At the start of every 40 Days for Life campaign there is Hope. Hope that this time, at any particular vigil site there will be a SAVE. A mom who changes her mind and decides to keep her baby. Last week at the Northeast Philadelphia vigil site just such a thing occurred – and through the efforts of a most unlikely advocate, the security guard at Planned Parenthood who was outside there by himself later in the day. He shared the following details.
A young woman, about 25 years old had gone into PP and at some point, came back out distraught. She seemed immature – a party type. She said she was confused about what to do. Her boyfriend wanted her to keep the baby but would leave the decision to her. Her dad wanted her to keep the child also but her mom thought abortion would be best. As the guard listened to her story, he advised her to talk to her boyfriend again, to discuss all what being a parent entailed. He told her she was basically old enough to give it mature thought and know what she wanted to do, not just react without thinking it through. She took his advice and went back to the car and discussed it with her boyfriend and together they decided they would keep the baby. She called her mom who responded that she wasn’t going to be the babysitter! (how many times have those words been said until the baby arrives).
And just like that, a baby was saved from abortion that day. I thanked him for sharing the story and told him he’s a good listener. He said his position outside the doors of the PP is similar to that of a bartender. People come in and out those doors and tell him all kinds of things. He still believes a woman should have a choice, but in this instance he thought the young woman involved was so confused she needed to think things through. So the security guard was the light shining out of the darkness.
In sharing this story he also mentioned that about six months ago another woman came to PP thinking the only way to end an abusive relationship was to have an abortion. He provided her with information about Laurel House which offers support for women who are victims of domestic violence. He later learned she decided to keep the baby.
God works in mysterious ways and a calming presence in the midst of chaos might be all these young women needed. Aren’t the words of the poem below so true….
Light Shining out of Darkness
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sov’reign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding ev’ry hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.