Here’s what happened at Planned Parenthood yesterday

By Tom Quiner

The weather was perfect. We prayed. We held up signs promoting life and discouraging abortion.

As a marketing guy, I counted the number of cars going by at certain times so I could extrapolate the number of cars that saw our pro-life message.

I’d guess we reached about 3500 cars in our two hours in front of Planned Parenthood (PP). Yes, we got the finger on occasion. More likely, though, people honked in encouragement. Countless gave us a thumbs up gesture.

I was struck by how many people were happy to see us there, at how many people smiled inside their cars knowing they weren’t the only ones who believe the baby in the womb has a fundamental right to life.

At one point, a security guard drove up and approached us. “Who’s in charge here?” he asked. “We all are” said one of our group. The man seemed somewhat conflicted to have to say what he was about to say. “You know your protest is being photographed.”

“We’re not protesting, we’re praying” I said with partial¬†disingenuousness.

The guard responded, “Now, I’m not the bad guy here, but you’re going to end up with a $180 ticket if the camera records you parking in Planned Parenthood’s parking lot.”

It hit me what an impact we, and others like us, are having on Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. Their parking lot is expansive. I’ve never seen it more than ten percent full. Our presence, our prayers, our purpose is a threat to their profits. So PP is not issuing warnings anymore. They’re going for the jugular. They’re reporting us to the authorities to immediately ticket us “praying protesters.” (For the record, I parked across the street, which is okay.)

I commented to one of my praying colleagues about the 3500 cars we reached and how many hearts and minds we may have affected. He said, “it only takes one.”


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  2. Rhonda Phillips on October 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Our politicians will not stop abortion. Only prayer and changing the hearts and minds of the people will. Kudos for all who participated in praying at PP. I have been there to pray and not only was I effected so were the countelss others who saw our signs and watched us march back and forth. I vividly recall one young woman and her (boyfriend) leaving the parking lot of PP. She was looking at me crying and the boyfriend screeched out of the parking lot. I don’t know if she had had an abortion or the guy was making her have one. All I know is that I prayed all the more for her. I will never forget the tragic look on her face.

    • quinersdiner on October 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for the comment, Rhonda, and for all you do in the cause of life.

  3. Theresa Dowd on October 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

    It doesn’t really matter to me anymore what the reaction is of those driving by, be it positive or negative. Praying for those women, their children, their husband/boyfriend/parent, and all those working in that building are who I am concentrating on and praying hard for. Our presence is powerful, no matter what others think about it. Taking a public stand is an act of courage. God bless all of those who are brave enough to stand outside PP and pray. I had an encounter with that guard, too, and I pray for him. I don’t think he really wants to be there.

    • quinersdiner on October 8, 2010 at 11:35 am

      I had the same reaction … he wasn’t enjoying being a bad guy.

  4. maxine bechtel on October 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    THANKS to all who took a firm stand for Life! I’d have definitely been there had my health permitted it!

    I well remember the anguish in a special friend’s eyes who told me about the guilt she felt over the abortion she had experienced several decades ago! I could only offer comfort to her with the assurance that her repentance would bring God’s forgiveness and healing to her heart. That her baby was safe in the arms of Jesus, and by receiving His forgiveness she would see that baby in Heaven.

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