenthood (PP) to go to Abria (the nearby pregnancy center) on Thursday, April 2. I motioned to sidewalk counselor Ann R. that a man had just walked out of PP and she encouraged me to go talk to him. But I wanted her to go because I know she is way more experienced in sidewalk counseling than I am. But as they were talking a little bit, I felt led to walk over and ask if he was the boyfriend. He said yes. I then told him of a previous man I talked to who encouraged his girlfriend to come out of Planned Parenthood just like he could do right now. He told me that he didn’t want her to abort IT, but that if she want’s to get rid of it, it’s her choice. He then said it’s her body and he can’t tell her what to do with her body. I reminded him that it was his SON or DAUGHTER and also reminded him of what he just said: “If she wants to get rid of IT.” “It” is his son or daughter, I said. I told him to call her and ask her to come out and talk. He tried once but she didn’t answer. I said to text and to try over and over until she answers. Finally she answered and he went on a long walk down the sidewalk. When he got back, she came walking out of PP. He told me that she wasn’t thrilled about having this baby. I just reminded them they are doing the right thing by going to Abria. Janet, another sidewalk counselor who had happened to stop by to pray for a little that day, met up with them during their walk over there. Before they said goodbye at Abria, the man told her, “It’s a good thing you guys were out here.” Let’s come together during this COVID-19 time and save these babies’ lives! Editor’s note — According to Janet, the woman was able to get an ultrasound at Abria. She is due in November. Janet is following up with her through Wakota Life-Care Center, another pregnancy center in West St. Paul, where Janet works. Thank you, Lord, for our dedicated sidewalk counselors and the wonderful pregnancy centers!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP St. Paul MN

ANOTHER Baby Saved During COVID-19 Crisis!
By Janet M., volunteer sidewalk counselor

God sent a couple into our hands today. They pulled into the driveway, rolled down the window and took a brochure. Before they said anything, I told them that whatever the problem, we could help. Housing, bills, diapers, just come and talk to us. What you don’t want, I said, is an abortion. I can’t remember what ended the conversation but they drove in. I don’t think they ever parked. They pulled out just a minute or two later with windows down. I asked if they needed help. When they answered yes I asked them to pull into the bank parking lot. They had 3 little children in the back seat. She told me she was working but that her husband wasn’t and they were having a hard time. She explained this was a really bad time to have another baby. But she and her husband both agreed with me that the most important part of anyone’s life is their children; they are a blessing from God and we need to trust Him. I mentioned how wonderful big families are. The husband agreed and reiterated that he believed children are a blessing. I had them call Wakota (pregnancy help center in West St. Paul) right there and make an appointment for an ultrasound. I told them they could also pick up diapers and clothes for the kids and get help with employment and maybe finances and other things like high chairs and car seats. The husband said thank you for being there. That if we had not been there they would have gone through with the abortion. I told them that I worked at Wakota and to ask for me any time they came in. Hopefully I will stay in touch with them through Wakota.

Friday, March 20, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

Just Learned — Baby Saved through Prayer Supporters 20 years Ago at Robbinsdale!
By Evie S., volunteer sidewalk counselor

Sadly, it was a busy day of five abortion clients during the first shift at Robbinsdale this morning and one abortion client during the second shift. But a man parked his truck nearby and came over to talk to us. “Oh man, do I have a whopper of a story for you,” he said. “I remember it like it was yesterday.” He told us that 20 years ago he turned the corner (pointing a block away) and drove here for an abortion. “We were so worried about what her parents would think because we weren’t married yet,” he said. “We were hungover from the night before and saw all these people praying and were scared and drove right to our parents and told them.” Their son is now studying to be a doctor. The man told us he was so glad he saw us and didn’t know if he’d ever have another chance to see us and thank us until today. There are sidewalk counselors here pretty regularly but perhaps since it was a bigger group today (five sidewalk counselors/prayer supporters), it reminded him of that day. One of the prayer supporters suggested he tell the escort his story and he did! She said she’s glad he made his choice…. and then to get off the property if he wasn’t a client! We were very grateful for the man with his uplifting story and all the honks or thumbs-up from supporters. The benefit of having more pro-lifers on the sidewalk was clear to everyone today. We had better coverage, more support, a clear witness to the community, and we gave that grateful father the chance to be reminded of the place with the crowd he avoided. He made a choice that changed his life forever, along with all the people that have and will encounter that young man who almost was aborted 20 years ago.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at AWHC FL

Another Baby Saved on March 17, this One in Central Florida!
By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

A baby was saved March 17 at the AWHC abortuary! Amidst everything going on, A LOT of babies were being killed down at the AWHC abortuary! But for one abortion-bound couple, when they arrived they were greeted by sidewalk counselors offering help, another way, and the truth of abortion. They were given a brochure with information, drove in, and sat in their car for a long time. Finally, after talking with each other, they started driving out, and as they were exiting out of the driveway, they stopped to share with one of the counselors that they had changed their minds and were going home! They were so thankful that people were there to urge them to not go through with the scheduled abortion, but to instead protect and love their baby girl/boy. To God be the Glory, for HE has done great things!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP St. Paul MN

Baby Saved During Coronavirus Crisis!
By Debra Braun, Education Director

On Tuesday, March 17, while some other businesses in St. Paul were preparing to cut back on their services, it was “business” as usual at Planned Parenthood (PP). The first couple to arrive was stalled in traffic because a semi-truck was blocking PP’s driveway due to an ambulance run on University Ave. which caused the red light to be longer than usual. This gave me the opportunity to step out into the street and approach the car. The woman took the literature and I asked, “Are you here for an abortion today?” She said yes and I started to explain the help available, etc. But then she became unwilling to talk and started to put the literature in the back seat. Not wanting her to get so irritated that she would throw that life-saving literature back at me, I walked away and went back to the driveway to wait for them to turn in. As they drove in, I indicated to the man (I was on the driver’s side) that I wanted to talk. (I noticed the woman still had the literature in her hand.) He paused in the driveway long enough for me to say, “Read that literature.” He said they would and he drove in and parked. Both went in, but soon the man came out and sat in the car for quite a while (maybe reading the literature?) I didn’t see when he went back in because I was preoccupied with other clients coming. When my replacement sidewalk counselor came, I explained the situation to her. Later that morning, I received a wonderful call from the sidewalk counselor. She told that about an hour after I left, the couple came driving out and the woman rolled down her window and said, “We decided not to do it!” while the man was holding up the literature I had given him. The sidewalk counselor was incredibly thrilled and responded, “I love you!” (She told me she didn’t know where that came from!) She also explained the help available and gave them a card about Abria, the nearby pregnancy help center. She then asked the woman, “Do you mind if I ask your first name?” The woman told her — turns out it is the same name as the sidewalk counselor! The sidewalk counselor assured them of her prayers and they happily drove away. It is so important that we pro-lifers are present at these abortion centers whenever they are killing!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at AWHC FL

Dramatic baby saved story from Central Florida!
By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

As I was walking up the sidewalk to minister at the AWHC abortuary on March 10, Shirley Jo, one of the sidewalk counselors, walked up to me hurriedly with concern in her face and said, “There is a battle going on!” By that time I was up to the driveway, and Shirley Jo pointed to a car in the parking lot close to the front door, and I began to hear screaming and yelling coming from said vehicle.

Shirley Jo explained that the woman who was yelling was directing her anger toward the abortion-bound young mama in the car and pressuring her to have this abortion, and had been all morning. Once during the time that they were there, the young mama got out of the car and walked down to take a brochure from Shirley Jo, who offered much help to the young lady. She then walked back up and got back into the car.

A short time later, she got out of the car and walked back down to Shirley Jo, opened up the brochure, pointed to the graphic suction abortion image, and asked, “What is this?” Shirley Jo explained that it was the remains of an aborted baby at 10 weeks, and that there was a person specifically assigned to make sure every body part of the child that had been killed was accounted for, or else the woman could possibly die. The abortion-bound mama immediately told Shirley Jo that she was 13 weeks along and asked if her baby would really look like that and is that really true. Shirley Jo responded, “Yes.” The young lady was horrified, and walked back up to the car.

At that point the screaming and yelling began again, and this is when I had arrived. Soon after, she got out of the car and sat on the cement planter out front talking on the phone, or sitting there, which was quite a while. During that time, Shirley Jo and I continued to plead with her to leave “this place of death,” to protect her baby, that her baby was a precious gift from God created in HIS image, that God hates the hands that shed innocent blood, that God instructs us “Thou shalt not Kill,” to please go next door for free help, and so much more! She then got back in the car, and the yelling and screaming from the other woman began again.

Shortly after, I went around back to see if the abortionist had arrived, and while there, I noticed a white car coming around, and the woman who had been screaming jumped in the backseat of that car, and they bolted out of the abortion mill parking lot.

When I went back out front, I noticed the young lady in the car was now in the driver’s seat and was backing the car out, so I ran to the driveway, and as she drove past, she rolled down her window and said, “I’m not doing it!” with tears rolling down her cheeks. Shirley Jo was at the window now, and we both said that this decision was wonderful. I asked her what changed her mind, and she said, “the brochure (the graphic image),” and the words that had been spoken to her. I then asked her if she had any relatives for support and she said, “My mother, she didn’t want me to come today!” I asked her how old she was, and she told us that she was 18 years old, and we both told her that she is brave and courageous to make this decision for life for her child, and to have fought for the life of her child while the person in the vehicle with her was pressuring and forcing her to have this abortion. She sat there and cried, and thanked us as we told her that we are here for her and that we would love to take her out for lunch and keep up with her. She then drove off with a smile on her face.

Shirley Jo and I, along with Kathy, who had just walked up and who is a faithful prayer supporter, just stood on the sidewalk and praised and thanked the Lord. We wept with tears of joy and knew that truly, a battle had been fought in the heavenlies, and the powers of darkness had been defeated, and this baby had survived this demonic onslaught against his/her life.

Never have I witnessed in all these years such pressure for someone to kill her baby, and when the mother refused, the acquaintance stormed out of there, so angry that the young woman wouldn’t take part in the shedding of innocent blood. This was a miracle!

I just want to shout Glory Hallejuah, for the Lord allowing us to take part in this saving of a precious baby, and letting us witness HIS great and awesome powers! To HIM be the Glory, for HE has done great things!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP St. Paul MN

By Pam K., volunteer sidewalk counselor

During my sidewalk counseling shift at Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul on Wednesday, March 4, a couple stopped as they were leaving. They still had their name tags on. They happily took my brochure. They were African-American so I quickly asked if they knew that the percentage of black babies being aborted is higher than white babies. The woman leaned forward and said, yes, and wasn’t that terrible. So I then said, “May I ask if you were here for an abortion?” They both said yes, but could not do it as it is so wrong. The man kept saying “It’s just wrong”, “It’s just not right” many times. I told them God loves them and I quickly got Brian Walker’s attention as he was there with people praying for our 40 Days for Life campaign. He came over and we had them pull their car out of PP’s driveway and chatted with them. Brian gave them his card to call him as he wanted to take them to dinner. They told us we looked as happy as they were! We were! We are! They had not taken the information on their way in, but hopefully our presence there filled their minds and hearts to not harm their baby! Also, the man told us, “Thank you for your ministry.”

