Traffic was a little slow this morning at the 8th St. driveway until 10 AM when a single woman entered from across the parking lot. She didn’t respond to my offers for help.  Then a young couple drove through. The girl had her head down and the car window was slightly open . I’m sure she could hear me.  They stayed in the parked car for about 10 minutes before an escort accompanied them into the clinic. They were non-responsive to my message of help.  The young man left and returned twice.  He didn’t come out of the clinic by the time I left at 11:45AM.

Several more cars came through.  One looked like a mom and daughter.  Amy tried to reach them.  No response.  Kim joined us around 10:30 and she was able to give an Hispanic brochure to a young woman driving in by herself.  She also gave a brochure to two young women approaching the driveway from the west on foot.  One was very receptive; the other unleashed a rash of filth on me before walking up the driveway. She continued to unleash the filth talk on the escort probably thinking she was with us.  

***Amy told us of a young woman exiting from the front in tears.  She told Amy that she decided against the abortion at the last minute(!).  Amy told her she had done the bravest thing, gave her our brochures, and told her about the pregnancy clinic.  This can be considered a save.  

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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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