Most in the pro-life movement are too young to remember many of our pro-life pioneers who paved the way for future pro-life warriors. One of these women was Bea Gutherman, a mother of 11 children who was faithfully committed to praying and sidewalk counseling outside the Northeast Women’s Center abortion mill which at that time was located at 9600 Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philly.
Below is a memory of Bea from another of our pro-life pioneers, Theresa Connolly, one of our lawyers who worked pro bono whenever any of us were arrested (which in the 80’s was frequent). God bless Bea, Theresa and all who stood up then and who stand up now for God’s precious little ones.
It was early in the 1980’s on a cold, dreary morning in Philadelphia, a young woman was headed for 9600 Roosevelt Boulevard. She was going down the walkway as Bea, a middle-aged woman made a blood curdling scream: ‘’DON’T KILL YOUR BABY.”
It was horrifying! The small prolife group was shocked at how rude she was to this woman who was about to abort her baby. Yes, shocked!
Someone was incredibly wrong; but it was not Bea.
In 1973 seven dirty old men pronounced the murder of unseen human children to be a woman’s right to abort. *
How were we supposed to behave? Bea knew. Bea did it.
Groups formed outside ‘9600’ daily. They were always polite. Their weapon was the rosary. And that weapon worked!
Some mothers left. Some children lived.
*Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. It struck down many U.S. state and federal abortion laws. – Wikipedia