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Planned Parenthood Client Swerves at Teen after Monthly Protest in Aurora, IL

Posted by League Staff (February 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm)

February monthly protest at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, ILA crowd of over 50 pro-lifers gathered on a cold, windy winter morning last Saturday to protest Planned Parenthood’s “Abortion Fortress” in Aurora, Illinois as they have every third Saturday for over five years now.

Among them was a group from Christian Liberty Academy (CLA) in nearby Arlington Heights, Illinois. The group of students has taken to coming out on third Saturdays to protest, pray and offer help to abortion-bound moms through sidewalk counseling.

Several of the young ladies from this group even spoke at the TeenSpeak teen pro-life conference earlier this month about their sidewalk counseling ministry. The talk was inspiring for many of the students present.

Planned Parenthood Customer Assaults Teenage Sidewalk Counselor

Shortly after the protest wrapped up, as the girls were still distributing literature near the Planned Parenthood, a client left Planned Parenthood’s lot and accelerated and swerved towards one of the girls, Hannah M., coming within a foot of hitting her. Fortunately Hannah was not hurt, but she was obviously scared and shaken as anyone would be when threatened with being hit by a speeding vehicle.

The car that nearly hit Hannah M.

The car that nearly hit Hannah M. as it exits Planned Parenthood’s parking lot.

Horrified, the group’s leader, CLA staffer David Bergquist, called the Aurora Police who responded promptly. Fortunately, Dave and the group had been trained in sidewalk counseling by the League and knew to be prepared with a camera and got a good picture of the car’s license plate as they sped away. With this photo, the police were able to locate the perpetrator’s address.

The responding officer went into Planned Parenthood and asked to see their security camera footage, but Planned Parenthood employees made excuses and told the officer that nobody was there who could show him the footage and that he would have to return on Tuesday to see it.

For all their claims to care about women, Planned Parenthood showed shockingly little concern with obtaining justice for Hannah.

The investigation is underway and Hannah and her family are pursuing every legal avenue available to make sure that the person who assaulted her are brought to justice so that sidewalk counselors nationwide can be kept safe from violent abortion supporters. We’ll keep you up to date as her case progresses.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    I had an abortion in 2009 – Before, During & After the procedure I wasn’t 100% in my decision. I was terrified, stressed out and severely anxious. After the procedure I wanted to reverse what I did and went into a deep depression. I know that after an abortion you can not drive, you have a loved one drive you home and stay with you. Unfortunately, I could understand why the driver wanted to run Hannah over. You are in a place where women are making difficult decisions and life-shattering events take place.

    I am sure there are areas in EVERYONE’s life where wrong decisions have been made. Have a group of protesters standing outside your safe haven, rubbing your decision in your face, is mean and heartless. Your pro-life action league was in a place you did not belong – in my opinion. Your group has a wonderful message that should be spread through love, not judgement! Go to schools, women shelters… mall’s even. Going directly to a clinic, where women have already made a poor life decision and is probably filled with devastation does not need your group passing judgement and being merciless and inconsiderate.

    Again, it is unfortunate that Hannah was ALMOST run over. But I find it disgusting that you are seeking legal justice for an ALMOST incident. Forgive and let go! The driver, the person writing this article, Hannah and the other protestors were all in the wrong. Continuing to persecute a person you were already persecuting that day — is just evil.

    Matthew 7:2-5 “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged [if we judge with an evil heart or dark intent, His judgment of us will reflect it; if we judge nobly with honesty and justice, His judgment of us will reflect that, too], and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you [if we use extremes or exaggerations or other ignoble means, His judgment of us will reflect it and judging with fairness and compassion will garner likewise in His judgment of us]. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye [point out his sins, "minor" in Jesus' example here] and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye [our own sins, even and especially those we will not admit, magnified by our selective blindness]? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ [tell him of his "minor" sins] when all the time there is a plank in your own eye [that there are greater or the same sins in our own lives which we do nothing about or think we are above]? You hypocrite* [pointing out the sins of others while by pretense thinking of ourselves as above sin], first take the plank out of your own eye [sincerely ask the Lord for forgiveness and learn and live the Truth and Light by His Word], and then you will see clearly [be in a righteous position] to remove the speck from your brother’s eye [to judge and to help him out of his bondage to sin].” At Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan, Jesus was talking to the multitudes gathered there after hearing of His message and of His healings to beseech them to not become like the pharisees and hypocrites who think they are above sin.

