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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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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