Since both Linda and Sylvia were home sick, I had to do more counseling than usual on a Tuesday – I tend to leave that to others on abortion day.  It was a rather busy late morning/ early afternoon.  (Stayed till almost 1:30.)

Spoke with both Amy and Kathryn about how difficult it is to be here on Tuesday but especially to counsel.  There were a number of occurrences, but one was particularly heartbreaking.  About 12:30 two young Hispanic women with a little girl went in the front from the 7th St. lot.  I said to one of the young women that this was no place for a Catholic girl (which I surmised by the rosary hanging around her neck), that they do close a a thousand abortions here a year.  She said that is what she was there for and to leave her alone.  Her friend came out a few minutes later with her (very cute) daughter.  She was pro-life and said she tried to talk to her friend but she was hard.  This woman was very sincere and had even had a child at 14.  I asked her if her friend really knew what she was doing, and as we spoke i showed her a (12 wk.) fetal model; she was surprised to learn the baby was that developed so soon.  She told me she was going to her car and would call her friend right away.  (They wouldn’t let her go in with her child.)   Several minutes later I called to her in the car and told her to tell her friend to ask to see her ultrasound.  She said she would.  But the friend did not come out.

I was able to give a brochure to one young woman coming out, and another who had apparently been inside for birth control (said she wasn’t pregnant).

Amy covered the front while we had our hour of prayer (joined again by Jack and Candy, raising our numbers to 5 or 6… anyone is welcome to join us starting about 10:15).  She covered the escort (there was only one in front later in the morning) with prayer and readings from the Bible. Jo later suggested we pray together for the same escort, which we did.

Kathryn gave brochures to a pair of women going in, one of whom was very pregnant.  

At the driveway, Kim gave brochures to a young man going in to pick up his girlfriend; and she tried to give them to a young man coming out, but he took them and threw them on the ground.  The same man asked Michael (who was holding a sign up at the corner) if he could get an ultrasound for himself.  At least three of us were blessed with the finger salute…  (A woman in one car told Michael she was there for a job interview, which may account for the number of apparent workers we saw going in today.)

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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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