Monday, February 24, 2020 ~ Baby Saved at PP St. Paul MN

Mike C. and Jeremiah P. were sidewalk counseling outside Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul on Monday, February 24. According to their reports, a couple walked up the street, past the sidewalk counselors and towards the back of PP. Mike and Jeremiah kept calling out to them about the free services just across the street at the pregnancy help center, Abria. They ended up going into PP, but 15 minutes later, they came back out and walked towards the sidewalk counselors. Mike asked them if they were at PP for an abortion and then changed their minds, and they said, “Yes.” He asked if they wanted to go to Abria and they agreed. Jeremiah stayed at PP to continue sidewalk counseling while Mike walked them over to Abria. Before leaving them, he gave them his phone number and hugged them. The woman was in tears, “but they chose right,” concluded Jeremiah in his report.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale, MN

Volunteer sidewalk counselor Judi S. was covering the second shift outside the Robbinsdale abortion center on Saturday, Feb. 8, arriving around 8:30. The first shift of sidewalk counselors had spoken to the abortion clients when they entered prior to Judi’s arrival. Prayer supporters Dan R. and Dave U. were on the sidewalk and the very faithful Saturday Rosary group was also there that morning. Around 11:00, a woman came out and sat in her car for awhile, and then started to leave, but waited while Judi finished speaking to a different woman in the driveway. When the way was clear, the woman pulled up to Judi and Judi asked if she had had an abortion. The woman answered, “No.” Judi asked if she believed in God, and the woman answered, “Yes, that’s why I didn’t do it.” She added that since the pro-lifers had been there so long in the cold, she felt that they deserved to know she had changed her mind! The woman accepted the literature Judi offered and listened as Judi explained the help available at the Robbinsdale Women’s Center, the pregnancy help center across the street. The presence of prayer supporters and sidewalk counselors outside an abortion center helps draw the woman’s attention to God!

February 2020 – Three Babies Saved at Whole Woman’s, Robbinsdale and PP, MN

Within the past two weeks, a baby was saved at each of the three abortion mills in the Twin Cities area! Here are the stories:

Whole Woman’s, Minneapolis
by Kay K., volunteer sidewalk counselor

I was in front of Whole Woman’s (WW) on Thursday morning, February 6, when a young woman parked across the street at about 9:15, near the end of my sidewalk counseling shift. When she went to the kiosk to pay for parking I crossed the street and asked if she was going into WW. She said she was. I asked her not to go in and told her killing her baby would not solve anything and would in fact ruin her life. She said she was just going in for an ultrasound and to find out her options. I pointed out that the only option they would be interested in giving her was abortion since that is how they make their money. I said, “They don’t care about you or your baby, they only want your money.” I told her she could get a free ultrasound and real options if she came with me to a nearby pregnancy center. After a couple minutes of urging her to go somewhere that really cared and wasn’t trying to make money off her, she agreed to go with me to Tandem. We were there for about 30-45 minutes while she met with a couple different women and made an appointment to come back the following Tuesday. I gave her my phone number to stay in touch, but as of today I have not heard back from her. However, she seemed very firm in her decision not to abort. She is a believer and, I think, knew that abortion was not God’s will and would put a stumbling block in her relationship with Him. She said she didn’t feel ready for a baby but knew she would be when the time came. I encouraged her in this belief and reinforced the fact that there were many people willing to help her along the way.

Robbinsdale
by Dave U., volunteer sidewalk counselor

Recently, a family parked their car about a block away from the Robbinsdale clinic. A mother, father, and a high school-aged girl walked together on the sidewalk leading to the clinic. They passed by Brian Walker and he gave the mother our literature that is given to people planning on having an abortion. Brian encouraged them to reconsider their plans and keep their baby. He called out, “We’re here to help, free ultrasound across the street, heart beats at three weeks, be sure to watch your ultrasound.” He also told them about the options they have with the Robbinsdale Woman’s Center, the pregnancy help center across the street. A half hour later the family came walking out of the abortion clinic. As they walked by they told me they decided not to have the abortion and their daughter is going to keep her baby. The man had our literature in his hand. The mother said they were going to see their regular family practice doctor to ensure the health of their daughter and her pregnancy. Donna P. was also there with Brian and I that day serving in prayer support.

Planned Parenthood, St. Paul
by Debra Braun, Education Director

Around 1:00 on Tuesday, February 18, a young woman came out the front door of Planned Parenthood (PP). When I offered her literature, she said, “I took your advice; I didn’t do it.” I expressed my joy for her decision and then asked, “Was there anything in particular that changed your mind?” She answered, “Your words.” Since I didn’t recognize her from my 7:30-8:30 shift earlier that morning, I asked what time she had come and when she said “9:30,” we realized that it was actually a different sidewalk counselor who had spoken with her. I again explained the help available, gave her my card, and asked if I could take her to Abria, the nearby pregnancy center. But then her cab arrived and she left. I contacted the sidewalk counselors, Janet M. and Kate F., who had been there at 9:30. They recalled this woman, who had been dropped off by the same cab company right next to Janet. Janet said the woman seemed really sad. She tried to give her information but she did not want it. However, Janet called out to her as she walked down the sidewalk to the door of PP. Even though she didn’t take the literature, Janet’s words clearly touched her heart! Praise God!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul

All of us Tuesday sidewalk counselors and prayer supporters were pretty bummed to hear that Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul would be open and in full deadly operation on Christmas Eve. Some pro-lifers even came early; thanks Bunny! If this place would be running in full swing, then so would we.

It was pretty quiet, so that was nice. However, a young woman (Da’Seanna) came out of PP and left on foot. I happened to already be speaking with her friend in the parking lot of the bank. Kate caught up with Da’Seanna and they disappeared around the bank. The girl I was talking to pointed at Da’Seanna and said, ”There’s my friend now.” But yet, she stayed and talked with me instead of honking or waving to let her know where she was. I thought that was odd. The gal I was speaking with told me Da’Seanna was going to have an abortion but she (the friend) didn’t agree with abortion and was trying to talk her out of it. I gave her literature and told her to do everything in her power to prevent it from happening. She said she would and left.

Maybe 10 minutes later Kate came back with the sad news that Da’Seanna would be coming back later to have the abortion. Sure enough, less than an hour later she came back. I caught up with her and tried to speak to her but she ignored me. Then I said her name (her friend had told me what her name was). it was then that she stopped and started to have a conversation with me. I said as many things as I could to try to convince her to not proceed with the abortion, and I could tell she was starting to think twice.

My daughter, Emma was right next to me listening the whole time, as well as Bunny and Sarah. Bunny asked if she could say a prayer, and Da’Seanna agreed. Bunny started her heartfelt prayer and started crying. This had a profound impact on Da’Seanna I believe. I told her that we have dozens of people behind the scenes and what she sees in us is just the tip of the iceberg. I said that we don’t just try to convince her to choose life and then do nothing more.

That’s when Sarah stepped in and told her that she would even go to her doctor visits with her. Da’Seanna said with surprise, ”You will?!” Sarah told her she for sure would do that for her. Then Da’Seanna said, ”Fine, I’m not doing it.” Praise be to the LORD! We were simply His messengers doing His will, and we answered His call, the day before His Blessed Birth.

We told Da’Seanna we would bring her to get an ultrasound. Before Janet left, she had told me she knew of an ultrasound tech that would be willing to come give her an ultrasound. What was really cool about this particular save is that the whole time we were talking to her, the PP escort just stood there and listened and didn’t try to intervene even though he was five feet away. It was as if he were intrigued, almost like he was hoping she would choose life. That’s my hope anyway.

We went to Wakota Life-Care Center and met Janet there. A few minutes later the on-call ultrasound tech arrived and Da’Seanna went in for her ultrasound. What a wonderful Christmas present the Lord gave us all on His Blessed Nativity. We are keeping in touch with her and she gave permission for us to share this photo, stating, “It’s fine with me if the world knows I made a great decision.”

Friday, November 1, 2019 – Baby Saved at WE Health, Duluth, MN

By Sarah Winandy, Assistant Director, Pro-Life Ministries of Duluth:

“D” stopped with her friend as we offered material and we showed her the pictures of a growing pre-born baby. She took the literature and thanked us. We encouraged her to look at her ultrasound. As she walked to the abortion center, she threw the literature away when the escorts told her to. An hour later she and her friend came out and Karen asked if she had changed her mind. With a big smile on her face she said, “yes”! I asked if we could help and she refused but when I offered to send a gift card in support of her decision she was willing! We have her info to keep in contact. “D” is 6 weeks along and showed us her ultrasound. Her friend said she was so glad that “D” had changed her mind since she herself has had several miscarriages. Pray for “D” to keep steadfast in her decision. Praise God for this miracle! Also pray for her friend that we can reach out to her with Rich in Mercy counseling. A thing that we noted on this save: since it was Halloween night yesterday and sometimes there are people who come out to bring “mischief” when the 40 Days people are there, Tom Schaer (Director, Pro-life Ministries of Duluth) came around 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and myself from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to sing hymns and worship the Lord. We could sense the praise to our Lord Jesus repelled a lot of darkness. This morning Tom was praising the Lord again. In this warfare for life we believe praising the Lord has a powerful effect on the outcome! Let’s keep praying and praising!”

Friday, October 18, 2019 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, MN

Another 40 Days Baby Saved at PP!
By Mary H., volunteer sidewalk counselor

On Friday, October 18, about 1:00 p.m., a car was making a turn into the driveway of the St. Paul Planned Parenthood (PP) and I extended my little boxed ‘gift’ of a baby (12-week fetal model) with raffia bow blowing in the breeze on a beautiful fall day. The driver reached for the gift which I gave her along with Pro-Life Action Ministries’ wonderfully done piece “We’re Here For You,” and told her, “If you happen to be here for an abortion just know that there’s help available a block away across University Avenue at Abria.” The driver said, “Is there ultrasound available too?” I said, “Yes, there is and it’s free.” I don’t even know what else I said. They continued into the driveway. About five minutes later they came back out of the driveway and asked for directions to Abria. After they drove away, I talked to the new sidewalk counselor, Mary Kay, who’d been ‘shadowing’ me for the past two Fridays. I told her I’d like to see them into Abria. She encouraged me to get over there. The two-some were just pulling into the driveway when I got there. After introducing myself, I asked the driver if she’d like to tell me her name, which she did. I then asked if they were mother and daughter, which they confirmed. I asked her if she had an appointment for an abortion at PP. She confirmed that she did have an appointment. The three of us went into Abria. A young gal I know approached us at the desk. I introduced mother and daughter and went back to my spot at PP. I told Mary Kay I’d regretted that I didn’t have my bag with me because I had a new, beautifully packaged baby blanket with a nice note that a volunteer makes up for such occasions. With Mary Kay’s encouragement, I ran back over to Abria with my bag. I was glad to see that their car was still in front of Abria. I left the gift blanket with the Abria staff person at the front desk, and slapped a post-it note on with my name and phone number, and invited them to call me. Currently ‘Forty Days For Life’ is going on. There had been about a dozen prayer supporters there earlier which had dwindled to a handful. When I got back from Abria the second time there were about 18 persons praying there, most of them very youthful St. Thomas Students For Life club members and some young seminarians that are there often. Prayer works! Come join us.

Wednesdays, October 2 & 9, 2019 – Two Babies Saved at Whole Woman’s, MN

By Debra Braun, Education Director

10/2/19 ~ As I was sidewalk counseling at one of the parking ramp entrances outside the Parkside Building in Minneapolis, which houses the Whole Woman’s abortion center, a couple drove up and accepted the literature I offered. They acknowledged they were there for an abortion when I asked. The woman was limited in her English, but when I asked if she was Muslim and said that God did not want her to have an abortion, she started weeping. I continued to tell them we could help and after a few minutes of conversation (interspersed with them speaking to each other in their native African language), they pulled out of the parking ramp entrance and parked on the street. She was early in her pregnancy and very ill from nausea. She hadn’t seen a doctor yet, and she agreed to go to AALFA Family Practice (a completely pro-life clinic) the next day. That appointment went well, with her receiving some medication for the nausea. She has chosen life and is very grateful for the help! Praise God that this precious child was spared at the last minute!

