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

Today, many politicians and pundits don't understand, or say they don't, the great issue between pro-life Americans and the abortion empire. They should come to Leesburg or a thousand other cities and visit Wanda Kohn or the tens of thousands like her:

Please pray as we had a 15 year old in the office today. She wants an abortion. When I asked if she believed in God she said, "No, not really." She said she quit believing in God when she was six years old . . . that was how old she was when her mother died . . . we talked about going down the spiral of sin . . . one sin leading to another to another.

Do some say that abortion is the wave of the future? Let them talk with Wanda Kohn and those she represents. Nearly 35 years after the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, men and women who receive little or no pay, power, or honor keep coming forward to save lives. And some victories become meaningful in deeply personal ways:

As I was sitting in the waiting room with the adoptive family and this precious newborn, I asked what they had named her. "Rebekah" they replied. My heart was in my throat as I asked, "How are you going to spell it?" She spelled it out, "R-e-b-e-k-a-h." Tears welled up in my eyes. I didn't tell any of them until a few days later, but you see, that's the name in my mind of the baby I aborted. God is good, isn't He?

Another dispatch from Wanda Kohn

The Pregnancy Care Center in Leesburg, Fla.

One morning a young woman called wanting directions. A few minutes later she showed up. We gave her a pregnancy test and some materials to review. She laid down the pamphlets without looking at them. We showed her a picture of an 8-week-old unborn child and she seemed a little disturbed.

She asked about her appointment. I said I would call the OB to schedule her for an ultrasound. She got tense and replied, "What? I thought you were going to do this today!" "Do what today, the ultrasound?" "No, do the abortion. Look, see? I have the money right here!" She pulled out a wad of cash.

Shocked, I said, "We don't do abortions here." She was in tears and very upset. Her three girlfriends who had come with her to support her in her abortion decision were rising from the couch in the waiting area. All of us were confused.

She said she called us from the yellow pages to get directions. I handed her the phone book so she could look for herself at our ad. It was then that she realized what happened. When she got up that morning, she looked in the phone book to call the abortion clinic for directions to the appointment she had made with them a couple of days ago. She called us by mistake.

She called the abortion clinic from our phone, becoming even more distressed as she found out that now she would have to reschedule. Now that she realized it was her mistake and that she couldn't get the abortion that day, her anger turned to tears. They rescheduled her for that coming Sunday, four days later. As she rushed out the door, I asked her to consider one thing: "You didn't come here by mistake. God brought you here and He wants you to know He loves your baby just as much as He loves you." With that she was gone.

Believing God would not send her through our doors by "mistake," we continued to pray for her. Two months later she came back and said, "I wanted to let you know that I am keeping my baby. I went to the abortion clinic but couldn't go through with it. Thank you!" We praised God for this miracle-and for God using us? Sidewalk counselors outside the abortion clinic? One of her friends? The Holy Spirit? All of the above?

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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