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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Author: Sarah

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

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