10/9/19 ~ The young woman parked outside Whole Woman’s (WW) and very willingly took the literature I offered her. When I said, “If you know someone who’s pregnant, we’re here to help her have the baby,” she laughed lightly and said, “Well it’s too late for me.” When I asked her to explain, she said she was there for an abortion (21 weeks) and that WW had scheduled a “specialist” (late-term abortionist) for her. We talked for about 10 minutes and I told her everything I could think of to persuade her not to go in, including showing her a medical illustration and an actual photograph of an abortion at that stage of pregnancy. But to my great dismay, she ended up going in to start the two-day procedure. As my sidewalk counseling shift ended about 20 minutes later, I was preparing to leave another set of literature on her car with a personal note when she came out and said she was maybe changing her mind and wanted an ultrasound! (WW had previously done an ultrasound, but they typically do NOT show it to the woman.) Two other sidewalk counselors, Bob and John, kept her company and told her they would be happy to help her too while I went to get my car. During that time, WW called her, saying they were ready for her, but she told them she had changed her mind! She followed me to Abria (a pregnancy resource center about 15 minutes away) where she saw her baby on ultrasound, and set up a follow-up appointment. When I spoke with her later that afternoon, she confirmed her decision for life and said she told her aunt and grandmother she is pregnant and they are excited. She told me she felt better too, and said, “You saved my baby!” and thanked me for talking with her. Interestingly, as we were walking into Abria we passed some office windows. When she saw her reflection, she said, “I LOOK pregnant.” I said, “Yes, you do!” I think she was finally allowing herself to acknowledge the baby now that she had chosen life! My heart breaks when I look at a late-term abortion photo, and I’m so extremely grateful that God allowed me to be involved in helping to save even one child from that torture and death!

Wednesday, September 13, 2019 – Baby Saved at AWHC, CFL

Learned of Baby Saved through “Chance” Encounter at Store!
By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

While in Burlington Coat Factory tonight (September 13) with my daughter, a young woman stopped me and said, “I know you!” I looked at her, and said, “Oh, how?” She said, “You stand in front of that abortion clinic don’t you?” I told her yes, and then she told me that I had talked with her there (AWHC abortuary)! I asked her if she kept her baby, as I then recognized her, and she patted her stomach, and said, “Yes, I’m 18 weeks along, I kept my baby!” We talked for a bit longer, and I gave her a big hug, and she thanked me. I told her to call me and we would stay in touch. I was just so encouraged, and so was my daughter, and the Scripture that came to my mind so strong was 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Once again, it shows me that we are just to be faithful servants, and the rest is in God’s hands! We have no idea how many babies are alive today as we speak up for the voiceless in front of the abortuaries. Many women don’t even let us know; they just leave, or keep driving by. Thank you Lord for this young woman stopping me and letting me know that her baby is alive, and thanking me. I praise you Jesus! Thank you for intervening on behalf of this precious child!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s Years Ago

His “Pride and Joy” — Baby Saved!
By Debra Braun, Education Director

As I was about to leave the sidewalk outside Whole Woman’s abortion center in Minneapolis this morning (September 10), I offered literature to a young passerby. He very gladly took it, telling me that I had saved HIS little girl, who will be 2 on New Year’s! He said that he and his girlfriend had been there at Whole Woman’s when she was early in her pregnancy. He said I spoke with her twice and the third time, he was also involved in the conversation. He was so grateful, saying his daughter is his “pride and joy!” We didn’t have a record of this baby saved, meaning that I didn’t know the outcome of these conversations at the time. Thank you, Lord, for revealing to us (even years later) some of the fruits of our labors on the sidewalk!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – Baby Saved at PP, St. Paul

By Brian Gibson, Executive Director

A young woman came walking up the street and I approached her just before she got to the bank driveway closest to Planned Parenthood (PP). I offered her our literature and told her of the “pregnancy resource center” nearby. I asked if she was coming for an abortion, which she affirmed. In conversation, she told me that she has a supportive boyfriend. I asked if he would financially support her and the baby; she said yes. Asked her if he would feed the baby, again yes. Asked if he would diaper the baby, another yes. I told her she had a good man. She smiled and agreed. She then told me she had other circumstances. I said that I was sure she did and that those circumstances were difficult, but that they could be resolved with help from the pregnancy center. She then said she had four children. I gently corrected her and said, “You have five kids.” She even smiled at that. However, I could not convince her to go directly to the Abria pregnancy resource center and keep her from going into PP. She said she would only be a few minutes and asked if I would be there when she came out. I said yes and added that she could not let PP talk her into something she knows she should not be doing. Then I waited. She did not come back out by the time my shift was over so I relayed all this information to Stacy and Janine who take the shift after mine. This was about 45 minutes after she went into PP, leaving me very concerned that she went ahead with the scheduled abortion. But around 11:00 am Stacy called, telling me she was standing outside Abria, having just brought the young woman over and that the baby was saved! She gave Stacy her name and contact information to pass on to me. I will follow up.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 – Baby Saved at AWHC, CFL

Drove all That Way and Changed her Mind!
By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

A baby was saved Thursday, August 15, at the AWHC abortuary. Thank you Jesus! That day was the first day of later term abortions (up to 6 months), and the mother of this baby had driven all the way from Texas to central Florida for a later term abortion, but when she arrived she was greeted by sidewalk counselors (including long-time sidewalk counselor, Pat H., shown in this photo) who offered help and shared the truth of abortion with her. She said that she was in a very dangerous domestic violence situation, but again Pat assured her that there was help for her, and having an abortion was not that help! She went inside that place of death with her friend who was accompanying her, but only stayed about 10 minutes, came out, and walked right up to Pat, thanked her, told her she wasn’t having the abortion, and that they were heading back to Texas! Praise God! She drove all that way, and God intervened in a mighty way! Thank you God!

Saturday, February 8, 2020 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale, MN

Volunteer sidewalk counselor Judi S. was covering the second shift outside the Robbinsdale abortion center on Saturday, Feb. 8, arriving around 8:30. The first shift of sidewalk counselors had spoken to the abortion clients when they entered prior to Judi’s arrival. Prayer supporters Dan R. and Dave U. were on the sidewalk and the very faithful Saturday Rosary group was also there that morning. Around 11:00, a woman came out and sat in her car for awhile, and then started to leave, but waited while Judi finished speaking to a different woman in the driveway. When the way was clear, the woman pulled up to Judi and Judi asked if she had had an abortion. The woman answered, “No.” Judi asked if she believed in God, and the woman answered, “Yes, that’s why I didn’t do it.” She added that since the pro-lifers had been there so long in the cold, she felt that they deserved to know she had changed her mind! The woman accepted the literature Judi offered and listened as Judi explained the help available at the Robbinsdale Women’s Center, the pregnancy help center across the street. The presence of prayer supporters and sidewalk counselors outside an abortion center helps draw the woman’s attention to God!

February 2020 – Three Babies Saved at Whole Woman’s, Robbinsdale and PP, MN

Within the past two weeks, a baby was saved at each of the three abortion mills in the Twin Cities area! Here are the stories:

Whole Woman’s, Minneapolis
by Kay K., volunteer sidewalk counselor

I was in front of Whole Woman’s (WW) on Thursday morning, February 6, when a young woman parked across the street at about 9:15, near the end of my sidewalk counseling shift. When she went to the kiosk to pay for parking I crossed the street and asked if she was going into WW. She said she was. I asked her not to go in and told her killing her baby would not solve anything and would in fact ruin her life. She said she was just going in for an ultrasound and to find out her options. I pointed out that the only option they would be interested in giving her was abortion since that is how they make their money. I said, “They don’t care about you or your baby, they only want your money.” I told her she could get a free ultrasound and real options if she came with me to a nearby pregnancy center. After a couple minutes of urging her to go somewhere that really cared and wasn’t trying to make money off her, she agreed to go with me to Tandem. We were there for about 30-45 minutes while she met with a couple different women and made an appointment to come back the following Tuesday. I gave her my phone number to stay in touch, but as of today I have not heard back from her. However, she seemed very firm in her decision not to abort. She is a believer and, I think, knew that abortion was not God’s will and would put a stumbling block in her relationship with Him. She said she didn’t feel ready for a baby but knew she would be when the time came. I encouraged her in this belief and reinforced the fact that there were many people willing to help her along the way.

Robbinsdale
by Dave U., volunteer sidewalk counselor

Recently, a family parked their car about a block away from the Robbinsdale clinic. A mother, father, and a high school-aged girl walked together on the sidewalk leading to the clinic. They passed by Brian Walker and he gave the mother our literature that is given to people planning on having an abortion. Brian encouraged them to reconsider their plans and keep their baby. He called out, “We’re here to help, free ultrasound across the street, heart beats at three weeks, be sure to watch your ultrasound.” He also told them about the options they have with the Robbinsdale Woman’s Center, the pregnancy help center across the street. A half hour later the family came walking out of the abortion clinic. As they walked by they told me they decided not to have the abortion and their daughter is going to keep her baby. The man had our literature in his hand. The mother said they were going to see their regular family practice doctor to ensure the health of their daughter and her pregnancy. Donna P. was also there with Brian and I that day serving in prayer support.

Planned Parenthood, St. Paul
by Debra Braun, Education Director

Around 1:00 on Tuesday, February 18, a young woman came out the front door of Planned Parenthood (PP). When I offered her literature, she said, “I took your advice; I didn’t do it.” I expressed my joy for her decision and then asked, “Was there anything in particular that changed your mind?” She answered, “Your words.” Since I didn’t recognize her from my 7:30-8:30 shift earlier that morning, I asked what time she had come and when she said “9:30,” we realized that it was actually a different sidewalk counselor who had spoken with her. I again explained the help available, gave her my card, and asked if I could take her to Abria, the nearby pregnancy center. But then her cab arrived and she left. I contacted the sidewalk counselors, Janet M. and Kate F., who had been there at 9:30. They recalled this woman, who had been dropped off by the same cab company right next to Janet. Janet said the woman seemed really sad. She tried to give her information but she did not want it. However, Janet called out to her as she walked down the sidewalk to the door of PP. Even though she didn’t take the literature, Janet’s words clearly touched her heart! Praise God!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul

All of us Tuesday sidewalk counselors and prayer supporters were pretty bummed to hear that Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul would be open and in full deadly operation on Christmas Eve. Some pro-lifers even came early; thanks Bunny! If this place would be running in full swing, then so would we.

It was pretty quiet, so that was nice. However, a young woman (Da’Seanna) came out of PP and left on foot. I happened to already be speaking with her friend in the parking lot of the bank. Kate caught up with Da’Seanna and they disappeared around the bank. The girl I was talking to pointed at Da’Seanna and said, ”There’s my friend now.” But yet, she stayed and talked with me instead of honking or waving to let her know where she was. I thought that was odd. The gal I was speaking with told me Da’Seanna was going to have an abortion but she (the friend) didn’t agree with abortion and was trying to talk her out of it. I gave her literature and told her to do everything in her power to prevent it from happening. She said she would and left.

Maybe 10 minutes later Kate came back with the sad news that Da’Seanna would be coming back later to have the abortion. Sure enough, less than an hour later she came back. I caught up with her and tried to speak to her but she ignored me. Then I said her name (her friend had told me what her name was). it was then that she stopped and started to have a conversation with me. I said as many things as I could to try to convince her to not proceed with the abortion, and I could tell she was starting to think twice.

My daughter, Emma was right next to me listening the whole time, as well as Bunny and Sarah. Bunny asked if she could say a prayer, and Da’Seanna agreed. Bunny started her heartfelt prayer and started crying. This had a profound impact on Da’Seanna I believe. I told her that we have dozens of people behind the scenes and what she sees in us is just the tip of the iceberg. I said that we don’t just try to convince her to choose life and then do nothing more.

