After Margaret left, I stepped in for a few minutes before Dana came; I somehow gave three sets of brochures out: one to a guy passing in a car who encouraged our work; a Spanish set to a woman driving by, whom Dana later spoke to (he speaks Spanish, me un poquito), and one to a young couple going in.  The young man driving listened politely as I emphasized the free ultrasound available at the pregnancy clinic and that we were there to save babies from abortion today.   They drove in, went inside… but came out after only a minute and drove away.  They didn’t say anything either going in or coming out so I can’t be sure they were there for an abortion, though it did seem so going in.  I guess we have to call it another possible save.

DANA said a few more people came in the afternoon.  One guy swung his car toward him as it entered.  He spoke with a young man going in to pick up the woman he took in and gave them information about help post-abortion for both women and men.  He also called out to a couple of abortion workers about
Dana also said last Friday there was a sad woman going in at All Woman’s Health.  He spoke with the guy briefly when he came out.  He said he couldn’t influence her to change her mind.

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1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Decisions Legalized Abortion in the U.S. for theFull Nine Months of Pregnancy Prior to 1967, abortion was prohibited in all 50 states except when the mother’s life was in danger. Between 1967 and 1973, 18 states added further exceptions, mostly to allow abortion in cases of rape and incest, or for certain limited medical reasons, or on demand (New York). In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered two decisions, Roe v. Wade 1 and Doe v. Bolton 2 which, taken together, have allowed legal abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy in all 50 states. The two original decisions established legal abortion as follows: In the first three months of pregnancy, no one can interfere with a woman’s decision to abort her child. After the first three months, but before the “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can enact laws to protect the health of the mother but cannot prohibit the abortion of the unborn child. After “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can, if it chooses to do so, enact laws to protect the unborn child but abortion must be allowed if the life or “health” of the mother is at stake. The Supreme Court defined “health” as “the medical judgment that may be exercised in light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age –relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.” 2 Consequently, the broad definition of “health” has made abortion legal up to the moment of birth.

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