    “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

    February 27, 2013 at 7:55 am
  2. Jerry Vilt says:

    “Have a group of protesters standing outside your safe haven, rubbing your decision in your face, is mean and heartless.”

    An abortion clinic is a “safe haven”?

    February 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  3. Matt Yonke says:

    Jennifer — Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    First, let me say how sorry I am for your loss. I’ve heard from countless women about the depth of the pain they went through after their abortions and I can’t even begin to understand it. All I can do is tell you how very sorry I am that you were hurt that way.

    But I think you misunderstand what we’re doing outside Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities.

    We’re not there to judge and we’re not there to condemn. We’re there first to offer help to women going into the clinic — whether that’s adoption assistance, housing assistance, help with medical issues — whatever need is driving them to choose abortion, we want to help with it.

    So that’s what we offer to the women going in. Free help and a listening ear if they want to talk about their situation. And many women do stop and talk to us, and some of them choose not to abort their babies and are spared the pain you had to endure. You call it a “safe haven” but that couldn’t be further from the truth! It’s a place where women get hurt, just like you did.

    We even received an incredibly distraught letter from a post-abortive mother one time asking why there WEREN’T any pro-lifers outside the clinic she went to, saying she would have chosen life for her baby if only there was someone there to talk to her about it.

    But if they’re leaving the clinic and have already gone through with their abortion, there’s still no judgement and no condemnation. We offer post-abortion help and healing resources, which many women gratefully take, and offer to link them up with post-abortive counseling, which has helped thousands of women deal with the pain abortion has caused in their lives.

    Finally, we’re not pursuing legal action, Hannah and her parents are because a crime was committed against her. Assault is attempting to hurt or intimidate someone, not succeeding in harming them. You might be surprised at how many assaults take place outside abortion facilities, some of them successful.

    People who have been through abortion are often angry or guilty or otherwise terribly emotional and think they can get away with or are justified in committing crimes like that. It’s important that those crimes be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law so that other pro-lifers are safe in exercising their 1st Amendment rights without being assaulted by angry abortion clinic clients.

    Again, you have all my sympathy for the pain your abortion caused you, and thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

    Matt Yonke
    Assistant Communications Director
    Pro-Life Action League

    February 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm
  4. Tiffany says:

    Matt-
    I am commenting based on your previous statement above, “if they’re leaving the clinic and have already gone through with their abortion, there’s still no judgement and no condemnation.”
    You say you are not judgmental but look at this situation. The couple in question could have been going there for STD testing, pregnancy testing, or could have been in the deepest moments of despair and just suffered a miscarriage for all you know. And here you guys are, standing in the street pushing your beliefs with fliers and brochures at them, like they are unintelligent, from another planet, or don’t know something that you do. Just standing there with signs reflects judgement.

    You also stated, “People who have been through abortion are often angry or guilty or otherwise terribly emotional and think they can get away with or are justified in committing crimes like that. It’s important that those crimes be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law so that other pro-lifers are safe in exercising their 1st Amendment rights without being assaulted by angry abortion clinic clients.”
    I believe you are stereotyping the clients from planned parenthood, as you stated they are “angry abortionists”. When in actuality, you have no idea as to their stance on abortion or pro-life. There was no conversation between anyone involved.
    How do you know they are “abortionists”? My point is, you have no idea what is going on in peoples lives, and you call yourself “non-judgemental”. Makes me sick. You are the most judgmental people there are in this world, and just proved it above. I am a scientist from Harvard University, I don’t usually leave my opinions online as such, however I felt compelled to speak of this issue.

    People from church groups standing outside an abortion clinic, is equivalent to scientists standing outside a church, holding signs, giving brochures on evolution, survival of the fittest, and pushing beliefs of things such as the “Selfish Gene”, and “what about the dinosaurs”. How would you feel if people tried educating you on other world religions, or evolutionary biology right outside your church? You are causing more harm than good in this world. My best advice is to be accepting of all people, not judgmental, by calling people “angry abortionists”. I suggest you educate yourselves before thinking you know all the answers in this incredibly small world we live in, and there will be peace in this world. Goodluck to all.

    March 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm
  5. Jerry Vilt says:

    Tiffany-

    They are peacefully, law-abiding, decently and humanely confronting the killing of babies at the place where the babies are being killed.

    And you believe they are “doing more harm than good”?