That’s when Sarah stepped in and told her that she would even go to her doctor visits with her. Da’Seanna said with surprise, ”You will?!” Sarah told her she for sure would do that for her. Then Da’Seanna said, ”Fine, I’m not doing it.” Praise be to the LORD! We were simply His messengers doing His will, and we answered His call, the day before His Blessed Birth.

We told Da’Seanna we would bring her to get an ultrasound. Before Janet left, she had told me she knew of an ultrasound tech that would be willing to come give her an ultrasound. What was really cool about this particular save is that the whole time we were talking to her, the PP escort just stood there and listened and didn’t try to intervene even though he was five feet away. It was as if he were intrigued, almost like he was hoping she would choose life. That’s my hope anyway.

We went to Wakota Life-Care Center and met Janet there. A few minutes later the on-call ultrasound tech arrived and Da’Seanna went in for her ultrasound. What a wonderful Christmas present the Lord gave us all on His Blessed Nativity. We are keeping in touch with her and she gave permission for us to share this photo, stating, “It’s fine with me if the world knows I made a great decision.”

Friday, November 1, 2019 – Baby Saved at WE Health, Duluth, MN

By Sarah Winandy, Assistant Director, Pro-Life Ministries of Duluth:

“D” stopped with her friend as we offered material and we showed her the pictures of a growing pre-born baby. She took the literature and thanked us. We encouraged her to look at her ultrasound. As she walked to the abortion center, she threw the literature away when the escorts told her to. An hour later she and her friend came out and Karen asked if she had changed her mind. With a big smile on her face she said, “yes”! I asked if we could help and she refused but when I offered to send a gift card in support of her decision she was willing! We have her info to keep in contact. “D” is 6 weeks along and showed us her ultrasound. Her friend said she was so glad that “D” had changed her mind since she herself has had several miscarriages. Pray for “D” to keep steadfast in her decision. Praise God for this miracle! Also pray for her friend that we can reach out to her with Rich in Mercy counseling. A thing that we noted on this save: since it was Halloween night yesterday and sometimes there are people who come out to bring “mischief” when the 40 Days people are there, Tom Schaer (Director, Pro-life Ministries of Duluth) came around 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and myself from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to sing hymns and worship the Lord. We could sense the praise to our Lord Jesus repelled a lot of darkness. This morning Tom was praising the Lord again. In this warfare for life we believe praising the Lord has a powerful effect on the outcome! Let’s keep praying and praising!”

Friday, October 18, 2019 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, MN

Another 40 Days Baby Saved at PP!
By Mary H., volunteer sidewalk counselor

On Friday, October 18, about 1:00 p.m., a car was making a turn into the driveway of the St. Paul Planned Parenthood (PP) and I extended my little boxed ‘gift’ of a baby (12-week fetal model) with raffia bow blowing in the breeze on a beautiful fall day. The driver reached for the gift which I gave her along with Pro-Life Action Ministries’ wonderfully done piece “We’re Here For You,” and told her, “If you happen to be here for an abortion just know that there’s help available a block away across University Avenue at Abria.” The driver said, “Is there ultrasound available too?” I said, “Yes, there is and it’s free.” I don’t even know what else I said. They continued into the driveway. About five minutes later they came back out of the driveway and asked for directions to Abria. After they drove away, I talked to the new sidewalk counselor, Mary Kay, who’d been ‘shadowing’ me for the past two Fridays. I told her I’d like to see them into Abria. She encouraged me to get over there. The two-some were just pulling into the driveway when I got there. After introducing myself, I asked the driver if she’d like to tell me her name, which she did. I then asked if they were mother and daughter, which they confirmed. I asked her if she had an appointment for an abortion at PP. She confirmed that she did have an appointment. The three of us went into Abria. A young gal I know approached us at the desk. I introduced mother and daughter and went back to my spot at PP. I told Mary Kay I’d regretted that I didn’t have my bag with me because I had a new, beautifully packaged baby blanket with a nice note that a volunteer makes up for such occasions. With Mary Kay’s encouragement, I ran back over to Abria with my bag. I was glad to see that their car was still in front of Abria. I left the gift blanket with the Abria staff person at the front desk, and slapped a post-it note on with my name and phone number, and invited them to call me. Currently ‘Forty Days For Life’ is going on. There had been about a dozen prayer supporters there earlier which had dwindled to a handful. When I got back from Abria the second time there were about 18 persons praying there, most of them very youthful St. Thomas Students For Life club members and some young seminarians that are there often. Prayer works! Come join us.

Wednesdays, October 2 & 9, 2019 – Two Babies Saved at Whole Woman’s, MN

By Debra Braun, Education Director

10/2/19 ~ As I was sidewalk counseling at one of the parking ramp entrances outside the Parkside Building in Minneapolis, which houses the Whole Woman’s abortion center, a couple drove up and accepted the literature I offered. They acknowledged they were there for an abortion when I asked. The woman was limited in her English, but when I asked if she was Muslim and said that God did not want her to have an abortion, she started weeping. I continued to tell them we could help and after a few minutes of conversation (interspersed with them speaking to each other in their native African language), they pulled out of the parking ramp entrance and parked on the street. She was early in her pregnancy and very ill from nausea. She hadn’t seen a doctor yet, and she agreed to go to AALFA Family Practice (a completely pro-life clinic) the next day. That appointment went well, with her receiving some medication for the nausea. She has chosen life and is very grateful for the help! Praise God that this precious child was spared at the last minute!

10/9/19 ~ The young woman parked outside Whole Woman’s (WW) and very willingly took the literature I offered her. When I said, “If you know someone who’s pregnant, we’re here to help her have the baby,” she laughed lightly and said, “Well it’s too late for me.” When I asked her to explain, she said she was there for an abortion (21 weeks) and that WW had scheduled a “specialist” (late-term abortionist) for her. We talked for about 10 minutes and I told her everything I could think of to persuade her not to go in, including showing her a medical illustration and an actual photograph of an abortion at that stage of pregnancy. But to my great dismay, she ended up going in to start the two-day procedure. As my sidewalk counseling shift ended about 20 minutes later, I was preparing to leave another set of literature on her car with a personal note when she came out and said she was maybe changing her mind and wanted an ultrasound! (WW had previously done an ultrasound, but they typically do NOT show it to the woman.) Two other sidewalk counselors, Bob and John, kept her company and told her they would be happy to help her too while I went to get my car. During that time, WW called her, saying they were ready for her, but she told them she had changed her mind! She followed me to Abria (a pregnancy resource center about 15 minutes away) where she saw her baby on ultrasound, and set up a follow-up appointment. When I spoke with her later that afternoon, she confirmed her decision for life and said she told her aunt and grandmother she is pregnant and they are excited. She told me she felt better too, and said, “You saved my baby!” and thanked me for talking with her. Interestingly, as we were walking into Abria we passed some office windows. When she saw her reflection, she said, “I LOOK pregnant.” I said, “Yes, you do!” I think she was finally allowing herself to acknowledge the baby now that she had chosen life! My heart breaks when I look at a late-term abortion photo, and I’m so extremely grateful that God allowed me to be involved in helping to save even one child from that torture and death!

Wednesday, September 13, 2019 – Baby Saved at AWHC, CFL

Learned of Baby Saved through “Chance” Encounter at Store!
By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

While in Burlington Coat Factory tonight (September 13) with my daughter, a young woman stopped me and said, “I know you!” I looked at her, and said, “Oh, how?” She said, “You stand in front of that abortion clinic don’t you?” I told her yes, and then she told me that I had talked with her there (AWHC abortuary)! I asked her if she kept her baby, as I then recognized her, and she patted her stomach, and said, “Yes, I’m 18 weeks along, I kept my baby!” We talked for a bit longer, and I gave her a big hug, and she thanked me. I told her to call me and we would stay in touch. I was just so encouraged, and so was my daughter, and the Scripture that came to my mind so strong was 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Once again, it shows me that we are just to be faithful servants, and the rest is in God’s hands! We have no idea how many babies are alive today as we speak up for the voiceless in front of the abortuaries. Many women don’t even let us know; they just leave, or keep driving by. Thank you Lord for this young woman stopping me and letting me know that her baby is alive, and thanking me. I praise you Jesus! Thank you for intervening on behalf of this precious child!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s Years Ago

His “Pride and Joy” — Baby Saved!
By Debra Braun, Education Director

As I was about to leave the sidewalk outside Whole Woman’s abortion center in Minneapolis this morning (September 10), I offered literature to a young passerby. He very gladly took it, telling me that I had saved HIS little girl, who will be 2 on New Year’s! He said that he and his girlfriend had been there at Whole Woman’s when she was early in her pregnancy. He said I spoke with her twice and the third time, he was also involved in the conversation. He was so grateful, saying his daughter is his “pride and joy!” We didn’t have a record of this baby saved, meaning that I didn’t know the outcome of these conversations at the time. Thank you, Lord, for revealing to us (even years later) some of the fruits of our labors on the sidewalk!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – Baby Saved at PP, St. Paul

By Brian Gibson, Executive Director

A young woman came walking up the street and I approached her just before she got to the bank driveway closest to Planned Parenthood (PP). I offered her our literature and told her of the “pregnancy resource center” nearby. I asked if she was coming for an abortion, which she affirmed. In conversation, she told me that she has a supportive boyfriend. I asked if he would financially support her and the baby; she said yes. Asked her if he would feed the baby, again yes. Asked if he would diaper the baby, another yes. I told her she had a good man. She smiled and agreed. She then told me she had other circumstances. I said that I was sure she did and that those circumstances were difficult, but that they could be resolved with help from the pregnancy center. She then said she had four children. I gently corrected her and said, “You have five kids.” She even smiled at that. However, I could not convince her to go directly to the Abria pregnancy resource center and keep her from going into PP. She said she would only be a few minutes and asked if I would be there when she came out. I said yes and added that she could not let PP talk her into something she knows she should not be doing. Then I waited. She did not come back out by the time my shift was over so I relayed all this information to Stacy and Janine who take the shift after mine. This was about 45 minutes after she went into PP, leaving me very concerned that she went ahead with the scheduled abortion. But around 11:00 am Stacy called, telling me she was standing outside Abria, having just brought the young woman over and that the baby was saved! She gave Stacy her name and contact information to pass on to me. I will follow up.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 – Baby Saved at AWHC, CFL

Drove all That Way and Changed her Mind!
By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

A baby was saved Thursday, August 15, at the AWHC abortuary. Thank you Jesus! That day was the first day of later term abortions (up to 6 months), and the mother of this baby had driven all the way from Texas to central Florida for a later term abortion, but when she arrived she was greeted by sidewalk counselors (including long-time sidewalk counselor, Pat H., shown in this photo) who offered help and shared the truth of abortion with her. She said that she was in a very dangerous domestic violence situation, but again Pat assured her that there was help for her, and having an abortion was not that help! She went inside that place of death with her friend who was accompanying her, but only stayed about 10 minutes, came out, and walked right up to Pat, thanked her, told her she wasn’t having the abortion, and that they were heading back to Texas! Praise God! She drove all that way, and God intervened in a mighty way! Thank you God!

