I have spent several hundreds of hours organising prayer vigils outside of abortion centres in the past four and a half years. Here are some of the strangest and least expected things I have witnessed.
- Ambulances. When an ambulance arrives at an abortion centre, we know that not only has the child living inside the womb of a mother has perished, but now the mother is in trouble too. The public are told that abortion is a safe medical procedure, but nothing could be further from the truth. During Lent 2013, 4 ambulances turned up outside one abortion centre during a 40 Day time period.
- Pro abortion mobs. On occasion, groups of abortion supporters will come to shout, protest and behave badly outside of abortion facilities, in the name of “choice.” Usually, such representation comes in the form of some harassment and intimidation towards Christians who are praying peacefully and prayerfully.
- Women bleeding, sick and wounded from abortion. In October 2014, in Melbourne Australia, I witnessed a women with blood covering her trousers exit the Fertility Control Clinic, having just received a botched abortion. She was barely able to speak or walk. At Marie Stopes in central London, I have witnessed several women unable to walk leaving the abortion centre, some of whom were physically sick on the pavement on leaving and had no assistance from the abortion providers. It has not been unknown to hear bloodcurdling screams from inside the building from women in the middle of abortion procedures. It is believed that the centre, which is named after a woman who wrote love letters to Adolf Hitler, closed as they accidently killed one of their patients, only to open a day later to resume operations.
- Satanists and Boa constrictors. I have been involved with prayer vigils since September 2010. The first sign I saw that something was quite wrong with the situation of abortion in Britain was when I saw abortion proponents wave satanic torture symbols in an attempt to intimidate Christian pro-lifers praying outside abortion centres. It was the first experience that was a hint of the satanic nature of the abortion industry, and the spiritual warfare involved in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of unborn babies every year. The experience of insinuating satanic torture rituals does not compare to the experience of Dan Miller, a pavement counsellor in Wisconsin. In the 40 Days for Life book, it mentions how he was attacked by a man with a boa constrictor in the street. He described how the evil isn’t abstract, but very real, but in the midst of evil, there have been miracles. In London alone, hundreds of babies have been spared from abortion thanks to pavement counselling, and now the abortion industry is furious because of lost money
- Journalists. I’ve been interviewed multiple times by media outlets, including BBC radio, news and television. BBC Panorama came to film discreetly outside an abortion centre once – deliberately using a camera angle from the floor to make the Christian presence seem intimidating. Many media outlets have copied and pasted abortion provider press releases without fully checking the facts.
- Christians. 40 Days for Life founder David Bereit has said that every time Christians are not outside an abortion centre praying, you might as well put a sign on the door of the centre, “This centre is open with the blessing of the Christian community.” If Christians believe in the sanctity of human life, and that hundreds of thousands of children are dying from abortion as the leading cause of death in our nation, this is where we should be.
- Intersex representatives supporting you. One day someone who was born a hermaphrodite came along to say that she supported what we were doing, as the abortion industry did not like people such as herself, who were usually eliminated. She wrote saying: “This is a sadly brief note to say a big “Thank You” to all you brave people who have openly stood against the taking of human life as a matter of convenience. Actually; I’ve been past the Bedford Square vigil on many occasions although I wasn’t able to add my presence to yours for more than a brief time: My companion on all these occasions is both ultra-impatient as well as being easily-upset by the issue of shredding inconvenient babies (as well she should be.)
Perhaps I should explain that both Kaylie and I belong to a people who will very soon be wiped off the face of the planet (i.e. ethnically-cleansed) by means of abortion: We are physically-intersexed, that is to say, instead of being either all-female or all-male, we were born with a combination of both female and male bodily parts. Since most disabilities and deformities can nowadays be detected prior to birth by either amniocentesis or ultrasound… need I say any more? One final point that maybe I should draw attention to is that once all of those of us with obvious and severe “imperfections” have been eliminated; then who’s next on the hit-list?”
- Medical waste trucks. The reality of abortion is perhaps at its clearest when a medical waste van arrives to collect the body parts of children whose lives are lost to abortion. In the 40 Days for Life book, Shawn Carney tells of praying with a college student who saw the medical waste truck remove the bodies of 24 aborted babies during his first hour praying in front of an abortion centre.
“John fell silent. He appeared stunned at first, and then his expression slowly changed to deep sadness….This young, powerful, six-foot-three-inch man bowed his head and began to weep. Through his tears, he quietly said, “I can’t believe this goes on in America.”
- Policemen. While organising prayer vigils in London, abortion providers complained to the police around multiple times whilst organising prayer vigils, effectively wasting police time. Police procedure mandates a complaint to be followed up with police time. The sad ironic reality in Britain is that 98% of abortion procedures are effectively against the law. Abortion is only partially decriminalised in Britain.
- Abortionists complimenting you. One day an abortion worker spoke to a volunteer, saying, “Your prayers are obviously working because the girls are not keeping their appointments.” When an atheist tells you that your prayers work, and that she believes in the efficacy of your work, this is the ultimate compliment.
The reality of abortion on the local level bears no resemblance to its public image. In light of this, no wonder abortion providers want more than ever to establish buffer zones around abortion centres.