Actor convinces couple not to have abortion

Eduardo Verastegui, who starred in the movie Bella, told the following story:

“I decided to go to an abortion center to see if I could learn more about what women think and feel when faced with a crisis pregnancy and considering abortion.

I arrived that morning, and quickly forgot about the film. I was in shock when I saw all these young ladies – 15, 16, 17-year old girls – going into the abortion center with those sad faces, with those tears. It broke my heart, especially since I was not trained to help.

Then I saw a small group of people outside, trying to convince these girls not to do it, not to have an abortion. I went up and told them, ‘I’m here to help.’

Next thing you know, a lady came to me from the group and said, ‘You know what? This couple is here for an abortion and they don’t speak English. Do you want to talk to them?’ I jumped – Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay (Oh my gosh!) – what am I gonna say… I didn’t want to sound like I didn’t know what to say…so I said, ‘Sure…I’ll help’

Next thing you know, this couple was in front of me – a very, very poor couple from Mexico. They didn’t speak English – but they asked, ‘Are you Eduardo from the telenovelas?’ ‘Yes, I’m Eduardo…’ and that began our unforgettable conversation“We ended up talking for 45 minutes – about life, about faith, about Mexico, about their dreams, about their jobs – about everything. I gave them a little teddy bear and a little carriola (stroller) – and the woman started crying. I also gave them my phone number and told them to call if they needed any help – then they left.

Soon after, I went to New York to film ‘Bella.’ Then, several months later, back in Los Angeles, I received a phone call from the man I met with the pregnant lady in front of the abortion center. He said, ‘Hello Eduardo – this is Javier, and I have great news. My boy was born yesterday! I want to ask your permission – I would like to name him Eduardo.’

I just put the phone down – I couldn’t even talk. It’s the most emotional thing I’ve ever done in my life. It changed my life.

It was beautiful. I went to the hospital to meet them and see the baby. A few weeks later, I was holding little Eduardito in my hands. It was beautiful.”

“Bella” star Eduardo Verastegui saves baby!” Advertising Supplement Vol. 14, 2008 ed.

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Sidewalk counselor discusses men he sees

Shawn Carney, who helped found 40 Days for Life, wrote about sidewalk counseling and seeing men go in and leave the abortion facilities:

“I’ve been watching fathers driving in and out of abortion facilities for over 10 years now, and my observation is that the body language of the fathers as they drive onto the abortion facility grounds is almost always that of defeat. They do not feel like men on that day.

No matter what their demeanor or attitude – stubborn, angry, determined, resigned, desperate, scared, controlling, sad – my encounters with these men over the years tell me they will eventually comprehend the gravity of what happened in that facility on that day. They will realize they fathered a child who was lost and that the role they played in the abortion leads to pain and regret for them as well as for their wives or girlfriends. Conventional wisdom tells us that abortion is just a women’s issue, something for the mother alone to deal with. I don’t believe that. I know from experience that the conscience of a father will, over time, bear the weight as well.”

David Bereit, Shawn Carney, Cindy Lambert, 40 Days for Life: True Stories from the Movement That Is Changing Hearts and Saving Lives One Prayer at a Time (Nashville, Tennessee: Capella Books, 2013) 104

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Planned Parenthood CEO admits that pro-life activity deters abortion-seekers

The CEO of Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, Chris Charbonneau:

“We know from past experience that these rallies and prayer vigils create barriers that deter our patients.”

Audrey Barrick “Pro-Lifers Fast this Lent Season to End Abortion” The Christian Post February 5, 2008

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Pro-Lifers help immigrant woman have her baby

Sidewalk counselors in Canada helped a woman who was considering abortion have her baby. She was a new immigrant to Canada. Her name was Gloria. The sidewalk counselors were outside the abortion center run by Henry Morgentaler, who used to do late term abortions in Canada:

“Over three years ago, the family emigrated from Trinidad… The family, financially destitute and emotionally distraught, lived in a one room flat infested with cockroaches and rats over a steamy bakery. The couple did not know where to go for help [after she became pregnant]. Gloria recalls their terrible dilemma. “We didn’t want the abortion, but we didn’t know what else to do.” Heavy-hearted, they set out for the abortuary after being told not to use the front entrance [to avoid picketers]. At the back they encountered two sidewalk counselors, William and Tom. After going to “The Way” Inn [pro-life center], where they discussed their dilemma further, William brought them to Aid to Women [crisis pregnancy center].

Here they met Eileen, who is engraved in Gloria’s memory as “a wonderful, loving woman who helped us in so many ways. I’ll never forget her.” Eileen provided them with subway tokens, bed linens, clothing, emotional support, and even arranged for Aid to Women to pay their rental arrears of $900 to avert their eviction. From that day onwards, the couple’s life took a turn for the better. Eventually more help came their way during that long hot summer of 1987: the donation from a downtown pro-life office of a used air conditioner enabled the family to survive the suffocating heat from the bakery below; medical and social welfare referrals; the help of a resourceful public health nurse; help with immigration problems and a steady job for Ram… Later they moved to a small, subsidized public housing apartment.