Friday, June 7, 2019 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul and AWHC, CFL

Prayer Support, Out-of-Town Counselors and Teamwork Save a Baby’s Life!
by Terry D. and Ann R., sidewalk counselors

Sacrifice is driving in from Wisconsin to help save a baby, standing in the hot sun on cement praying, and keeping cool when abortion escorts get your goat. Pamela and Gary had driven in from Wisconsin to help sidewalk counsel on Friday, June 7. A man dropped off a young woman [possibly his daughter] at Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul, and Terry called out in his strong voice, “We’ve got free help for you! Demand to see your ultrasound!” and “Keep your baby!” When the man was driving out, he accepted an adoption card from Pamela. There were three people providing prayer support. I came a little later, and was happy to see a friend, Jim, show up for duty. He had been praying weekly at PP and recently begun sidewalk counseling as well. The woman who had been dropped off walked out of PP about a half an hour after she went in. An escort stood between us. I told the escort in his pink vest, “If you trust women, why don’t you trust them to talk with us?” He stared at me stony-faced. The woman got up and started walking towards the bank. I told her we wanted to help her. She told me politely she wanted to be left alone. I said, “okay,” but stood near her. She did not move away from me; we were two steps apart. I silently held out our “We’re Here for You” brochure and the blue “Free Help” sheet, and Pamela had just given me her adoption card, so she got that, too. She turned to me, reached out her hand and took them. Because we were standing close, I heard her call her mother, so I was happy about that. She walked to the bank and stayed on the phone. Then, when she returned to PP a few minutes later, her ride was there to take her away from the killing place. I stood facing PP and held up one finger—my index finger—-which is a signal for “one minute of your time, please.” The car came to a stop. I asked the woman, “Did you change your mind?” She nodded yes, with a look of peace radiating from her face. Thank you to all the “brothers and sisters” (sidewalk counselors ARE family) who were out there today.

Baby Saved in Central Florida the Same Day!
by Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

While ministering at the AWHC abortuary on June 7, we noticed a young abortion-bound woman with a red hoodie covering most of her face. We called out to her, offering her help and telling her of the free services next door at the pregnancy center. We told her that we cared, and to please protect her little child, and that we would help her anyway that we could. But she went into the abortion mill once again! But like so many times before, while I was ministering on the side of the building at the driveway, a car came driving out of the back parking lot, and as I extended my arm out with a brochure, the car stopped, and the driver rolled the window down. He turned out to be the dad of this baby. He looked at me and said, “We already were given one of those and we are leaving!” I then asked them if they changed their minds, and they both said yes, and I told them how wonderful that was, and that our ministry would love to walk alongside of them. After asking them what changed their minds, they looked out front at all the people praying and crying out for the babies with teary eyes, and then looked at the mill and said it was awful in there. I told them that I would like to take them out to lunch, and they were so moved, and so thankful that everyone was out there. When they drove out, everyone cheered as they drove by. It was so, so beautiful! Praise be to the Holy One of Israel!

Friday, May 3, 2019 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

Baby Saved in Robbinsdale May 3!
Condensed from a report by Geri, volunteer sidewalk counselor

A car pulled into the lot at about 8:45 a.m. John was in the driveway and I was in the stand. The woman got out of the car early, and walked a good deal up the parking lot while the driver was parking. The sole clinic escort walked behind her. From the stand, I offered the information to her. I told her that this was not her only option, and that there were free ultrasounds and help available across the street at the Robbinsdale Women’s Center. The woman stared straight ahead and continued walking toward the clinic without looking at me. I called out to her to ask to hear her baby’s heartbeat on the ultrasound, that her baby had a heartbeat at 18 days past conception. She hurried up the steps. What struck me as curious, though, was that as she opened the door, she stopped, paused, looked back and straight at me in the stand. For a second, I thought that maybe she was going to come down, but she turned and went into the clinic. The driver parked the car, and as the clinic escort was talking to him, I called out to the driver that there were other options available, and that there was free help available, and that there were FREE ultrasounds available across the street at the RWC; I said that this place (the abortion clinic) would charge them a lot of money for an ultrasound. I asked him if he would be there to support her if she kept the baby; I said that abortion is something that harms women afterward. He was also intent on ignoring me. About 40 minutes later, the man and the woman came out and walked down to their car. They didn’t look at me, but I asked them again to take my pamphlet. As I was trying to think of a polite way to ask if they had changed their minds, the woman seemed to know what I was going to ask her. She told me (shyly) that they were going to keep the baby. She gave me a little smile, and I said God bless you and what a great blessing! And Congratulations! On the way out, the car stopped in the driveway to take John’s brochure. They rolled down the window, and asked where was the location of a free ultrasound. John pointed out the Robbinsdale Women’s Center across the street, and then he also opened up the brochure to point out the list of the other locations where they could go to get a free ultrasound. There was a car behind them now, so the escort came down to tell them to move out of the driveway. They drove off with the info. Blessed Friday morning!

Friday, April 26, 2019 – Baby Saved at AWHC, CFL

Sidewalk Counselors Help Grandmother Save Baby
By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

While sidewalk counselor Dan was ministering in the back of the AWHC abortuary on April 26, he noticed two women standing in the back parking lot. He called over to them, and they came and talked with him. Turned out it was a mother and daughter, and the mother told me later she didn’t want the blood on her hands, so she took the opportunity to come and continue to try and talk her daughter out of the abortion! Dan talked with them in depth, and let them know about the pregnancy center next door, and encouraged them to go over there, which they did!

By the time I arrived at the mill, Dan had left, so I kept my eye out for them. About an hour and a half later, they came out, and I rushed over to introduce myself. I asked if there was anything I could do, and the mother said she could use a hug! So I hugged her immediately. We talked for quite some time in the driveway; I shared my testimony about abortion, and the mother opened up that she had had two abortions, and didn’t want her daughter to walk down the path that she had walked down. It truly was an amazing conversation, and I praise God for it! We exchanged phone numbers, and plan to meet for lunch next week! I told the mother that she is a rescuer, and that God is going to honor and bless her for loving her daughter and grandchild so much! Wow. To God be the Glory, for HE has done great things!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – Baby Bave at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul

Prayer Supporters Make all the Difference
By Andy LaBine, Volunteer Sidewalk Counselor

On April 9, two friends, James and Cameron, went to Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul with me for my usual sidewalk counseling shift. There were MANY prayer supporters out there faithfully praying. I saw a young woman walking up the sidewalk towards PP. I approached her and she readily took my literature and was actually looking at me and listening, an unusual response; normally women ignore us and just keep walking. I had even made the comment to James that that was an unusual interaction. But she still went into PP and we never saw her again before we left for the day, but we did get some literature in other women’s hands as well. We left and went about our day. A few hours later I received an email from Debra Braun and she said that Bunny, the gal that takes over for me at 11:30 a.m., saw the woman that was unusually receptive to me leave PP at noon. She told Bunny that she had changed her mind about having her abortion! She told her that the main reasons were because she saw all the people praying and had received literature from us, and also, she looked at her ultrasound. She also said that her family didn’t want her to abort. So I guess it was a perfect storm of TRUTH that got her to change her mind! To all the prayer supporters out there, YOU MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE! Thank you for all your support!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

“You Win” Says Baby’s Mother

Shortly after noon on March 13, a young couple on their way into the Robbinsdale abortion center took literature from volunteer sidewalk counselor, Marjorie. They said they just wanted to know how far along the young woman was, but Marjorie told them the only reason they did ultrasounds was to price the abortion, that the further along, the more expensive the abortion. She told them about the pregnancy help center across the street (Robbinsdale Women’s Center) and how beautiful the baby would be if it looked like them. The young man got in the car to go the pregnancy center, but the young woman ran into the abortion mill. He went in after her and about 10 minutes later, she came out and said to Marjorie, “You win.” Then he came out, raised both arms and said, “Praise the Lord.” They went over to the pregnancy center and definitively chose life! Everyone won in this situation, not just the sidewalk counselor; there were no losers!

Friday, February 8, 2019 – Two Babies Saved at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul

By Debra Braun, Education Director

It was another cold day sidewalk counseling (-4) and yet two babies were saved from Planned Parenthood in St. Paul!

FIRST BABY –
Sidewalk counselor Terry was getting ready to leave after his sidewalk counseling shift and his ride was waiting, but he sensed God telling him to stay five more minutes. He is so glad he obeyed! Two young women were dropped off at the front door so he had the opportunity to tell them not to have an abortion, that we have free help for pregnant women, that she should demand to see her ultrasound and that Jesus loves them. But then the escort interfered and let them in the front door. Later (after Terry and the prayer supporter, Laurie, had left), the pregnant woman came out, approached me, shook my hand and said she had decided not to abort. She said she had talked to a man out there earlier. She told me she is 14 weeks, two days pregnant. I told her I could walk her over to Abria, the nearby pregnancy center, and she was very interested, but said she and her sister were waiting for a ride from her “baby’s father.” So I encouraged them to contact Abria or one of the other pregnancy centers on the “Free Help” list, and I also gave her my business card. Her sister came out, their ride came and they left. As they were getting into the vehicle, I noticed the pregnant woman clutching her ultrasound photos!

SECOND BABY —
While the woman in the first story was inside PP changing her mind and Laurie, the prayer supporter was still there praying, another baby was saved! A vehicle with two young women stopped in front of the PP driveway. I gave them the brochures and told them that there was free help across the street for pregnant women. The driver asked where to park for PP, but I just continued talking. I asked if they were there for an abortion and the driver said that the passenger was, but she didn’t speak English. So I quickly gave the passenger Spanish information, which she started looking at. But then an escort approached and told them to move out of the street and into the PP parking lot. I continued speaking with them, encouraging them to pull into the bank lot next door so that we could talk more. Soon the other escort was also at the vehicle, directing them into PP, and they pulled into the driveway, parked in the lot and went into PP. However, about 10 minutes later, they came out and sat in the vehicle for a few minutes. Then they starting driving out, with the passenger smiling and waving. They stopped and I asked if she had changed her mind and the driver responded yes! I told them I could show them where Abria was, but they said they might call from the card I had given them. I also gave them my business card. The passenger said, in English, “Thank you!” and they drove off.

Towards the end of my shift, a man drove by yelling the common insult, “Get a job.” I just thought to myself, “If you only knew what drama just occurred here in the last few hours – two human beings narrowly escaping death and two families avoiding a lifetime of grief!” Praise God!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul

Baby Saved at PP after our January 22 Rally!
By Debra Braun, Education Director

On Tuesday, January 22, we conducted a prayer rally outside Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul to remember the 62 million babies aborted since the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Shortly after that rally, a woman changed her mind about her abortion appointment, so there will be one fewer baby to add to this sad total! Sidewalk counselor, Janet, had given literature to and spoken briefly with this young couple as they drove in. The woman was dropped off and Janet again spoke briefly with the young man as he drove away. Soon after that, the woman came out and walked up to Janet, wanting to talk. She had seen the photos of unborn children in our “We’re Here” brochure, but PP told her that it was very small, there wasn’t much there. The woman wanted an ultrasound to see what her baby really looked like. So they waited for the man to come back and then Janet took them to the Wakota pregnancy help center in West St. Paul where an ultrasound was immediately available. The sonographer did a thorough ultrasound, explaining how they were measuring the baby’s body, pointing out the “strong heartbeat,” etc. So the couple got to see how developed their baby really is, contrary to PP’s lies. They plan to stay connected with Wakota and were given items for their other young children, along with helpful resources to support their growing family. What a blessing that a life was spared on this tragic day! Thank you to the sidewalk counselors and rally participants who came out on January 22.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – Baby Saved at AWHC, Central Florida

Baby Saved in Central Florida, with an Exciting Bonus!
By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

Amber, Katianna and I were sidewalk counseling outside AWHC. Katianna had earlier spoken with this woman urging her to not go in, and that is when the abortion-bound mom said that she already had six kids! She went inside and she and the father of the baby were inside for a long time. We had noticed her coming in and out quite often, so we continually spoke with her each time she came out. Then both of them came out, got in their car and starting driving out. That is when she told us that we had “another one under (our) belts!” Katianna then asked, “Did you change your mind? Did you choose life?” And they said yes, and then she pointed to the little boy in the car seat and said, “and that one was saved by people just like you in the same way!” Hallejuah!

