This is the generation that will abolish abortion

I Went To Pray at an Abortion Clinic and People Were Screaming and Yelling. How Should We Reach Out To Women Considering Abortion?

I am often asked what people should say to a woman who is considering abortion.  I wish there was a magic answer that I could give that would help change the mind of every woman thinking about aborting their baby, but there is not.

When answering this question you also have to address what not to say.  I have stood outside abortion mills for over 13 years praying, protesting, and have even been arrested many times for praying in front of the doors.  I have watched thousands of women walk into abortion mills and have seen many different approaches by pro-lifers trying to save the babies.

The first mistake I see is anger. Pro-lifers can become so angry about abortion that they sometimes take it out on the women and just scare them right into the abortion mill.  I have heard people call women murderers, whores, Jezebels, devil worshipers, and so much more.  I have seen anti-abortion protesters so angry that they actually spit while they scream at people.  I have never once seen this kind of behavior convince a women to stop and talk and change her mind.

I will admit that in the early years I used to scream and wave signs in people’s faces.  I let the frustration get to me as I watched these many young girls being taken into the abortion mill by their parents or boyfriends.  I would see the boyfriends leave and go to get food, sit in the parking lot and eat and smoke while their child was being killed inside that building.  I let the frustration get to me and began to rely on myself for results instead of relying on God.

I want to make it clear that not all people that go to abortion mills to minister and pray act like this. We at Stand True highly encourage people to go to the abortion mills for prayer and witnessing.  There are highly effective ways of reaching women and helping them to make the right decision.

When a woman is going to an abortion mill she is usually scared and frustrated.  She believes there is no other option for her other than abortion and there is no one to help her.  These girls do not need someone yelling at them and telling them how evil they are, they need someone to love them and let them know how precious they are in God’s eyes.  They need someone to address their needs, not just the baby’s needs.  They need someone to approach them in the same way Christ would approach someone who was hurting and scared and about to make a huge mistake.

The first thing we tell people if they are going to try to talk to girls entering abortion mills is to not be holding a sign or wearing pro-life messages on their shirts.  You should be dressed very friendly so you won’t immediately scare the women away.  We believe the first words to a woman entering the mill should be geared towards her and how she is doing, not just about the baby. Let her know you care about her.

The most powerful thing you can do when going to the abortion mill is pray. There is nothing more effective than prayer.  When we go to our local abortion mill we spend the first hour as a group reading the Bible out loud, not shouting, but just reading out loud the Word of God.  We then walk around the building praying for the women, the doctor, the nurses, the escorts, and everyone involved.  We also look for opportunities to witness and share, not only with the women going in, but with the escorts and whoever is around.  Not calling them names or condemning them to hell, but sharing Christ’s love with them.

These ideas and principles are not just for the abortion mill, but for our everyday life when we run into situations like this.  I recently read an article about a young girl at a Catholic school who got pregnant and was told she could not walk the stage at her graduation, while the young man was allowed to.  Not only was this total hypocrisy, but it was a dangerous way to treat this young girl.  It is exactly that kind of reaction and treatment of girls that drive them to abortion.

Our words, especially our first words to a girl who gets pregnant can determine the path she takes and be the difference between life and death.  As a father of three daughters I do wonder how I would react if one of my daughters came home one day and told me she was pregnant.  What would I say?  Would I blow up and lose my temper? Or would I love her no matter what mistake she made?

When we go to God in prayer and confess our sins, do you think He screams and yells and has a huge fit?  I don’t think so.  Do you think he yells at us and tells us how horrible we are, and how much of a disgrace we are to the family?  I don’t think so.  When we go to Him, He is faithful to love and forgive us.  I pray that I never have to go through this with my daughters, but if I do, I pray that my first words to her are those of love.

Yes, we do believe that abortion is the act of killing a human person and can never be permitted.  Yes, we believe that abortion is a sin and is detestable in God’s eyes.  Yes, we believe that we need to stand up against this evil and be there to try to help people from making such a tragic and horrific mistake.  But more importantly than all of that, we believe those people need Christ and we need to love them as Christ would.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

8 Comments

  1. Antoine
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    I sincerely hope you will never change a woman’s mind on the issue.

    “Who are we to play God ?” who are YOU to decide what someone else should do ? In no way should your personnal belief be forced upon people who are making a choice that is one of the hardest. You think we consider this as an act of minor importance in one’s life ? Do you really think, in you godly ignorance, that those people do not suffer ? Do you even a second imagine that you are helping them by calling them murderers ?

    1956 was the year your country was doomed, not Roe v Wade.

    In god you trust. And as long as you do, your country will be stuck.

    • Merle
      Posted September 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

      Hello Antoine,
      Your response makes it seem like you’re referring to a different article; in the 3rd paragraph he condemns the idea of shaming a woman who is considering an abortion, and his language throughout is thoroughly supportive of the girl/woman in these situations, and is contrary to your question, “Do you really think these people do not suffer?” I’m confused as to how you reached your conclusions.
      He begins the third paragraph with “The first mistake I see is anger,” and I sense a lot of anger in your message. Maybe you’ve run into the type of angry behavior Bryan criticizes, but it’s sad to read that you hope a woman’s mind is not changed away from an abortion.
      Any thoughtful person who reads the Bible knows that we are not to play God. But we believe that God wishes abundant life for each one of us, and ending the life of a baby is entirely antithetical to that.
      I know you don’t believe in God. But I want to challenge you on the “Who are you” approach. It is illegal in our country to stay silent in the case of child abuse. Yet who am I to challenge another person’s parenting methods? And if the comparison of child abuse to abortion seems absurd, I would appreciate hearing your explanation why.
      Sincerely –

    • roger boncutter
      Posted February 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      an idea of blessed Mother Teresa: peace begins in the womb

    • Ownes
      Posted February 2, 2016 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Response to: “Who are we to play God ? who are YOU to decide what someone else should do ?”

      I would ask you the same question….Who are we to play God and determine who lives and who dies? One has a free will to choose good or evil. If you kill an innocent person, in this case an unborn child, that is murder.

  2. Posted June 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this. I have not yet gone to an abortion clinic but I plan to. Anger is not the way to save the child or the mother. Kindness is. This is a beautiful article. ^^

    • Jamie L
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      This is a passion of mine, but I don’t even know where to start. I’ve never seen pro-lifers in action, does anyone have any visuals (preferably a video) of people doing this so that I can get a better idea of how I want to approach it? I need to figure out what I should say and how I can do my best to convince them without being “pushy”… Thanks in advance! This is totally out of my comfort zone, but I feel called to do it.

      -Jamie L.

      • Susanna
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

        You should see if there is a 40 Days for Life event in your area. Go to http://www.40DaysForLife.com and search under locations. It is going on right now and is a peaceful prayer vigil for the end of abortion.

        There’s also a book called 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done…Imagine What He Can Do by David Bereit, Shawn Carney. It is hardback and on Amazon Kindle. Excellent read!

  3. Tonia McBride
    Posted March 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    When others respond to my pro-life statements with anger and violence, I have taken to giving them the response, “I am sorry that abortion has hurt you so profoundly that you cannot discuss it civilly. I will pray that you find healing and forgiveness.” It usually calms them down a notch when you offer them love. And if not, it makes it clear who is behaving rationally and who is not.

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