Of course the young lady was upset. She had just found out she was pregnant and was coming to Planned Parenthood to “deal with the problem”. Planned Parenthood is always billed as some sort of panacea for women, where everything is happy, safe, and wonderful. Women go to Planned Parenthood for routine procedures that should cause no moral qualms in the women themselves or the surrounding community. But then there are the facts. Yesterday afternoon, a young lady coming to Planned Parenthood sped towards two of our sidewalk counselors—Karen and Scott—and pulled away at the last second with one hand while delivering a rude hand gesture with the other. She then pulled into Planned Parenthood and entered the building with her friend. Not the behavior you would expect from someone on their way to obtain routine medical care. Unfortunately, intentionally swerving your vehicle towards another human being is against the law, even if you don’t hit them, so the police were called. The young lady was arrested on disorderly conduct charges. Later the woman’s friend came across the street to apologize on her friend’s behalf to our sidewalk counselors. She explained that her friend had just found out about her pregnancy and was in a very bad mood. The pregnant girl’s friend took a good sized packet of literature from them and said she would pass it on to her friend. Now this young mother will have some time to think about the choice to abort, a stack of literature encouraging her not to, and doubtless a bad taste in her mouth for Planned Parenthood—all because she acted out against pro-lifers. As Joseph said to his brothers in Egypt, “As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50:20 Today, this young woman’s baby is still alive. Let’s pray that tomorrow she finds the help she needs to make the choice for life.
Thanks to Karen and Scott for sharing this story and for being there to “take the hits” and offer hope.