By Stacy E., volunteer sidewalk counselor
(March 2, 2022) A young lady driving into the St. Paul Planned Parenthood (PP) this morning stopped, rolled down her window and took the literature I offered. As I started talking, she began looking at the brochure and became very emotional. I asked if she could tell me about her situation, but she was so emotional she couldn’t answer me.
I told her that whatever was going on, killing her baby was not the answer. I asked her if I could get her over to the pregnancy center where she would be able to have a free ultrasound and they would help her. She stated that she had already had an ultrasound. I asked her how far along she was and she said 9 weeks. I pointed out to her that she was pregnant with either a little baby boy or a baby girl. She just kept getting more and more emotional.
I could tell she was very conflicted about going through with an abortion. I wanted her to know that whatever her situation was, it was only temporary and if she went through with an abortion, she would have to live with it the rest of her life. Tears were flowing at this point. I continued talking with her when the security guard came up to the car and started hollering at her to move her car or he was going to call the police because she was blocking “his” driveway.
I kept talking to her and tried to ignore him. He told her to either drive in or back out and threatened that he was going to write her license plate down and give it to the police. He was extremely rude and just kept hollering at her. I encouraged her to back out and go over to the bank parking lot and we could talk. The security guard told her they would call the police on her too. She was crying at this point and upset with his hollering and she started backing out.
She said, “I’m leaving.” I asked her again if she wanted to talk over at the parking lot and she said, “No, I’m going home.” I then asked her if she had changed her mind about having an abortion and she said “Yes”! I’m not even sure what I said to her at this point, I was so relieved that she had changed her mind and was leaving.
I felt like I had been in the middle of a spiritual warfare battle for the life of that baby and God won!