Monday, January 7, 2019 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul

“It’s Easier to Just Keep the Baby!”
Two volunteers, Patty and Mike, were sidewalk counseling Monday morning, January 7, outside the Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul, when at about 9:40, a young woman drove into the driveway. Patty greeted her and they began a very brief conversation. In her report, Patty writes: “I asked her if she was there at Planned Parenthood for an abortion and she told me, yes, she had an appointment. As I handed her our literature, I said something to her like, ‘Please don’t let them do that to you.’ And then I told her about Abria (the nearby pregnancy center), and the free services that they offer. Mike was also standing alongside the car, and very quickly the PP escort was next to us motioning for the driver to move, which she did. As she drove ahead, her window was still down and I called to her that we would love to talk with her further if she would like to park and come and speak with us. Mike and I never saw her go into the building and we’re not sure if she did or not. But what was apparent to both Mike and I was that this young lady seemed less than confident being there at Planned Parenthood that morning. So we agreed together in prayer for that mother and her child. About 20 minutes later Carla arrived to take over and we gave her a quick update about this young lady. About 40 minutes after we left I received a quick text from Carla saying that a baby had been saved. So hallelujah, praise the Lord for a new life to celebrate, and for a mommy’s future that will not be haunted!”

Here is Carla’s part of the story: “At about 10:50, I approached a car as it was leaving PP. The young woman stopped and rolled down the window and said to me, ‘I’m not going to do it. It’s easier to just keep the baby!’ I said, ‘That is wonderful,’ and asked her if she was given the pamphlets by a woman who was there earlier and she said yes. I asked her if she was going to go to Abria, and she said yes! I told her she looked so joyful and that it was the right decision and said, ‘God bless you, everything will be okay.’ I almost cried at that moment, it was so uplifting to witness this. Happy to share this story!”

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul

“The Devil Didn’t Get my Baby”
By Brian Gibson, Executive Director

A young black/Hispanic woman walked out of Planned Parenthood (PP) toward me. She stated that she “didn’t do it” as she walked past. I recognized her as one who had been dropped off about 30 minutes earlier. The driver had accepted the literature while driving in. I asked if she was there for an abortion and she replied, “Yes.” She continued to walk toward University Ave. as I offered more help to her. She simply stated she didn’t need more help and continued. I dropped back to stay near the driveway for others coming and she called out to me from close to the second bank driveway. Since I could not understand her, I asked her to repeat it as I walked quickly toward her. She repeated what I hadn’t heard, “The devil didn’t get my baby.” Once again, I offered any help she needed, letting her know that’s what we are here to do. She smiled and went on her way.

We often have women who decide not to abort because of our presence, offer of help, or literature who need no help from us to keep and raise their children, further lending credence to the primary reason women have abortions — because it’s legal and available.

Saturday, September 1, 2018 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s

Baby Saved Despite Abortion Staff Trying to Hide Ultrasound
(Condensed from the original report by Mary, volunteer sidewalk counselor)

Another sidewalk counselor, Ann, and I met the young pregnant woman and an older acquaintance as they were getting out of their car. I told the pregnant woman, “Jesus loves you and abortion is not His will.” She began to cry and told her acquaintance, “She said this isn’t God’s will.” The acquaintance told us that she knew that and they didn’t really want the abortion, but it was a tough situation for a variety of reasons.

Another counselor, Leslie, also pleaded with them not to enter the abortion center. They said they had become convinced not to abort, but wanted to go ahead with the ultrasound. (Editor’s note – It is always risky for the baby when the mother says she’s “just” going in for the ultrasound.) I asked for a phone number so that we could check in when they were inside. The acquaintance gave me her number (the pregnant woman didn’t have a phone). While they were waiting for the ultrasound, the acquaintance came out for a smoke break, talked with another sidewalk counselor, and got more assurances that things would work out okay if they chose life.

A little later, I called the acquaintance to check in and she told me again that they were only going to do the ultrasound and not the abortion and that she would call when they were leaving. She did call and Ann and I walked over to their car, and sure enough, there was the acquaintance standing by their car, smoking and smiling to beat the band. She told us, “They [the abortion staff] didn’t want us to see the ultrasound, but I kept peeking! I saw the baby, moving around and waving its arms!” The pregnant woman was smiling and sitting in the car. The acquaintance added, “We asked for an ultrasound photo of the baby and they refused!”

They expressed their thanks to us and showed their joy in leaving with no harm done to mother or child. A few days later, I texted the acquaintance, asking how things were going. This is her exact reply: “Everything’s going good…we are so happy that you ladies helped us to realize how wrong it was to have a abortion”

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – Baby Saved at AWHC

While ministering at the AWHC abortuary, sidewalk counselor Lisa was able to speak with a young lady for quite a long time who had brought a friend for an abortion. She didn’t like the idea, and readily listened to Lisa who encouraged her to go inside, bring the brochure to her friend, and let her know that there was help for her. So, she did go inside, and about ten minutes later came out, went to her car, and then went back inside. A little later, they both came out, got in their car and began to head out the driveway, but first stopping to let us know that she had changed her mind! She was so cute, thankful and happy! She was given baby booties and a cap, and there were many tears! Thank you Lord for Lisa, thank you Lord for her friend, and thank you Lord for intervening on behalf of this little baby boy or girl!

(Shortly before Lisa talked with the friend, we were almost beaten up by an abortion bound father, who was right up in our faces on the sidewalk, until Sergio, the security guard, came down and intervened and rescued us. The Lord definitely was watching out over us! Please lift up Sergio in your prayers please!)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, Orlando

While standing at the back driveway, Sandra and I had been pleading with a father (who had his two young children playing in the parking lot) to do the right thing and get his wife out, and protect his other child when a car began to drive into the parking lot. I immediately went over (while Sandra remained speaking to the father), to offer our brochure, help and hope. They rolled the window down right away, and we let the two women know there was another way. I asked if they were there for an abortion, and they said that they were, so I began to tell them how we could help them, along with so many other ministries and services. They were listening intently to me, while the escort was yelling at me to not block the driveway (I wasn’t), and then she came down and started yelling at me and the two women, telling them to move their car in, to get in there! They looked petrified of the escort, and then looked at me, and said, “We are leaving, we’re going to do this! And then they looked at the escort and said, “We are leaving!” They were very thankful for the information, and thanked me! Thank you Jesus! God used that mean ole escort to help save a life! LOL

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, Orlando

A couple had arrived earlier in the morning, and had been offered help and hope as they walked inside the abortuary. Later on, the young man came out, and again counselors offered help to him, woman and child who was being slated to die! But he drove off! A while later he came back, quickly got out of his vehicle, walked very fast toward the mill, again being offered help, and encouragement to be the man that God had created him to be — a protector of women and children! But he walked in the mill! About ten minutes later, the couple came out and went straight to their truck, and began pulling out of the parking lot, but as they turned onto the road in front of this place of death, they stopped and called us over, telling us thank you, and that they had changed their minds! They actually held up traffic to tell us! They were given all the information for help that had been offered earlier! If you could have seen the smiles on their faces! Glory, Hallejuah! Thank you Jesus!

Friday, August 17, 2018 – Baby Saved at AWHC

A young woman walking up the sidewalk was greeted by sidewalk counselors offering help to her, and pleading with her to not go through with the abortion, that there was another way. She did take literature, but continued to walk into the abortuary. Sidewalk counselors continued to minister as it was very busy, but sometime later, sidewalk counselor Pat noticed the young woman coming out and heading her way. Pat of course asked her if she had changed her mind, and the young lady informed her that indeed she had, while thanking Pat! She was told of the pregnancy center next door, and that our ministry would continue to offer help to her. She left with a smile on her face, instead of a broken, wounded heart. Thank you Jesus!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood, Orlando

An abortion-bound young woman accompanied by her two small children drove into the parking lot, and while getting out of the vehicle, sidewalk counselors began to offer help, and plead with her to take care of her third child, letting her know that there was a center right down the street that could offer the real help she needed! She went inside though, but less than ten minutes later came out, and even though escorts tried to stop her, she walked right through and continued down the front sidewalk directly to the sidewalk counselor! Her first words were, “How can I get that help you offered?” So after being informed of the help and given offers to go with her to the pregnancy center, she accepted, and Shirley Jo (the sidewalk counselor), led her over, where she stayed with her the whole time! This mama was so thankful that there were people out in front of this place of death speaking up for her baby, and for her! Turns out, she really didn’t want to do it, but felt she had NO other choice….until sidewalk counselors, and of course God, showed that there was another way! Praise be to Jesus!

Thursday, July 26, 2018 – Two Babies Saved at Whole Woman’s

By William Kelly, Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator
On July 26, volunteer sidewalk counselor John and I were at the corner of 8th St. and 9th Ave. outside the Parkside Building in Minneapolis, which houses Whole Woman’s abortion center. A couple with a cute little girl approached us from Elliot Park. Not thinking they were there for an abortion, I was concentrating on the little girl and asked how old she was. The mother said, “Two,” and stopped. I was not even aware I was holding up and displaying the “We’re Here for You” brochure and the blue “Free Help” flyer when the mother asked if she could have our literature. I said, “Certainly.” She then said she was pregnant and needed help. John started telling her about the services that were available at the pregnancy help centers. The man had walked on about twenty feet, then turned around to stomp his feet and said, “Let’s go.” I asked the mother if that was her husband. She said yes. I asked, “He is not supportive?” She just frowned. I explained the pregnancy help available near where she lives. She smiled and said, “Thank you,” then picked up the little girl and rushed off towards her husband who was getting more impatient. They did not go into Parkside.

I took this as a situation where the mother did not want to have an abortion, but was obviously getting pressure from her husband. I think she got enough information about services available that she was confident that she could prevail in keeping her baby. I had done a fairly clumsy job of presenting the services available to her, but admiring her little girl may have given the mother enough confidence to ask for our literature. The next day, sidewalk counselor Ann Redding handed literature to this same woman (again carrying her little girl). She gave Ann a radiant smile and said, “Two gentlemen saved me yesterday! They talked to me at that corner, right there (pointing to 8th St. and 9th Ave)] and convinced me not to abort.”

This shows that if you can hand out literature you can save a baby even if what you say is not perfect. We depend on God’s mercy and wisdom, while we try to improve our presentation to the parents. We could have handled the situation better by asking what the major obstacle was to them keeping their baby. Maybe the husband was worried about being able to support a second child. He could have been assured that there are resources to help him. If they were worried they would have too many children, they could be introduced to Natural Family Planning methods that are more reliable than the pill and better for the woman and man. The important thing is the baby was saved, Alleluia! Praise the Lord for saving babies and parents in spite of the sidewalk counselor’s limitations.

Earlier that morning, John was involved in helping another woman at the same location choose life! Here is a condensed version of John’s account:

A woman walked up to me in front of the Parkside Building and asked if we pro-lifers are able to help her and how in her current pregnancy. She stated she just found out she is pregnant and is really in need of help because if she does not get help she will not be able “to have this child.” I said there are now some 60 centers in Minnesota alone that help women in many, many ways. I referred her to a specific staff member at a nearby pregnancy help center whom I had just visited a few days before. She said she would go there. I told her I wanted to talk to her about her decision and by this time there were two other sidewalk counselors with us (Julie and Leslie, who gave the woman our brochure). I mentioned some basics about the morality and effects of abortion and she said she understood and deep down agrees with us. I mentioned that God goes with us in these life decisions and provides help. She said she would stop at the pregnancy center on her way home. She said she was encouraged and leaned toward keeping the baby after we talked, saying she had to hurry off to where she was going which she did not say where, but it was NOT the abortion center. Of course no one knows exactly where a person’s heart is at, but I felt she had “turned the corner” and decided to keep her baby and seriously seek help. These interactions no doubt contribute to why this is such an interesting ministry!

