"We must show love....Perception matters in this fight. Lives are depending on it."
Take time to read Abby Johnson's August 7 piece in The Federalist. She remains a steadfast supporter of pro-life witness outside abortion facilities, but she warns about how NOT to do it. Her exit from the abortion industry might have come two years earlier, if not for the behavior of one particular abortion opponent.
"I resigned from Planned Parenthood in 2009, but it could have been two years earlier. I had developed a relationship with one of the anti-abortion sidewalk counselors who stood in front of my facility. We talked regularly through the fence and she had asked me to go have coffee with her one day....I remember sitting at my desk, contemplating whether to pick up the phone and schedule that coffee date.
"Then my cell phone rang. It was my mom telling me that a man who frequently harassed us and our patients had sent a letter to the neighborhood where my parents lived, comparing me to a child molester and telling everyone that I killed children....
"I remembered the times I had seen my pro-life acquaintance talking to this man on the sidewalk. Were they friends? They seemed to be. How could I trust her if she was friends with that guy? I decided that I couldn’t.
"I didn’t move across that fence for another two years. Two years. How many lives had been taken in that two years? How many more babies died by my hands because I didn’t make that call?"
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