    March 5, 2013 at 1:31 am
  6. Families Against Planned Parenthood » Blog Archive » Dynamic Protest at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois says:

    [...] the students was the courageous Hannah M., who was threatened by a speeding motorist at last month's protest. The motorist—a Planned Parenthood client—has been charged with aggravated [...]

    March 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  7. Tiffanya says:

    No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.

    My belief is that if men were the ones getting pregnant, abortions would be easier to get than food poisoning in Moscow.

    For every one “life” you protestors think you save by protesting, you unintentionally ruin another life. The mother’s. You are robbing women of their free will.

    What I want to say to the protestors is; you will never know what it is like to have to choose, until you are in the exact same situation as I was. (Not just being pregnant, but my financial, mental, physical and emotional state as well), and you will never, ever be in those exact same circumstances, so your judgment (opinion) is impossible.

    My biggest question I have for you (protestors) is; who are you to say, that what “is” (happening), shouldn’t be? You are not a higher power, you are not God, and you are not the ruler of the universe. You are a human being just like me. You don’t have the authority to be the judge of truth and knowledge, no one does. Therefore, what makes you think you hold the power to decide, that what is happening around us, shouldn’t be happening? If my grandma didn’t have an abortion before my father was born, I wouldn’t have been born. Who are you to say that I shouldn’t have been born into this world????

    Protestors at the clinic I was at harassed, and bullied me. They took my picture, yelled things at me, held signs of disturbing pictures and forced brochures into my face. The definition of psychological aggression is “seeking to destroy morale by psychological means so the opponent begins to doubt the validity of his beliefs and actions.” YOU Protestors use psychological “weapons” to influence our minds. You humiliate women, intimidate them, embarrass them, and commit incivility. What you do outside of clinics is (in my opinion) group psychological abuse, character assassination, and illegal discrimination. It’s disgusting that you can’t realize we are all humans and be accepting.

    I realize everyone has the right to there own opinions. However, I do not believe that right includes psychological abuse and discrimination. I believe a woman should have the right to walk out of a clinic (no matter the reason she was there) get into her car and safely and peacefully drive home without having to be forced to endure the harassment and demoralizing mistreatment from YOU, the protestors. PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL.

    April 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm
  8. Jerry Vilt says:

    One has the ability to do what is wrong.

    One does not have the right to do what is wrong.

    April 8, 2013 at 12:30 am
  9. Courtney says:

    Jerry

    Whoever sets himself up to be the judge of truth and knowledge, is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods. -Einstein

    April 10, 2013 at 7:15 am
  10. Amber says:

    I had an an abortion too and ppl were so mean to me, threw rocks at my head when I walked out. Its funny to me that men have an a opinion on this topic bc they will never even get pregnant, ever! haha how can they judge somethihng they wont ever feel? If you wanna do somethin good then why dont u guys care for the children that are already born and UNWANTED!

    April 10, 2013 at 7:19 am
  11. Matt Yonke says:

    Tiffany — My apologies. Things got busy and I didn’t see your comment till just now. Let me reply to a few things:

    “You say you are not judgmental but look at this situation. The couple in question could have been going there for STD testing, pregnancy testing, or could have been in the deepest moments of despair and just suffered a miscarriage for all you know. And here you guys are, standing in the street pushing your beliefs with fliers and brochures at them, like they are unintelligent, from another planet, or don’t know something that you do. Just standing there with signs reflects judgement.”

    You’re right, I don’t know why people are going to Planned Parenthood. I don’t say that I do and I often go out of my way to say that I don’t know why they’re here, but whatever their reason, we can offer them free and compassionate help from people who want to help their child, not kill it.

    Offering people information and resources doesn’t imply that I think they’re stupid. You’re reading that into the situation, and I do know something they don’t — that there’s free help available at Waterleaf Women’s Center one block away!

    And just last week I met a baby who was saved because his parents took that information that they didn’t know, went to Waterleaf, got help, and decided to keep their baby.

    They come back fairly often to say hello and show us Adam. They’re VERY grateful we were there to give them the facts Planned Parenthood would have rather hidden from them.

    You also said:

    “I believe you are stereotyping the clients from planned parenthood, as you stated they are “angry abortionists”. When in actuality, you have no idea as to their stance on abortion or pro-life. There was no conversation between anyone involved.”

    I didn’t call anybody “angry abortionists”. I called them “angry abortion-clinic clients”. They are objectively abortion clinic clients and I assume they’re angry because they’re swerving cars at people. Not typically calm, happy behavior.