Friday, June 29, 2018 – Baby Saved at AWHC

By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager
While standing at the driveway of the AWHC abortuary, one of the sidewalk counselors began offering help to a car that began pulling in, and thankfully, the car stopped and the driver rolled down the window. Noticing a couple in the back seat, the counselor realized that the driver must be an Uber driver, but handed the brochure to him, but began speaking to the very young woman who appeared to be under 20. She gently let her know that there was help available for her, and there was hope for her and the baby. She let the couple know about the pregnancy center right next door and that they could get a sonogram. She also looked at the young lady, and said, “I know that you must be afraid to tell your parents”, and at that the young lady bowed her head into her cupped hands. The counselor also said, “please don’t make the same mistake I did when I was your age….it was the worst decision I ever made, and the very reason I am hear today to offer help to you!” She then looked at the young man, and said, “this is your opportunity to be a rescuer to your girlfriend and to this baby”, but at that he lifted up his hand and asked the driver to pull forward. At that the counselor looked at the uber driver and asked him to give them the brochure, and he agreed to do so! (The uber driver had allowed her to talk with this couple these precious moments!) The counselors gathered together to pray for this young couple that they would not be able to stay in that dark place of death, and that the baby would be protected!

About 20 minutes later, the counselor who spoke with them was still standing at the driveway, and noticed the couple walk out…they had their arms around each other, and had smiles on their faces that were contagious! They walked right down to the counselor, and the young man with a big smile on his face said….”What about that sonogram?” The counselor was so excited, she said, “Did you changed your minds?” And they both said “YES” loudly and gleefully!!! The counselor led them toward the pregnancy center, and then said, “You are going to make it, and I am so excited for both of you, we will help in anyway that we can!” The young man held out his hand to shake, which they did, and he said, “Thank-you!” The counselor than asked if she could hug the young girl, which she immediately said,. “YES!”

This couple drove into that horrible place, with tears, anxiety, and guilt, but left with smiles, hope and encouragement that they could make it. They left with their child alive, snug in his/her mother’s womb. Praise be to God, there were Christians out that almost fateful day to be a voice for the voiceless, and to offer the help this young couple did not know existed. Hallejuah!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2018 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

By Debra Braun, Education Director
Soon after I arrived on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, on Wednesday, June 11, to cover the third shift, a woman walked out the front door. I thought she might be a new employee, but I offered her the information anyway (they need to learn the truth too!) But then this young woman said she had taken the literature earlier and was wondering where the “Life Care Center” was. As I was walking her to Abria, I found out a little about her situation. I asked if there was anything in particular that caused her to change her mind about the abortion she had been there for and she teared up and slowly said, “Well, I think God.” When I called an earlier sidewalk counselor, Stacy, later in the day, she said she had given literature to and spoken with a woman who had seem quite conflicted on the way in. Stacy had mentioned the “Life Care Center” (Abria) to her so this could well have been the same woman. I told her that she had made the right decision to leave and that even though things might be a little tough right now, she’ll be so grateful when she’s holding her baby in her arms. She understood and said that her other child is a “blessing” and that her boyfriend is excited about the pregnancy. (I don’t believe he knew she was at PP, so that, of course, would have added to her post-abortion trauma if she had gone through with the abortion.) She was somewhat concerned about finances, but I told her about our Financial Aid Fund, gave her my business card, encouraged her to call me if she needs anything, and told her that we work with the pregnancy centers in this regard. There had been at least one prayer supporter there that morning, Kevin. This woman had taken the literature, clearly listened to the sidewalk counselor about the help available and then listened to God speaking to her heart. It all works together. Thank you, all you sidewalk counselors and prayer supporters for being His instruments in saving lives! (And when you are on a later shift, you sometimes get the joy of reaping the seeds that were sown earlier by other sidewalk counselors and prayer supporters!)

June – Another “Unknown Baby Saved”

By Debra Braun, Education Director

So much of the time while sidewalk counseling, we have to place our trust in God and turn the results of our work over to Him. But every so often, He graciously allows us a glimpse into the larger picture. This happened on Saturday, June 9. Just as Ann Redding and I were about to leave after our sidewalk counseling shift outside Whole Woman’s in Minneapolis, we noticed a young couple walking by (NOT headed into the abortion mill). We caught up with them and offered them our brochures to pass along. Very willing to take the brochures and with a big smile, the young woman told us that several years ago, on her way into an abortion appointment at Whole Woman’s, she received these brochures from a woman outside and changed her mind! Her son will be five in November! I checked our records for 2013, but did not find this “baby saved” documented. My guess is that the sidewalk counselor had already left when she came out of the building or, because there are four entrances at that large medical building, she was at another entrance and didn’t realize that a baby had been saved. So be assured that your obedience to God in fulfilling your sidewalk counseling or prayer commitment is fruitful even when you don’t always see the results! And of course, being obedient to God is a blessing in itself.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Twins Saved at Planned Parenthood

By Brian Gibson

“I noticed a young woman starting down the Vandalia St. sidewalk from University Ave. I walked up to her near the farthest driveway entrance to the bank next to Planned Parenthood (PP) and asked if she was going to PP. She answered yes and I offered her literature and told her of the pregnancy resource center nearby. She started walking toward PP again as I continued to let her know the need to demand to see her ultrasound, that she needed to keep herself and her baby safe, and that she can leave anytime. During this time Le, the older escort, came down the sidewalk and took the young woman by the elbow and walked her into PP.

About a half hour later, the young woman came back out and walked up the long driveway toward me. Most “clients” of PP will avoid encountering us by cutting short of the sidewalk where we stand and go through the bank parking lot. This woman kept coming right toward me. And though she was not walking up to talk to me, she was very willing to engage me in conversation when she did get close to me.

I asked her if she was pregnant, still thinking I would need to spend more time convincing her not to abort her baby. She answered yes and added that she was pregnant with twins. She told me that she was going “to the place” I had pointed out to her previously. I asked if she had come for an abortion, just to confirm. She told me she was but could not go through it. She went on to tell me that she had no one to help raise the children. I assured her that I fully understood that she meant a father present for these children but let her know that there are many who would willingly come alongside her and help her as friends with the kids. I further encouraged her with the good work and help available at Abria, the pregnancy resource center nearby. Lastly, I told her to call me if she needed anything.”

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

Sweet Words to Hear
By Jeanne, Volunteer Sidewalk Counselor

On April 25, Stacy and I were outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, attempting to hand out pro-life literature to the women and individuals driving into and leaving Planned Parenthood. Of course most cars drove quickly past us as they usually do. But there was one car, with a woman driving and a man sitting in the passenger seat, that stopped briefly as they waited for traffic to clear so they could exit Planned Parenthood. Their windows were down, and I walked over to offer information. The man shook his head and said they had some already. Then the woman leaned over and said they had changed their minds. And then in a flash, the street was clear, so they drove away. I was unable to ask what helped them change their minds or to congratulate them on choosing life for their child.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

By Brian Gibson
Baby saved at Planned Parenthood this morning! I had the opportunity to offer help to many women going in for scheduled abortions while sidewalk counseling this morning. One of those women decided not to abort. I took her, her son and her mother over to the nearby pregnancy help center, Abria, and then took them to the bus depot so they could return home to South Dakota. Paid for their bus fare and a little cash for lunch. And off they went. Abria gave them referrals to local pregnancy help. I strongly encouraged them to connect with a church for ongoing help and support.

Friday, March 9, 2018 – Baby Saved at AWHC, CFL

“We have hope now! We did not have that before! Thank you for being so kind and informing us of everything….. thank you to all of you for bringing us hope and being here!”

This coming from a young father, who got his girl and baby out of the AWHC abortuary! Praise be to God…. another child spared the death and claws of abortion!

Please remember to pray for this young couple.

Friday, March 2, 2018 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

Hope Offered to Scared Young Immigrant By Jackie M., Volunteer Sidewalk Counselor

On March 2, a young couple was driving in to Planned Parenthood so I held up the “Free Help For Pregnant Women” and “We’re Here For You” brochures for them to see. They stopped and were glad to take them. I mentioned there was a pregnancy center, Abria, just around the corner where they could get an ultrasound and help with anything if needed. I offered to walk them over to Abria, so they parked in the bank parking lot and Barb and I walked them to Abria. While walking I learned that the young woman was scared and felt that she wanted to terminate the pregnancy. She has only been here in America for a year (from Africa) and was afraid of what her family would think of her being pregnant after only living here a short time. The young man wants to keep the baby. He has been here five years and will be a citizen in a couple months. She was not able to speak English, although we thought she could understand some things we were saying. They had seen a doctor already and the doctor referred them to Planned Parenthood after learning she was afraid. The young man said they were sent there to just get information. We left them in good hands at Abria.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

“If you can hand out a brochure, you can sidewalk counsel”
By Stacy E., Volunteer Sidewalk Counselor

Shortly after I started my shift outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul on February 28, I noticed a young lady drive by. I could tell she was not quite sure of where to go so I waved her into the bank parking lot next door. I walked over and started talking to her when she got out of her car. I handed her the “We’re Here for You” brochure and 2 other brochures about the abortion pill. I explained that Abria (the pregnancy help center) was just across the street and asked if I could get her over there. Just then the PP “Security Volunteer” interrupted our conversation and told the young lady to get in her car and drive into PP. The young lady did get in her car but didn’t leave the bank parking lot. I told the security volunteer we could talk on our way back to PP. I showed her (the security volunteer) the picture of the 22-week-old aborted baby (babies are killed up to 23 weeks, 6 days at this PP) and asked her how this could ever be okay. She became very angry with me and told me it was fake and told me I should just shut up. We continued our conversation until we got back to PP. The young lady sat in her car for about 15 minutes. I could tell she was looking at the brochures I gave her. Eventually I decided to walk back to her car and try to talk to her again. She rolled down her window and told me she was leaving. I asked her if she had changed her mind and she said yes. I told her that she had made the right decision and that no matter what is going on in her life, it is only temporary. I told her when she holds that baby in her arms she will be so thankful that she made the right choice. I asked her what made her change her mind. She said it was the information that I had given her. So for everyone who reads this – it’s true – if you can hand out a brochure, you can sidewalk counsel. Thank you God for a second baby saved today!

February – Just Found Out Twins Were Saved – AWHC

By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

Twins were saved, and we are just finding out about it! About 3-4 weeks ago, a couple went to the AWHC abortuary to have their child killed, BUT Christians were there, and pleaded with them to save their child, and offered them help, letting them know that they could go next door for free help. They left that day, but the counselors did not know if the baby was safe, or if they went to the pregnancy center. They only knew that they left. A few weeks later while ministering, the same counselors noticed a young man standing next door watching them for a long time. He just stood there looking at them and their signs, and smiling at them. He looked familiar to the counselors, but they didn’t put it together, that he was the dad that had left a few weeks prior. Come to find out, they had gone into the pregnancy center when they left almost a month before, but when they went for the sonogram, the baby was too small, so they made an appointment to come back, which they did, thank the Lord, and the sonogram revealed twins! The father was so excited and thankful, thus the reason for smiling at the sidewalk counselors and watching them! Please pray for the mom, as she is not as excited as the father, but thank the Lord she has his support, and the twins are safe. Please remember to pray for them! God is so good, even when we don’t know that children are saved. Sometimes HE let’s us know later on. Thank you Jesus!

