I don’t know you, but I feel like I know a lot about you.
I think if we could sit down together over a cup of coffee, I would hear your heart for the unborn who are losing their lives every day. As we sipped coffee, I would likely learn how you developed your passion and it would inspire me in my efforts to save women and children.
And I think over this cup of coffee I would get to share with you about the work Save the Storks is doing every day to save lives and empower women.
But since we can’t get coffee because of the continent dividing us, I’m sitting here now, with a cup of coffee, typing you this letter to offer perspective on a method that’s saving women and children every day and is propelling our culture into one that values life.
I commend your passion. It’s unimaginably heartbreaking to wake up each day knowing that 3,000 women will choose death for their children. Every 30 seconds of every day a life is snuffed out, a life intrinsically valuable and valued by his or her Creator.
In the time it’s taken me to write these sentences at least a dozen unborn babies have lost their lives. Our hearts aren’t supposed to be able to comprehend such evil. At times, we feel helpless and disoriented and don’t know the best way to stop this tragedy. So we try what we can, and hope for the best.
But, if I may, I’d love to introduce you to some ways you may be unaware of that can empower women to make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their children.
For over 40 years we’ve watched as protesters have done everything in their power to stop abortions from happening, including chaining themselves to the doors of clinics, entreating women on the sidewalks to reconsider, and even, sadly, murdering abortion doctors. Sometimes these methods have been successful in stopping abortions in the short term, but not in the long term.
I work for an organization that has stumbled into a truly creative, innovative, and effective mission that I believe will change our culture and save lives over the long term, and I want to tell you about it.
We deploy mobile medical units (“Stork Buses”) all over the country to intervene with resources, counselors, and hope for women on their way to have abortions.
Equipped with ultrasound, these mobile units can be parked right outside the doors of abortion clinics to offer women the opportunity to see what’s happening inside their bodies. You see, once a woman enters an abortion clinic, she very rarely has the opportunity to see an ultrasound.
Ultimately, as you know, the abortion clinic’s bottom line is abortion, which is the primary way they make money. Can they really be trusted to recommend what’s best for the woman and their children when they really only push one product?
The Stork Bus allows women to SEE and HEAR what’s happening in their wombs and awaken their eyes and hearts to the truth.
The most beautiful moment on the Stork Bus is when a woman connects emotionally to her child via ultrasound and hears the heartbeat in surround sound. The counselors on board patiently and compassionately listen to all of her concerns and provide resources and hope that empower her to choose life.
Four out of five women who see an ultrasound on our Stork Buses choose life!
You see, most of the women that you’re screaming at don’t actually want to have abortions. Sixty-four percent feel pressured by others to abort, and screaming doesn’t change their reality.
Seventy-five percent live in poverty, and need assurances of physical, longterm help, not shouts of judgment as they enter the clinic in shame.
Eighty-four percent will receive insufficient counseling because they’re walking into a clinic that has a bottom line of abortion.
Three thousand women woke up this morning, not excitedly, but dejectedly anticipating the hardest day of their life. And the screams they hear outside the clinic to their hurting and fearful hearts don’t do anything but give them more resolve to get inside a quiet place where they can go through with the only decision they believe they have.
What if the quiet place for them to think was actually outside of the clinic, in a mobile medical unit, where they could connect with their child, have someone listen to their fears, and receive help for their desperate situation?
My friend Amber was violated by a man when she was 19 years old. Years later as she was sharing her story, she said it was the people outside the abortion clinic screaming at her that made her even more resolute in her decision to abort the child that was a result of that violation.
It’s a decision she regrets and she’s lived in the consequences ever since. She wishes there had been a Stork Bus outside the clinic the day she chose abortion, because she would have reconsidered her decision.
We imagine a world where no woman feels pressure to having an abortion because she’s out of options.
We imagine a world where we don’t have to place Stork Buses outside abortion clinics because there are no more abortion clinics.
We imagine a world where children learn about abortion in history books and wonder how their parents ever lived in such a world that allowed the careless destruction of hearts and lives.
So, to the woman screaming outside the Queen’s Health Clinic, I invite you into what I believe is a better way. I invite you to join us in equipping and empowering women to make life-affirming choices. I invite you to celebrate life and to help us usher in a culture that values life.
I invite you into our movement to love women who feel trapped by abortion and save children who would otherwise be victims of abortion. Join us as we create the world we imagine.