I went to a Milwaukee abortion clinic today.
I had never been to an abortion facility. I had never seen one, either. I really didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be good to plug in a two-hour shift for the "40 Days for Life" project taking place right now. At the very least, I simply wanted to observe others, pray and offer information to help anyone who may consider another option.
This is what I learned:
1. You can charge an abortion on Visa or Mastercard. Weird, sick, disturbing, but true. How exactly does that look on your statement? Dead baby.......$1,000 (I have no idea what the going rate for killing kids is these days.)
2. You can pop a pill to rid yourself of that nasty child. The poster in the window calls it "Medication Abortion" and deems it 90 to 95% reliable. So what happens in the other 5 to 10% of the babies? Are they maimed and left for the abortionist to chop up and suction out? That was an odd statistic.
3. I got to meet the guy who counts the parts of the baby after it is murdered. Really, I did. Wonder what it is like to look at this EVERY DAY.
And now for the part that deeply moved me:
- In the two-hour time span I was there, a total of approximately 10 women entered the facility. (I just can't call it a clinic. Something seems wrong with associating a clinic with a place that kills children. Seriously, wouldn't you say "clinic" when you talk about booster shots, ear infections, chicken pox...? Just can't do it.)
- A beautiful young hispanic woman made her way to the door. She was offered a pamphlet with information, phone numbers and the like. She was asked to take time for a conversation, a cup of coffee, lunch....an opportunity. Her eyes pooled up and she spoke some gentle words in Spanish. Thankfully, the pamphlet was in Spanish, so we can only hope.... The abortion door opened and she was whisked inside.
- Another sad-appearing, young and very pretty black woman came next. She got to the door, refused to speak, but turned around before entering and said, "It's too late. My baby is already dead." She began to cry, then went in. I'll never forget those big, beautiful, dark eyes filled with painful tears. I doubt she will ever forget her child's death day. Abortion doesn't just kill babies, it hurts Mommies, too.
- An older couple, say late 30's, maybe early 40's, was next, holding hands, heads down. They appeared upset and afraid. No response. Also pulled in through the clinic door quickly by a worker.
- Next, a black couple approached the facility. They took a pamphlet, saw a tiny model of a 12-week-old baby and were swept into the clinic. It was very quick and we could only pray. Approximately 45 minutes later the woman exited alone. My friend approached her to talk. She began to cry. She hugged, cried, sobbed on my friend's shoulder. She was devastated. She did not want an abortion, knew it was wrong, was afraid, and was confused. Shortly thereafter the boyfriend exited the facility. As he approached my friend, he began to break down in tears, sobbing uncontrollably. He, too, admitted he did not want his girlfriend to have the abortion, but he was feeling confused, as well. They both wanted desperately to find another avenue. They were given phone numbers of people to call for support. The woman was grateful and took information, and gave her phone number to us to follow up and lend help. This is what I call a "God thing", because it certainly didn't happen because we have these cool brochures or can offer some stimulating reward for choosing life. It was God, and God alone that worked that one out.
Others came and left, in and out....but the ultimate lesson was this:
It was worth it.
Former abortionist, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who killed over 75,000 babies said this "It is clear that permissive abortion is purposeful destruction of what is undeniably human life. It is an impermissible act of deadly violence. One must concede that unplanned pregnancy is a wrenchingly difficult dilemma, but to look for its solution in a deliberate act of destruction is to trash the vast resourcefulness of human ingenuity and to surrender the public weal to the classic utilitarian answer to social problems."