I used to be a major protester. I would drop everything for a good protest. I have been to jail several times, been sued by Janet Reno twice, and am considered a hate criminal by the country of Canada. I used to have protest signs in my vehicle at all times, and my kids would love to "go hold signs".
If you have ever seen the movie , you will understand what I mean by protesting, protesting. The movie makes fun of people who live to protest, they find something wrong with everything and protest it to get their points across.
Now, I am not saying that protesting is bad. I think there is definitely a time and place for protesting. Look at the civil rights movement. It proved that protesting can work, and in big ways.
I did most of my protesting at abortion clinics. I used to hold giant bloody signs and yell at the people going into the clinics. I would yell "Shame on you, for killing your baby," or "Real men don't have their babies murdered." I was always ready with a remark to those people walking into the clinic, but never ready to listen to them. I was more [worried about] proving my point, that many times I never gave them a chance to ask for help.
I would drop everything for a good protest. I have been to jail several times, been sued by Janet Reno twice.
I want to make it clear that I believe strongly in going to abortion clinics. In fact, the pro-life group I direct, Stand True, does hold 24-hour prayer vigils at abortion clinics. However, we will not be holding giant signs and yelling.
I have been a pro-life activist for many years and have seen many different methods of outreach at abortion clinics. The one thing I know that works better than any other method is prayer and sidewalk counseling.
Why are we there in the first place? Is it just to stop someone from having an abortion? I hope that is not the only reason we are there. The women entering the clinic are not just stopping in for an abortion like it was a trip to the grocery store. Most of the women that go into these clinics are scared, lonely, and don't know where else to turn. They believe this is their only way out and there is no one that will help them. They believe abortion is their only hope.
I have personally seen this for many years. I have talked to hundreds of men and women outside of abortion clinics and heard them talk about how this was the only way, and that there was no one to help them. I have heard how scared they are and how hurt they are because they think no one cares. I have seen parents forcibly escorting their daughter into a clinic as she was bawling her eyes out. I have seen young girls walk out doubled over in pain as their boy friends just sit in the car smoking, not even willing to get out and open the door.
The one thing I know that works better than any other method is prayer and sidewalk counseling.
Now, I want to include some of an article I just read about and her experience with abortion.
"Everybody has something in the closet, and I reckon the best policy is always to be honest, then it can't come back to haunt you," she says. And she holds her hands up to her own "big mistakes". The biggest brings her to tears. "I had an abortion at 17 and it was the worst thing I ever did. It was the first time I'd had sex, and that was rotten. I'd always thought it was going to be all violins, and it was just awful.
"I was two months gone when I realized. I went to my mum and she said, without pausing for breath: 'You have to get rid of it.'
"She told me where the clinic was, then virtually pushed me off. She was so angry. She said I'd got myself in this mess, now she had to get me out.
"But she didn't come. I went alone. I was terrified. It was full of other young girls, and we were all terrified and looking at each other and nobody was saying a bloody word. I howled my way through it, and it was horrible.
"I would never recommend it to anyone because it comes back to haunt you. When I tried to have children, I lost three—I think it was because something had happened to my cervix during the abortion. After three miscarriages, they had to put a stitch in it.
Sharon Osbourne: 'I had an abortion at 17 and it was the worst thing I ever did.'
"In life, whatever it is, you pay somewhere down the line. You have to be accountable."
—from Sharon: The rock of the Osbournes unXpurgated By Jenny Johnston
This is typical of what a lot of young girls think and feel when they are going into abortion clinics. This is why we need to be doing so much more than just protesting. We need to be there to offer hope and love for these girls.
Imagine yourself walking to an abortion clinic, scared out of your mind. On one side of the street you see people with giant bloody signs yelling and telling you not to murder your baby. On the other side, you see someone smiling, and asking you if you are OK. Is there anything they can do to help you? Can they offer you some information about a free Pregnancy Help Center that is willing to help you and your baby? What side would you go to?
These girls don't need to be protested; they need to be loved. They don't need a lecture; they need someone to talk to them, and listen to them, and be there for them. These girls need to know that we care about them just as much as we care about their baby.
If we scare them off and they don't have an abortion, that is fine, but what happens a year later when they are in the same situation again? What happens to that baby in a few years when he or she grows up in the same environment? We need to be there to offer these women hope, not just scare them off. We need to be there to listen to them and share Christ with them. We need to be praying for their hearts to change, not just their minds.
If we scare them off and they don’t have an abortion, that is fine, but what happens a year later when they're in the same situation again?
I do encourage you all to go to an abortion clinic. If you are not able to talk to the men or women going in, then pray for them. Pray that God will put someone into their lives that can show them His love and share Christ's hope.
Now, don't think I am saying that there is not a time and place for protests or the use of graphic photos. I think there is a time and place. Protesting abortion is something I can agree we all should do. However, protesting the women seeking abortion is not something we should do at all.