Friday, August 12, 2011

The Sidewalk Horror Stories

About 3 weeks ago Pat Radell and I were at Planned Parenthood and a young woman and her friend came out. It was obvious that she was in pain from having a surgical abortion, she was doubled-over, crying and was leaning on her friend very heavily. It was a hot day so she and her friend stood on the side of Planned Parenthood under a tree close to where Pat and I were praying. We went over and tried to comfort her and talk or pray with her, offering her information on Rachel’s Vineyard and after abortion-care. She didn’t speak English so her friend translated everything to her.

Emily Knearle – VP of PP marketing/public relations walked by several times and the first couple of times she never even acknowledged the woman. I went and got a folding chair from the back of my car so the poor woman could at least sit down while she waited for a ride. Finally, Emily came over and asked “Ya doin’ ok?” and then announced to both women “You know you don’t have to listen to them, right. You can if you want to but you don’t have to.” It seemed to us that PP was eager to be protective of getting this woman through the door to take her money and abort her child, but couldn’t be bothered with her after she left, broken-spirited, grieving, and in agony.

~Lorie Issel

Lorie is a member of Delaware's 40 Days for Life Campaign

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