Granite City , IL Report 

3/30/2011- DAY 22  
            In today’s 40 Days for Life intention we are to pray for the men who participated in the decision to abort their child and for those who did not have a voice, that they would have freedom and healing in Christ.

            As we set up our pregnancy outreach to the abortion-bound mothers, we watched several abortion clients park onto the hospital lot which is adjacent to the abortion mill. This has been the norm for many years. The only vehicle that gets harassed and threatened to be towed off the lot is the ultrasound van, when we have no choice but to park there in order to be an alternative to abortion. Today was busy. We prayed, quickly handed out signs, and began counseling the women trying to whiz right by us.

            According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, over a third of American women will have undergone an abortion by age 45. Seldom reported are the fathers of those babies who have played a role in their terminations. Most of the accomplices we have spoken to through the years have confirmed that they had no choice in the matter or, “It’s her choice.” But then there are the irresponsible men who are pushing or forcing the women inside to abort their responsibilities. One day they are going to wake up and realize what they were a part of and what they have done. Abortion has a destructive, rippling effect on society. It touches everyone involved. Men are supposed to be the providers and protectors of their children. In other words, “Fathers are to be laying their lives down for their children, not taking their children’s lives for theirs.” There are support groups for men, but we have to break the cycle. There has to be an intervention at the appropriate time in the decision-making process which will spare both men and women from the grief, lifelong pain, and trauma that abortion brings.

            God was blessing our prayers and efforts with much fruit. As we were doing an ultrasound on our first save, the hospital guards tried to interfere. We calmed the pregnant girl down and went outside to see what all the clamor was about. They wanted to tow our van. “Isn’t that a little overkill? I’m in the middle of saving a baby. After I’m finished I will pull off your lot, but as you see there is no place to park and your lot has plenty of spaces. I see you let all these cars park here and they are inside the abortion mill killing their babies.”

            I then went on to tell them, “We have been here for over 18 years. Do you realize how much revenue we have brought into your hospital with the babies we save and refer to your hospital? We have had several deliveries here in just the past year. How much money does the abortion mill bring in? We are doing God’s work out here.”

             The young guard then apologized and said he realized we are doing a good thing, but he has to follow orders. He then continued, “I think God is pleased also with your good work.” “You’re a believer?” I asked him. “Yes ma’am,” he replied. “Then why are you interfering with God’s work?” “Just taking my order. It’s policy ma’am.” He then pointed to the street and asked, “Why don’t you park there?” I replied, “Because we get $795.00 parking tickets from the local police.” “You’re kidding,” he said. “No, I’m not. Anyone else gets a $20 ticket, if they even get a ticket. Listen,” I said, “I have to finish this ultrasound and help this girl then I’ll be leaving.” They thanked me, and I went back inside.

            The girl looked up at me and asked, “Why do they got to treat you so bad when you’re doing a good thing?” “Christian persecution,” I said. “With every baby we save we make the devil mad, and he’s on the warpath. There he is!” BAM! “It’s a boy!” I announced to the mother. Tears welled up in her eyes as she viewed her approx 16.5 week old baby floating and appearing to be waving at us on the screen. “Here I am Momma.” She giggled. We went over physician follow-up and resources. She hugged me after we walked her to her car.

            We then prayed and went back to pack up when we saw a parking spot open in front of the mill. We pulled in and stayed longer. BAM! Another save. Thank you Lord! She told us, “God bless you for being here,” took our literature, and pulled off the lot.

            Heavenly Father, we pray for the young men involved with abortion and who are broken over the loss of their child. Bring repentance, forgiveness, healing, and a renewal of their minds in Jesus Christ. For those suffering from an abortion they had no choice in, restore their joy as they learn to forgive others and trust with their future You who heals the broken-hearted. In Jesus’ name we pray. ~Angela