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Baby Saved in Duluth

By Sarah Winandy, Duluth Branch Office
February 15, 2018

“S” and her boyfriend took literature from me but she insisted that she wasn’t pregnant. I told her if she is going in for an abortion that she is pregnant. As they went in they heard encouraging words to trust God and let their baby live. A little later after the pro-abortion escorts had left, the couple came out for a smoke. I told her boyfriend that the baby had his blood surging through his or her body. Then “S” repeated that she was not pregnant, and I repeated my previous response. But then said she was there for a friend. I told her to tell her friend that they are going to rip the little legs and arms off her baby’s body, crush her head and body, and the baby will feel pain. As I spoke, the boyfriend turned “S” to the door and they went in. I asked her to look at her ultrasound and see the baby for herself. About five minutes later they walked out and when asked if they had changed their minds, he said, “yes.” I congratulated them, shook his hand and gave her a hug. She said she was about 4 weeks pregnant (probably more like 6 weeks). They took the gift diaper bag and gave contact information so I could send a gift card. Praise God! As they were leaving the parking lot they honked to get my attention and waved! Keep them in prayer and pray for an opportunity to bring them the gospel! Thank you to the two prayer warriors who came to the abortion center to pray for a while! What a blessing!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Baby Saved AWHC

By Michele Herzog, Central Florida Branch Manager

While Lisa and I were ministering yesterday, we began to cry out to God to touch the women’s hearts while they were sitting in the waiting room. We continued praying this, and then began to worship (obviously the women were already inside).

Shortly after that, a young woman walked out and proceeded to go to her car, which was very close to where we were standing. We encouraged her to come and speak with us, which she did. We handed her our brochure, and told her our names. She then spoke to us with broken English; she sounded maybe Russian. We then asked if she was considering abortion, and she shook her head no. We asked if someone else was inside and she said yes. We immediately figured she was with someone getting an abortion, so we pleaded with her to go inside, show the brochure, and get them out, and be a rescuer for the baby! She agreed, went to her car and then went back inside, and we prayed that God would save that baby.

A little while later, we noticed a nicely dressed man walk out, get in his car, and proceed to drive out. But he backed into the security guard’s van, so he got out and was talking with the guard. I said to him, “This could be a sign to get your girl out, and to save your baby!” He responded, but I couldn’t hear him. So, then, it looked as though the guard let him go (they must have worked things out), and he got back in his car.

At that time, the young woman we had spoken with had come out, and she acted like she knew the man, and she spoke with him. She then walked to her vehicle, got in and pulled out, waving at us.

Then the man started to pull out, but stopped at the driveway, rolled his window down and proceeded to tell us that they had changed their minds as he pointed to the vehicle in front of him ( the young woman). We asked, “Are you two together?” And he told us, yes, and that they changed their minds, and want to keep their baby (he also had a Russian accent)!

He was very happy, even after just hitting the guard’s car,and couldn’t have been friendlier and more thankful.

So….he was the person inside, and she went to talk with him! Hallejuah! Praise the Lord! God is good all the time!

Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Baby Saved at Whole Woman’s

By Ann R
Sidewalk Counselor

I met Patrick, who is a young pastor and a regular sidewalk counselor, at Whole Woman’s this morning, Thursday, September 7th. He introduced me to David, who is also in ministry.

It was quiet at first, no one we saw fit the description of an abortion client.
Then, a young couple approached the front entrance. David was a natural talking with them, and at listening to their concerns. I gave literature to the woman, she was open to talking. Her boyfriend told us he was against the abortion. She looked down, and said, “I really don’t want (the abortion) either.”

We asked if she would like an ultrasound and mentioned Tandem, which is close by. It didn’t take much encouragement, with one being against the abortion and the other being conflicted about her decision to convince them. David offered to drive. We walked past Patrick, asking him to hold down the fort, and explained we were on our way to Tandem.

We were greeted warmly at Tandem, which had just opened a few minutes before we arrived.

While his girlfriend was busy with Tandem staff, the father of the baby confided in us, that, had we not been there, he was sure his girlfriend would have gone through with the abortion. He assured us he was a hard worker, not just at his present job, but that he could fix cars, and do home improvements. He also shared that he and his girlfriend had a good relationship.

After receiving information about all of Tandem’s services, the formally abortion-minded woman told us she had decided to sign up for prenatal care with Tandem and that she would be receiving an ultrasound at her first pre-natal visit.

David drove them home, and before the woman got out of the car she told us “I am glad you guys were there,” and said, “Thank you” a number of times before she left the car. Both expressed gratefulness and relief that they had left Whole Woman’s and discovered Tandem.

We have contact info and have already received an upbeat text from the woman. Such a difference from the sadness and downcast eyes of this morning.

Saturday, September 2, 2017 – Baby Saved at Robbinsdale

by Sidewalk Counselor Marlene

A couple pulls in and takes literature and a baby model from me and listens to me for a short time. Then they got out of their car and while walking in she communicates a bit with Sandra and Kenny who are on the podium and tells them that she has five children and they were here to abort their (6th) child.

They went in and in five minutes came out got in the car – her window was down and she was holding a small short-haired puppy and petting it. I asked if she had changed her mind and she said “Yes.” I asked, “What made you change your mind?” and she said, “It was everything all of you said.”

Sandra handed them more literature and I told them I had seven children and pointed to the women’s center and said she could come back and get free help. They did have an older vehicle in bad shape and she did agree to come back. The women’s center opened up a little later. We were blessed to see how being out there was important for their family.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

A Wrong Turn Helps Save a Baby’s Life!
By Stacy, Sidewalk Counselor

While I was sidewalk counseling on Wednesday a young lady attempting to go to PP missed the turn and went into the bank drive thru instead. I went over to the bank entrance and was able to talk with her and give her a PLAM pamphlet. She was very distraught and told me she had an appointment at PP for an abortion. I told her that having an abortion was never the answer and told her about the life care center and encouraged her to go there instead. She said she already had a child that had died and that she was not emotionally able to take care of another child. I asked her how she was going to be able to deal with the loss of another child, one that she was bringing to PP. Tears started streaming down her face and she kept saying she just had to do this. I kept talking to her about not having an abortion and asked her again to please let me get her over to the life care center. She refused and finally left and went to PP.

At 11:50 a car was leaving PP and I stepped out to hand them a post abortive brochure. I realized it was the same lady when she rolled down her window. I knew she had not been there long enough to have had an abortion so I asked her if she had changed her mind. She said yes she had changed her mind and asked me how to get to the life care center. As I was trying to explain it to her the security volunteer came up and started demanding that she leave and then another car pulled up behind her. I asked her if I could get in her car and get her over there. She said yes. As I was getting in the car the PP security volunteer started hollering for me to get out of her car. As we drove over to Abria I noticed a car seat in the back of her vehicle. Once we got there and parked we talked for a couple of minutes. I asked her about the car seat and she explained that she has other children. She did not give me details about her child that died but she did say she has just started being able to be the kind of mother she should be to these children. I asked her what made her change her mind about not having the abortion. She couldn’t answer me because she was crying so hard. I gave her a hug and told her she made the right decision. I told her they would help her here and also encouraged her to call PLAM. We got out of the car and as I walked her into the life care center I told her I could see that a weight had fallen off her shoulders. She shook her head in agreement and the tears started again. I introduced her to the staff and then left.

I believe God used her wrong turn as an opportunity for me to speak the words of truth to her, to help her look past her fear and panic and to do the right thing. Thank you God!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

On Tuesday morning (August 15th) a man and woman drove into Planned Parenthood without slowing down for our literature. The man dropped her off and left again, ignoring our offer of literature and help. Later the woman came out and stood at the end of the fence to smoke. Andy, the other sidewalk counselor, told her she should go to Abria for a free ultrasound. I offered her the “We’re Here for You” brochure. She thanked me and put it in her purse. She said she came out because she needed a cigarette; she was nervous. I empathized with a comment about stress. I went back to the sidewalk. We remained quiet for a few moments when Andy again told her to go to Abria for help, that PP wasn’t where she should be. Andy explained that we would walk her over there. So she picked up her bag and walked over to me and I asked her if she’d like me to show her where Abria is. She agreed.

On the walk I asked her if she was at Planned Parenthood for an abortion. She said yes but that she didn’t really want to do it. She said her boyfriend insisted she get an abortion. She wants to place the baby for adoption but her boyfriend said,”No. I’m not going to give away my baby.” (A common response to the adoption solution.) I stopped to give her my phone # and she asked me to please walk into Abria with her and stay with her.

At Abria, I introduced myself and the young woman to the receptionist. She already had pregnancy verification so the nurse from Abria told her to check ultrasound on the paper work and then the young woman also checked adoption. She said how nice it was (at Abria) and how awful it was at Planned Parenthood where it was quiet, no one talking or being friendly. She said Planned Parenthood told her the (abortion) process was going to take 6 hours and that she didn’t think she could have been in there for that long. Seeing that she felt welcomed and comfortable, I asked her if she was okay with me leaving. I offered to take her home if needed, she just had to come get me on the sidewalk.

She came back to thank us about 30 minutes later. She said her boyfriend was coming to get her. He wasn’t happy and said he was planning on making another abortion appointment but she assured me she wasn’t going to let him and that he was going to have to get used to the fact that she was having (but not raising) this baby.

This story demonstrates just how strong an attraction the abortion solution can be to a woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy. This young mother had lived in a pro-life environment all her life, but when she was in the situation of being pressured to abort she ended up with an abortion appointment, not knowing what to do and just wishing someone would pull her away. I don’t think she would have had the courage to walk away by herself.

Text Number Helps Save a Life!

By Ann Redding
Sidewalk Counseling Coordinator

I was at the bus stop with my grand kids when I got a text on our designated text line for pregnant women. After beginning with something like, “I’m here to offer you help,” I added casually, “Are you pregnant?”

“Yes, I’m 16 weeks,” she replied.

“Are you considering abortion?” I asked.

“This child was wanted, but now we are homeless and I can’t have this child in my circumstances,” she told me.

We ended up talking for about half an hour and I assured her I would find out more about help in her area (she was living in Milwaukee at the time). We mostly just got to know each other over the phone with me repeating that we could work on the issues she was facing that had her so worried, and that having an abortion would not help her ‘get out of homelessness.’

Eventually, with the hands-on help of three pro-life organizations in Wisconsin and a little assistance from our financial aid fund, we were able to help this woman and her children get into stable housing.  Her baby is due later this summer!

One of her texts to me said, “Thank you so much. I am so grateful for all of u. I (am) sure there will be nothing I can’t accomplish after this. lol”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

Their Joy was Contagious
by Barb K., Sidewalk Counselor

Wednesday morning I was on the sidewalk with Brian Gibson. Georgine and Jim and his grandson, Matthew, were also there. The four of us had just finished saying “The Divine Mercy” prayer when Brian asked me to take over his post for awhile. Shortly after, a young couple, who looked distressed, drove up slowly and turned in the driveway to PP. I approached them, offering them our pamphlets. I was holding the ultrasound sign. He rolled down his window so I asked them if they were there for an abortion which they hesitantly acknowledged. I explained that there is a Pregnancy Center around the corner and he took the literature from me. The PP Security came over so the last words I was able to say to them were, “Don’t go into Planned Parenthood.” They did go in but after about a half an hour, they drove out. He waved the literature at me so I approached them. He rolled down his window and looking at both of them I said, “Are you going to have your baby?” They nodded yes with the most joyful smiles and tears I have ever seen. Their joy was contagious. Georgine and another sidewalk counselor, Jeanne, witnessed it as well and Brian came back shortly after. We thanked God for using us to help that beautiful couple.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Baby Saved at Planned Parenthood

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!

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.

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