Sidewalk Counselor Talks Couple Out of Abortion

Houston sidewalk counselor Agnes Sanborn, who was 72, convinced a couple going into an abortion facility not to abort their child. Pro-lifer Jeff Hensley tells the story:

“[Agnes says] “I always ask the woman how many months along she is. Then I open the brochure and show her the stage of fetal development of the baby. “See,” I say, “this is a real baby. That’s your baby.”

It’s a hard reality to face at that late moment, but some of the mothers-to-be have the courage to allow their hearts to be touched by Agnes.

One Saturday, she made her appeal to a young, newly married couple. Wrapped up in their love for each other, they were just not ready to allow a new life into that love – until Agnes spoke to them.

It was an approach she had never thought of before, but sensing it might work, she offered it, “Just remember that when you come out of that clinic, you will leave part of both of you there that you’ll never have again.”

They drove past her to park. There they sat, talking for a long time. Then the engine came to life. As they drove past Agnes, heading out of the parking lot this time, she watched them. “I looked at her face,” she said. “I’ve never seen such a radiantly happy girl.”

Agnes was almost afraid to look at the young man’s face because she wasn’t sure two people could share such great happiness. “But his face was the same,” she said.”

Jeff Hensley “Grace, Prophecy, and Saving Babies”in Jeff Lane Hensley The Zero People (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Servant Books, 1983) 298

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life Network. She lives in NJ.

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