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Issue: "Daniel of the Year," Dec. 15, 2007

She was determined to kill her baby (her words) whatever way she can . . . not because she hates the father of the baby, but because she hates people, she hates her mother, she hates kids including her little half sibling, she acts like she hates me, and she says she hates God as well. Finally, she agreed to visit a Christian maternity home. Prayed that she would agree to stay there, but she didn't. She got an abortion.

Pro-lifers rightly push for laws requiring parental consent for minors to have an abortion, but sometimes parents can be more difficult than their pregnant daughters:

He told me his daughter wasn't going to be young and pregnant. She was going to finish school and get on with her life. I approached the subject of adoption. Between cuss words it was apparent he was bound and determined to take his daughter for an abortion-but she didn't want one. I only had a couple of minutes to spend with her. I knelt down before her, holding her hands, and said, "You are the one who has to live with the decision you make, regardless of your choice. . . . Call us if you need us." I pressed my card into her hand. A few days later I called their home. The dad answered the phone, told me not to ever call back, and hung up on me. It seemed most likely this baby was led to the slaughter.

Wanda and her husband Bob have been married for 21 years. They have no children, and Wanda thinks about her own abortion "often, but in a healthy way: Every time I share my story with another abortion-minded client, every time I think about the depth of the mercy of God, who redeemed a sinner such as I, every time I thank God for what He's done in my life and marvel at how He's taken something as evil as an abortion and years later used it for His glory to help save other lives."

For Wanda as for many others, thankfulness to God and awe of Him is a motivator on hard days:

I never even got a chance to sit at my desk this morning . . . from a very early morning call, "I'm not doing well, I need you to come to my house to see me NOW," to a late evening call from a mom whose 15-year-old daughter had told her, after talking to me on the phone, that she was NOT getting the abortion her mom had scheduled the next morning. But God is good and bigger than the most difficult day we can have! He is our provider!

Pro-life counselors are also thankful for technological advances: Now, at many centers, young mothers (and sometimes fathers) look at the screen of an ultrasound machine and see not just any baby, but their baby:

Another woman came in last week and wanted an abortion . . . she said, "It's only a spot." She got an ultrasound . . . she said she was still having an abortion. We prayed for her daily. . . . She came back in this Tuesday and told us she has decided to let her baby live.

And beyond the technology stands God's opposition to the evil empire of abortion, and His merciful intervention in some lives. A 1930s subject of another evil empire, Whittaker Chambers, dated his initial break with communism to the time his young daughter smeared porridge on her face. Chambers found himself looking at her "intricate, perfect ears." He saw immense design, not a chance coming together of atoms-and "at that moment, the finger of God was first laid upon my forehead." Pro-life directors and volunteers teach about intricacy and see God's finger:

The teenager asked me many questions. Her mother had told her that her baby was just a little tiny spot, a blob. I told her, "No. Your baby has arms and legs and is very far along in development." She started crying. I encouraged her to stand firm. . . . I consider that baby's survival to be a miracle from God.

In 1961 President John F. Kennedy, visiting the divided German city that was a hot spot in the Cold War, declared, "There are many people in the world who really don't understand, or say they don't, what is the great issue between the Free World and the communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin."


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