Third trimester abortion signs in Elmhurst [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
The Pro-Life Action League’s September Truth Day was a great success. The League returned to some areas of the western suburbs of Chicago that hadn’t seen Face the Truth in several years with stops in Elmhurst, Westmont and Wheaton.
At the first stop in Elmhurst, at St. Charles Road and Rt. 83 saw a good turnout. Literature distribution efforts were going well until police asked that no one distribute literature in the street without a reflective vest, which they didn’t have. Shortly after police made that request, a Nicor gas truck pulled up to check a nearby gas meter. The Nicor employee was wearing a reflective vest, so literature distributor Mary Ann Krupa asked if he happened to have a spare vest. As it turned out, he did and was happy to let Mary Ann use it so literature distribution resumed.
Westmont was the day’s second stop and the response was very animated. The intersection of Cass Avenue and Ogden Avenue was very busy and hundreds of people driving by saw the true face of abortion. One man stopped to look at the pictures and told Tour Staff that his wife had had an abortion years before and hidden it from him for an extended period of time. He was shocked to see the reality of what had been done to his baby without his knowledge or consent.
First trimester abortion signs along Cass Avenue [Photo by Matt Yonke]
Tour staff and volunteers then took the tour to Wheaton for a final stop at the intersection of Naperville Road and Butterfield Road, one of the busiest intersections in all of DuPage county. The response of passing drivers was very vocal.
At this site the League’s John Jansen had a long conversation with a freshman from College of DuPage whom he described as one of the most sincerely open-minded pro-choice people he had ever encountered. She was very interested in truly understanding the pro-life position and even took notes as they spoke. She was even disgusted with the response of pro-choice people driving by yelling explitives at pro-lifers. In the end, though she had not changed her mind, she did take a copy of the League’s Sharing the Pro-Life Message handbook and seemed to genuinely appreciate the interaction. The frank honesty of the Face the Truth pictures was enough to spark this young lady into truly considering the pro-life position, which is exactly what they are supposed to do.