    You said:

    “People from church groups standing outside an abortion clinic, is equivalent to scientists standing outside a church, holding signs, giving brochures on evolution, survival of the fittest, and pushing beliefs of things such as the “Selfish Gene”, and “what about the dinosaurs”. How would you feel if people tried educating you on other world religions, or evolutionary biology right outside your church?”

    First of all, go to town! That’s why the First Amendment is there and I LOVE the First Amendment! If you come protest outside my parish, I’ll bring you some coffee and invite you to come in to talk. Strangely, we don’t get that much outside Planned Parenthood.

    Second, you have no idea what I believe about dinosaurs or evolution. There you go making assumptions again. I certainly hope this isn’t how you conduct your science at Harvard!

    Finally, you said:

    “My best advice is to be accepting of all people, not judgmental, by calling people “angry abortionists”. I suggest you educate yourselves before thinking you know all the answers in this incredibly small world we live in, and there will be peace in this world.”

    Again, I never called anyone an “angry abortionist”. Please read more carefully.

    And I don’t know all the answers. But I do know that the unborn child in the womb is a human being and that it is not just, merciful or peaceful to kill human beings, no matter their stage of development.

    I don’t think it would be kind or loving to allow people to kill their children without warning them about the dangers, both physical and psychological, and without offering them help with whatever problems might be driving them to this terrible choice.

    Thanks again for your comments, and sorry again for the delay in replying.

    — Matt Yonke

    April 10, 2013 at 9:55 am
  12. Tiffany Love says:

    Matt-

    Thanks for responding. I don’t mean to argue with you, because I know we both have completely different views of the world. And I realize you’re right, you didn’t say “angry abortionists” you said “abortion clinic- clients”. However, can you please explain/clarify a few things about your beliefs for me? (I am very curious on this topic of abortion)

    I think we both can agree that no woman “wants” an abortion. I believe it is safe to say that it is an unfortunate decision to have to make, one way or the other, when you are emotionally, financially, physically and mentally not ready for a child. (The above comment mentions “a woman wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to naw off it’s own leg”) and I agree with that comment, I had an abortion 5 years ago, and it isn’t a decision anyone “wants” to make. (However, looking at it from a rational standpoint, I still do not regret it to this day)

    You say that there is free help offered at the Waterleaf Women’s Center, and I think that’s great, but in all honesty, they can’t carry the child for the woman, they do not have all the answers either.

    I think it’s wonderful that the couple you mentioned above decided to have their child. But unfortunately, most of the time it doesn’t end up that way when a couple brings a child into the world when they aren’t emotionally, financially, physically ready to.

    A lot of the time (unsure about an exact statistical value) a child is born into poverty, perhaps uneducated parents, perhaps parents on serious drugs and addiction problems, perhaps the child itself is even affected by the drugs during pregnancy, perhaps the child has 9 other siblings, or perhaps the child is severely abused, unwanted, or unloved by the parents. When these situations arise, the child is left with severe emotional trauma, perhaps they join a gang or become violent to feel like they “fit in” with people who “care” about them in a gang. You can’t “make” parents love their child. What kind of life is that for the child? I know this may sound unrealistic and ridiculous, but unfortunately it happens far too often. When I had my abortion, there were about atleast 60-70 women there just on that single day. That is a lot of unwanted children.

    Now, this is where you probably say “God has a plan for that child… a reason for their existence etc etc..” So I won’t get into this further. Don’t get me wrong, I can completely see how you believe it is “not merciful or peaceful to kill human beings, no matter their stage of development”. But from a logical and rational standpoint, is it better than the alternative? (To create a child as such above, who is unwanted and has a horrible life?).
    Or you may say it is not up for us to decide, in which I would disagree because we have the technology and the doctors to do such procedure to avoid the alternative unwanted, unloved child. This brings to mind another philosophical question, Just because we have the technology to (do something) does it mean that we should??

    I am curious as to your opinion on fertility drugs and treatment? Do you approve or disapprove? Such as IVF (in vetro fertilization). In a sense, it is “playing God”, and it is also disrupting the natural laws of nature and genetics and can have long term unforseen effects on the economy and social structure of the future (with so many multiples) as well. For example, how would the future generations know if they are marrying someone who is related to them or not? (Like if eggs were used from one woman to make two seperate children, for two separate families).