The culmination of all these events was the birth of Matthew, a joy to all. Gloria is quick to say “William was our first friend. If it hadn’t been for him, we would’ve gone through with the abortion.… I think what the counselors do outside the Morgentaler place is a very good thing, because many people need help but don’t know where to get it.”

Ken Campbell Five Years Rescuing at the Gates of Hell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Coronation Publications 1990) 72 – 73

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Woman stopped outside clinic by sidewalk counselors speaks

Tina was on her way into a clinic to have an abortion, but while she was walking into the clinic, she was stopped by sidewalk counselors. She ignored them and entered the clinic, but as she lay on the abortion table, she thought about what they had said to her. She walked out and kept her baby. She says the following, on behalf of herself and the baby’s father:

“We’re very, very grateful for them saving our baby’s life and opening our eyes; and they’ve really helped us so much and changed our point of view. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have my baby. So if you guys can do this and help people, I think it would be great. I mean, they’ve helped me so much, and opened my eyes and opened my husband’s eyes and we are forever grateful.

Without them I would not have my baby. They opened my eyes and gave me this beautiful gift. God is just so wonderful and you guys are all so wonderful for doing this.”

SARAH ZAGORSKI “Woman Gets Off Operating Table at Abortion Facility When She Changes Her Mind at the Last MinuteLifeNews JAN 16, 2015

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Sidewalk counselor tells of sobbing woman

Sidewalk counselor and 40 Days for Life founder Shawn Carney tells the following story about what he witnessed outside an abortion clinic:

“One day, as I stood on the grass holding the sign [”Please pray! (Number) of babies have died here”], a young man was driving his girlfriend out of the facility after their abortion. She was weeping, her head in her hands. Smirking, he called out through the open car window what a smart–aleck tone, “Hey, dude – why don’t you go ahead and add one more number to that sign!”

He looked at me for what seemed like an eternity. I met his gaze. I couldn’t deny that a part of me was angry with him, but that anger quickly melted into grief. I inclined my head toward his girlfriend in the passenger seat next to him, her body heaving as she sobbed. He turned, looked at her for a long moment, and then slowly turned back to me. But the smirk was gone. His expression now was one of shame. I could see the gravity of what they had done hit him in that instant, and my heart went out to him. His attempt at bravado to gloss over what he had helped his girlfriend do had failed. He had wanted to show everyone, including himself, that this abortion was no big deal. Clearly, this wasn’t true. Could it be that, at that moment, he saw the deep anguish abortion had left in the devastated woman by his side – and perhaps in himself? Did he wonder what today’s decision would do to their relationship?”

David Bereit, Shawn Carney 40 Days for Life (Nashville, Tennessee: Cappella Books, 2013) 105 – 106

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Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselor Speaks Out

A prolife volunteer talks about sidewalk counseling outside an abortion clinic:

What we witnessed during the last 40 days at the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood in downtown Manhattan is typical of what our sidewalk counselors see 365 days a year and what other local 40 Days for Life campaigns experience across the country.

Women come to the clinic for an abortion, usually accompanied by a friend, boyfriend or husband. The pro-life sidewalk counselors hand out brochures explaining the many local resources available for pregnant women in need, including: housing; financial, medical and legal support; help with education and employment; and, equally as important, friendship.

Some of the women stop and talk to the sidewalk counselors. While each story is different, the common thread is that these women are afraid. Not afraid of the people praying for them across the street, but afraid of how their lives will change with a baby. Are we really “empowering” women by encouraging them to give in to this fear and abort their child? It certainly doesn’t seem so after spending 40 days watching women leave the abortion clinic hours after their appointment, clutching their abdomen, dejected, crying, barely able to walk down the street (or even worse, carried out on a stretcher and into an ambulance, as we witnessed on October 14th)….

The only people screaming outside the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood in Manhattan are the passersby who see us praying and immediately react with anger and insults

Jill Gadwood “Volunteering at an Abortion Clinic, from the Other Side of the Street” March for Life blog December 8, 2015

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Sidewalk counselor appeals in vain to clinic escort’s conscience

A pro-choice clinic escort writes about how a pro-life sidewalk counselor tried to appeal (in vain) to another escort.

“The protesters were late coming out. When they did finally show up, they had reinforcements (most likely from Saint John), some of whom we had never seen before. One of them, an elderly woman, came up to one of the escorts and said, in a nice-little-old-lady voice, “You know what I wish you people would do? I wish you would provide these women with all the options. They suffer, I know you see them suffering.” Poor HB (the volunteer in question) could hardly keep in all the clever comebacks, but she did an admirable job.”

“They Say it Comes in Threes” Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Read about how abortion hurts women emotionally. Read women’s stories about their abortions.

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