    Lets say if my grandma didn’t have an abortion before my father was born, I wouldn’t have been born. Who are you to say that I shouldn’t have been born into this world? Are you saying this (unintentionally)?

    I apologize for asking so many questions, I appreciate new ways of looking at things and find this conversation topic of abortion intriguing.

    April 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm
  13. Tiffany Love says:

    And for Amber (above) it is extremely unfortunate that you had to undergo such cruel treatment, I can’t believe they would go so far as to throw rocks at your head. That is just unacceptable on all levels of human treatment. I apologize on behalf of all human beings. I hope you reported them!
    Sometimes I wonder of it is truly “altruism” that these opinionated protestors pretend to have, or if they simply just ignorantly believe their way is the ONLY way….

    April 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm
  14. Tiffany Love says:

    It seems (from my personal experiences) that anyone who is that “opinionated” certainly doesn’t have all the information from all sides of the story.

    April 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm
  15. Kara says:

    If you have faith and trust in God (that he is doing his job), and that everything is supposed to be the way it is because God is in control, then why feel the need to try and “control” and “fix” the things you perceive to be “wrong”? It doesnt make sense.
    Everything is in God’s power, not yours. God is perfect and he has a reason for everything and a plan for every one, they why feel the need to “protest” and “fix” things? It is not up to you, only God can decide what is “wrong”. Protestors should retire as the “masters of the universe”, and let God do his job. After all, isn’t that what faith is all about?

    April 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm
  16. Melissa MD says:

    First, let’s get the medical facts straight here. I don’t think people realize that most abortions occur between 5-6 weeks gestation. By this time, the “embryo” is nearly a mass of cells. By week 5 the cells are about the size of an apple seed – about 10mm (1cm) in length. By the end of week 7 the mass of cells is about 2cm long weighs about 1g- the size of a blueberry. At this point in gestation (during which 98% of legal abortions occur) there are no nerves formed yet and no heartbeat. It is nearly a “mass of cells” which holds the potential to grow into a fetus, and then into a baby. If people were to claim this embryo as a “baby”, that is equivalent to calling a man’s sperm still in his testicles a “baby”; because of it’s potential to become one.

    Abortions are legal in the United States. Each state has different laws as to the gestation age they allow to be aborted. The medical procedure is nearly painless (about the same pain as menstrual cramps), the actual procedure takes about 3-5 minutes. (The rest of the 6 hours spent at the clinic are to fill out paperwork, etc.) The woman must get an ultrasound first, to make sure the pregnancy is not ectopic (which could be life threatening), then blood tests are done to protect her from Rh negative blood type for her future pregnancies. The clinic provides these blood tests included in the cost of the abortion. The woman then MUST be informed of ALL of her options (adoption, abortion, pregnancy, etc) a counselor informs them. Then, they make each and every woman talk privately to a counselor and or licensed therapist about her decision, and why she is choosing abortion. They tell every woman they can change their mind at ANY time during ANYTHING, without any repercussions. After the ultrasound, blood tests, and counseling sessions, then the procedure is done ONLY if the woman agrees to exactly what will happen.

    Like I said, the procedure is relatively painless and takes about 3-5 minutes. The licensed medical doctor informs the woman of everything before, during and after the procedure. They also give you antibiotics to prevent infection and pain medications to take home, as well as a 24 hour counseling hotline and a 24 hour number to call in case of any emergencies. The chances of anything going wrong from a legal medical abortion (when done at or before 7 weeks) is about 1 in 100,000,000. Much, much less risk than complications arising from continuing a pregnancy full term and giving birth. Death occurs in 0.0006% of ALL legal surgical abortions (including ones done after 7 weeks) These rare deaths are usually the result of such things as adverse reactions to anesthesia (which is optional and not necessary under 7 weeks). In comparison, a woman’s risk of death during pregnancy and childbirth is at least TEN times greater.

    So, I am sorry to say to all of you protestors and people against abortion. It isn’t what you want it to be. It is a legal, safe, and effective way to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. I used to work at a clinic as a medical professional and have done extensive research. I also had an abortion 8 years ago. Know your medical facts before providing misinformation to the public please.

    April 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm
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  18. Mark says:

    “Courtney says:

    Jerry

    Whoever sets himself up to be the judge of truth and knowledge, is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods. -Einstein”

    Courtney, you do realize you are judging Jerry, right?

    May 22, 2013 at 9:21 am
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